Last week we checked out some rumors about upcoming Samsung flagship-class hardware, with a pair of models codenamed Noble and Zen. Noble sounded like it might be the next Galaxy Note phablet, while evidence suggested Zen could be some new member of the Galaxy S6 crew. We didn’t have much detail about either phone available at the time, but this week those codenames come back, tied to a lot more detail and suggesting a slightly different identity for one model.
This new report claims that while Noble is indeed the Galaxy Note 5, Zen isn’t some GS6 variant, but what’s essentially the Note 5 Edge.
Supposedly, the Note 5 will either return with a quad HD display or graduate up to 4K, as already rumored – but Samsung may not have decided which direction to go just yet. What’s maybe more interesting is what we’re hearing about its SoC, tipped to be the Exynos 7422 paired with an embedded package-on-package memory chip that combines RAM and storage into a single component mounted directly on the SoC itself. There are also reports of testing with a still-in-development Exynos 7430, but there’s little chance of the Note 5 launching with such a chip.
As for Zen, it wouldn’t be an Edge model as we know them from the Note 4 and GS6: something with identical specs to the flagship, but with a curved display. While the curve would still be present, Zen’s other specs would take a back burner to Noble’s – things like forgetting about Exynos entirely and going with a Snapdragon 808 (like in the new LG G4). Other details attached to this rumor include the return of a 16MP camera with OIS, but a front-facer upgrade to 8MP.