Judging by recent events, this year's Samsung Galaxy Note model is likely to be officially introduced during an "Unpacked" event held in New York City on August 2nd. Compared to the previous models, this means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could be introduced roughly one month earlier than usual, which should lead to an earlier market release in multiple regions. For the US market and Canada, Samsung seems to already make preparations for the flagship's release, as multiple Galaxy Note 7 variants have now been spotted in the FCC database where they've been certified by the regulatory body.
Multiple Samsung Galaxy Note 7 variants have been recently certified by the FCC, including model number(s) "SM-N930V" for Verizon, "SM-N930A" for AT&T, "SM-N930P" aimed at Sprint's networks, the "SM-N930T" headed for T-Mobile, and the "SM-N930R4" for U.S. Cellular. In addition, a 6th variant identified by model number "SM-N930W8" appears to have been certified for Canada. As expected, the FCC filing doesn't reveal details surrounding the smartphone's hardware specifications, but because the smartphone and its multiple variants have been certified, this should indicate that Samsung is preparing for a widespread market release in the coming months. As for hardware details, countless leaks and rumors so far have painted a somewhat complete picture of what the flagship will have in store for future owners. Details include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Snapdragon 821 chipset for the models aimed at the United States and Canada, and an in-house developed Exynos 8893 CPU for the International market. Either way, the flagship should also carry either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM which sounds like plenty even for the most demanding users, and sport a 5.7-inch / 5.8-inch, or 6-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (QHD).
Raw hardware specifications aside, one of the new features that might set the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 apart from most of its rivals could be an iris scanner used for secure authentication. Of course, iris scanning technology is not entirely new in the world of smartphones, with a handful of models from China already making use of these types of sensors. In other words and assuming that the recently leaked images reflect reality, it remains to be seen how exactly Samsung intends to differentiate itself in this regard.