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 will continue the tradition of launching two flagships this year as well. We have already seen the launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and the next major release is going to be the Galaxy Note 5 successor. It is widely believed that Samsung will rename its next Galaxy Note phablet as Note 7 instead of Note 6 to sync the numbering with Galaxy S7 series this year. But that's not the only major change expected in the upcoming flagship.

According to previous rumours, Samsung will introduce iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 7 for biometric authentication. Although still a rumour, new evidence adds a pinch of authenticity to the possibility of an eye-scanning feature in its next flagship. A new Korea Herald report revealed that Korean camera module-maker Patron will reportedly be supplying the iris camera modules for the Galaxy Note 7.

With the iris scanner integration in the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung will ditch the fingerprint scanner. But the new replacement will add extra level of security to users. Iris scanners are designed to recognise 266 traits as compared to 40 traits recognised by a fingerprint sensor. Samsung has already launched its Galaxy Tab Iris with eye-scanning security in India in March, so the implementation of the new feature in the Galaxy Note 7 doesn't seem unreal anymore.

This is certainly big news for fans, as Galaxy Note series has proven to be more popular than the Galaxy S series. In terms of specifications, leaked reports suggest a 5.8-inch 2K display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset, Android 6GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery.

A recent report also claimed that the Galaxy Note 6 would run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow at launch instead of the upcoming Android N, which is expected to be officially named soon. If the rumours are true, Samsung might launch the Galaxy Note 7 in August along with a dual edge variant, which will feature dual camera setup.