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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to launch August 2, local TBC

The gods at Samsung have finally confirmed that the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will make its debut on August 2, skipping a number for its freshest phablet. The new Android device will be revealed at an event in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom, Samsung has confirmed today.

If you’re thinking that Samsung has forgotten how to count, don’t worry: according to the South Korean firm, the decision to skip over the “Galaxy Note 6” name and go straight to “Note 7” is very much intentional.

The official company message is that it brings the names of its flagship devices in-line. After all, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge launched earlier this year, and Samsung wouldn’t want confused would-be customers thinking that the Note was old hat.

However, with arch-rival Apple set to reveal what’s widely expected to be called the iPhone 7 later this year too, there’s no harm in some naming parity there either. It’s questionable whether buyers are so easily swayed as to think that a “Note 6” is automatically worse than an “iPhone 7” simply because one has a bigger number, but it’s presumably better safe than sorry.

If the rumor mill is correct, following the August 2 reveal the Galaxy Note 7 will go on sale as early as August 15, though that’s likely to be network-dependent.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.