Samsung is gearing up to launch the next-gen Note phablet sometime around July-August. While a couple of versions are rumored to be in development, an evidence of its existence was recently spotted on India’s import-export listing website, Zauba. Logically, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 6, but if rumors are to be believed, the Korean giant may skip a generation and directly launch the Galaxy Note 7. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
A component of a Samsung handset with model number SM-N935G was spotted on the website, GSMArena reports. While the actual smartphone hasn’t yet entered in India for testing, it appears to be the metal mask from the production line. The record shows that two units were shipped, each costing around Rs 8,008. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Now, if we look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, it carries a model number SM-N920, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge carries a model number SM-G930 and SM-G935, respectively. By that logic, the SM-N935 would most likely be the next Note phablet, probably in edge flavor.
Why would Samsung skip a generation?
Back in 2010, Samsung announced the Galaxy S smartphone, whereas the first Galaxy Note phablet was announced a year later, in September 2011. That way, the Note-series was always a generation behind the Galaxy S-series. Also, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 being the latest phablet in the Note-series, a lot of people mistaken it as a two-year-old device when the Samsung Galaxy S5 was around. So, in order to bridge the generation gap between Galaxy S-series and the Galaxy Note-series, the company may directly opt to launch the Galaxy Note 7.
But Samsung is not the only one skipping the naming scheme; Microsoft had done the same with Windows 10 when it skipped Windows 9. And this is a funny one – at Build 2015 developer conference, Microsoft’s VP for OS, Joe Belfiore’s T-Shirt had a windows logo that read “Windows 10, because 7 8 9.” If you read it loud, it’s Windows 10, because 7 ate 9.
However, the real reason could be the line of code used by developers to check the Windows version. As developers never imagined that Microsoft could release a Windows 9 version in future, their code uses a ‘Windows 9’ shortcut to find out whether the computer is running on Windows 95 or Windows 95. To ensure it doesn’t cause any problems, Microsoft simply skipped Windows 9.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 (or Galaxy Note 7) specifications, features: We have already come across a handful of rumors that have given us a fair idea of what to expect, and the upcoming Note-phablet is likely to bring the much needed major upgrades. The next-gen Note could be the first Samsung handset to embrace the USB Type-C port. It is also likely to feature a variant with 256GB onboard storage and 4,200mAh battery.
The phablet could feature a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 823 processor and 6GB of RAM. Fingerprint scanner and IRIS scanner for biometric authentication could also be in tow. On the photography front, the phablet is likely to come equipped with a 12-megpaixel dual pixel camera sensor of aperture f/1.7, the same as seen on the latest Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. It is also expected to sport some sort of water and dust proofing capabilities. On the software front, it is likely to run on Android N out of the box.
With just a couple of months to go, it will be interesting to see what surprise Samsung has in store for its users.