We're just days away from the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and the pace of leaks is starting to build. The latest sortie of information and images comes from French outlet NoWhereElse and Steve Hemmerstoffer, also known as @onleaks on Twitter.
Hemmerstoffer gives weight to previously rumored specs for the phone, with highlights including:
- Dimensions: 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 168g
- IP68 water-resistant
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
- 5.7-inch 2560x1440 SuperAMOLED display with edge screen
- Octa-core 2.3GHz processor in the international model (likely the same Samsung Exynos 8890 used in the global GS7)
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of storage as standard, microSD up to 256GB
- 3,500mAh battery
- USB Type-C
- Iris scanner
- "Dual-Pixel" 12MP camera with OIS, f/1.7 lens; 5MP front-facer (same as the GS7)
- S Pen with 4096 levels of pressure, <50ms response time
Assuming this is accurate, we're effectively looking at an S7 edge-class phone with a larger display, an S Pen, a slightly smaller battery, USB-C and an iris scanner. All of which lines up with the general direction of Note 7 leaks over the past few weeks.
Today's leak shows the phone we're now familiar with in a variety of colors and from just about every angle, in the form of official renders. Most interesting of all is a sky blue/rose gold variant with blue glass and a pink metal trim — certainly one of the more unusual color combos we've seen from Samsung.
We're also getting our first look at the updated Gear VR model for 2016, which will purportedly will be compatible with the USB-C-toting Note 7 as well as the micro-USB GS7 and GS6 series. Besides that, the biggest changes to Samsung's VR headset are the color and size — it's black, and less bulky than the current micro-USB-only Gear VR. The visor on the front appears to have been redesigned too, as does the head strap.
Hemmerstoffer says the Galaxy Note 7 will go on sale in France in early September, possibly the week of Sept. 2, following its Aug. 2 unveiling, with the updated Gear VR coming "next month." Start saving your pennies now, because it's claimed the European model will sell for €850 ($940, £710).