We know the next Galaxy Note device will be announced on August 2nd, but that's pretty much all that was quasi-confirmed about Samsung's upcoming big flagship. Rumors had said that the company might skip the number 6 and jump straight to 7, to stay on par with its Galaxy series and not confuse people. After all, most of Samsung's marketing for the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge this year was around the shape of the number 7. It would send a mixed signal if it were to advertise the number 6 now for the Note. (It might also have to do with the inevitable launch of the iPhone 7 in the fall.)
Other rumors had said that there would be 2 versions, one of them being an Edge device, just like the S7. Then some said that only an Edge version of the phone will be announced. We've seen some leaked specs and renders too, earlier this month, but then again, none of it was quasi-confirmed from many sources.
But everyone's favorite leaker has finally let the cat out of the bag — at least name-wise. There will be no Galaxy Note 6, Samsung is going forth with the Galaxy Note 7 name for its flagship.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 25, 2016
As the launch approaches, we'll sure hear and see a lot more of the Note 7 from different sources, so keep your eyes open for that. This may or may not be a pun about the rumored iris scanner.
In a couple of later tweets, Blass did indeed mention an iris scanner, saying that his sources had confirmed it. Other rumored specs include a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) screen, 64GB of storage plus a microSD card slot, a 12MP/5MP camera setup, IP68 water and dust protection, and black, silver, and blue color options. Note that there's some considerable evidence in Samsung's hardware lineup and patent portfolio that indicate that the iris scanner is real.