The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be arriving next month, so what can we expect from the company’s next big flagship phablet? As the second of two high-profile flagships to be released by Samsung this year, a lot of techies are eagerly awaiting the device’s big reveal, and we shall now be spilling the beans on all that we know, or at least think we know, about the Note 7, its technical specifications and features, and its eventual release date.

No surprises about the August reveal

According to the reliable insider blog SamMobile, there’s nothing at all surprising about Samsung’s big announcement from yesterday.

That’s when the company confirmed that it will be hosting an Unpacked event on August 2, which would herald the arrival of the Galaxy Note 7, or the date of its reveal. The publication had hinted at an August 2 launch event as early as last month, but what about the device’s actual release date?

The same publication says that the Galaxy Note 7 will also be released on August 2, and that will be done so that Samsung can “take advantage of the stellar performance of its Galaxy S7 series,” and to time it with the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the Korean tech giant is a key sponsor. This is a departure from Samsung’s usual strategy of waiting a week or two in between a device’s announcement and its release date.

What’s in aname?

It also may strike one as peculiar as to why Samsung is going with the name Galaxy Note 7, instead of Galaxy Note 6, as last year’s phablet was called the Note 5. According to Samsung, the change in nomenclature was done so that the Galaxy Note 7 could “complement [the] Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and unify [Samsung’s] product portfolio.” Sounds fair enough, and probably a sound maneuver considering Samsung has gone with its dual-flagship approach (Galaxy S and Galaxy Note) for quite some time now.

Technical details should impress

Typically, Samsung has released two versions of its flagships – a U.S.-spec version usually powered by a Snapdragon processor, and an international-spec version with Samsung’s Exynos processor under the hood. That appears to be the case once again, according to new information from the Federal Communications Commission.

With the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon editions of the Galaxy Note 7 having “passed through,” or gotten certified by the FCC as of today, it appears good as confirmed that those devices will run on a Snapdragon 821 chipset mated to what could be 4GB or 6GB RAM. The international-spec versions, on the other hand, will run on an Exynos 8893 processor.

Other rumored technical specifications include a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, 32GB internal memory with microSD expansion, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery. The Note 7 should also ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though it won’t be surprising if it becomes one of the first devices to get updated to the yet-unreleased Android Nougat.

As for features, the S Pen should be there as usual, with various sub-features related to the Note series' ubiquitous stylus.

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