Support grows for Galaxy Note 7 name; will Samsung really skip the Note 6?

Support grows for Galaxy Note 7 name; will Samsung really skip the Note 6?
The importance of branding to smartphone sales can't be understated, and the difference between a forgettable phone and one that goes on to be a best-seller really can be as simple as giving it an identity that really resonates with the smartphone-buying public. Samsung knows this truth as well as anyone (and how many times have you heard people talk about “Galaxy” phones when they're referring to Android handsets in general?), and new rumors have suggested that the company is taking that lesson to heart, calling its next phablet the Galaxy Note 7 in an effort to create synergy with this year's Galaxy S7. While Samsung has yet confirm that it will skip the Galaxy Note 6, more and more voices are talking about the possibility of this year's Note being the Note 7 – most recently on Chinese social media.

We know: the image you see here doesn't look at all official, and we're leaning hard in the direction of it being a fan mock-up.

But just because it may not be a Samsung-sourced graphic doesn't mean it's not based on some possible insider intel, and this one's sure grabbing the attention of some prominent smartphone-rumor aficionados in the West.

The theory goes that Samsung is tired of having the Galaxy Note numbering lag one year behind its Galaxy S flagship, especially as that may be creating impressions that the Galaxy Note is based on older technology than the S – when in reality, the situation tends to be quite the opposite.

Last year Samsung pushed up its Galaxy Note launch from its typical IFA announcement to a mid-August debut; now rumors suggest that this year's launch event could fall even earlier still, in the opening days of the month.

If that's indeed true, we suspect it may not be long now before some much more convincing leaks start helping us establish once and for all exactly what branding the 2016 Galaxy Note will take.


source: i冰宇宙 (Weibo) via Steve Hemmerstoffer (Twitter)

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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15 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I think the image is fake... Samsung teases their new launch with "The next Galaxy" not with "The next Note" tagline...

2. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Irrespective of what the number is, the next Note is going to be the upgrade for my Note 4. There doesn't exist any logic for updating the sequence this year as the Note customers are used to the scheme. Also design wise its closer to Note 5 and hence there is not enough change to skip the next level.

21. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

But Note customers, as you point out, are going to buy it regardless. They want to attract non-Note customers who may see 2 samsung phones, one with a number 7, one with a number 6... which are they going to buy?

5. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

really? galaxy note 7 instead of note 6? WHAT A DIFFERENCE

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Best will, hopefully, remain best.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the difference is... note 5 will looks like 2 year old phone after note7 released :-/

6. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I think they will name the flat note 6 and the edge note 7.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Does it really matter 6 /7 it's still going to be awesome

9. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

But the Note 5 had the same specs as the S6 but with a 1GB more ram. It feels like such a waste for Samsung.

11. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I hope it is Note7, it's hard enough to keep track of things without them being a number off. Call it S16 and Note16 in the year 2016 and i'll be even happier.

12. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Even Microsoft skipped windows 9. Why not Samsung?

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

(actually they also skipped windows 4,5, and 6)

13. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Forget the number in the name, they should just call it "Samsung galaxy Note Pro" instead.

14. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...especially as that may be creating impressions that the Galaxy Note is based on older technology than the S – when in reality, the situation tends to be quite the opposite." Not really. Since the S3, the interface & all of the features on the S model are a preview of what's to come on the Note model & then they're enhanced for the Note. Galaxy Note - big ass Android phone that you could write on. Note 2 - bigger display with better screen ratio, more comfortable in hand & better S-Pen features. Note 3 - even better & first device compatible with the Gear. And so on & so on.

16. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

I think they are talking about hardware. The Note usually always gets better hardware first before the S Series. I'm really wondering which is going to get the 4K screen first for VR.

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