The Note 5 landed as Samsung’s latest phablet flagship back in mid-2015, and over the last few months the rumor mill has starting to spin up new ideas about what we may see in the Note 6. Here’s what we’ve heard so far about what the next-generation Samsung phablet will offer.
Rumors continue about the next Samsung phablet, and these latest reports suggest a new set of interesting features for the Note 6. We may very well see water resistance come to the Note 6, reports SamMobile.
Since IP68 water resistance come to the Galaxy S7 this past fall, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samsung bring the same protection to its larger phablet. It was already surprising that the Note 5 didn’t offer any water resistance, after Samsung opted for a sealed battery and removed the MicroSD card slot from the phablet last September. If the Note 6 gets IP68 water resistance, the device would be able to withstand 30 minutes under up to 3 feet of water — just like the Galaxy S7.
SamMobile also reported rumors that an iris scanner may add more security to the Note 6. An iris scanner recently appeared on a list of materials purchased for research and development, the publication reports. Of course, even if Samsung is researching iris scanners, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Note 6 will feature an iris scanner. However, the addition of the eye-scanning tech wouldn’t be surprising, either. Samsung likes to differentiate itself from the crowd with new tech, as we’ve seen with Samsung Pay and other novel features on its flagship phones. It’s still speculation at best, though, so don’t hold your breath for a Windows Hello-like unlocking experience just yet.
Last year, we saw the Note 5 launch in August, several weeks earlier than the typical September Unpacked event that coincides with the annual IFA tech convention in Berlin. This year, we may see an even earlier unveil date, if the latest rumors prove true.
The reason Samsung may opt for an earlier Note 6 launch may lie in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s apparent success, with Samsung revising its earnings forecasts due to “better than expected operating profit” from the Galaxy S7, according to an analyst speaking to Bloomberg in April. In the same piece, Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston said, “We expect Samsung to release the Note 6 a month or two before the Apple iPhone 7.”
Traditionally, new iPhone models arrive between September and November each year, which puts the potential Note 6 launch between July and October, depending on Samsung’s level or preparation. Previously, unnamed sources familiar with the matter told The Bell, a Korean website, that Samsung could launch the Galaxy Note 6 in the middle of July.
Again, this is a rumor that we can’t verify, so take it with a grain of salt. What’s especially interesting is that the Note 6, codenamed Grace, may run Android N out of the box, according to The Bell. It’s quite possible, considering Google surprised everyone when it released the Developer Preview for the upcoming Android version early. Google said it hopes to finish and hand off Android N to manufacturers in the summer — which means it’s easily in the realm of possibility that the Galaxy Note 6 could be one of the first phones to come equipped with Android’s latest operating system.
Another rumor lining up for the Note 6 is that it will have more RAM than ever before to help the memory-hog TouchWiz provide a buttery-smooth experience. According to a rumor posted on a Chinese blog, there may be a crazy 6GB of RAM for the Note 6 to use. This news also comes several months after Samsung announced being able to produce smartphones that feature 6GB of RAM on a single chip.
In the phablet department, Samsung has experimented with screen sizes anywhere from 5.7 to 6 inches and beyond for its device displays. While the Note series has been consistently 5.7 inches in size for some time, the same rumor suggesting 6GB of RAM is also showcasing a slightly larger 5.8-inch display for the Note 6. According to the rumor, the Quad-HD Super AMOLED display will get a fraction of an inch larger screen with the same resolution.
Some other features rumored in the Chinese blog post include a 12-megapixel camera with something called “Super OIS,” as well as 64GB or 128GB of storage.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled and let you know as learn more new rumors and news about the next Galaxy Note.
Updated 0n 04-11-2016 by Joshua Sherman: Added in further news of possible waterproofing and a new lineup
Updated 0n 04-07-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in further news of a possible early Galaxy Note 6 release