Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is expected anytime soon, and just like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, ideas of how this device will look like are already out.
In fact, given the close relationship of the Samsung Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5, it is easy to put together the goodies of the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and latest rumors regarding the Galaxy Note 6 and come up with a probable spec sheet of how the next Galaxy phablet will actually pack.
The Galaxy S7 was released earlier in time than the Galaxy S6. This same thing is expected to happen with the upcoming Galaxy Note 6, with this year’s model expected to be here earlier in time than last year’s Galaxy Note 5, which hit the stores in August.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 release date
If the latest rumors are to be believed, in addition to the fact that Samsung seems to move quick at releasing devices to the market, the Galaxy Note 6 will be here in mid-July. Considering that the Note 5 came in two months earlier than the Note 4 and the Galaxy S7 recently came in earlier than its predecessor, there are chances that this rumor might materialize. There is an iPhone 7 Plus coming in September and as such, Samsung would want to steal the show just before Apple’s device gets into play.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 would then go on sale after a few weeks, say 2 to 3, however, nothing has been confirmed just yet.
Samsung skipped the S7 Edge+ and instead came in with two models – a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and a 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge. The Note 5 has 5.7-inches of size, which is the same size as last year’s S6 Edge+. The S6 and S6 Edge were of the same size (5.1 inches), which represents a significant difference between the standard screens and the phablets. It won’t make sense for Samsung to come in with devices that have a screen difference of 0.2 inches, something that rules out a 5.7-inch display size for the Galaxy Note 6.
But what about a 5.8-inch screen size or higher? At least, this would do. The Galaxy S7 Edge already offers 5.5 inches of display and as such, Samsung needs to come in with something a little bigger to bring out the size difference. Who knows, we might even see a 6-inch Galaxy Note 6 released.
An even better design
With the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge coming in with an IP68 rating, fans of Samsung Galaxy Note 6 can expect the same protection on this device as far as water and dust resistant is concerned. With lots of design carryovers for the S7 with respect to the S6, expect to see the same with the Galaxy Note 5 and Note 6.
The S-Pen stylus just makes the whole difference when it comes to Galaxy Note series. Some reports have previously claimed that the stylus will actually be on the outside and not the inside in order for the Galaxy Note 6 to accommodate the water resistant feature. However, Samsung hasn’t shed a light on this matter, but it would be quite an addition. Things like fast charging, wireless charging, Samsung Pay will be included, but USB Type C is unlikely given that it was omitted on the Galaxy S7.
In addition to the water-resistant and dust proof feature, this year’s flagships also brought back the expandable storage. This is also expected to appear in the Galaxy Note 6, supporting storage of up to 200GB, just like its counterparts. This microSD card will be adding to another 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage. Lovers of this phablet will be lucky to get an extra 128GB storage variant.
Still, don’t expect wholesale changes for the Galaxy Note 6 from what the Note 5 has, regardless of the screen size that comes with the device.
Hardware and software
Google released a preview version of Android N months before the usual, keeping up with the trend of companies having early releases of products. With the Google I/O coming fast where the company is expected to fully unveil the OS, it is possible that Samsung Galaxy Note 6 might come preinstalled with this OS thanks to its “summer release date.”
Rumors are rife that Samsung will stick with a 2K QHD display for its upcoming device as well as use the same internal configurations as the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. As such, expect a Snapdragon 820 (U.S.) or an Exynos 8890 (Europe and other regions) to power the Note 6 alongside a RAM of 4GB. However, given that last year’s Note 5 had more RAM than the S6 series, there are chances that we might see a Note 6 that is equipped with massive RAM of 6GB.
On camera matters, Samsung will retain the same 12MP DualPixel camera that came with the flagship handsets and a 5MP selfie camera of similar f/1.7 aperture. A fingerprint scanner will also be part of the phone and so will a 3900mAh or more battery unit.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Edge
Samsung did not continue the Galaxy S6 Edge+ model it launched last year. In addition, it launched at S7 Edge that is larger than last year’s S6 Edge. This simply means that there really is no Galaxy S7 Edge+ to expect. But you can expect a Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Edge.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ was equipped with lots of the Note 5’s abilities apart from the curved edges. Samsung could possibly come in with a refreshed Galaxy Note 6 Edge. Still, things could change and a Galaxy S7 Edge+ makes its way to the market, but this will only be revealed by time.
Remember that this coverage is based on rumors coming from different corners of the web, so take everything with a grain of salt as things might turn out different.