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Galaxy Note 7 unveil date looks locked, battery may bum

by Jacob Kleinman | June 29, 2016June 29, 2016 9:40 am PDT

Samsung is expected to pull out all the stops with the Galaxy Note 7, but it may fall short of our expectations in one important category. A new report claims the flagship phablet will pack a 3,600mAh battery instead of the 4,000mAh power pack detailed in previous leaks.

That’s according to Eldar Murtazin, a Russian blogger known for making bold smartphone predictions with mixed results. He also notes that the Galaxy Note 7 will still be capable of playing an impressive 20.5 hours of video at maximum brightness despite its smaller-than-expected battery.

That seems like a bit of a stretch considering that the current Galaxy S7 Edge sports a 3600mAh battery and a 5.5-inch display (compared to the Note 7’s rumored 5.7 or 5.8-inch screen). But it’s possible Samsung’s found a new way to optimize its software. It might also include new power-efficient hardware to improve battery life.

Murtazin also reaffirmed rumors that the Galaxy Note 7 would debut at an event on August 2 before launching later that month. The same date was recently revealed in a leaked poster for an upcoming Galaxy Unpacked unveiling in New York.

The Galaxy Note 7 is shaping up to be a pretty sweet device. It’s expected to feature an iris scanner for added biometric security, along with a whopping 6GB of RAM, USB-C, a redesigned S Pen and a new Snapdragon 821 processor. We’re still not sure what to expect from the battery, but it sounds like the device should last all day and longer regardless.

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...