The Note that never were: check out the 'flat' Note 7 prototype that got 86'd

The Note that never were: check out the 'flat' Note 7 prototype that got 86'd
"Oh, the places you'll go!", sang Dr Seuss, and this exclamation could very well be attributed to the Galaxy Note 7 and its prototype with flat display. While it is unlikely that the flat version will hit retail, if we agree with most of the speculation swirling around the phone, as well as analyst opinions, it is still nice to see it in action, and the pictures below are a rare glimpse into exactly that - an alleged "flat" Note 7 powering up.

Recently, Evan Blass of @evleaks fame penned a magnum opus on why the Note 7 will be a trailblazing moment for Samsung as it will be the first major line of phones available with curved flexible display only. You, however, aren't as enthusiastic that there won't be a flat screen model, as just recently we made a poll to ask you whether you are fine with the lack of choice, and a lot of you wanted to have a pick from both versions. Anyways, take a peak at what the Note 7 could have been - wider.

Would the lack of a "regular" Note 7 bother you?

I always go for the "edge" models, so I don't care
If it's priced the same as the Note 5 at release, it wouldn't bother me
Yes, it would! I don't want a curved screen on my Note 7!

source: Vickun (Weibo) via XiaomiToday

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Galaxy Note 7
  • 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



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meh.. edge look sexier

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

and has extra functionality too..


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I disagree. I have no tastes for a curved edge screen. And according to this poll, close to 40% of respondents don't either.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered


10. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That's too bad. I can't wait for my curved Note. People have a zillion choices if they want a flat phone. Personally, I'd like to see more curve. :)

12. SeñorSjon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 21, 2016

Really? Name all of them with a stylus, Bar a freak lowspec LG a few years back, there is only the Samsung Note series. And in Europe, the Note4 is still the latest version available.

16. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Starting with the Note 4 and Note 5. There you go. Flat screens

21. SeñorSjon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 21, 2016

That is what I said. The Note series is the only one. In Europe, we have had no official Note5 release, so the Note4 from 2014 is the latest offering around here. The Note4 is not a hefty upgrade from the Note3 I currently own. The N5 is much worse than the N4 on features. The N7 claws some features back, but adding Edge for € 100,- premium is not worth it.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And 40% isn't the majority. So, 60% of users here would want an Edged Note7!

22. SeñorSjon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 21, 2016

Not really. 35% only if the price stays the same and according to rumours, there is a €100,- markup. So 850 euro instead of 750 euro for flat notes.

26. Dario12v

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 07, 2015

No they wouldn't Horrible glare and distortion on edges Can't watch video on an edge phone Most people want a flat version

20. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Just 1 version make the supply chain easier & allows for economies of scale to produce enough curved displays to make the difference in cost negligible in the grand scheme. It unifies the product offering and user experience as well as taking out the complexity. If they do truly offer just 1 storage size in the 64GB & then users can add an SD, that also takes out complexity for the supply chain & retailers. The only variations will be with color, which should also help with availabity of accessories as they won't have to make 2 versions. Add for the 40% who say they would still prefer a flat screen, the curve is less pronounced than all previous versions and should be less of a problem than you think... other than likely making one handed operation slightly easier. It should also make the front screen usable even if damaged.

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2220; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The note that never "were"??? shouldn't that be "was"?? iPA engrrishhh isn't good la

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No it doesn't.

9. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I think it does

3. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Everyone can make phones with flat screen, even Apple. I go with curved screens, because they feel and look better.

4. myasins

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

i will buy the flat version , the only thing is Infrared port , its very important for me .

5. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Why in the world did they remove the ir port if I may ask? That and fm radio? Right now the only top end phone having fm radio is the g5 and Moto Z. While just the g5 has the ir blaster. I mean what does it cost samsung really? Two of their only few meaningful features that aren't gimmicks and they decide to remove them for God know what useless reason. Now when phones upgrade to android N, samsung will losse their only remaining software edge which was multi-windows. samsung are a hardware company through and through and hardware in itself have unfortunately peaked. You can see it in the megapixel,processor,ram,resolution race. No wonder they seem to just be pushing the edge display with the note 7. That notwithstanding, I commend them for useful features like waterproofing which is truly useful when the need arises.

13. SeñorSjon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 21, 2016

I would love to have a 6" Note. I think they are stuck on 5,7" for too long now. Maybe next year. On the leak, is it so sure it won't come? The leak two days ago was barely a prototype, while this version looks just as finished as the one posted in the 5.34 article on the N7E. I do hope so. It also seems they are plugging the edge version to the leakers. It hardly is a surprise anymore in the leak path of phones 1) - crappy pics of details, even with current day cameras on phones. 2) - crappy pics of the whole phone 3) - better pic of the whole phone 4) - Antutu scores 5) - press pictures 'leak' etc.

14. a1awan

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I believe Samsung mostly allowed leaks of Note 7 Edge, because they probably favor buyers to change the hardcore opponents of the curved panel, to give in and accept the the new curved design, which is more profitable for Samsung to produce with one single production line for one single model.....regardless of the curved acreen is mostly joyful to look at and is to a high degree much more beautiful designed. On the other hand many loyal Note buyers and heavy users know exactly what usage they think of and all the benefits in daily use, they believe is meaningful and practical. Hopefully Samsung won't fail to deliver what their most loyal users are expecting and waiting for. Look forward to a lower price for the flat and original Note. Let the lovers of a curvy Note pay for a more expensive version and let those who favor a flat Note save their money.

15. SeñorSjon

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 21, 2016

They tried a edge-only release in Europe last year. The S6-Edge+ sales were horrific. It is hardly found anywhere for sale around here anymore, while you can still buy the Note4 everywhere.

17. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I had note 2, note 3 and now possessing 5. Not interested in this model because of edges

18. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

This ditched version seems to be flat on back also which is rather strange. Coz galaxy s versions were not flat on back

19. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I was waiting for a flat note. I never use the edge panels on my s7, and i am tired of not being able to use this phone without a case because of the super sensitivity of the edges. Camera is great but I'm so over the edge gimmick

24. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I hate the light reflecting at your face curved screen.

25. raphz

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

note 5 look sexier than that ugly thing

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