Samsung's Galaxy Note 6, the company's next flagship device, is shaping up to be a groundbreaking one. Rumors claim that the smartphone will feature a 5.8-inch slim RGB AMOLED screen, 6 GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner and a retina scanner, among many other impressive specifications.
The thing is, it might not be named the Galaxy Note 6 after all. According to a report from South Korea, Samsung will be skipping a number and will release its next Note device as the Galaxy Note 7.
The report claims that the decision to skip the Galaxy Note 6 name is to eliminate inconsistencies within the company's device lines. Samsung has released the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge this year, and with the change, these two smartphones will be accompanied by the similarly named Galaxy Note 7, instead of the Galaxy Note 6.
With such a naming convention, any possible instances of confusion can be avoided. For example, a customer may think that the Galaxy Note 6 is older than the Galaxy S7, when in fact the two devices would have a 2016 release date.
The name change would also allow the upcoming smartphone to better compete with Apple's offerings. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus expected to be released later this year, customers may think that the Galaxy Note 6 is an older and inferior device compared with them. If it is named the Galaxy Note 7, the initial thought is that all these devices are on equal footing.
In addition to the name change, the report also claimed that the next Galaxy Note will feature a dual-edge screen, which is the first time that the feature will be included in Samsung's Galaxy Note line.
Samsung is said to be thinking about starting production of the Galaxy Note 7 in the middle of July, with a release date of early or mid-August to launch the smartphone before Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are expected to hit the market in September or October.