Last month, we reported that Samsung was planning to skip the Galaxy Note 6 name and jump to Galaxy Note 7 this year to bring consistency between its Note and Galaxy S lines. The name change is more of a marketing strategy than anything else. A new teaser image obtained by Phone Arena has confirmed the name change. The teaser also hints at the dual-edge display.
The leak hints at new S-Pen capabilities
The latest leak is in line with previous rumors indicating that matching the numbering of the Note line with the Galaxy S series will help avoid any confusion among customers. Since Galaxy S7 is already available in the market, launching Note 6 would give out a perception that it is older than S7, which may turn off some customers. The change in numbering may also help Samsung position its device better against Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7.
The text on the teaser image reads “Write on the edge of something great.” It points to the curved edges on both sides of the Galaxy Note 7. It could also allude to new features in the S-Pen stylus. We can expect the Edge variant to make a comeback this year after Samsung skipped the Edge version of Galaxy Note 5 last year. The Galaxy Note 7 is rumored to be unveiled in the first week of August, with sales beginning in the week of August 15.
Galaxy Note 7 to feature Iris scanner
The Galaxy Note 7 is rumored to feature a 5.8-inch QHD display, 6GB RAM, 32GB of built-in storage with microSD card slot for further expansion, a 12-megapixel main camera, a USB Type-C port, and Snapdragon 820 processor. The phone is said to have a dual camera.
A separate leak confirms past rumors that the upcoming phablet will have an iris scanner. Leaked screenshots obtained by SamMobile show the “Use Iris” option for authentication. It means you can unlock Samsung’s next-gen phablet simply by looking at it. The screenshots are available both in Korean and Chinese. Users can also unlock the phone using PIN or fingerprint, according to the leak.