The long awaited Samsung Galaxy Note7 will finally break cover at a launch event tentatively titled "7 Unpacked 2016" in the New York City on Aug. 2.
In the past few weeks, numerous leaks pertaining to the Galaxy Note7 surfaced on internet leaving us with very little for imagination on what new features the Galaxy Note 5 successor will come with.
That being said, everything that is on the web can't be trusted. To provide a better perspective on the upcoming flagship phablet, we have sifted through multiple reports and hand-picked seven key features which are most likely to make the cut in the Galaxy Note7.
Design and build quality:
Reliable reports have indicated that the Galaxy Note7 will have huge improvement over the Galaxy Note 5 in terms of design. It is said to come with dual-edge display wherein phone's screen will extend towards the edge on both right and left side, unlike its predecessor, which came with plain flat display panel.
The new generation phone is also expected to boast "Always On" feature, wherein a certain section of display will always be active to show live notifications and time, so that users need not press the power button to open the phone to see the time or messages. It is also said to come with Iris scanner along flash technology on the front (more on that later).
As far build quality is concerned, the company will using IP68 water-and-dust resistant certified glass and metal in Galaxy Note7 similar to the Galaxy S7 series.
Galaxy Note7 is expected to boast 5.8-inch super AMOLED-based QHD having 2560x1440p resolution and protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass shield.
Processor, RAM and storage:
Like all previous years, the upcoming Galaxy Note7 will be coming in two variants-based on the region on sale.
The model bound for the U.S., Europe, China and other select developed markets are expected to come packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core CPU with Adreno 530 graphics engine, whereas the second variant bound for India and other select Asian and African regions is said to feature Samsung's proprietary Exynos 8893 octa-core CPU.
Both the models are said to have a minimum of 64GB inbuilt storage. However, there is little confusion over the RAM capacity. Conflicting reports have indicated Galaxy Note7 might come in either 4GB or 6GB RAM. We would like to go with the former, as 6GB RAM has become the norm in the niche flagship device category.
The camera hardware of the Note7 is expected to be same as seen inside in the Galaxy S7 series, but its front-camera is said to come with flash tool.
Earlier this week, Samsung released the Galaxy Note7's first pre-release TV advertisement. In that, the company shows a lady holding a light bulb pointed to the face while taking a selfie on the phone, hinting that the Galaxy Note7 in all probability boast either a dedicated front-LED flash or soft-flash feature, wherein the screen flashes white light while taking a selfie.
The Galaxy Note7 will boast a 3,600mAh battery, 20 percent more than in its predecessor. It will be able to play high resolution videos for 20.5 hours.
This is impressive considering the fact that the Galaxy Note7 will boast 5.8-inch QHD (2560x1440p) resolution screen.
In addition to the fingerprint sensor on the home button, Galaxy Note7 is expected to house Iris scanner.
For those unaware, Iris recognition is said to be a more advanced and near-foolproof security system, as it involves camera technology with subtle infrared illuminations to capture the detailed nerve pattern on the iris in the eye.
Using this information, digital impressions are created by mathematical and statistical algorithm so that an accurate profile is created. This new-age biometric technology is nearly impossible to be cracked by an imposter, unlike finger-print scanner that can be bypassed with a fake thumb print.
In 2015 and the previous year to that, Samsung took 2-3 weeks to release the products in to market after the unveiling. But this year, the company is expected to roll-out the Galaxy Note7 on the launch day (Aug. 2) itself.
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Samsung Galaxy Note7 price is expected to start at €849 (around $948/Rs. 63,270) and come in three colour options — black onyx, blue coral and silver titanium.
Watch this space for more updates.
Most likely specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note7:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note7|
|Display||5.8-inch QHD(2K)-based dual-edge curved screen with 2560x1440p resolution, Always-On feature and come with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 series protections|
|OS||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS with TouchWiz Grace UI|
|Storage||64GB (base-model)/ 128GB/256GB with option for expansion via microSD card|
|Battery||3.600mAh with up to 20.5 hours of high-resolution video play-back features, Quick Charge 3.0 technology.|
|Network||4G-LTE (Cat.9 or later)|
|Add-ons||New S-Pen, Iris Scanner, fingerprint sensor Metal-body, IP68 water-and-dust resistant certifications, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual-band: 2.4Ghz & 5GHz ), Type C USB port, NFC (Near Field Communication), microSD card support|
|Dimensions||153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm|
|Colour||Black Onyx, Blue Coral and Silver Titanium|
|Price starts at||€849 (around $948/Rs. 63,270)|