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
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?



1. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

25. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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

27. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Indeed! UHD Super AMOLED! I'm already excited when thinking about it.

29. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

128. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

62. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

49. Shocky unregistered

With 128GB internal please.

126. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

72. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

112. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 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...

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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 :)

83. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

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

5. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

41. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

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

76. MichaelDennique

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

It is long over due indeed.

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.

67. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

68. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 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?

71. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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

73. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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

86. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

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

94. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

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.

103. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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

53. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

I do have the Note Edge and I love it.

107. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

59. kevv2288

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 30, 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?

84. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

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

92. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

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.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.