It is no longer a rumor but now a reality. Samsung has finally pulled down the curtains on the Galaxy Note 7, a phone that had been highly anticipated following the huge success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Of course, the new Note 7 has superb looks, a great feature and specs combination as well as an excellent camera, just to name but a few. But it comes to a world that is already featuring the likes of Apple iPhone 6S Plus as well as the magnificent Google Nexus 6P. So, how does the new Galaxy Note 7 compare to the likes of Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus? Here’s a look at the main points.
Design and display
These three handsets are meant for the high-end market and as such, neither disappoints when it comes to looks. There is a sleek glass and metal design on the Galaxy Note 7 that adds the curvy nature of the Galaxy S7 Edge to the screen, but you get all-metal designs on the Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus. In addition, the display screen size of the Note 7 also means that you get a device with a larger form factor than the other two Google and Apple handsets.
Speaking of displays, the Galaxy Note 7 and Nexus 6P are the largest of the three with their 5.7-inch screens. But where Samsung went for a Super AMOLED QHD panel, Huawei, the maker of the Nexus 6P, favored the WQHD AMOLED panel, which is also a product of Samsung. On the other hand, Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus has 5.5 inches of real estate, but there is no room for QHD AMOLED panel, instead, you get an IPS LCD screen with 1080p resolution.
This means you get crispier displays on the Galaxy Note 7 and Nexus 6P as opposed to the iPhone 6S Plus. However, it is only the Note 7 that offers an Always On Display that also supports input through an S Pen stylus.
Hardware and software specs
On paper, the Galaxy Note 7 already has the crown. This is true given that it packs the latest hardware that should mean improved performance over what is used on the Nexus 6P. You get a Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890 SoC on the Note 7 together with a RAM of 4GB. As for the Nexus 6P, there is a Snapdragon 810, the 820’s predecessor and a slightly smaller RAM of 3GB. Even though it might not be noticeable when executing light tasks, the Nexus 6P might start feeling the weight when it comes to handling bulky tasks, something the Note 7 should handle with ease.
On the contrary, you get an A9 chipset on the iPhone 6S Plus, which according to benchmarks, lags behind the Snapdragon 820 in terms of performance. You also get a smaller RAM of 2GB, but Apple’s software optimizations mean that you get one of the best performances yet. Speaking of software, the latter has iOS 9 on board and it will soon get iOS 10, the latest version of the OS. As for the Galaxy Note 7 and Nexus 6P, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the latest OS, but Android 7.0 Nougat is just around the corner.
The debate between Android and iOS is unending, but one fact is that both platforms are now more mature than ever. Expect to get the best in terms of software from any of the three, but with Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus offering stock experience, the Galaxy Note 7 might find itself on the losing end when this is considered.
Camera specs, battery life, and price
With the recent knowledge that camera megapixels are not everything when it comes to quality photography, it is not easy to make a simple comparison based on this feature. But with the Galaxy S7 being hailed as the best smartphone camera so far, the Galaxy Note 7 will easily outshine the iPhone 6S Plus and Nexus 6P in this department since it will keep the same specs used on the S7 and S7 Edge. The Nexus 6P has a 12.3MP rear snapper while the front has an 8MP sensor. On the other hand, the iPhone 6S Plus has 12MP at the back and 5MP on the front, but honestly, none of these will be able to match the Note 7’s power.
As for the battery capacity, the Galaxy Note 7 leads the way with its 3500mAh unit as compared to the slightly smaller 3450mAh used on the Nexus 6P and the 2915mAh unit installed on the iPhone 6S Plus. If anything, you get just about the same battery life on the Note 7 and Nexus 6P, but the Apple handset could find itself in trouble with this aspect. But there is room to step up with the upcoming iPhone 7, which should be here this September.
Coming down to the price, you will be surprised. But for those who are familiar with the Galaxy Note series, the $850 price tag for the Galaxy Note 7 shouldn’t be a surprise. This is a 64GB unit, with room for microSD card storage. The same 64GB unit of the Nexus 6P is currently valued at $399 while a 64GB variant of the Apple iPhone 6S Plus costs a whopping $899 on Amazon, but none of these two have room for microSD card expansion. All they offer are two more storage variants of 32GB and 128GB for the Nexus 6P while the iPhone 6S Plus has 16GB and 128GB.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 also adds an iris scanner, a feature that is only unique to the phone. It also includes a fingerprint scanner, which is the standard on both Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus.