Rumours suggest there will be several versions of the Note 7 launching this August, including for the first time a ‘Lite’ model and an updated Note Edge. According to a source on Weibo, the Note 7 Lite will feature a lower-resolution full-HD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in place of the 823, and 4- rather than 6GB of RAM.
We’re not convinced, however. The rumours are much stronger around the theory that there will be just one standard Note 7, but with a dual-curved edge, rather than a trio of devices. Plus, if Samsung really is bypassing the Note 6 for the Note 7 in order to avoid brand confusion, and working to introduce a streamlined design across all its smartphone families (even down to the A series – see our A3 2016 and A5 2016 reviews), it wouldn’t make sense to suddenly introduce a Lite version. Samsung is known for ensuring its new flagships obliterate the competition in benchmarks – anything but the best won’t be worthy of the Galaxy Note name.
New Note 7 design
The latest render appears to show a press render of the Galaxy Note 7 in the blue option. It shows in a good amount of detail the curved screen, USB-C port and headphone port. Via TheTech which also mentions that the stylus can be used underwater, so the Note 7 must have a high IP rating.
Sammobile has confirmed that the new Note 7 will, in common with the new Galaxy S7, feature IP68 certification. This means it will be waterproof up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, and dustproof. that the Note 7 will be available in black, silver and blue.