The day that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is supposed to be officially unveiled to the world is finally here, but this will only be happening in the company’s home country of South Korea and North America.
As for those in the UK and the rest of Europe, the Galaxy Note 7 should be coming as from early September, but the tech giant has already warned of possible supply shortages for the phablet. This just shows how much the Note 7 is set to be a success, but what does this mean for the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 Plus phablet?
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus this coming month of September, with rumors pointing to a September 23rd release date. With Samsung having already seen some significant success with the early release of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, it is set to benefit from the same with respect to the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But will the latter eclipse the former when it finally comes to life? Let’s take a look at what we know so far.
There are rumors that Apple will finally ditch the LCD screen panels in favor of AMOLED panels that are a product of Samsung. However, this will be happening as from 2017 or even 2018 onwards. Nonetheless, the move clearly shows that Apple has conceded that Samsung has the better display technology, something that should be seen in the Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus war.
In short, the 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED panel that the Note 7 packs will still outperform the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus, which is believed to come with the same display quality as the previous iPhone 6S Plus. This means you get a 5.5-inch LCD Retina Display with a 1080p resolution, which is way inferior to the super QHD panel of the Note 7.
Coming down to the performance, Samsung did not change a thing about the hardware specs of the Galaxy Note 7 when compared to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. There is a Snapdragon 820 SoC on the North American variant while the UK and other regions will get an Exynos 8890 variant. As for the RAM and storage, both variants will come with 4GB and 64GB, respectively. The onboard storage of the phablet can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 256GB.
There are some improvements expected on the new iPhone 7 Plus as far as performance is concerned. Users will get a new A10 processor that is backed by a RAM of 3GB. As for the storage, Apple is rumored to be working on a larger storage option of 32GB as the base model, bringing to an end the long run of the 16GB base model variants. However, iPhone 7 Plus should still come with larger storage options of 64GB and a monstrous 256GB, if the latest rumors materialize. This is true because the handset will not be coming in with a microSD card slot, just like previous iPhone models.
Camera and other features
The camera on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has been hailed as the best in 2016 so far. Given that the same 12MP/5MP combination is what you find on the Galaxy Note 7, expect the same quality photography from the phablet.
The phablet iPhone 7 Plus is set to take this camera war to the next level by debuting a dual-lens setup, similar to what we already have with the likes of LG G5, Huawei P9 as well as the Huawei Honor 8. This new combination should be able to deliver even much better photography, probably more than what the Galaxy Note 7 or iPhone 6S Plus manages.
As for the rest of the features, the unique S-Pen is still available for Note 7 buyers. It has gotten much better this year and includes fancy features such as translation, magnifying as well as the ability to use in water. Samsung introduced an iris scanner for the first time as well as USB Type-C, but the latter feature could be a major selling point for the phablet.
Apple is said to be working on minimal changes for the iPhone 7 Plus with respect to last year’s iPhone 6S Plus. These include a redesigned home button that is no longer physical, a missing 3.5mm headphone port as well as redesigned antenna lines.
The prices of the two flagships should be nothing new for keen followers of the two company’s developments. With the Galaxy Note 7 already priced at $850, there are rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus could command a price of about $900 for the base model.
So, which one will it be? Share your views in the comments.