The rumors have begun before even the Galaxy S7 has gone official.
We recently heard the Galaxy Note 6 would mark the return of Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup to Europe, and the rumor mill is once again churning out some information on the device. A post on Chinese microblogging forum Weibo says the Note 6 will come with a 5.8-inch Slim RGB AMOLED display with 1024 pressure points, and a whopping 6GB of RAM.
Samsung made the shift to 4GB of RAM only recently with the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ last year, and it doesn’t seem very likely it will be switching to 6GB in just a year. Android isn’t exactly great at memory usage, but 6GB of RAM would be entirely overkill for any use case on a smartphone, though it would certainly make for a great selling point given the market’s focus on the number game.
The Slim RGB AMOLED display suggests Samsung will move from a Diamond Pixel matrix to an RGB matrix, something it did with the Galaxy S II before moving back to the former. An increase in screen size from 5.7 inches to 5.8 inches makes some sense – the S7 edge will offer a large screen experience at the beginning of the year with a 5.5-inch display, and Samsung might make the Note 6 screen larger to keep a differentiating factor.
The display might get bigger and the RAM may almost double, but the camera is said to be the 12-megapixel sensor from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, a step down from the 16 MP sensor on the Note 5. The Weibo post also says the Note 5 will come in two SoC variants. Not surprising as Samsung will be using an Exynos and Snapdragon chip in the S7 and S7 edge as well, after a year of exclusively using its Exynos SoC thanks to the failure of the Snapdragon 810.
Of course, none of this information is expected to be based on facts so early in the year. Some of it might make it into the Galaxy Note 6 when it launches in the second half of the year, but it will be some time before we see concrete evidence to back things up.