Just a day between this writing and the official release date of Samsung Galaxy Note 7, more leaks and showing up giving out even more details about the upcoming phablet.
The Galaxy Note 7 will succeed the Galaxy Note 5 (note the missing Note 6) and it is expected to be unveiled on August 2. Apparently, there are reports that the phone will also start selling immediately, but only in markets that will host the launch events. Despite this, T-Mobile seems to be certain that any enthusiastic buyer of the Note 7 will have it ready on the carrier’s shelves as from August 19. If you are on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, expect to start seeing the phone in your local stores as from around the same date, however, this cannot be confirmed whatsoever.
Despite our little knowledge of the phone’s exact release dates in the U.S. with respect to the four major carriers, there is plenty going around with regard to what the phone will actually look like and the specs it will pack. As usual, the ever-reliable OnLeaks is on the scene with more details of the Galaxy Note 7. and so are the folks down at 9to5Google.
If these two renowned sources are to be believed, we’ll soon be seeing a Galaxy Note 7 that packs the usual screen size of 5.7 inches. There is no shift from the Super AMOLED 1440 by 2560 pixels resolution panel used on the Galaxy Note 5 as well as Galaxy S7. The phone will also be slightly taller and thicker than its predecessor, but the Note 5 is a bit wider.
The camera specs of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are impressive, hence, they will be retained on the Note 7. This means that there will be a 12MP snapper on the rear, which can also manage to capture up to 4K videos, as well as a 5MP snapper on the front for selfies and video calling. As for the specs inside, there has been talk of a base model of 64GB onboard storage and a RAM of at least 4GB. Of course, this could be the only offering since the handset will support microSD card storage, just in case the 64GB is not enough. The company could also choose to come in with more storage configurations.
Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the next chipset after the already proven Snapdragon 820. Samsung has a choice between these two, but you can also expect an Exynos variant to sell in regions outside the U.S. Some reports have suggested a Snapdragon 823 could be introduced, but Qualcomm hasn’t talked about this chipset so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be the first unit from the company to come with USB Type-C connectivity, but the battery unit will supposedly be smaller than the S7 Edge at 3500mAh. A major highlight of the Note 7 is the iris scanner, which will be the new way of gaining access to the device or authenticating transactions.
When Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were announced, they came along with a Gear VR headset. There are reports that the second iteration of this headset will be launched alongside the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 in order to support its new Type-C port.