Samsung Galaxy Note 6 review
Our Thoughts: More powerful than your laptop
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is set to be announced in August, prior to the IFA 2016 event in Berlin. The phablet will be shown off at IFA, which is the world’s leading consumer electronics trade show that takes place from September 2nd to September 7th.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which has a restricted launch in North America and Asia, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be released in the UK. Initial reports indicate that the phone will be personal and business user focused and will negate the possible creation of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge+.
So, get ready to discover the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and what features, like those listed below, will mean to you, in layman terms:
- 256GB UFC 2.0
- Laptop dock
- Smart WDR
Display - Force sensing
The size of the display will increase to 5.8” and will be a Slim RGB QHD screen with 1440 x 2560 pixels. This display will be force sensing, like that on the iPhone 6s, and this will bring new dimensions of control when using the S Pen, which will stand it apart from its rival.
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The force sensing aspect should deliver the possibility of using thicker or darker brush strokes when drawing or the opening of pop-up menus when more pressure is applied with the S Pen.
Memory - 256GB UFC 2.0
Big changes are afoot in the memory department of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and we will first detail the information released by Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics, before explaining what this means to the user.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may feature the new 256GB UFC 2.0 (Universal Flash Memory) memory chip, which Samsung has already started mass production of. This new chip is almost twice as fast as SATA SSD memory in a PC with 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second.
This gives us a read speed of 850MB/s and a write speed of 260MB/s, which is three times as fast as the write speed on an external microSD card. What’s more the memory chip is smaller than an external microSD card, which will benefit the overall design.
Here is the what does all of this mean part. The memory is capable of Ultra HD video playback and multitasking on large screen mobile devices. This means that users can watch 4K Ultra HD movies on a split screen, even while downloading video clips or searching for image files.
In addition to this the new UFC 2.0 chip supports USB 3.0. We have seen USB 3.0 on smartphones already and used for faster charging. But, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will also use USB 3.0 to increase data transfer speeds between devices.
This will result in the user being able to transfer a 5GB Full HD video clip, between devices, in just 12 seconds.
Phone Set Up
Card slot - Expandable memory
The Galaxy Note 6 will have a dual purpose SIM card slot and this 2-in-1 holder can be used to extend the memory with support for 2TB microSD cards.
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Laptop dock - Dual OS
A Samsung patent has come to light that indicates that the Galaxy Note 6 will have dual functionality with a laptop dock. This dock will give a hybrid laptop layout with a keyboard and screen.
It is believed that the display on the phone will then offer touchpad functionality and the phone will sit between the keyboard and screen.
The Galaxy Note 6 will have a 6GB RAM, a feature already demonstrated by the world’s first 6GB smartphone, the Vivo Xplay5, sold in china. The purpose of such power and speed is to enable the device to run dual operating systems.
The Galaxy Note 6 will most likely pair up its Android N OS with ChromeOS, for when it is placed in the laptop dock. It is however also possible that instead of ChromeOS, Windows 10 would be available.
On one hand we could argue that if the dock was to run Windows 10 then the phone itself would also run Windows 10. On the flip side of this argument though, is the fact that Android is very popular and most people already own an Android phone and a Widows 10 laptop or PC.
Camera & Video
Photography - BRITECELL & Smart WDR
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may feature Samsung’s 12MP BRITECELL camera module. While this is at a lower resolution, compared to the Galaxy Note 5, it will perform better in low light and the smaller size of the module ensures that it doesn’t protrude out of the back of the phone.
To achieve the slimmer form, Samsung has dropped the Bayer filter layout and it replaces green pixels with white pixels. Green pixels are usually achieved through a filter and removing this will allow more light to hit the sensor. This will be needed as the camera sensor’s pixels are smaller too at 1µm pixels.
HDR will also get a reworking and be replaced by a feature called Smart WDR. With HDR, the camera first takes a short exposure image (to capture the light elements of a scene) and this is followed by taking a long exposure image (to capture the dark elements of a scene).
The problem with this is that the user needs to hold the camera still for a longer period of time, otherwise when the two images are merged to make one photo, there may be ghosting caused by either movement of the camera or the movement of objects in the scene.
Smart WDR can simultaneously capture the short and long exposure images and in addition to reducing ghosting it also effectively gives us realtime HDR.
Image stabilisation - Super OIS Plus
Optical image stabilisation is essential for taking clear photos and the Galaxy Note 6 will have Super OIS Plus. This feature simply compensates for any movement of the camera over 5-axis. This includes Roll Rotation, which occurs when the shooter is walking, Wrist Movements and Arm Movements.
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Phase detection autofocus will ensure that the focus happens quickly and more accurately and a secondary 5MP camera will be included for taking selfies or making video calls.
Power - Quick Charging
We have already mention that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will support USB 3.0, so if a Quick Charger is purchased then hours of use can be gained in just a few minutes. The battery capacity is expected to increase to between 3500mAh and 4000mAh.
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Written by: Michael Brown