Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be announced August 2

Samsung typically sends out launch invites while keeping the name of the device a secret, but this year it sent invites confirming its next device to be revealed will be the Galaxy Note 7.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be revealed in all its glory in three weeks.

Each year we can count on Samsung to launch a new Galaxy Note device. Rather than waiting for IFA, Samsung on Tuesday sent out invites for an August 2 launch event, and it actually named the device. To align the new Note with the other Galaxy devices, Samsung skipped the number six this year.

We've seen leaked images, specifications, and other possible features for the Galaxy Note 7, but we have to wait a bit longer to see what Samsung brings to the table. The Note 7 will have a S Pen and large display, perfect for the enterprise market.

Samsung stated the following:

"With added functionality of the S Pen and large screen, the Galaxy Note 7 is a powerful instrument for achievement and self-expression, and is made for those who want to get the most from their phones - and their lives. Galaxy Note 7 will help people do more in work, at home and everywhere in between. We can't wait to tell you more about it!
"First and foremost though, you might be curious as to why it's called Galaxy Note 7 instead of Galaxy Note 6. There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note 7 will complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio. Second, the Galaxy Note 7 will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone."

It is expected we will see a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, S7 Edge curved display, water resistance, and a high-end camera. The battery is sure to be larger than the S7 Edge -- maybe on the order of the 4,000 mAh seen on the S7 Active. The new Note 7 might also implement iris scanner technology for additional security.

With nearly all new Android phones moving to USB Type-C, it will be interesting to see if Samsung makes that jump on the new Note 7. Moving away from microUSB means the current Samsung Gear VR headset will not work with the Note 7. Then again, the Gear VR headset also does not work with the S7 Active.

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