x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to be launched in July, Android N on board

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to be launched in July, Android N on board

Posted: , by Florin T.

Tags:

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to be launched in July, Android N on board
Released in August 2015, the Galaxy Note 5 is still one of the best large smartphones that you can currently buy, and we obviously expect its successor - likely called Galaxy Note 6 - to be even better. We're also expecting the Note 6 to be released one year after the Note 5, but it looks like this may actually happen a bit earlier.

According to a report from Korean website The Bell, which quotes sources familiar with the matter, Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 6 in mid-July (less than 4 months from now). It's said that the new Note, allegedly codenamed Grace, will run Android N out of the box, which means Google should have the final version of the new OS ready by July - and it might very well do that, since an Android N Developer Preview is available as of earlier this month.

Unfortunately, the Korean website doesn't reveal anything else about the Galaxy Note 6. In any case, not long ago, we heard that the handset may sport a 5.8-inch display, thus being a bit larger than the Note 5 (which, as you probably know, offers a 5.7-inch screen). The new S Pen-equipped device could also feature 6 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear camera (most probably, the same one that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have), and up to 128 GB, or even 256 GB of internal memory. Last month, Samsung officially started mass producing 256 GB memory chips for smartphones, so having this previously unheard of amount of storage space on the Galaxy Note 6 is technically possible.

Needless to say, at the moment, we can't confirm anything regarding the Galaxy Note 6. What would you want Samsung's next-gen Note to offer?

128 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:25 6

1. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


These rumors don't make sense. Releasing it in July would just cannibalize the Galaxy S7 line sales. The Note series have usually been positioned in later in the fall to try to upend potential sales from iPhone launch cycles.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:30 16

4. dickwyn (Posts: 620; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Rumors will be rumors. Still think Samsung will be sticking with the usual IFA unveiling

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:47 17

25. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Add 4k display, 4000mah battery, return IR blaster, selfie flash, britecell camera sensor,16 GPU cores on the mongoose and make history of the best mobile device ever despite get my munchies... Lol

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:56 9

27. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Indeed! UHD Super AMOLED!

I'm already excited when thinking about it.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 01:32 7

29. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Are you planning on holding the device 2 inches from your face? QHD is more than plenty.

I certainly hope that they test each batch for the dreaded charging circuit failure that the Note5 is experiencing. Carriers aren't even testing for it, and sending out replacement refurbished devices with the same issue over and over again. I received 4 replacements, each had the same problem out of the box.

Don't screw this up, Samsung. I had to switch to an LG V10 because of the Note5 and it's fragile charging circuit. Paid $700 and I ended up tossing it. Funny thing is I get just as good of battery life out of my V10 and it's more responsive than the Note5 was.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 01:40 24

31. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1894; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"Are you planning on holding the device 2 inches from your face"

You definitely will be holding it less than 2" away from your face when it's in a VR headset. The smart solution is already there; use QHD by default and offer 4K mode when using a VR headset. That's doable with a 4K display, not doable with a QHD display.

posted on 14 Apr 2016, 10:01

128. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 423; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


That's exactly what you do when you use the Gear VR plus add magnification to that. 4k is not enough even then.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 07:08 1

62. xondk (Posts: 1132; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Personally I must admit I hope they find a way around the slight black issue that AMOLED has, its absolutely no big deal, but it would be a nice thing, so black doesn't smear a little, does even on the latest phones.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 04:27 1

49. Shocky (Posts: 2073; Member since: 16 May 2012)


With 128GB internal please.

posted on 07 Apr 2016, 16:38 1

126. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7856; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


256GB Special Edition for hardcore Note users would be awesome.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 08:50

72. phonearenarocks (Posts: 206; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


Lol! No way, they are releasing Note 6 wayyy tooo early, dont sense any change what so ever except for few S Pen tricks in comparison with S7.

posted on 24 Mar 2016, 22:55

112. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


If the recent S7 edge battery life is any indication, coupling a 4000 mAh battery with the SD 820 will only give an additional hour, at most. Samsung has really gone backwards with the battery life. It's a shame...

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 02:10

33. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


True, Google isn't even releasing Android N until August the earliest
Unless they change their timeline, which is unlikely

But there will be no complaints from me if they do release N earlier :)

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 11:40

83. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Samsung didn't unveil the Note 5 at IFA last year.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:34 10

5. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


It will not cannibalize the S7's sales.

Because the Note 6 with it's Stylus puts it in a different league versus the Galaxy S7.

The Galaxy Note5 launched earlier than the Note 4, yet still outsold the Note 4.

Regarding the fierce competition in the Android market, it makes perfect sense if Samsung releases the Note 6 earlier than the Note5.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 03:39 6

41. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 69; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


I think it's time that Samsung make the Note with a 6" screen. The Note 6 should come with a 6".

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 09:24

76. MichaelDennique (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


It is long over due indeed.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:27 9

19. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


That's the beauty of the note line, it never cannibalises s7 line sales. The target audience is totally different. The note 5 being a dud doesn't mean Samsung has given up the power-user audience of note series.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 07:41

67. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


They give u the best hardware then they kick your a** in software updates.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 07:49

68. ph00ny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Does your note 5 not work? Mine is mighty fine. Are you not able to install apps because your note 5 is not running M?

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 08:38 1

71. Ruturaj (Posts: 1149; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Agree with you tyrion, I would never buy a S series phone (will always go for note, love all features and screen size).

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 08:55 1

73. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I'm on the opposite boat. Will never buy a note. To each its own i guess.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 12:24

86. warrenellis93 (Posts: 147; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


I will never tell someone what im never going to do lol

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 17:42 1

94. AppleVersusAndroid (Posts: 192; Member since: 20 Mar 2016)


How was the Note 5 a dud? The unibody was an excellent choice, because the majority of users do not need more than 32GB's, and most users are not power users so the rapid charging and great battery life are more than enough.The Note 5 was more comfortable in the hand, and ran the newer version of TouchWiz which proved get rid of that dreaded lag many experienced on the pre- S6 Note 5 models of Samsung phones.

I had not one issue with my Note 5, whereas my Note 4 had terrible call quality, froze many times, and lagged over time. My Note 5 never slowed down, I never had to remove the battery because it never slowed down, and the charging was super fast.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 22:53 1

103. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


What does it offer over the S6. No innovation in 6 months = dud.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 05:52 1

53. ava51 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Feb 2016)


I do have the Note Edge and I love it.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 05:21 1

107. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 77; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)


I also love my note edge, I have a note 5 for a work phone it too is a great phone, but my edge is my fav.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 06:12

59. kevv2288 (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jul 2015)


The s7 came out a moth earlier this year, march vs last year s6 was released in april. So maybe samung is doing the same with the note series?

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 11:41

84. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Samsung already did that with the Note last year so I doubt it releases it early again.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 17:33

92. AppleVersusAndroid (Posts: 192; Member since: 20 Mar 2016)


Previously true, but currently false. The Note 5 was released near the end of August last year. Apple releases it's phones near the middle-end of September.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 17:39

93. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Yup, don't sell the Note so people can buy another manufactures phone... do people think when they post? :(

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:26 3

2. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Codenamed "Grace"? Weird.

And 256GB storage with 6GB RAM is a crazy good package. Wow!

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:34 13

6. srgonu (Posts: 215; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Codename should be Beast

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:40

9. Unordinary (Posts: 1000; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I'm guessing the thorn that defeats the beast, was the SPen? Jokes aside. If this is true, just in time for summer party and adventure photos :)

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 07:10

63. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Omg 6gb Ram. That's what Android needed in the beginning.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:30 1

3. senseiJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 May 2015)


Wtf I'm selling my note 5 immediately.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:58 1

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1936; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


If the rumors are true then you would be wise to sell and upgrade when the time comes.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 07:11 1

64. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Will be selling my S7Edge.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 09:42

78. GoTstan (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


Lol that's dumb af. Compulsive are we?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:35

7. quintessential (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Mar 2015)


To start with, Galaxy Note 5 sales were better than the S6/S6 Edge last year, which was Samsung's saving grace.. but not enough to stave off the continued decline in profits and numbers.

If it is true that Samsung is pushing the launch earlier in July, then it would be for two reasons:

1) The Galaxy S7/S7 Edge sales are not as fantastic as they claimed to be so far. Looking at S6/S6 edge last year where lots of bold claims of huge pre-orders and sales were made by Samsung. Turns out they didn't translate to phenomenal profits in their quarterly reports. This year again Samsung is claiming loads of preorders for the S7 series. Really?

2) The iPhone 7/7+ launch will greatly impact sales of the Note 6 if Samsung launches the new model during September/October. A launch in July would mean that Samsung can exploit a window of opportunity a few months ahead of the iPhone's to increase sales. On the other hand, an earlier launch would mean that Samsung would hold on to the Note 6's price until the iPhone 7 is launched, and then Samsung would do a price cut for the Note 6 during Q4 2016 to take on Apple.

This was what happened with the Note 5 last year. Before the iPhone 6S was out, the Note 5 was going for $399 with a 2-year plan. When the 6S was released, the Note 5 was immediately cut to $299 with a 2-year plan. Today, the Note 5 is now going for $199 with a basic 2-year plan.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:14

16. vprasad1 (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


"1) The Galaxy S7/S7 Edge sales are not as fantastic as they claimed to be so far."

They're practically dumping the S7 phones on the market by having the carriers run BOGOs. So funny all the sites that say "Sales exceeded Samsung's expectations"... that's because they're flooding the market with the phones.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 02:30 2

36. Macready (Posts: 811; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


There are no claims about the (BOGO) US market, only Europe and China, where there are no "BOGO" promotions. At least I haven't seen them.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 02:27 3

34. Macready (Posts: 811; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


The Note 5 outsold the S6/S6 Edge? Not in a million years. The former targets a much smaller audience and was also released in limited markets. Second, profits were indeed down down last year, but numbers sold were up.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 03:42 5

42. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


And the S6 Edge outsold any other Android flagship in 2015.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 04:35 1

50. Shocky (Posts: 2073; Member since: 16 May 2012)


From my experience Note users tend to be a little delusional.

posted on 07 Apr 2016, 16:43 1

127. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7856; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Since you put yourself out there with this statement, how about giving some details.

A little delusional about what?

Not is basically a galaxy S with a Pen and added features and capabilities to support the Pen. Last year was the very first time in Note history, the S and Note shared the same internals.

But unlike many OEM's who just make big phones, Samsung set out to not just make it big, but make big useful. No other 5"+ phone had the capabilities of the Note, not even the few that actually come with a stylus.

When you know you are carry the device that set the trend for size and capability, what is there exactly to be delusional about?

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 18:18

96. AppleVersusAndroid (Posts: 192; Member since: 20 Mar 2016)


Profits were down because the S6/S6 Edge were all heavily discounted shortly after their release, driving profit margin down, and so on.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:38 7

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


As long as the hardware upgrade isn't miniscule this time around. The Note 4 was a huge leap in technological advancements from the Note 3 and even the S5; the Note 5 was basically the same as the S6, using the same 6 month old hardware in the SoC and camera optics. What they did was basically stuck an extra gigabyte of RAM and a slightly bigger battery.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:53 11

10. Loubielou (Posts: 496; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Note 4 still the Best Smartphone produce with the Removable Battery & sd card slot, Samsung needs to offer an amazing batterylife or bring back the removable battery on the Note 6 plus sd card slot

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:00

13. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Removable batteries impose design limitation. That's not something they are going to contend with going forward

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:06 1

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1936; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The G5 would be the best phone based of the reason you say the Note 4 is anyway.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 18:19 1

97. AppleVersusAndroid (Posts: 192; Member since: 20 Mar 2016)


But the G5 is an exceptionally ugly slab of Silver. People generally go for the better looking phone, since they all essentially are capable of the same things at this point.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 18:58 1

101. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1936; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The G5 is damn ugly and I would never buy it. Looks aside the G5 is the best phone with a removable battery and SD card slot so post#10 was wrong to say the Note 4 is.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 17:11

110. alrightythen (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Only the G5 has a very small screen compared to the notes so it really isnt even comparable.

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 19:22

111. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1936; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Well in post #10 when he said the note 4 was the best smartphone with a removable battery and sd card slot, he compared it to the G5. If he had said it was the best phablet then there wouldn't be a problem but the fact is the way he worded it makes it very subjective because the note 4 has nothing over the G5 except a larger screen.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 09:44 7

79. GoTstan (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


Yessssssssir! Long live the Note4!

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 23:57 1

11. BLSEOTB (Posts: 329; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Im just wondering how the design will look since the S7 is just the S6 with the Note 5 back.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:08 1

15. grbrao (Posts: 255; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


my dream note 6 specs
*Snapdrogon 820 improvised
*8GB RAM
*64GB min storage
*Water & Dust Proof
*Camera like on 1020 (without bump)
*LTE Cat.10
*USB Type C
*4k unbreakable display
*5000mAh Li-ion Battery.
*Price - 700$

That is it...

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:21 2

17. iushnt (Posts: 1483; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


The camera in the s7 is already better than 1020

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 00:32

20. grbrao (Posts: 255; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


what i mean to say that, 41MP, with all the tricks and that flash, lense etc.. if we can get better it will be still better...

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories