The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was just released in August. However, that hasn't stopped Galaxy Note 6 rumors appearing rampantly over the Internet. Value Walk talks about the camera on the next Note 6.
"Aside from the dual-camera set-up, it is also quite probable that Samsung will improve the megapixel rating in the next generation Galaxy Note 6 phablet. Samsung chose to freeze the Galaxy Note 5 at 16-megapixels, but with Apple increasing the iPhone camera by 50 percent in this department, it is possible that Samsung will follow suit this time out."
Other rumors going around are that the Galaxy Note 6 will have a completely different S Pen and that the screen itself may be bigger without compromising the size of the entire device. It's not that the current Galaxy Note 5 needs much improving, especially since the reviews have been, for the most part, great.
The New York Daily News notes how beautiful the Galaxy Note 5 is.
"The Galaxy Note 5 is an eye-catching phone, the sleekest a Note has ever been...The Note 5 is all soft edges -- and very comfortable to hold during phone calls."The article adds that while the Note 5 is a very large phone, Samsung impressively keeps the weight down. However, the review criticizes the Note 5 for not having a removable battery like previous versions of the Galaxy Note did. CNET was also very impressed with the Galaxy Note 5 and gave it a four-and-a-half star review.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has an eye-catching design, high-end hardware and takes great outdoor photos. Using the stylus has never felt better, and battery life is terrific," reads the byline of the review.
CNET especially praised the S-Pen capabilities and noted how much the S-Pen app has improved. However, like the New York Daily News, they don't appreciate that the battery can't be removed.
The Note 6 will certainly face competition from the upcoming iPhone 7, and especially the larger version, the iPhone 7 Plus. MacWorld UK is just one of the sites talking about the likely upgrades.
"The iPhone 7 is likely to get a substantial physical redesign after the largely identical iPhone 6/6s generations. It's too early to know what direction Apple will pick, but it's likely to be thinner than ever: putting the 'cut-down headphone socket' patent into action would be one way to help achieve this."
Both the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 and the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) certainly need to impress this year. Though all the 2015 versions of these devices received positive reviews, many believed that the "update" factor completely lacked, especially with the latest iPhones that carry screens with less resolution than most of the smartphones on the market. Samsung will kick off the new year with the release of the Galaxy S7. Let's hope Samsung and Apple make 2016 a more exciting and innovative year for smartphones than 2015 was.
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