Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI leaks, may feature an ‘iMessage style’ SMS app

In case you thought there couldn’t possibly be anything more to leak about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – think again.

Italian tech blog HDblog.it has released a gallery of images and 15-minute video of what is reportedly a beta version of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s UI.

From a design standpoint the new look is more minimal, with lighter colours. When pulling up a folder, the apps now appear on a blurred background, rather than in a defined box. There are also tweaks to the design of the settings and notifications.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing elements of HDblog.it’s coverage, however, is a portion of the accompanying article that, roughly translated, states that SMS messaging is going to be “iMessage style,” a development that would put Samsung more squarely in competition with Apple when it comes to software.

The site also says Samsung will be adopting another iPhone-like feature, force touch, but it won’t make its debut in the Note 7, instead likely arriving with the Galaxy S8.

It’s not official, but in analyzing Samsung’s strategy it’s very possible that our hypothesis is correct,” says the article.

This leak adds to a veritable trove of rumours regarding the forthcoming and much-anticipated Note device, the most recent of which was notable leakster Evan Blass stating that the new device would skip over Note 6 branding (likely to better sync with the flagship Galaxy line). He also noted that the Note 7 would have an iris scanner, adding credibility to one of the main focuses of the leaks so far.

According to the most widely-held beliefs, the phone is tipped to have a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, 12MP dual camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 4,000mAh battery, IP68 water-resistance rating and Snapdragon 823 processor.

Related reading: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 name confirmed, will also include an iris scanner


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