Updated: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 release date, news and rumors

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Update: It’s looking increasingly likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have 6GB of RAM and there’s even growing evidence that it could have an iris scanner.

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? Probably mid-August
  • What will it cost? It’s sure to be very expensive

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 release date

According to @evleaks the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be released during the week of August 15, so with no other release date rumors to go on that’s looking the most likely.

However, Samsung typically launches its Galaxy Note flagships during IFA, which this year is happening in early September, so it’s possible that we’ll have to wait until then.

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 design

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

We’re already hearing a few rumblings about the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. Rumblings like the possibility that it will be water and dust resistant. A Weibo post echoes that claim, saying that it will be IP68 certified. That’s one rumor that seems likely, given that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is.

What’s less clear is how the phone will actually look, though there’s a good chance that it will bear more than a passing resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S7, with a slim metal frame and a glass back.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 screen

Word from both Weibo and GSM Helpdesk points to a 5.8-inch 1440 x 2560 screen, with the latter claiming the display might be curved, though apparently Samsung hasn’t decided on that aspect yet.

We’re hearing similar rumors from another Weibo post, which claims the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have a 5.8-inch screen in both curved and flat varieties. Given that all the rumors so far are pointing to the same size and resolution it’s likely that’s what we’ll get.

Certainly it’s going to be at least QHD, given that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is, and 5.8 inches would only be marginally bigger than that phone’s 5.7-inch screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 camera and battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

A tipster on Weibo claims the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have a 12MP camera with Super OIS Plus. Though we’d always advise taking Weibo posts with a pinch of salt. Then again, GSM Helpdesk also claims we’ll get a 12MP camera, so it could be true, especially as the Galaxy S7 has the same spec snapper.

While most camera rumors are pointing to a 12MP lens PhotoRumors claims Samsung is working on a new sensor that will be between 18MP and 24MP and have a wide f/1.4 aperture, which should allow it to take in a lot of light.

Even if Samsung is working on such a sensor that doesn’t mean it will debut on the Galaxy Note 6, but it’s a possibility.

Whatever spec camera we get it may have an infrared autofocus for speedy focusing according to a post on Weibo.

The same post claims that it will have a huge 4200mAh battery, which would be far larger than the 3000mAh juice pack in the Galaxy Note 5 and slightly bigger than the 4000mAh it had previously been rumored to be.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 OS and power

Note 5

There’s talk out of China that the Galaxy Note 6 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 and is now looking ever more likely, as Samsung has announced its own 6GB RAM chip.

Various tipsters on Weibo have also claimed the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have a Snapdragon 823 chip, along with 64GB, 128GB and perhaps even 256GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 other features

Samsung patent

Patently Mobile has 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.

Other rumors include talk of a USB Type-C connector, which seems a likely bet, and the possibility of an iris scanner, though this is based on the fact that Samsung has been importing iris scanning modules and has filed trademarks for “Samsung Iris” and “Samsung Eyeprint”, rather than any direct mention of them being used in the Galaxy Note 6.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 price

None of the leaks so far have given a clear idea of price for the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. We’d expect a similar price to the Galaxy Note 5 though, which didn’t come cheap. In the US the phone retailed at about US$700 on day one, so we’d expect over £500 or AU$950.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 competition

Best phablet

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is going to be pitted against some very tough competition. There’s theSamsung Galaxy S7 with a 5.1-inch display and then there’s the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which is basically a phablet already.

Apple has the iPhone 6S Plus at the moment, but around the time of the Note 6’s launch we’ll probably also get an iPhone 7 Plus.

Then there’s the LG G5, HTC 10 and many other phones that will prove tough competition for the Galaxy Note 6 when it’s officially announced.

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