Samsung’s Note series of devices has “successfully carved out a niche of power users”, according to Trusted Reviews, and has a large fan base all eagerly expecting the next phablet.
The firm’s current offering, the Galaxy Note 5, still hasn’t made it to the UK, despite months of speculation that it would arrive in January. According to Know Your Mobile, the firm opted instead to offer British customers the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a larger version of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone.
Now it seems Samsung are planning a complete turnaround for the Galaxy Note 6. While it should be available in the UK, any Edge+ version of the Galaxy S6-replacing S7 will get the cold shoulder.
What do we know so far?
It wouldn’t be surprising if the leap from the “faux-leather” of the Note 4 to the metallic, Galaxy S6-inspired touch on the Note 5 sticks around and the International Business Times site also expects an upscaled version of the Galaxy S7, with the inclusion of a stylus.
The Note 6 should be a pretty tough thing, too – according toUbergizmo, rumours suggest it will be IP68 water and dustproof.
While the Note 5 arrived with a 5.7ins display, the Note 6 could grow in size, according to rumours.
A blog post on SamMobile highlights rumours that Samsung will bump the screen size up to 5.8ins, while reverting to the Super AMOLED Plus display last used in the Samsung Galaxy S2.
These screens are technically more advanced than the Super AMOLED displays Samsung has been using these past years, but the firm dropped them after 2011 as they weren’t as rugged and tough as normal AMOLED panels.
However, they are thinner and Samsung may us them to open up space for a larger battery.
If the same 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution is used, pixel density would drop to 506 pixels per inch, although this would be unnoticeable to the naked eye. Samsung may even go gunning for the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, with its 3840 x 2160 4K display.
The Note 6 could follow its Galaxy S7 siblings by downgrading to a camera with a smaller megapixel count, says Pocket Lint.
Both the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 handsets came with a 16-megapixel main camera, but the S7 has only 12 megapixels. They are much larger, though, something Samsung calls “Dual Pixels”, and they lock on quickly and accurately for one of the fastest autofocuses on a smartphone.
It would be no surprise if Samsung equips the Note 6 with the same sensor, using an aperture of f/1.7 for vastly improved performance in low lighting conditions and equipped with “Super OIS Plus” stability.
Trusted Reviews thinks differently, saying that the Note 6 will come with a 20-megapixel camera.
According to Trusted Reviews, Samsung will make the Note 6 in two hardware configurations – one for the Asian market and another for the west.
In the east, the handset should get a custom-built Exynos 9980 chipset, with western buyers snapping up a version fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. It’s rumoured that the Note 6 could come with as much as 6GB RAM, “sure to appeal to the power-user niche”.
The site expects three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB – although 256GB isn’t completely off the cards if Samsung ops to include its
A bigger batter could be on the cards, too. According to rumours, a whopping 4,000mAh cell might find its way into the Note 6, says Trusted Reviews, replacing the 3,000mAh unit found in the Note 5.
Release date and price
According to Expert Reviews, Samsung could release the handset in July, possibly in a bid to build up a head of steam before Apple launches the iPhone 7 in September.
There’s no information regarding prices yet and it’s tricky to settle on a price tag, given that the Note 5 hasn’t gone on sale in the UK. Regardless, Trusted Reviews expects it to be in the region of £625. Samsung dropped the launch price of its Galaxy S7 in comparison to the S6, so there could be a slight cut on the Note 5.