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Galaxy Note 6 will launch at least a month before the iPhone 7 Plus

Updated May 13th, 2016 6:34AM EDT
Galaxy Note 6 iPhone 7 Plus Release Date
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The Galaxy Note 6 is going to be one of the hot smartphones of the second half of the year, hitting stores around the same time the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus arrive. However, Samsung will start selling its new Note at least a month ahead of the new iPhone 7 Plus phablet’s launch, just like last year. A new leak tells us precisely when the Galaxy Note 6 will be released in the US, killing previous rumors that suggested the phone may be available as soon as July.

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The well-informed Evan Blass took to Twitter to say that Samsung’s upcoming phablet will be available to U.S. buyers in the week of August 15th. The Galaxy Note 5 was released on August 13th last year in North America, a full month before the iPhone 6s started selling. In 2014, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 took a beating in stores because it launched at the same time with the iPhone 6 series.

Blass has a great track record reporting leaks that detail unreleased mobile products, so it’s very likely that the Galaxy Note 6 will be available stateside come mid-August.

According to SamMobile, some of the “confirmed” features of the new phone include a USB Type-C port, IP68 water and dust resistance, a 4,000 mAh battery and a BlackBerry-inspired Samsung Focus suite of apps. The phone should sport top-of-the-line hardware as well since Samsung has really turned up the heat on its flagship phone designs over the past year, and it could come with a curved display version as well.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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