Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Galaxy S7 Edge – Which Phablet Should You Buy?

Galaxy Note 7

With the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now done with its flagship journey for 2016. The phone comes after the release of the already successful Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and its standard counterpart, Galaxy S7.

Even though the Galaxy Note 7 has come in with a first-time design language for the Note series, it is not the first time such a design has appeared on Samsung Galaxy devices. In fact, the Galaxy S7 Edge has the same looks as what you get on the Note 7 in addition to the hardware specs, but there are still some notable differences between these two. So, which one would you go for? Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.


Usually, Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note handsets have always had their distinct differences when it comes to hardware configurations. However, things are a little different this year, with the Galaxy Note 7 carrying over almost the entire specs sheet of what we’ve already seen on the Galaxy S7 Edge. This is where the disappointments begin as many enthusiastic buyers expected more differences between the two lineups. But at least it means you won’t be missing a lot by picking one over the other.

You get an almost equal display size on the two phones in addition to the huge design similarities. In fact, many feel that the Galaxy Note 7 is simply a larger Galaxy S7 Edge with the advantage of an S Pen stylus and nothing more. Well, this is not the case, if you dig a little deeper, but for the less tech-savvy individuals, it may be hard to convince them that the new Note 7 is even worth its price tag when compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

The same Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890 SoC and 4GB RAM have been used on the two phones. You also get the same dual-edge screen on both handsets, but the Galaxy Note 7 has a larger 5.7-inch panel as compared to the 5.5-inch panel used on the S7 Edge. This means you get a slightly lower pixel density of 518ppi on the larger phone as opposed to the 534ppi found on the smaller S7 Edge.

Galaxy Note 7

The camera specs remain the same at 12MP rear and 5MP front, but you get different storage configurations of 32GB on the Galaxy S7 Edge and 64GB on the Galaxy Note 7. Both handsets have room for microSD card slots. As for the battery power, you get a larger 3600mAh on the smaller S7 Edge as compared to the 3500mAh used on the Note 7, but these should give out almost the same battery life.

The major differences

As you can see, the basics of these two handsets are one and the same, something that should mean you get the same performance speeds on both handsets. But as noted earlier, there are some differences between the two that could easily make the Galaxy Note 7 stand out.

The first one is the obvious S Pen stylus. This pen-like accessory is what has helped make the Galaxy Note series unique. This year’s version is taking things to the next level by adding some nifty capabilities as well as features. It will be possible to get quick translations, magnify things and even use it underwater, just like the Note 7 itself. This is nowhere to be seen on the S7 Edge.

In addition to the unique S Pen stylus, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 also happens to be the first Samsung phone to come with an iris scanner. This is a security feature that Samsung says is 100 times more secure than using a fingerprint scanner. Given that it is still very new, it may not be perfect, but don’t you want to be recognized as the first user of this technology on a Galaxy Note 7? The Galaxy S7 Edge only relies on the fingerprint sensor, which is also available on the Note 7.

Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 Edge

When releasing the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung stuck to microUSB ports and instead kept the future-proof USB Type-C port for the Galaxy Note 7. This promises faster wired charging as well as transfer of files as compared to the S7 Edge.

Things get even more interesting when it comes to pricing. Where the Galaxy Note 7 ha a price tag of at least $850, the Galaxy S7 Edge is priced at $100 less.

So, are the S Pen stylus, iris scanner, USB Type-C and 0.2 inches of more display size worth $100? That’s a question only you can answer. Please let us know your choice in the comments section below.

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