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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 release date, price, specs, features

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We were wooed by the Note 5. Samsung will need to go big to do the same with the Note 6. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 release date

Fresh rumors reveal the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 could be called the Galaxy Note 7. This would mean the smartphone giant would skip 6 entirely, at least numerically. The phone wouldn’t skip a generation, just the numbering. It’s kind of like going from the 12th floor to the 14th; there isn’t an empty 13th floor, the builders just skipped the number.

This is a good move and could prove to be important in Samsung’s branding. The company just released the seventh generation of their flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But if it releases the phablet version it would be the Note 6 and that is confusing.

This name change could help Samsung in its battle with Apple. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released later this year and a Note 7 would compete better than a Note 6, at least in the brand perception game. It’s good for Samsung to release a device that could level the playing field with the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Galaxy Note 7 name change could help Samsung in its battle with Apple

What do you think?

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A Note 7 could compete better with Apple. / © ANDROIDPIT

As we previously reported, an anonymous source from Samsung released information to reporters from TechRadar and Forbes and stated that the Note 6 will launch in August in the UK.

A leak from the reliable and prolific leakster Evan Blass gaves us a specific release date of August 15 in the United States. This is contrary to previous rumors about a UK launch but does substantiate earlier predictions by AndroidPIT that it will be an August release.

I believe this release rumor is correct Evan Blass has been reliable in the past and has given us accurate results to the day on previous devices. Furthermore, I think Samsung will release it in more than one country simultaneously and not just in the United States.

The potential European model (see below) would substantiate my claim that there will be at least two simultaneous releases. The Galaxy Note 5 did not have a European model, and if the rumors are true and there will be a European Note 6 model it would make sense that Samsung would want to show it prowess with multiple release regions.

You can see the tweet below.

A European model received further confirmation when SamMobile posted a list of Galaxy Note 6 model numbers on Twitter, including this one: SM-N930F. The final ‘F’ is the letter Samsung uses to designate its European models. Although rumors of a European release remain unsubstantiated, it is beginning to look very likely that Europe will not be deprived of the new Note as it was with the Note 5.

On April 15 the Chinese leak site Weibo posted more model numbers for the Note 6. The leaks confirm previous reports from AndroidPIT that the European market will be receiving the device instead of getting the shaft like last year. Although Weibo covered the actual model number for the European number with its watermark, we can see it listed on the chart.

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You can see the European model listed at the bottom. / © Weibo

Another interesting tidbit from this chart is the model numbers for the US carriers. Note the five that are listed: US Cellular, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Now look at the model numbers, all of them start with SM-N930U_NA. This is similar to what Samsung did with the S7 and S7 Edge with keeping the model the same for all unlocked devices. This takes it one step further.

The same model number means that updates for the device can be rolled out much faster and more efficiently. This is addressing update problems from Samsung that we’re all too familiar with. This chart also confirms other AndroidPIT speculations that Samsung’s codename for the device is Grace. 

The source also said there will be no S7 Edge+. Both of these statements were in the context of the UK market, so it is possible that it could be different in other markets.

In mid-March, a rumor from Korean website The Bell suggested that Samsung will release the Note 6 in July, earlier than expected, and it will come running Android N, which Google does plan to have finished by the summer. The Note 6 is also reportedly codenamed Grace.

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The successor to the Galaxy Note 5 (above) in July? Unlikely. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 design

Laptop dock

The earliest rumblings about the Galaxy Note 6 specs are very intriguing. Patently Mobile dug up a Samsung patent that shows the Note 6 phablet sitting in a laptop dock, where it acts not only as a touchpad but also as the laptop’s processor and memory.

For Samsung to pull this off, the Note 6 will need to be a powerful machine indeed

The patents appear to show Windows software running once the Note 6 is docked. It would seem that Samsung is thinking of having the Note 6 run Android in its standard setup as a tablet, and switching over to Windows when it is set into the laptop.

For Samsung to pull this off, the Note 6 will need to be a powerful machine indeed. The Note series has always focused on multi-tasking and productivity, and packed a lot of power to handle the strain, but nonetheless, this is a big step up.

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The Samsung patent showing the docking area and main system (ie the Note 6). / © Patently Mobile

Unsubstantiated reporting from Tech Times backed this theory up, with talk of a 16-core processor and 8 GB RAM. Their story provides no sources, however, so the claims are difficult to take seriously.

S Pen stand

The Note 6 could come with a Galaxy Note Pen that doubles as a stand. This comes from Patently Mobile, who released a patent application from Samsung. The idea is that the pen could be pulled out halfway from its holder and locked, to prop the Note 6 upright to let you watch video and other media more easily. As seen in the leaked designs below, the pen-stand could be locked back in two different ways.

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A leaked design showing the Galaxy Note 6 Pen patent as a kickstand. / © Patently Mobile
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A second leaked design showing an alternative stand method. / © Patently Mobile

Curved display

A rumor from the South Korean news website ET news showed the Note 6 (Note 7) could come with curved edges on the front and back of the device. If this is true it would confirm previous speculations from AndroidPIT about a curved phablet from the smartphone giant.

A rumor outlined by gsmhelpdesk.nl suggests that Samsung is working on two variants of the Galaxy Note 6; a 5.8-inch curved-display version and a 5.8-inch flat-display version (both in QHD resolution and with 4,000 mAh batteries). However, only one of the handsets would enter final production. 

The notion of a Galaxy Note 6 variant with a curved display isn’t in-and-of-itself astonishing: Samsung has unveiled curved phablet variants for two generations of the Galaxy Note series. What’s interesting is the idea that only one of these prototypes will eventually be released. 

This is the first time we’ve happened upon gsmhelpdesk.nl and without any mention of sources, we can’t speak to the credibility of the rumor. While it’s plausible that Samsung is testing several versions of the same handset (it would be strange if it wasn’t), it’s pretty likely that the Note 6 will come with an S Pen and combining a stylus with a curved screen sounds to us like a recipe for disaster.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 specs

Specs rumor one

On February 15, a Weibo leakster posted a set of specs for the Galaxy Note 6. The list is impressive to the point of being unbelievable. The device will reportedly see an increase in screen size to 5.8 inches, and the screen will be a slim RGB AMOLED display, something we haven’t seen on a Galaxy since the S2. 

The Note 6 was also said to bear 6 GB RAM, which would be the most RAM of any smartphone ever. This is an impressive figure, but with devices commonly now packing 3 or 4 GB RAM, it doesn’t seem ludicrously far-fetched.

Some of the information given in the leak is a bit confusing, however. For example, a pressure-sensitive screen with 1,024 pressure points is listed, even though the Note 4 and 5 both had twice as many points as that.

While we’re sat around waiting on more specs to begin to leak, we couldn’t resist having a think about the features we’d like to see on the Note 6. Given that we hold the Note 5 in incredibly high esteem here in the AndroidPIT offices, our hopes are high for Samsung’s follow-up. Take a look at the five features we’d love to see on the Galaxy Note 6.

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We could expect improvements on the Note 5 with the Note 6. / © ANDROIDPIT

Specs rumor two

On April 12, the Chinese social network and leak site Weibo was at it again with more specifications rumors for the Note 6. Its user, HQ_Vision, leaked specifications that were spotted by SamMobile.

The most significant of the specs leaks is the report that the Note 6 will have an advanced version of the Qualcomm processor, Snapdragon 823. This is the first chipset rumor for the device and if it’s true would represent an improvement over the Note 5’s Exynos 7420 processor. 

Another important bit from the leak is the rumor that the Note 6 could have 8 GB of RAM. This is twice that of its predecessor and larger than our previous reports of 6 GB RAM. The Note 5 had two versions, 32 GB and 64 GB but the fresh rumors show just one version with 64 GB of internal memory.

The leak also shows a 25 MP camera, which is certainly a whopping number and we hope it’s not a whopper because it would be quite powerful. But we need to remain cautious because these rumors are yet unsubstantiated. You can view the full post below. 

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Possible specifications for the Note 6. / © Weibo

Specs rumor three

A CPU-Z screenshot surfaced revealing specs for the Galaxy Note 6. This screenshot was sent to Phone Arena from an individual who claimed to be a Samsung employee. Although we doubt its authenticity, and Phone Arena suspects them to be fake, most of the specs mirror many rumors previously reported by AndroidPIT

The possible leaked specs include a QHD display that is 5.77 inches and 1440 x 2560 (480 ppi). This is nearly the same as the rumors we previously reported. The processor could be an Exynos 8890 backed with 6 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Again, these are similar to some of the rumors we’ve had before.

Android Marshmallow has already been confirmed for the Note 5. The leaker revealed that the Note 6 could be running Android N but only if it is available by that time. The tipster said that Samsung and Google are currently in talks to see if that’s a possibility. The CPU-Z screenshot can be viewed below.

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Possible specs leaked by reported Samsung employee. / © Phone Arena

Specs rumor four

We’ve already seen specs leaks that overlap and this May 4 rumor is no different. But it also contains some new leaks that blow previous rumors right out of the water. These were spotted on the serial Chinese leak site Weibo by GizmoChina.

The leak shows a screen size of 5.8 inches, which is the same as previous display rumors AndroidPIT reported. We’ve seen three different processor rumors so far but the newest rumor shows the Note 6 could come with the Snapdragon 823 backed with 6 GB RAM. Given the S7 had different processor versions, more than one of the speculations could be correct. Although we’ve seen rumors of 8 GB RAM, the 6 GB rumors are more frequent and more likely.

We’ve seen some powerful specs and features for the Galaxy Note 6 leaked and if they are true it would necessitate a large battery to keep it running. The latest leak shows the device could come with a 4,200 mAh battery. That’s 600 mAh larger than the S7 Edge and 1,200 mAh bigger than the Note 5.

The Galaxy Note 5 was disappointing in its internal memory capacity with two versions – 32 GB and 64 GB – and no option to expand. The latest leaks show the Note 6 with a whopping 256 GB internal storage. Even if Samsung doesn’t offer expandable memory on the device, it probably won’t be missed if the rumors are true.

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The Note 5 didn’t provide expandable memory but the Note 6 might not need it. / © ANDROIDPIT

Camera sensor

A rumor surfaced on PhotoRumors on April 18 suggesting that Samsung is working on a new camera sensor with an even wider aperture than the Galaxy S7’s. The sensor is said to have an f / 1.4 aperture (The S7’s is f / 1.7) and to be more compact, coming in at 1/2.3″. The sensor is said to be intended to have a resolution as high as 24 MP. 

In the lead up to the Galaxy S7, there were scores of rumors about the camera, very few of which proved true, so remain skeptical. It would be welcome news, however, to hear that Samsung is continuing to take its smartphone cameras very seriously. The rumor also comes with the suggestion that Samsung is moving people from its NX camera division over to its smartphone division, which, if true, indicates that they are taking the technology more seriously than ever.

USB Type-C

SamMobile reports that the Note 6 will be the first Samsung device to support USB Type-C. It seems high time that Samsung adopted the new standard, which offers greater convenience and faster charging speeds, as well as the possibility of HDMI and Display Port compatibility.

Given that the current Gear VR headset works off microUSB, if this Type-C rumor proves true, we can expect also to see a new Gear VR released prior to, or simultaneously with, the Note 6.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 price

The Note 5 has been spied with a price tag as high as US$850. The line has always been high-end, and the Note 6 seems unlikely to change that. Given that the patent suggests Samsung plans to build a phone powerful enough to function as a laptop, it will need a specs boost – and you can expect the price to rise accordingly.

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The Note 5 is pricey, but it’s one of the best phones in the world. We expect the Note 6 to be even better. / © ANDROIDPIT

Would you consider buying a Galaxy Note that doubled as a laptop? What else would you like to see from the Galaxy Note 6? Let us know in the comments.

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