We don’t know when Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6 will be released, nor do we know what will be “under the hood” when it’s launched. That said, we’ve never shied away from wanton speculation, rumor and gossip when it comes to tight-lipped releases, we’re hardly alone here, and will happily tell you what to expect with the obvious caveat of ignorance.
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Samsung has always done a good job with the release date of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone series. By unveiling in February at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung begins taking (massive) orders prior to the launch of the flagship smartphones from HTC, LG, Huawei and other producers in China. Additionally, if the Galaxy Note 6 does go on sale in July ahead of its usual September release. Samsung has the potential to steal away a few customers who just don’t wish to wait for the iPhone 7’s release in September.
That may be a bit of wishful thinking as if Apple has nothing else, and they do, it’s a loyal fan base and a fan base that flocks to Apple Stores to be the first on their block, club or “water cooler” to own the new handset.
When it’s released what will we see?
Rumors will always abound prior to a release, but one circulating right now suggests that the Galaxy Note 6 could be some sort of phablet-laptop hybrid potentially with an attachable or Bluetooth keyboard.
That’s a long ways from simply a bigger-screen Galaxy S7 with a stylus.
One report out of China, and consequently the supply chain, suggests that the Galaxy Note 6 will not simply run a Snapdragon 820 processor, which is currently powering most of the Android flagships this year, but will be rocking a 4-bit 2.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 823 processor with Adreno 530 graphics and support for up to 8GB of RAM.
Whether or not the Galaxy Note 6 will have IP68 dust and water resistance certification, as well as an iris unlock mode but many sites are suggesting that it will be equipped with all three.
Unearthed patent application leads to wild Galaxy Note 6 speculation
Patently Mobile recently found a patent application that looks like Samsung has plans for making the Galaxy Note 6 compatible with a laptop with a docking station between the keyboard and the display as you can see from the above picture.
The pictures suggest that the Galaxy Note 6 would essentially become a touchpad for the laptop when it’s in its cradle.
Additional speculation comes from the fact that there have been a number of suggestions over the last half-a-year, that Google is looking to merge Android and ChromeOS. Does this mean that the Galaxy Note 6 would run Android by itself as a phone and then switch to ChromeOS if this docking station is to be believed. That would certainly explain the 6GB or even 8GB or RAM rumored to ship with the Note 6 this summer.
We just don’t know but we will find out soon enough. Until then, don’t think we’re done for a moment contributing to the rumor mill.