The Note that never were: check out the 'flat' Note 7 prototype that got 86'd
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 21, 2016, 6:12 AM
"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.
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.Recently, Evan Blass of @evleaks fame
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!
- 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
Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014
meh.. edge look sexier
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 6:15 AM 14
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.
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 7:29 AM 8
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.
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 1:05 PM 1
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.
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 11:28 AM 0
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.
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 6:52 AM 1
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.
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 9:40 AM 0
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.
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 9:42 AM 0
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
posted on Jul 21, 2016, 11:27 AM 1
Send a warning to post author
Send a warning to Selected user.
The user has 0 warnings currently.
Next warning will result in ban!
Ban user and delete all posts
Message to PhoneArena moderator (optional):