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Galaxy Note 6 release nears, hardware reportedly finished

by Jacob Kleinman | May 12, 2016May 12, 2016 8:30 am PST

We just learned that the Galaxy Note 6 could arrive in August. Now a fresh report suggests the device is nearing completion as Samsung starts to work on the firmware for its flagship phablet.

The news comes from SamMobile and its inside sources. The Samsung-focused blog notes that firmware development doesn’t typically start until the device’s physical design is finalized. So at this point the Galaxy Note 6’s hardware may pretty much be set in stone, the site said.

Samsung’s next big phone is expected to pack a 5.8-inch Quad HD display, but we’re still not sure whether it will offer curved edges or a flat design. It could also sport a new Snapdragon 823 chip, 6GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 4000mAh battery, a USB-C port, an upgraded S Pen and Android N software. Like the Galaxy S7, it should be water-resistant as well.

Rumor has it we may also get a Galaxy Note 6 “Lite” with the same design but slightly weaker specs. That could mean a 1080p display, 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 820 chip, which still adds up to a pretty powerful handset. However, it’s unclear if this cheaper variant will launch alongside the flagship Note 6 or arrive later in the year.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...