When Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was released last year, it took the crown of being the leader when it comes to the smartphone class.
Earlier this year, the South Korean company came in with what has been described by many experts as the best smartphone that money can buy right now – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. To continue this streak of excellence, Samsung has launched a brand new Galaxy Note 7 that looks a lot like the S7 Edge. So, what will it be for this phablet, especially with the imminent arrival of the Apple iPhone 7?
For starters, there is no denying the fact that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is another great handset from a proven company. From a distance, you will be forgiven for mistaking the Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 Edge twin. In case you didn’t know, the same curved dual-edge display screen that was used on the Galaxy S7 Edge is what you’ll find on the Galaxy Note 7. Furthermore, the company also kept the Edge software that runs on the S7 Edge, but the similarities do not end there.
Going deeper, you will find that the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have the same performance and camera specs. The same Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB RAM have been used on the new handset and so have the 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras. This specs sheet is meant for the U.S. variants, but Samsung will go with its own Exynos-branded CPUs as far as other regions are concerned, but like previous models, this will not affect the performance of the handset.
Another major difference you will definitely notice between the Galaxy Note 7 and S7 Edge is the size of the screen. Samsung kept faith in the 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen used on the Galaxy Note 5, which is 0.2 inches larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the resolution remains the same. There is, however, 64GB of onboard storage, which can still be expanded via a microSD card.
As usual with the Galaxy Note series, the S Pen stylus is present on the Galaxy Note 7. This year’s stylus has a lot in common with last year’s version, however, the newer version has picked a few tricks here and there, among them ability to tap-magnify as well as make GIFs. Samsung also added a nifty security feature in the shape of an iris scanner, a feature that is meant to replace the fingerprint scanner, but the latter is still available for use. In terms pricing, be ready to part with at least $849, which is $100 more than what the Galaxy S7 Edge costs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to continue the success the Galaxy S7 Edge has already laid down, but things might get tougher with the release of iPhone 7 in mid-September. At this point, nothing much can be said about the upcoming iPhone 7. In fact, rumors are rife that Apple will make minor changes to the phone’s outer looks, with most changes coming on the inside. If this materializes, there is no doubt that Apple will end up with a bad year as consumers may choose to stick with their current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S models as they wait for the main changes to come in 2017.