10 Features to Look for in Samsung's Next-Gen Galaxy Note 7 Phablet

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-06-20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Features to Look for in Samsung's Next-Gen Galaxy Note 7 Phablet

    Samsung soon is expected to roll out a generation "7" Galaxy Note phablet, with a curved screen, high-end processor, biometric security and more.
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    Expect the Same Stylus Support
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    Expect the Same Stylus Support

    The Galaxy Note 7 wouldn't be a Galaxy Note without support for Samsung's S Pen stylus. Expect this year's stylus to be more accurate and more adeptly respond to a user's input. But also expect it to be critical to getting the most out of the company's upcoming device.
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    Bring On the Big Screen
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    Bring On the Big Screen

    Samsung's Galaxy Note has always come with a large screen, but this year's edition could be even bigger. In fact, reports suggest that Samsung is planning to offer a 5.8-inch (or bigger) curved display with a quad-HD resolution. The Galaxy Note 7, therefore, will deliver high-end resolution and features that are far more similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge than the bezeled Galaxy S7.
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    A Brave New Feature: Curves
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    A Brave New Feature: Curves

    Why will the Galaxy Note 7 have such a big screen? According to several leaks, it's because of Samsung's decision to deliver a curved display, meaning both sides of the handset will feature edges. Those edges can be used to quickly access contacts, check to see if the phone is ringing when it's facedown and much more. It could go a long way in making the Galaxy Note 7 a more attractive device.
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    Expect a High-End Processor
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    Expect a High-End Processor

    There's little debating that the Galaxy Note 7 must offer a high-end processor to take on Apple's iPhone 7. According to the latest rumors, Samsung is planning to bundle the Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor in the U.S. version and perhaps an octa-core Exynos chip in models sold in Korea and elsewhere. Either way, expect top-of-the-line performance from the Galaxy Note 7.
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    A Big Battery for Long Life
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    A Big Battery for Long Life

    Samsung for years has focused on battery life, so expect the company to deliver a rather large battery in its upcoming handset. Some rumors have pegged the Galaxy Note 7's battery size at 4,000mAh, which would suffice for all-day usage and the ability to be on a call for hours at a time without fear of losing a charge. The bigger the battery, the better.
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    Waterproofing, Dustproofing Are Required
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    Waterproofing, Dustproofing Are Required

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will need to be as damage-proof as possible. It'd be great to see the smartphone deliver both waterproofing and dustproofing, and to come with a reinforced screen that won't crack so easily. Samsung delivered those features in the Galaxy S7 line, and there's no reason to suggest it won't do the same with the Galaxy Note 7.
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    Wireless Charging Would Be Nice
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    Wireless Charging Would Be Nice

    Wireless charging has become a convenient way to power up a battery, and it should be available in every high-end smartphone. That's precisely why Samsung should—and likely will—offer wireless charging in the Galaxy Note 7. Wireless charging would help Samsung differentiate the Galaxy Note 7 and also give it a leg up over the upcoming iPhone 7, which is expected to still require tethered charging to power the battery.
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    A Look at Device Security
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    A Look at Device Security

    There's no doubt that Samsung will offer biometrics in the Galaxy Note 7. The company will offer a fingerprint sensor that not only will unlock the device, but also will act as an authentication method for Samsung Pay. There are also reports Samsung will offer iris detection, so users can scan their eyes to get into the device. There's no guarantee that's coming, but it would be another differentiator that would help Samsung sell more handsets.
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    There Should Be Plenty of Storage
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    There Should Be Plenty of Storage

    Samsung must offer sufficient storage in the Galaxy Note 7. A 64GB model to start would be fine, but it'd be best to see a 128GB version. Add to that a microSD card slot, and it's a recipe for users to store all kinds of content on the device. Yes, cloud-based storage is becoming ubiquitous, cheap and useful, but onboard storage still matters. And Samsung mustn't forget that.
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    Commitment to Ongoing Software Updates
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    Commitment to Ongoing Software Updates

    Samsung has said that it will be committed to software and security updates in all new devices, but it must keep that promise with the Galaxy Note 7. One of the issues in the Android ecosystem is that operating updates are slow to reach devices that have already reached users' hands, if an update is ever distributed to them at all. Samsung needs to announce at its next Unpacked event that it will continually update the Galaxy Note 7 with bug and security fixes and deliver Android N when that operating system is available later this year. Stopping at Android Marshmallow won't be good enough.
 

Although Samsung hasn't disclosed what is coming soon from its smartphone division, recent rumors have surfaced indicating the company will unveil the Galaxy Note 7 on Aug. 2. According to these rumors, Samsung's next Galaxy Note will include a high-end processor, biometric security and perhaps most surprisingly, a curved screen that will deliver more display real estate and support the additional software features that currently run on the Galaxy S7 Edge. It's also important to note that Samsung is changing its branding scheme with its upcoming handset. Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5. But in an effort to make this year's device appear on par in consumer eyes with the other generation "7" smartphones on the market, such as the Galaxy S7 and the upcoming iPhone 7, Samsung will reportedly skip over generation 6 and call its next high-end handset the Galaxy Note 7. Regardless of the branding, expect the next Galaxy Note to be a top-of-the-line mobile handset. This slide show covers the features that will make the next Galaxy Note a sought-after phablet. Read on to learn more.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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