Two of the world’s largest smartphone makers Samsung and Apple are set to unveil their next-gen flagship phablets Galaxy Note 6 and iPhone 7 Plus during the third-quarter. Rumors and leaks about both devices have already started surfacing on the web. Apple and Samsung fans are looking forward to the new phablets. But if you were not a hardcore fan of either, which device would you want to buy? Let’s take a look at rumored features and specs of the Galaxy Note 6 and iPhone 7 Plus to find out which one might interest you.
Galaxy Note 6: a giant beast from Samsung
The Note 5 successor is said to feature a 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive display. Samsung has partnered with Synaptics for the technology. Synaptics’ ClearForce technology offers variable gaming control, screen unlock, speed scrolling and other features based on the level of pressure applied.
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According to latest rumors, the Note 6 would feature a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with 4K resolution, 4GB RAM, and a 21-megapixel main camera with BRITECELL Technology. The camera will also include ‘Super OIS Plus’ for better quality photos and videos in low-light conditions. The Galaxy Note 6 is said to include a 4,000mAh battery to make sure that it lasts a full day even on intense use.
The Note 6 is rumored to be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options. But Samsung may also bring a 256GB version with UFS flash memory. Last month, Samsung unveiled a new UFS storage module for high-end mobile devices. It is twice as fast as the SATA based SSD drives in computers.
Another major rumored feature is a phablet dock, but it is still unclear whether Samsung will introduce it. The Korean company has obtained a patent that can turn the Galaxy Note 6 into a laptop hybrid device. When you want to use it as a phablet, you can use the phone itself. But if you want to use it as a laptop, place the Galaxy Note 6 in a phablet dock on a laptop-like shell. The phone works as the memory, processor, and touchpad for the laptop.
iPhone 7 Plus to challenge DSLR cameras
One of the biggest highlights of the iPhone 7 Plus will be its dual-lens camera setup. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has learned from his sources that the dual-camera will allow users to capture DSLR-quality images using their smartphones. It will rely on technology from LinX Imaging, a startup Apple acquired last year. It consists of a wide-angle lens and a secondary telephoto lens that lets you capture zoomed-in videos and pictures.
The iPhone 7 Plus is said to include 2GB RAM, an improved multi-3D Touch display, USB Type-C connector, and wireless earbuds. Apple has decided to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack to reduce the thickness of the phone. The company will also do away with the bulging rear camera and those ugly antenna bands. There have also been rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus would be available with a 256GB storage option.
The upcoming iPhone is said to be dustproof and waterproof. What’s more, Bloomberg reported in January that Apple was working with a partner to bring long-distance wireless charging capabilities to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Most current wireless charging technologies require the phone to be placed on a charging pad. Apple has reportedly signed an agreement with Energous, whose WattUp technology can charge phones from a distance of up to 15 feet.