Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Lite could be in the works
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Should the rumors prove to be true, Samsung will be launching a new flagship Galaxy Note smartphone to succeed the current Note 5 in addition to a "Lite" model. The source claims that the Lite SKU will still have high-end specifications including a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and a 5.8-inch FHD display.
As previously reported, the regular Galaxy Note 6 is expected to carry a Snapdragon 823 SoC (or Exynos 8890 in certain regions), 6 GB RAM, and a 5.8-inch QHD display. This would give it the same display size as the supposed Lite version with differences only in resolution and internal hardware.
It's becoming a trend for manufacturers to expand their respective flagship smartphones into a full family of choices. For example, the LG G5 has its own "Special Edition" SKU while the HTC 10 will have a HTC 10 "Lifestyle" version. Sony announced a family of Xperia X models earlier this year including the flagship Xperia X with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and a mid-range Xperia XA with a Snapdragon 652 SoC. The Galaxy Note smartphones are known to be very high-end and pricey, so a cheaper version with slightly lower specifications could attract more buyers who may be on the fence.