With Samsung’s Galaxy S7 already in the hands of reviewers and early adopters, the excitement around the device’s launch is starting to die down. And instead of speculating about the S7, the ever-active Samsung rumor mill is now talking about the Galaxy Note 6, and the devices and software updates that are likely to come later this year. Read on to catch up on the most exciting Samsung rumors to surface this week.
1. Samsung may debut an iris scanner with the Galaxy Note 6
A report from SamMobile indicates that Samsung may introduce an iris scanner with the upcoming Galaxy Note 6. Dutch site GalaxyClub has discovered that Samsung has imported a component called an “iris cam” into India for the usual testing. While there are few details to share, the part is labelled “Samsung Mobile.” Though any connection to the Galaxy Note 6 isn’t explicitly mentioned, the device is the next flagship that Samsung is expected to launch, and SamMobile characterizes it as a “prime candidate to feature an iris scanner.”
Rumors dating to mid-2015 indicated that both Samsung and LG were gearing up to launch smartphones with iris recognition. GforGames reported last year that the two smartphone giants were expected to implement the authentication technology as soon as 2016.
2. The Galaxy Note 6 could be water-resistant
The report from SamMobile also indicates that the Galaxy Note 6 will be IP68 certified. The publication reports that the Galaxy Note 6 will have the same level of water resistance as the Galaxy S7, which would mean it could withstand submersion in 1.5 meters of water for half an hour. SamMobile notes that that would make the Note 6 Samsung’s first “true water and dust resistant phablet,” even though the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge features a similar body.
Previous rumors about the next phone in the Note line have indicated that the next generation of the device could feature a 5.8-inch display, and possibly 6GB of RAM, which is more memory than any of its predecessors and more memory than many other smartphones on the market. However, it’s so far unclear whether the device will ship with Android N, which Google will unveil over the summer.
3. The Note 6 could feature more memory than most 2016 flagships
In other Note 6 news, a report originating in China indicates that the phone could use a chip that’s different from the one in most other 2016 Android flagships, according to BGR. In fact, it sounds like the Galaxy Note 6 could be a lot more than a stylus-equipped version of the Galaxy S7, with a unique chip that comes equipped with laptop-grade RAM.
A recent report indicates that the Galaxy Note 6 may be equipped not with the Snapdragon 820 found in most 2016 Android flagships, but with a 64-bit 2.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 823 processor, which would feature Adreno 530 graphics and support for up to 8GB of RAM. If the report is correct, it’s unclear whether an Exynos equivalent of the Snapdragon 823 would be released for the Galaxy Note 6, which would enable Samsung to launch two versions of the device like it did with the Galaxy S7.
Digital Trends notes that there’s no indication yet that the rumor is true, and while there’s been talk of a Snapdragon 823 in the past, it’s not yet an official product from Qualcomm. The hypothetical chip has been referenced in rumors about other smartphones, too, from a Xiaomi Mi Note 2 to the LG G Flex 3 to an unnamed Sony Xperia phone. If a Snapdragon 823 really will power the Galaxy Note 6, Qualcomm will likely officially launch it in the coming months.
4. Samsung could unveil an Olympic Edition of the Galaxy S7
SamMobile reported at the end of March that Samsung is working on an Olympic Edition of the Galaxy S7, and Samsung Rumors reports that the special-edition device will likely be unveiled right before the start of the games in August. Samsung is reportedly developing a device with the codename Hero2_Olympic_edition, which makes sense given the fact that the Galaxy S6 was codenamed Hero and the Galaxy S7 was Hero2. The company also promised to enable fans to experience the Olympics in virtual reality, and is reportedly working on apps with the codenames IOC_Olympic_app and Rio2016_WOW_Olympic_app.
The Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition is likely to have VR content on the event preloaded, and may even have the Gear VR bundled with it for free (the same deal that the company offered with preorders of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge). Samsung Rumors notes that an Olympic Edition Galaxy S7 likely won’t be the last variant of the S7 that Samsung releases, as the company is likely to launch a Galaxy S7 mini and a Galaxy S7 active.
5. Numerous Galaxy devices should get an update to Android N
Samsung Rumors reports that according to some “experts,” Samsung will update all of the midrange and flagship phones it’s unveiled since the Note 4. Android N is expected to feature additions like native stylus support, multi-window mode, picture-in-picture mode, and a redesigned notification panel. The device expected to get the update include:
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 edge
- Galaxy S6 edge+
- Note 5
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S7 edge
- Note 4
- Note edge
- Tab S2
- Galaxy A3 (2016)
- Galaxy A5 (2016)
- Galaxy A7 (2016)
- Galaxy A9 (2016)
- Galaxy A9 pro (2016)
The publication also reports that even though the Note 6 is expected to be released only shortly after Google unveils Android N, Samsung may not have enough time to enable the Note 6 to run on the newest version of Android.