While the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge almost stretches into phablet territory, Samsung fans will have to wait for the Galaxy Note 6 for a true 2016 flagship phablet from the company.
It’s a highly anticipated phone, especially in Europe where Samsung made the bizarre decision not to launch the Galaxy Note 5, leaving would-be buyers hungry for their next S Pen hit.
But while the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 probably won’t be with us until the tail end of 2016 we’re already starting to hear rumors about it. If that’s not enough to keep you sated we’ve also cooked up a wish list of things we want to see.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s next phablet
- When’s it out? Late 2016, possibly early September
- What will it cost? It’s sure to be very expensive
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 release date
Samsung typically launches its phablet flagships towards the end of the year. The Galaxy Note 5 arrived at the very end of August 2015 and it’s thought that the Note 6 will arrive in the same month of 2016.
The good news is that according to a techradar source high up at one of the UK’s major networks this time it should make its way to the UK as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 news and rumors
We’re already hearing a few rumblings about the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. Rumblings like the possibility that it will be water resistant. That’s one rumor that seems likely, given that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is.
There’s also talk out of China that it will use a 2.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 823 chip, which is so new it hasn’t even been announced yet. That chip, if the rumors are right, will essentially be a slightly faster version of the Snapdragon 820, albeit with support for up to 8GB of RAM.
Though given that the Snapdragon 820 already allows for 6GB that doesn’t mean Samsung will stick that much in its next phablet, but 5GB or 6GB seems likely and indeed 6GB has been rumored.
Other rumors include the possibility of an iris scanner, though this is based on the fact that Samsung has been importing iris scanning modules, rather than any direct mention of them being used in the Galaxy Note 6.
Word from Weibo also points to a 5.8-inch 1440 x 2560 screen, 64GB or 128GB of storage and a 12MP camera with Super OIS Plus. Though we’d always advise taking Weibo posts with a pinch of salt.
Patently Mobile also uncovered a patent which points to a Samsung phablet device being used to power a laptop. Patents aren’t products but it’s within the realms of possibility that Samsung could launch a laptop dock as an optional accessory for the Galaxy Note 6.
What we want to see
1. A microSD card slot
With the Galaxy Note 5 Samsung finally gave us a phablet that looked as premium as it was, but that sandwich of metal and glass lost its microSD card slot.
No microSD card slot means significant limits on how much media you can stick on the phone and a phablet more than any other type of handset is built for media, so it was a real shame.
The good news is that Samsung reinstated the card slot for the Galaxy S7, so it’s likely to put one in the Galaxy Note 6 too. We certainly hope it does.
2. A removable battery
Another casualty of the move to premium materials was a removable juice pack. This one might be harder to fix without a drastic redesign of the hardware and with a sealed battery in the Samsung Galaxy S7 too we’re not optimistic about getting a removable one in the Samsung Galaxy Note 6.
But it would be nice if we did. A removable battery means any concerns about longevity can be muted by carrying a spare and, perhaps more importantly, if and when your battery starts to wear out you can just buy a new one, rather than buying a whole new phone.