We are just one day away from the Samsung’s Unpacked event, i.e. the Note 7’s launch. Till now, we have heard a lot about the phone. The rumours, official and unofficial reports, speculations, leaks – these things have been going on since a few weeks at least. With these many rumours and a couple of official confirmations coming out in the last couple of weeks, we are almost sure of what’s coming out tomorrow. So, here’s a list of things that we can expect from the Galaxy Note 7.
The Missing Note 6
Samsung is skipping the Note 6 and the successor to the Note 5 will be Note 7. This is an attempt to unify their product portfolio and minimize the confusion regarding latest mobile technology from the company.
Design, Build and Colours
There’s not much to expect here. The leaked images indicate a design that’s similar to Note 5 and S7. No room for complaints here, since the S7 had a great design with IP68 certification, all of which is expected to be present with the Note 7.
Popular twitter user Evan Blass posted a picture of the Note 7 recently which, if true, confirms three colour variants – Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral.
Few reports suggest that Note 7 will have a 4K display to enhance the VR experience. Not impossible by any means, but, from what we have seen so far, it seems that Samsung will go for 4K display when they launch S8 next year.
So, the display will be a 2560×1440 panel, and the size may be either 5.7 inch or 5.8 inch, that’s a pixel density of more than 500 PPI. If it’s the latter, then this will be the first time since Note 3 that the display size has been increased in the Note line-up. Note 3, Note 4 and Note 5 all had a 5.7 inch display.
[Read: How to calculate pixel density? ]
There will be only one curved display model. The Note 7 will also feature the new “Always On” functionality that debuted on the S7. It will have Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Last year, Samsung went with the same processors for the S series and the Note series. From what we have heard so far, there won’t be a repeat this year. Snapdragon 821 with Adreno 530 GPU will be used in the variants launched for western markets, while Samsung’s own Exynos 8893 will be used for Asian and African countries.
This is one of the very few things that will debut with the Note 7. Whether unlocking by iris scanner is faster than fingerprint method is debatable, but there’s no denying that iris scanners provide better security. Fingerprint scanners can be bypassed by fake prints, but doing the same with iris scanner is near-impossible.
Again something that is expected to be the first for Galaxy phones. Note 7 might be having a base variant with 64 GB internal memory. The phone will also have 4 or 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM.
Regarding expansion, recent developments from Samsung strongly indicate a possibility of Note 7 being the first phone to support UFS memory cards. There have been reports about Samsung developing a hybrid slot which will support both microSD cards as well as UFS cards. If we look at the timing of the news, there’s a high possibility of these features debuting with Note 7.
Right since the early days of S and Note series, Samsung has launched phones with the latest Android version available at the time. Though they are famous for slow updates, this is one record that they have maintained since a long time. Since Android Nougat is still not officially launched, the Note 7 will be coming with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box.
Samsung’s decision to switch to a lower resolution 12 MP camera with the S7 this year proved to be a masterstroke, with reviewers lauding the sensor’s overall capabilities. Hence we can expect the company to not alter too much with the cameras. 12 MP rear-facing and 5 MP front-facing cameras will be available on the Note 7. Front facing LED flash, or the soft-flash feature similar to the iPhones, is also expected this year.
Last year Samsung tried to make the phones sleek and went with lower capacity batteries. This move backfired, with both S6 and Note 5 having just manageable battery lives. Reports suggest that Note 7 will be having 3600 mAH battery, similar to S7 Edge. This will be sufficient considering S7 Edge had very similar specifications and its battery life was very good.
If reports are true, then this will be the costliest Note ever. The Galaxy Note 7 price is expected to be around $950. That is around Rs. 62,000 for the 64 GB model. This ‘over-pricing’ is not exactly what it looks like, since the base model will have 64 GB memory. For comparison, the iPhone 6s plus 64 GB is priced at around $900 (Rs. 69,999 in India)
So, these are things that we can expect from Samsung Galaxy Note 7. While things like design, colours, pricing etc. weren’t confirmed officially, the company launched a crazy video last week which confirmed features like iris scanner, better low-light selfie camera etc.
The Galaxy Unpacked event will begin at 11 AM EDT (8:30 PM IST) in New York, with simultaneous events planned at Rio de Janeiro (12 PM) and London (4 PM). Live streaming will be available at www.samsung.com