Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 last week and just like the rumors had pointed out, this new handset is a real powerhouse as far as smartphones are concerned.
The phone puts itself ahead of the pack with its unique set of features and offerings, something that Apple is expected to beat or at least match when it unveils the iPhone 7, the successor to the current iPhone 6S. So, will Apple be able to take back its crown from Samsung with the launch of the next iPhone?
iPhone 7 will be here in mid-September, but until then, potential buyers of this phone might find themselves persuaded to buy the Galaxy Note 7 instead. On the other hand, there are quite a lot of others who see the new Note 7 as a fraternal twin of the Galaxy S7 Edge, only that it carries the always unique S Pen stylus. With this in mind, they might not see the phone as a major upgrade, hence no need to jump onto it.
The success of the Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and S7 Edge has seen Samsung change from flat screen design to a curved dual-edge screen design for the Galaxy Note 7. However, nothing happened to the 5.7 inches of real estate, which also keeps the QHD resolution that makes it one of the best displays, if not the best.
If the latest reports are to be believed, Apple will refresh the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with a new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, there is also talk of a third iPhone 7 Pro, which will still come with 5.5 inches of display. The talk goes further to claim that Apple will not be making any drastic changes in the design of the new phones, which means potential buyers of the iPhone 7 will carry a device that also looks like a fraternal twin of the iPhone 6S.
Of course, all of the current iPhone 7 reports are based on rumors and unconfirmed leaks, but if anything, they confirm that this phone will have a lot in common with last year’s version, which also had the same design language as the 2014 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new Galaxy Note 7 may be the first of its kind when it comes to design and a number of great new features, but it still carries a design language that has been here since 2015.
With this in mind, we might see this battle settled by the little nifty additions that these companies will have on these two handsets. We already know that the Galaxy Note 7 has a powerful hardware specs sheet that is coupled with enhanced software as well as new features such as an iris scanner (not forgetting the improved S Pen stylus), microSD card support, IP68 certification and DualPixel camera technology, not so much is known about the iPhone 7. But according to rumors, the only major upgrade will see the iPhone 7’s rear camera include a larger lens that should accommodate larger megapixels, hence allowing in more light when in low-light conditions. This will promise great photography from the phone.
There are reports that the larger iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) will include a dual-lens camera setup, much more like what we’ve already seen on the Huawei P9 and LG G5. But will these be enough to brush off competition from the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Only time can tell.
With Apple expected to unveil the iPhone 7 this coming month, it is only then that we’ll be able to tell which of these two phones will end up on top of the other when it comes to sales.
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