Galaxy Note 6 'Lite' detailed: potentially cheaper model with Snapdragon 820 & 4GB RAM

It's not uncommon for smartphone vendors to offer 'mini' or 'lite' versions of flagship handsets. These alternative configurations tend to scrimp on certain features, to varying degrees, in order to appeal to those seeking a new device on a budget. Samsung's Galaxy Note series is among the priciest in the mobile game, and to those unable or unwilling to shell out for the expensive phablet, a cheaper, lite model would certainly appeal. A few Galaxy Note 6 rumors have already begun floating around ahead of a probable July / August announcement, and in the latest, it's being suggested that a so-called Galaxy Note 6 Lite could well be on the cards. 

According to new info, the device will be scaled down in features, though not in size. It'll still apparently boast a 5.8-inch display, but it will be a full-HD, 1080p resolution rather than the quad-HD Super AMOLED panel expected of the main event. The device may also have to slum it on the Snapdragon 820, while the standard Galaxy Note 6 (and potentially, the Note 6 edge) may be treated to the as-yet unannounced Snapdragon 823. 

For Samsung to deploy the SD820 on a 'lite' model would be an interesting move. Even with the looming prospect of the SD823—with touted clock speeds of up to 3.0 GHz—the Snapdragon 820 is at the pinnacle of currently available mobile processors. A number of manufacturers have instead tended to opt for the Snapdragon 652 with these less spec-heavy models. Needless to say, if this as-yet unconfirmed handset does go for the Snapdragon 820, it'll be the strongest 'lite' smartphone on the planet. 

There's been talk of the Galaxy Note 6 creeping up to 6 or even 8 gigs of RAM. Again, though, the Note 6 Lite will have to settle for 4 GB. A Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM. On a lite smartphone! What's perhaps more entertaining is that on Weibo, it's being described as the "low power version". Still, it'll be interesting to see just how much cheaper this less-feature-rich-but-still-beastly Note 6 will cost, if it is indeed a real thing. 

Would you be interested in a Galaxy Note 6 Lite? Let us know down below.

source: Weibo (translated) via SlashGear

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1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Chinese Weibo, probably the last place to look for reputable leaks, last time there way an "iPhone" leak which was actually Meizu. Take this as a pinch of salt, this could also be what HTC did with the 10, some place will get the 820 while the others 823, who knows?

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

weibo is kinda like chinese version facebook or twitter.. twitter is also bad place to find leaks, unless it comes from evleaks and friends.. so dont judge by the site, judge by the poster (which I also dont know if its trusted or not, lol.. but at least its come from the land of flagship's creator, its highly possible if they hear some rumor from assembly workers, or engineer)

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015


7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

aka Chinese fb

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

How this phone can be 'lite'...? Listen Sammy, Make it a 5 incher, keep the stylus and call it: Galaxy Pocket Note (book)...

13. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That sounds like a space inspired children's notebook.

4. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

They Weibo wobble but they don't fall down! :) I would be interested if I didn't have the Note 5.

5. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Great !! But I believe, the software should be optimized extremely for such powerful hardware to really unleash the device power !!

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Wow....that's Samsung way of burning Qualcomm. Their flagship chipset in a 'lite' phone ?!?! xD

27. g2a5b0e unregistered

That makes very little sense considering that they plan on using a Qualcomm chip for the regular version as well.

8. robertdenaro116

Posts: 65; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

Although neither model of Galaxy Note 6 is official yet, it looks like we'll have a Galaxy Note 6 Lite too. check this to know what are the Galaxy Note 6 specs and what's the rumoured difference between the new Note 6 and Galaxy Note 6 Lite. what you folks think Is the Galaxy Note 6 Lite actually real?

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Could be real but the best way to make Note 6 lite is to put underclocked Exynos 8890. It would be efficient as hell and battery would last for a long time.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I was hoping for this too.

9. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

SD820 for the lite/budget version is a total NONSENSE imo. The only reasonable choice for fullHD budget version with Snapdragon is SD652.

25. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

They are obviously trying to compete for the Chinese and Indian markets. Having a SD652 will not cut it IMHO.

11. Frank_Estuary

Posts: 1; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'd be very surprised if they released a 'Note 6 Lite' with a Snapdragon 820 chip. 4GB RAM in a flagship smartphone is excessive, let alone in a 'Lite' model. Throwing RAM at smartphones to compensate for inefficiently optimised software is sloppy and disappointing.


Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

wow FHD with SD820, it could be a better deal than the original version.

14. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

1080p penTile on 5.8". No thanks Samsung. I refrain to buy even RGB 1080p at that size, penTile will look like utter s**t.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and slap that to gearVR.. and enjoy some dizziness from screendoor effect @_@

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Faaaake. Why such specs when we have the S7 Edge?

19. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I will buy it instead of the high end.

20. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Btw they will make the lite version to compete with ip7+ lol

21. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Please Samsung make the main version from METAL !!

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't like this idea of them fragmenting their high end portfolio. There should just be one Note and with one standard. No need to bewilder potential buyers. They have various midranged devices for this intent.

23. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I agree

24. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

i want TW to be LITE

26. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Can we get a "lite" price and software? Keep your, cheese-whiz.

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