The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been leaking more a more steadily of late, suggesting its release is imminent. Now a source has revealed that production of the handset will begin as soon as July.

Samsung usually announces its Galaxy Note smartphones at its Unpacked event around the time of the IFA trade show in early September.

Now a leak from an industry insider has revealed that Samsung is to begin production in July. The source claims 2.5 million phones will be made in July with 5 million produced in August, suggesting the rumoured August announcement won't see availability until September.

Samsung's event invite leaked recently with a date of 2 August, suggesting it will be an earlier unveil than usual. Perhaps this is to create hype so it can be released before Apple's iPhone 7 arrives around September time.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to get that name, skipping the Note 6, in order to place the handset more clearly against Apple's iPhone 7 and alongside its Samsung flagship Galaxy S7.

Rumoured specs for the Galaxy Note 7 include a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED edge display, Snapdragon and Exynos CPU variants with 6GB of RAM, 12-megapixel Super OIS camera, plus a 4000mAh battery.

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