After months of leaks and rumors, Samsung took the wraps off the next-generation Galaxy Note7 at its event in New York City today. Successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 5, the new phablet brings a host of improvements in terms of new features, improved hardware, design and much more. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will go on sale starting August 19 in select countries. We pitted the Galaxy Note7 against the Galaxy Note 5, and here’s what’s new. Also Read - Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone market, Samsung remains at top
Before we head over to the actual comparison, there may be some people thinking as to where did the Galaxy Note 6 go. Well, when it comes to nomenclature, Galaxy Note-series has always been a generation behind compared to the Galaxy S-series. In other words, while Samsung is currently selling Galaxy S7-series, the corresponding Note-series phablet is the Galaxy Note 5. This has already confused a lot of customers into believing it to be a year-old device. So, in order to bridge the gap and unify its product portfolio, Samsung has skipped the Galaxy Note 6, and launched the Galaxy Note7 instead. Now, let’s take a look at what’s new in the Galaxy Note7. Also Read - Flipkart Big Diwali Sale begins October 16: List of best deals on smartphones, Smart TVs, home appliances
Samsung Galaxy Note7 vs Galaxy Note 5
Display: The Galaxy Note 5 flaunts a 5.7-inch super AMOLED QHD display running at a resolution of 2560x1440pixels. Now, while the Galaxy Note7 also features a 5.7-inch super AMOLED QHD display, it is curved from both the edges, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy S7 edge. Also Read - Top 5 OnePlus 9RT alternatives: OnePlus Nord 2 5G, Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G and more
Besides looking aesthetically appealing, the edge panels can also be used to quickly access frequently used contacts, apps and also to display time, notifications, sports scores, stock ticker and more. As only the edge display lights up, it won’t consume much of battery life. The ‘always-on’ display that debuted on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, is also present here. When turned on, only a section of the display lights up with information such as time, weather, unread notifications, and more. It is also the first device to come with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Processor and RAM: While the Galaxy Note 5 was powered by Samsung’s homebrew Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy Note7 comes with the faster Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM. There is also another variant powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset. However, India is likely to get the variant running on Exynos processor.
Internal Storage: While the Galaxy Note 5 featured 32GB and 64GB onboard storage options, Samsung has upped the internal storage on the Galaxy Note7 to 64GB. Also, while the Galaxy Note 5 lacked a microSD card slot for further expansion, the same is present on the Galaxy Note7, with support for up to 256GB.
Cameras: While the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6-family featured a 16-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/1.9 with pixel size of 1.12 microns, Samsung went with a smaller resolution and larger aperture camera module on the Galaxy S7-family. The Galaxy Note7 also comes with the same 12-megapixel camera with Dual Pixels, aperture f/1.7 and pixel size of 1.4 microns. Also, the selfie camera on the Galaxy Note7 is 5-megapixels with aperture f/1.7, compared to 5-megapixels and aperture f/1.9 on the Galaxy Note 5.
Rest of the features such as slow motion and 4K video recording capabilities are present on the Galaxy Note7. We have already reviewed the Galaxy S7 and have found the camera to be the best compared to other competition smartphones, and the same is expected from the Galaxy Note7 too.
Battery: Battery life has always been a major concern among smartphone users and with the high resolution display, faster processing and features like always-on display, there is a need for higher capacity battery. Samsung is aware of this and so it has packed a 3,500mAh battery on the Galaxy Note7 along with fast charging and wireless fast charging features, compared to 3,000mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 5.
Connectivity: Most smartphone manufacturers such as LeEco, LG and HTC have already moved on to the latest USB Type-C port, while Samsung continued with microUSB. Now, the Galaxy Note7 is the first Samsung device to embrace the new connectivity option for charging and data transfer. Other connectivity options on the phablet include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 new features
Waterproofing: The Galaxy Note7 features IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, which mean you can submerge it under 1.5meters water for up to 30 minutes. This was missing from the Galaxy Note 5.
Iris scanner: Along with a fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy Note7 also includes an iris scanner for biometric authentication. It is also the first Samsung Galaxy smartphone to include this feature. It offers an extra layer of security to safeguard your Note-phablet. There is also a Secure Folder that can be accessed only after authentication, thus keeping your private and personal information safe. You can also use the iris scanner technology to authenticate secure purchases made using Samsung Pay (available in select countries).
S-Pen: The S-Pen stylus has been the USP of the Galaxy Note-series phablets. With every new generation, Samsung has improved the functionality of the stylus. Now, with the Galaxy Note7, the S-Pen has pulled up a couple of tricks up its sleeve. To begin with, it can sense up to 4,096 levels of pressure along with latency of less than 50 milliseconds.
Other features such as Air Commands functions for magnifying text, quick text translation by hovering the S-Pen on it, and ability to create GIFs from videos with Smart Select feature. Now, you can also take quick notes without unlocking the screen by using Screen off memo. For this, you will have to pin the memo to the Always On Display. The S-Pen also gains water resistance capabilities – meaning you can use it under water too. Samsung has also redesigned the slot, which fixes some of Galaxy Note 5 issues where incorrectly inserting the S-Pen would jam it inside the slot.
Is the Galaxy Note7 upgrade worthy?
Purely based on the hardware and features that the Galaxy Note7 comes packed with, it surely sounds like a worthy successor to the Galaxy Note 5. However, we will reserve our judgment until we review the phablet. It remains to be seen if Samsung can recreate the same success as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with the new Galaxy Note7. If that happens, the Galaxy Note7 could be the ultimate phablet to buy.
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