The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is right around the corner, with leaks and expectations building up to its launch. Samsung’s traditional “Unpacked” event is scheduled for the 2nd of August, and while the Note 7 will make its presence felt, another thing to expect could be their new Gear VR headset. The headset will most probably support older phones from Samsung as well, including the Note 7.
Before we start. you might wonder why the Note 6 has seemingly been skipped, to which Samsung replies:
“There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note 7 will complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio. Second, the Galaxy Note 7 will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone.”
Leaks and rumors suggest a return of the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD display from the Note 5, with a more resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is in line with its predecessor in terms of form factor, coming in at 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 (mm) which should make it more manageable in smaller hands. The rear supposedly sports a 12MP camera capable of 4K video and OIS while the front facing camera stays at 5MP.
As far as internals are concerned, there are rumors of a unit with 64GB of storage as a base variant accompanied by 4GB of RAM. While processors vary from region to region, a hopeful rumor suggests the phone is to be powered by the new Snapdragon 821 chipset but it is most likely going to feature the same old Snapdragon 820 chipset or Samsung’s new Exynos chipset. IP68 certification as well as the return of a micro-SD card slot are also highly anticipated features.
The biggest changes come in the form of a USB-C port and an iris scanner. The changed port will allow for faster data transfer and charging of the rather disappointing, rumored 3500mAh battery, but rest assured, speculation suggests Samsung including a USB-C to microUSB adapter for consumers wishing to stick to old charging technology. The iris scanner for now seems more a gimmick than a useful feature and only performance will indicate how it performs in day to day use for authentication.
For the most part, above is everything we know about the latest from Samsung. Stay tuned for our coverage on the device as it launches on the 2nd of August and leave a comment with your thoughts on the phone based off these rumors.