The new Galaxy Note for 2016 is not the Galaxy Note 6. Samsung is skipping 6 to match the version number of the Galaxy S series.
Samsung skips the Galaxy Note 6 and will instead name the 2016 Galaxy Note phablet Galaxy Note 7. The move is aimed at simplifying the Samsung mobile device line up. The Galaxy S series is in version 7 and the Note was always one step behind.
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Samsung's marketing department wants to avoid that consumers get the notion that the Note 6 is inferior than the Galaxy S7. By matching the model numbers Samsung's line-up is easier to communicate. The report about Samsung skipping Note 6 and moving straight the Note 7 comes from Korean ET News.
Update: ETNews has released now an English version of the initial Korean report with this quote: "Within Samsung Electronics, a new Galaxy Note is already being called as Galaxy Note 7.” said a representative for an industry. The report also says that there will be again a dual-edge Galaxy Note 7, similar to the Galaxy Note edge.
The report cites executive sources in the mobile industry as source for the information. Samsung has not make any official statements about the Note 7 and Note 6 for that matter. The move to Note 7 makes a lot of sense and is also not that unusual. Smartphone makers have played around with model numbers during the life time of devices already in the past, either omitting it, keeping it the same or jumping over one.
The rumors about the new 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 6 have been rampant in the past month painting the picture of a very powerful and bigger Galaxy Note device. Rumored features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 include 6GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 823, 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, Iris scanner, stylus and IP68 Water and Dust Resistance.
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Samsung is based on latest rumors to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on August 15.