Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6 was rumored to be the best phablet ever. The only problem is that it won’t be called Galaxy Note 6. Credible sources familiar with the matter told the Electronic Times that the next-gen phablet will be called Galaxy Note 7. The model number of the Note line has always been one number behind the Galaxy S line as it was launched a year after the Galaxy S series.
Why is Samsung skipping a generation?
A high-ranking official told the Korean publication that if the device is named Galaxy Note 6, the model number would be lower than the Galaxy S7, which was launched earlier this year. It gives out a perception that the Note 6 is an outdated model. It is the first time in the history of the Note phone that the company will be skipping the generation number for marketing purposes.
Besides bringing consistency between its flagship phones’ model numbers, the name change could help Samsung compete better with Apple, which is gearing up to unveil its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus later this year. The Galaxy Note 6 competing against the iPhone 7 might have been perceived as an older model by a section of consumers. For the first time, the Galaxy Note 7 will have a dual-edge AMOLED display.
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Galaxy Note 7 to feature iris scanner?
Samsung was reportedly testing two versions of its next-gen flagship – one with the standard display and another with a dual-edge screen. And the company is expected to bring only one of them to the market. Latest leaks suggest that the Galaxy Note 7 may feature an iris scanner for enhanced security. The Korean company recently filed trademark applications for “Samsung Eyeprint” and “Samsung Iris” in Europe.
The Galaxy Note 7 is expected to enter mass production in July and start selling in the United States in the week of August 15. As per leaks and rumors, the device will feature a 5.8-inch display, 6GB RAM, 12-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 823 processor, a microSD card slot, and a giant 4,200mAh battery. The phablet is also rumored to be dustproof and waterproof.