The first semi-official images of the much-rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note7 have been leaked online, and it looks like a stunner. There's so much screen on such a skinny body that Samsung has had to make its own logo smaller, and we can see the triumphant return of the S-Pen stylus as well as a few
Image credit: @evleaks
We say semi-official because Venturebeat's Evan Blass has a very good track record of sharing detailed info on popular smartphones months before they're announced and launched, and has established himself as one of the premiere gadget leakers on the 'net. Blass shared the images on his @evleaks Twitter account.
Blass has also confirmed -- for all intents and purposes -- the name of the Galaxy Note7 beyond the logo on the devices themselves, as well as sharing some rumoured info on the upcoming superphone's specs. Samsung's most powerful and largest phone for 2016 is likely to have the same size 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display as the Note 5, as well as 64GB of onboard storage and expandable microSD card slot, an identical 12-megapixel rear / 5-megapixel front camera sensor pixel count as the S7, and IP68 water/dust resistance.
If you look at the renders above, you'll see that there's a mysterious second camera lens at the top of the Note7's body. It's likely that that's going to be used for an iris scanner, providing a hands-free, fingerprint-free biometric authentication that Samsung might use for unlocking the phone or even for Samsung Pay. And, down the bottom, underneath the capacitive menu and back buttons and Samsung's ever-present physical home key, there's the S-Pen stylus.
It's a beautiful piece of hardware from our first look at it, although we can't tell a great deal more about it at this point. We'll let you know as we find out more. Blass actually makes a very good final point, too:
If you count the Note Edge, then this upcoming model actually is the 7th Galaxy Note.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 2, 2016