The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has managed to generate an inordinate amount of attention so far, perhaps more than any Note preceding it. There are several reasons why: (1) It is said to be launching August 2nd – the earliest ever, (2) Samsung is said to be skipping the number 6 to synchronize with the mainstream Galaxy S7 numbering, (3) it is becoming increasingly likely there will only be an Edge variant produced, (4) it is all but officially confirmed that an iris scanner will be present, (5) there is apparently going to be a blue color variant, and (6) it may be Samsung’s first phone with USB Type-C and 6GB of RAM.
Today, Evan Blass (@evleaks) has managed to unearth a pixel perfect picture that is arguably the culmination of much of what is listed above, and yet, infinitely more:
Here is the image enlarged for ease of visualization:
Now it should be pointed out, obviously, that as Samsung itself has not publised this image, there is technically no way to say it’s official. However looking at said picture, it’s almost impossible for this not to be the real deal. Either way, a proper analysis is in order.
The case of color
According to Blass, the color arrangement, from left to right, is Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral. Given the highly reflective, mirror-like nature of Samsung’s recent silver (and gold) Galaxy S and Note phones, it can be surmised that the center Note 7 will likely appear more silver in real life, though here it almost looks like it could possibly pass for a slightly altered shade of white.
On the other hand, the Coral Blue variant is probably not what anyone was expecting. This is all the more likely given the previous blue flagship phone Samsung released:
Of course the above image of the Galaxy S6 is “Blue Topaz”, though it looks quite similar to the Galaxy Note 7 logo‘s shade which Evan also leaked:
In the story published last week, the point was raised as to if such a light shade would appeal to users who typically see the Note line as a more professional and productive product, the likes of which category typically opts for more subdued tones. Clearly Samsung is aware of this as well, for the Blue Coral Note 7 looks…basically silver. In fact, here is the Galaxy Note 5 in Silver Titanium for reference:
While a subtle hint of blue can indeed be detected in the Blue Coral Note 7 press render, it will be quite interesting to see the color in real life, especially given that the lighting and angle can make for some wildly different yet equally interesting hues.
Suffice to say however, those worried about the prospect of a super light blue Note 7 need not be alarmed. Those who are hoping for a white or gold choice option, on the other hand, might find cause for concern, though it should be noted that with press render leaks of the S7 from earlier in the year, white was not present thought it did of course launch. And it is almost inevitable that a rose gold variant will debut some months later.
The Note number
Again, assuming today’s renders are of the actual product that will release, “Galaxy Note 7” can be seen on the back side. This is yet another “confirmation” of Samsung’s bold decision to skip the Note 6 in light of wanting to align its two halo product lines.
As for if this will cause confusion to buyers or not, that remains to be seen, though one might argue if anything, it would just imply the Note 7 is even more “new” than the Note 6 would have been.
The Edge display
From the renders, it does indeed look like these products are making use of Samsung’s curved Dual-Edge Display AMOLED, just like the Galaxy S7 Edge did. While this doesn’t exactly disprove the idea that there will not be a standard Galaxy Note 7, it does indicate that those hoping for a return to the more productive, always “on” nature of the 2014 Galaxy Note Edge should probably accept that Samsung seemingly has no intention to ever do that again.
Despite the fact that many find the curved sides to be cool, there are indeed a very vocal number of critics who dislike the approach for a number of reasons, including usability and cost. If there is no standard Note 7 to offer, this would imply a single price point: will it be more than some are willing to pay, or would Samsung consider an MSRP at what the standard S7 retailed for at launch?
The Iris Scanner
To the right of the front-facing camera module can be seen a curious “extra” circle, which is likely for the iris scanner. Those interested in learning more about it can find coverage here:
And also refer to this leaked picture from a few days prior:
Rounding out the commentary, a few other minor details:
- The S-Pen can be seen faintly, which looks exactly like the push-to-eject variant present on last year’s model. It remains to be seen as to if Samsung will have devised a way to prevent users from inverted insertion.
- While the front faces look to be of a totally pure nature, the rear plates have a faintly visible lined design going on.
- The rear also looks to be curved slightly, as was the Galaxy Note 5 and this year’s S7 and S7 Edge.
- The rear camera module’s protrusion looks to be slimmed down as with the S7 and S7 Edge.
Those looking for a quick supposed spec summary can assumed that the Galaxy Note 7 will have either a 5.7 or 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 or Exynos 8893 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel PDAF, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 3,600 mAh battery, iris scanner and the new Grace UX running on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
It was only a matter of time before a leak of this nature appeared, and with that the next big thing will indeed be an unofficial hands-on with the unit. What do you think? Does this look like the next Note for you, or is something a bit unsettling? Please take our quick survey below and then get your comments on!