Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy Note 7 (hold the 6, please) on August 2View gallery - 2 images
As the rumor mill predicted, Samsung is officially set to announce its next Galaxy Note phablet early next month. Fans of stylus-laden smartphones can expect an upgraded version on August 2 in New York City.
The invite, sent out to members of the press today (including Gizmag), not only confirms the leaked date of the event; it also appears to confirm that the phone will be called the Galaxy Note 7. Last year's model was the Galaxy Note 5, but based on that tiny "7" in the teaser image above (and also predicted by numerous leaks), it appears Samsung is taking a cue from Microsoft's book: It jumped straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10 early last year.
In this case logic points to Samsung skipping the "6" to bring the Note line onto level numeric branding ground with the Galaxy S7. Or perhaps it's a pre-emptive marketing move to pit the new Note as a peer of the iPhone 7.
Last year's Galaxy Note 5 – the new model will skip the "6" and jump straight into the "Galaxy Note 7"
With the leaks so far batting 1.000 on the Galaxy Note's event date and branding, we'd may as well mention that the scuttlebutt is pointing towards the phone having a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display (the same specs as last year in that category), but with the dual-edged display from Samsung's Galaxy S Edge series.
Other rumored specs include a faster Snapdragon 821 processor, USB Type C port (which will require an updated Gear VR, as the current version uses microUSB), starting with a base 64 GB internal storage and possibly including a whopping 6 GB of RAM (on even keel with the OnePlus 3). Of course you'll want to take all of that with healthy grains of salt until Samsung takes the stage next month.
We'll be on the ground at the August 2 event with full hands-on coverage.