The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recently spotted in a listing on Best Buy before the link was pulled down. The phablet is expected to be unveiled at “Unpacked” to be held on August 2 in New York City, while pre-orders are expected to start from August 3. It is unclear why Best Buy jumped the gun and put the Samsung device up on its website early.
Samsung’s flagship phablet is expected to be in stores in the US from August 19 onwards. The specs of the new device are hardly a secret given that leaks have pretty much revealed all the information. 9to5Google posted information regarding the device and its colors. The Note 7 will be available in onyx, silver titanium and blue coral. Information regarding the new Samsung Gear VR have been leaked as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Galaxy Note 7 will measure 153.5mm by 73.9mm by 7.9mm, boasting a 1440×2560 resolution on a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. A 12MP rear shooter will also record 4K videos with built-in image stabilization. The device also has a 5MP selfie camera with flash. The phablet will come with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Other storage options are yet to be revealed.
The device is expected to be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chip, while versions of Samsung’s proprietary Exynos chip will also be incorporated into some models. The Galaxy Note 7 will execute data transfer and charging duties via a USB-C port. A USB-C to microUSB adapter is expected to be shipped with the device to ensure compatibility with older charging cables. An iris scanner is expected to beef up the security aspect of the Note device.
The device comes with a 3,500 mAh battery but we don’t know whether it will be removable yet. Given the furor over the non-removable batteries in the S6 handsets, Samsung is likely to opt for removable batteries this time. The device also has an IP68 rating, which helps the device withstand depths of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) for around 30 minutes.
Samsung Gear VR
Following the successful rollout of its first VR device, Samsung is all set to release a second iteration. The device is expected to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 7, and improves upon its predecessor by expanding the field-of-view offered. The new Gear VR will provide 110 degrees of viewing angles as opposed to the 96 degrees offered by the present version. It will also feature a USB-C port to help pair it with the Galaxy Note 7.
All in all, Samsung has confirmed that its phablet will skip the number 6 to adopt the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 moniker. Samsung substantiated speculation when it said that the Note 7 will fall in line with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, ensuring that its tablets and smartphones are on the same page. The Galaxy Note 7 name is also expected to allay fears regarding the relevance of the new technology; customers may otherwise have thought that a Galaxy Note 6 device was not as advanced as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge mobile phones.
Best Buy managed to get some attention by temporarily enabling the pre-order option on its website. It is not clear whether the mess-up was intentional, but details regarding the Samsung Galaxy device should be unveiled in a few days. Given the success of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, it is likely that the Note 7 will also be well-received when it is launched.