Samsung and Apple have both released their 2016 phablets namely the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively. These two are close competitors in the market and despite the woes facing the former, it is still going to make the latter sweat for its money.
Samsung packed new tech into the new Galaxy Note 7 while Apple also made its mark with a bunch of new features as well. But how do these additions rate against each other? Here’s a closer look at Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Apple iPhone 7 Plus, including their specs and price details.
Display and camera
The notion has always been that Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels are much better than Apple’s IPS LCD panels. If this is to be considered, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will certainly be the better option here given its Super AMOLED panel that also adds a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It is also larger in size at 5.7 inches as compared to the 5.5 inches on the IPS LCD screen of the iPhone 7 Plus. Furthermore, the latter also adds a Full HD resolution, which is of lower quality when compared to the QHD on the Note 7.
The two screens have their own tweaks. The Galaxy Note 7 comes with an Always On Display feature as well as Edge screen. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus has 3D Touch to thank for its uniqueness. Camera-wise, the Galaxy Note 7 has a 12MP DualPixel snapper on the back with OIS and LED flash, among other features. On the contrary, the iPhone 7 Plus gets a dual 12MP snapper with a quad-LED flash that also gives 2x optical zoom alongside OIS and a bunch of other features.
There selfie cameras stand at 5MP for the Galaxy Note 7 while the iPhone 7 Plus packs a 7MP sensor.
Hardware and software
These two phones are the top-most products in the smartphone niche from their respective makers. As such, they come with the best hardware specs possible. At this time, it is still too early to judge which between the two the better performer is.
In terms of specs, there is a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 SoC on the Galaxy Note 7 that is paired with a 4GB RAM. There is Android Marshmallow out of the box, although recent reports suggest that Android Nougat may be coming very soon. As for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, there is the latest A10 chipset paired with a 3GB RAM. This should deliver the best performance yet, especially since it will be working alongside the new iOS 10.
Storage and price
When it comes to the storage part, the iPhone 7 Plus trounces the Galaxy Note 7 in terms of options available. There are three choices for the former consisting of 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. As for the latter, you only get 64GB of storage, but you can expand it via a microSD card of up to 256GB, which ultimately beats the iPhone 7 Plus, especially when their prices comes into play.
Speaking of price, the higher the storage amount on the Apple handset the higher the price. The base model is priced at $749, with each higher model demanding an additional $100. As for the Galaxy Note 7, you need $849 to get it, which is the same price as the 128GB variant of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Battery capacity and extras
Even though Apple did not reveal the details of the iPhone 7 Plus battery capacity, a tear-down of the phone found that there is a 2900mAh unit in the phone. This is smaller than the 3500mAh unit found in the Galaxy Note 7, but both are not removable.
As for other perks, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack and instead, you get Apple AirPods on the iPhone 7 Plus. You also get stereo speakers, lightning audio port as well as a touch-sensitive home button. The Galaxy Note 7, on the other hand, has an S-Pen, iris scanner as well as the earlier-mentioned dual-edge display.
So, if you had a chance to get the new and faultless Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which one would you pick? Let us know your choice in the comments.