Updated 06/30/16: Added more information about the official name, and information about the new TouchWiz improvements.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Samsung’s first phone-tablet hybrid device launched the phablet movement. And it’s still going strong: The Galaxy Note 7 rumors have begun ramping up across Android fan sites and technology blogs, and we’re joining in the fun. We’re curious to see what the Korean electronics giant will reveal for its sixth-generation phablet in just a few months, and we’ll be updating this page as we hear more from the rumor mill.
Skipping Galaxy Note 6
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 25, 2016
Confused about why we’re referring to the sixth-generation Note variant as the Galaxy Note 7? Well, Samsung has apparently opted to skip the number six and jump straight to seven in an effort to keep its marketing on par with the rest of the Galaxy S7 family. It’s also to help clear up any confusion that might have been caused by last year’s consecutive release of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
Curved edges, USB-C
A YouTube video from Techconfigurations offers a 3D-rendered glimpse at what the Galaxy Note 7 might look like. At present, it resembles an outstretched version of its Edge flagship counterpart, but with a small slot on the bottom that houses a retractable stylus.
Curiously, the video from Techconfigurations shows us a USB Type-C port. It’s intriguing considering this year’s Galaxy S7 family came equipped with Micro USB. OnLeaks has also teamed up with USwitch to publish a few renders of what the Galaxy Note 7 might look like. It also shows USB Type-C in one of the images, which you can see below.
USB-C would make the Note 7 incompatible with the current GearVR, so either Samsung is willing to forego that entirely, or it plans to release a USB-C based version of the accessory. An adapter would likely not fit.
Snapdragon 823, 6GB RAM
The Techconfigurations video alludes to a Galaxy Note 7 with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage space. We’re still murky on what’s powering the device, though. The same video states that the Note 7 will run on a Snapdragon 823 processor, which we know very little about. There are rumors that the SoC will be manufactured on a 10nm process and feature second-generation Kryo application cores, but nothing has been officially announced by Qualcomm. Even SamMobile, the intrepid Samsung fan site, seems dubious about that claim. It’s more likely that the 823 is very similar to the 820, only with higher clock speeds.
There have also been rumblings that, like the Galaxy S7 family, the Note 7 will feature IP68 water- and dust-resistance , which should keep It safe in up to five feet of water for a maximum of 30 minutes. And if USB Type-C compatibility is true, it’s likely the Note 7’s 4,000mAh battery pack will support QuickCharge 3.0 and fast wireless charging, too.
An iris scanner?
The Galaxy Note 7 could feature an iris scanner in place of, or in addition to, Samsung’s existing fingerprint scanner. That would enable you to simply stare at the screen or front-facing camera to unlock the phone, rather than pressing and holding on the Home button. It sounds far-fetched, but it’s entirely likely given Samsung’s history with eye-tracking technology and its latest tablet release in India.
There’s also an order form floating around the Android blog network that shows Samsung has ordered the appropriate parts for the technology. However, there’s no guarantee those parts will show up in the Note 7.
Touchwiz is getting a new look
Samsung offered few minor improvements to its Touchwiz interface between Lollipop and Marshmallow, but rumors point to change on the horizon.
The Galaxy Note 7 is expected to undergo some substantial interface changes. The new “Grace UX” will apparently offer a cleaner look that improves upon TouchWiz. This includes fonts that are narrower, icons that are smaller, and an application drawer that’s nicely alphabetized and compartmentalized. Below is a glimpse at the interface from HDBlog.it:
Unfortunately, there are no details on any of the new S-Pen or S-Note features that might come with the Galaxy Note 7. Those rumors will hopefully emerge in the coming weeks.
Coming August 2
Galaxy Note 6/7 launch event is almost exactly two months away.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 2, 2016
Notorious leaker Evan Blass and SamMobile have both reported that the Galaxy Note 7 will debut on August 2 in New York City, though no official invitations have been sent out by Samsung just yet.