All signs point to yes, it seems.
The Samsung Galaxy Note series has distinguished itself from its S brethren by offering more souped up specs, like a more powerful processor, more RAM, more battery life, just more everything. This year too looked like it would continue the time-honoured tradition since Samsung skipped a whole number, going from the Note 5 to the Note 7. The last company to do that was Microsoft when they went from Windows 8 to 10, and that was a great departure indeed. This time though, Samsung packed their latest Note phone with features similar to the S7 series: the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (in North America, China, and Japan and the same Samsung Exynos processor in other countries), the same 4GB of RAM (the One Plus Three comes with a whopping 6GB RAM), the same quick charging and quick wireless charging, and the same 12-megapixel camera. It also has a curved screen like the S7 Edge, albeit being 0.2 inches thicker at 5.7 inches. Hands on accounts however state that the screen has a more symmetrical shape than the S7 Edge so that’s great. New additions however are present, with Samsung finally adopting the USB-C Standard (the new normal) and Gorilla Glass 5 screens on the front and back glass panels, for more durability and shatter resistance.
A new novel feature would be the Iris Scanner, which allows you unlock your phone with your eyes. The future is now! The iris scanner can be used to lock apps, photos, notes, and other content in a secure folder, separate from the rest of the phone’s data. Take that, nosey people and jealous significant others! The stylus is still present of course because, hey, it’s a Note. It has water resistance like the rest of the phone and has more points of pressure sensitivity. New S-Pen features include a quick text translation tool, and a new tool that makes it simple to create GIFs from any video that’s currently playing. The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow but Samsung promises to upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat as soon as they can (so I’ll guess 6 months to a year).
The Galaxy Note 7 will be available in North America starting August 19th and internationally shortly after. Start saving (or just stick with your S7, money’s tough these days). Stay tuned for more news as it comes.