Entirely believable and somewhat questionable.
I’ll start with the almost sure thing first. On Saturday Evan Blass tweeted this graphic, giving more weight to the rumours that Samsung will be skipping the Galaxy Note 6 and going straight to 7 this year, to better compete against the forthcoming iPhone 7 and fall in line with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Some specs were leaked as well:
- 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display
- IP68 waterproof design
- Iris scanner
- 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras
- 64GB of storage
- microSD card slot
- black, silver, and blue color options
The latest iteration of the original phablet is expected to be revealed on August 2nd. I think Blass may have leaked that too.
The second “leak” (air quotes are deliberate) comes from the UK newspaper The Telegraph, who reports that Google will release its own branded Android smartphone this year—not a Nexus, but something entirely new:
The new device, which will be released by the end of the year according to a senior source, will see Google take more control over design, manufacturing and software.
I’m having a bit of trouble taking this one seriously because (1) The Telegraph doesn’t have any track record that I know of for technology leaks, and (2) their Nexus line already does all the things described in the above quote.
I suppose that a high-end consumer-focused and Google-branded handset might be a good thing for Nexus, allowing the latter to return to its roots as a platform for developers and modders. If that’s the case then I’m all for it.
What do you make of this weekend’s leaks?