The clock is ticking down to the release of the Galaxy Note 7, with the next phablet from Samsung certain to release ahead of the iPhone 7. Samsung has already revealed that it will unveil the next Galaxy Note at a launch event in New York City on August 2. The Korean corporation can be encouraged by recent market activity, with Samsung profits having elevated recently after a sticky period for the consumer electronics giant.

Galaxy Note 7
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YouTube clip

With fans of Android devices awaiting clues as to the makeup of the next generation Galaxy Note 7, an interesting video was posted on YouTube this week, emanating from Samsung itself. The clip in question begins with a rapid montage of the various ways that the Galaxy Note 7 can be unlocked, suggesting that this aspect of the smartphone will be updated this year. Iris scanning has been particularly linked with the Note 7, and Korean sources are increasingly pointing in this direction for the customer.

The teaser clip also features some footage which suggest that the Galaxy Note 7 could benefit from a front-facing flash. Certainly the emphasis of camera technology in the clip suggests that the photographic capabilities of the Note 7 will be significantly updated.

As the video continues, we see some phrases appear in Asian scripts and in French, Russian and English. This hints at some special language functionality included in the Galaxy Note 7, which could possibly be delivered with the S Pen stylus.

The next aspect of the video is crystal clear, with some dated phones floating in a pool neing juxtaposed with the up to date Galaxy Note 7. It seems a certainty that the next generation Samsung phablet will come complete with IP68 certification, meaning that it is both significantly water and dust resistant.

Samsung also takes time to point out that the Galaxy Note 7 is an explicit branding decision from the corporation, skipping the Galaxy Note 6 generation completely. This would seem to be primarily an attempt to unify Samsung devices, with the Galaxy S7 having already been released earlier this year. Some analysts have also pointed out that this effectively sets up a seventh generation battle with the iPhone 7.

The message from this video is that Samsung will go to great lengths to ensure that the Galaxy Note 7 is a more intuitive and user-friendly device. It will not require complicated and obtuse passwords, nor intricate lighting setups in order to take photographs. And it will be more durable than any previous Samsung release. This seems to be an attempt to market the Galaxy Note 7 as a truly mass-market handset.

500GB storage

So what else do we suspect about this major new phablet? It is firstly believe that the Galaxy Note 7 will be the first ever Android release to feature 500GB of storage. This whopping internal qoutient will dwarf pretty much every other smartphone on the marketplace if it is delivered, with reports suggesting that Samsung will arm the premium version of the Galaxy Note 7 with a stonking 256GB of internal storage. The remaining memory will, of course, be provided via micro SD.

Samsung is expected to deliver multiple versions of the Galaxy Note 7, with its proprietary Exynos technology headed for the Asian marketplace, and Western consumers benefiting from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU. In previous releases this has made very little difference in terms of performance, but it is nonetheless an interesting aspect of the phablet to note.

Immediate availability

One of the intriguing aspects of the Galaxy Note 7 is that many analysts believe that Samsung will make the phablet available as soon as it is launched. This will mean that consumers will be able to get their hands on the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2; an exciting prospect considering that the iPhone 7 is unlikely to be available until September. Perhaps this gap between the releases of the two phablet devices will enable Samsung to gain a small market advantage. With the HTC 10, LG G5 and OnePlus 3 released this year, Samsung does not faced competition merely from Apple.

RAM monster

Samsung wants the Galaxy Note 7 to be the most powerful device that it has ever released, and some of the details relating to this phablet are extremely eye-opening. In particular, the suggestion that 7GB of RAM and could be included in the Galaxy Note 7 would have been an extremely unlikely proposition very recently. But some analysts believe that this massive quantity of memory will indeed be included in the device.

Edge display

It is generally assumed that the Korean corporation will make the Galaxy Note 7 a curved display device; hardly surprising considering the popularity of this technology in the Samsung range of products. And reports from close to the Samsung supply chain suggest that the company is testing multiple models of the Note 7 ahead of its official release.

Daydream VR

As virtual reality becomes increasingly important, it is also suggested that the Galaxy Note 7 could feature Google’s Daydream VR. 2016 could be viewed as a breakthrough year for virtual reality, with Oculus Rift establishing yourself in the marketplace, and at the PlayStation VR system also due for release. The inclusion of Daydream VR would also help to explain why Samsung is considering arming this device with 7GB of RAM memory.

New camera

It is also believed by many analysts that Samsung will include a dual-lens camera in the next generation Galaxy Note 7, with Sam Mobile reporting that Samsung is working on a brand new 1/1.7-inch CMOS camera sensor with an aperture as wide as ƒ/1.4. It seems certain that the Note 7 will feature the best snapper that Samsung has ever included in a mobile device.

Price

There has been no official confirmation on this matter as of yet, but it is expected that the Galaxy Note 7 will retail at around the $900 price point in the United States.