With the summer months here, it’s only natural that smartphone enthusiasts look to the next big release on the horizon: the Galaxy Note 6.
And there could be a Note 7 Edge in there. The most recent leaks from OnLeaks (Steve Hemmerstoffer), who has begun to rival VentureBeat’s Evan Blass in terms of scoring exclusive images, show a phone that looks like a larger Galaxy S7 Edge with the stylus and USB-C port.
It’s unclear right now if that means Samsung will offer two options, say a Note 7 and Note 7 Edge, or if it’ll be just one phone with the extra curviness. Hemmerstoffer, for his part, thinks it’ll only be one model.
There’s also been talk of a “concentration of sensors” above the screen that would support an iris scanner. On the spec front, we should have the usual water resistance, a high-resolution AMOLED display, a nearly 4,000mAh battery and possibly 6GB(!) of RAM. As we noted previously, a USB-C could mean a new Gear VR headset is on the horizon.
Blass and others have speculated August 15 as a possible launch date. We’ll have to see if this turns out to be accurate and bring something else to think about besides the summer heat.
Why this matters: After a recent report that the Galaxy Note 5 beat out the iPhone in customer satisfaction, it’s apparent how big a new Note is for Samsung. The S7 Edge is incredibly popular (it was sold out in multiple locations when I went to buy one shortly after launch), and the Note line in particular tends to have a devoted following given the unique stylus input. All we need now is to see the thing in the flesh, which could happen before launch given how much we’ve learned already.