Samsung Galaxy Note 6
The update to the Galaxy Note 5 (pictured here) will reportedly be launched on Aug. 15, a month ahead of the expected iPhone 7 launch. Reuters

Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S7 and the side-display clad Galaxy S7 Edge come with water-resistant exteriors. The South Korean tech giant introduced this much-required feature in Galaxy S5, released in 2014. However, in Galaxy S6, the company focused more on the design aspect of the device and hence, got rid of the helpful feature.

Now, Sam Mobile says the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 6 phablet will flaunt IP68 rating for water-resistance. In general, the Note series is a brilliant lineup complete with big battery, huge screen and a stylus, unlike the flagships. Adding IP rating will only make the device more desirable.

Iris cams shipped to Samsung India. Zauba

It is worth noting that, the IP68 rating of Galaxy S7 handset was put to test recently. The handset was able to withstand 16 hours of water submersion and there was apparently no damage to the device when it was fished out, Phone Arena noted.

Other key speculated Galaxy Note 6 feature includes the iris scanner for unlocking the device, instead of the ubiquitous fingerprint scanner. As it turns out, 200 units of "Iris Cam" have reportedly been shipped to India for testing and evaluation, addressed to Samsung, according to Galaxy Club, citing Zauba DB imports/exports tracker.

Moving on to rumored Galaxy Note 6 specifications, past reports suggested that the handset will come with a bigger 5.8-inch display. On the software front, Android N will apparently run the device out of the box with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top of it.

Speculations have been rife that the Note 6 might come backed by 6 GB of RAM. It makes sense because the devices released thus far already flaunt 4 GB of RAM. The good news for Europeans is that Samsung will reportedly offer the Note 6 in their country, unlike the current-generation Galaxy Note 5.

Speaking of Galaxy Note 6 release date, some analysts have predicted that the Note 5 successor will be introduced in June this year, while some say it might follow the usual release cycle. In any case, readers should note that, Samsung has not confirmed any configurations or release date thus far.