Rumor: Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 May Have Curved Edge Screen

Samsung releases two flagship smartphone families every year. They release the Galaxy S models earlier in the year and follow these up with Galaxy Note models later in the year. The Galaxy Note typically has a slightly superior specification compared with the Galaxy S models, usually bringing with it an enhanced chipset, a larger screen and the Samsung S-Pen plus related software functionality. Last year, we saw two Galaxy S models (the normal Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge) and again for 2016, two Galaxy S7 models: the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. For 2015, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 5 device. We are still waiting for Samsung's next Galaxy Note model(s), which are believed to be being called the Galaxy Note 7 in order to bring the model number in line with the Galaxy S family. And of course, the next generation, and best ever, Apple iPhone is likely to be called the iPhone 7.

We don't yet know when the next Galaxy Note device will be released but have instead seen a number of rumors concerning the likely specification. For the next generation Note, we may be looking at a 5.8-inch, QHD (1,440 by 2,560 pixel) resolution curved Samsung AMOLED panel, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset backed up by 6 GB of RAM, plus a similar 12MP rear camera assembly. We are still unsure as to what other improvements Samsung will introduce with the Note 7 but a recent leak suggests that the upcoming device in the Note line will come with a curved edge display including an image with a tagline of: "write on the edge of something great." This could imply that customers will be able to write on the edge of the display screen.

It remains to be seen if this is what the tagline is referring to, or perhaps there is some other unheard of feature. Also, if we are able to write on the curved edge of the Note 7's display, it's unclear what functionality this will open up for customers. We are also unsure of when, where and how much the new device will be, or what colors Samsung will introduce. We've seen rumors that Samsung is preparing the device for a summer launch in either July or August.

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