Top 5 smartphones launching in August 2016: Lenovo K5 Note, Oppo F1s, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and more
Top 5 smartphones launching in August 2016: Lenovo K5 Note, Oppo F1s, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and moreREUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Samsung might finally be putting to rest the confusion in the names of its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Some of us may have noted the inconsistency in the nomenclature when the company launched the Galaxy S6 Edge+ alongside Galaxy Note 5, which offered the latest specifications but sounded a generation behind due to its name.

According to several Korean carrier sources, Samsung might be renaming its upcoming Galaxy Note flagship as Galaxy Note 7, skipping the Note 6 name entirely, ET News reported. It makes sense as the company has already launched the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the new smartphone will be called Galaxy Note 7. This would clear any confusion that may come with the name Note 6 sounding to be a generation older than the Galaxy S7 series.

"When Galaxy Note 6 that has its model number lower than Galaxy S7, which is the newest model, is released, it can give out a feeling that it is an outdated phone," a high-ranking official was quoted as saying. Another representative went on to add that Samsung is already calling the new smartphone as Galaxy Note 7 internally.

According to the report, the Galaxy Note 7 will feature a curved design on the edges on both the front and the back of the device. It is expected to be released in the second half of 2016. The handset might enter production as early as July, resulting in an earlier-than-expected launch.

There have been several rumours about the new Galaxy Note smartphone. Earlier this month, popular mobile tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) predicted the launch of the Galaxy Note 6 (before the renaming plan came to light) in the U.S. in mid-August, which can give Samsung an edge over its chief rival, Apple, since the new iPhones are released in September each year.

Rumours have also painted a vague picture of what to expect from Samsung's new flagship. The Galaxy Note 7 is expected to feature a 5.8-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 823 chipset, 6GB RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and Android N OS. The handset is also likely to get IP68 certification and come with a USB Type-C port. A recent report also hinted at a new BlackBerry Hub-like app called Samsung Focus to be available in the Galaxy Note 7.