Say hello to Samsung's sixth Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 7.
Update: Evan Blass has followed up with word that the phone will also feature an iris scanner as a secondary layer of biometric security.
Update 2: Blass has taken to Twitter with more details on the specs of the phone. The Note 7 is expected to pack a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 64GB of storage with a microSD slot, and a 12MP camera around back with a 5MP shooter up front. The Note 7 is also expected to be as resistant to water and dust as the Galaxy S7, thanks to an IP68 rating. Color options are said to come in as silver, black or blue.
Original story: In recent months, rumors have been swirling over the name of the next Samsung Galaxy Note device, with a growing number of reports suggesting the Korean firm will leapfrog the Galaxy Note 6 name and instead launch a Galaxy Note 7 in the coming months. And that's looking increasingly likely with the latest leak from a usually reliable source.
The image above comes from Evan Blass (a.k.a. @evleaks) on Twitter, who says the new name is "confirmed."
Blass is usually right about these things, so why the decision to skip a Note 6? Earlier reports point to Samsung wanting to avoid the impression that the next Note is an "outdated phone." 2016 is the year of sevens — we're due an iPhone 7 later this year, along with Android 7.0, to say nothing of Samsung's own Galaxy S7 series. Calling it the Note 7 lets Samsung establish this new Note as belonging to the same generation as the latest and greatest in mobile tech.
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