Samsung announce the eagerly anticipated Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

As expected Samsung straight up skipped the number 6 in their Galaxy Note line, going straight in to 7 revealing this, the Galaxy Note 7, and unfortunately (kinda) it is the same handset that indeed leaked earlier, for better or worse.

-HANDS ON WITH THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 – MrMobile

For the longest time Samsung pitted the Galaxy Note line as the big one, literally, in terms of both size and dimensions and specifications and features, though that changed with last years Galaxy Note 5, something which we don’t think anyone was that happy about, a trend which seems to be continuing with the Galaxy Note 7.

Just like last years Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy Note 7 is continuing the new unwelcome trend of complimenting, rather than out performing, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which we think is very disappointing. The same Exynos processor (or SnapDragon 820 on US shores) as the Galaxy S7 and more or less everything else is the same too, though Samsung have added a USB-C port to the Galaxy Note 7 which begs the question both how it’ll work with their Gear VR, and why they didn’t go USB-C on the S7.

Revised Gear VR

In terms of changes they are small, but Samsung have made a new refined Gear VR headset for use with the Galaxy Note 7, though with an inclusion of both USB-C and microUSB support, it continues the scratching heads of why the Galaxy S7 stuck with microUSB whilst literally everyone else moved on, but least they have finally with the Note 7.

In terms of improvements, it’s more refined, the cushioning for example is much more so, that naturally still won’t help the eye strain after long periods of time, but at least your head won’t hurt as much, and the button positions are slightly tweaked, but overall it’s the same VR, no need to upgrade folks with the existing one.

Way too similar to Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Our biggest gripe and problem with the Galaxy Note 7 is easy, it’s practically a Galaxy S7 Edge with a weaker battery and S-Pen, which whilst the S-Pen does have it’s many uses around Samsung’s flavour of Android, the battery on the Galaxy S7 Edge is practically the best you can get right now out of a flagship handset, so we’re naturally disappointed to see the battery go down even by what may seem a small margin, from the impressive in terms of performance and number 3,600mAh, to 3,500mAh on the Galaxy Note 7, though to be fair an improvement over the Note 5.

Improvements and changes

Galaxy Note 7 Coral Blue

Other than an exclusive Coral Blue colouring, thankfully the Galaxy Note 7 does have some improvements and changes, more specifically over it’s predecessor the Note 5, starting with IP68 water and dust resistance, which goes all the way to the S-Pen, you can literally draw on the screen underwater which is pretty crazy.

Speaking of the touch screen, the sensitivity of the screen has doubled from previous Galaxy smartphones to an incredible 4,096 pressure sensitive areas so you can draw with the most precision and accuracy. Plus, not that you’d try, but should you put the pen in the wrong way, it won’t jam like the Note 5 … that design flaw was pretty embarrassing Samsung, but at the same time the user is equally to blame.

Samsung have also made subtle improvements in terms of refining what is, let’s face it, a continuation of the Galaxy S7 design language, is now more symmetrical (a problem we noted with the S7, yes we’re picky but it’s fair when phones reach this standard, come on) and the Note 7 is thinner than the S7 rather notably in the hand, sporting the more flatter feel Note 5 owners will understand.

Plus, let’s not forget the very important detail, it STILL has a 3.5mm headphone jack!

Edge all the way for Samsung?

Whilst we’ve had Notes and Note Edge devices, Galaxy S devices then their respective Edge variants, with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is going all-in on the Edge movement and we wonder whether that is the right move or not, we personally were not a fan of the Edge variant in our Galaxy S7 review, so hopefully people don’t agree otherwise this interesting move for Samsung may not pay off.

Naturally being an Edge device, you have all the Edge features which have now being refined as well across the board, with a few newbies, whilst drawing a box over a video to create a gif, or hovering to translate on text, all sound good, we doubt the Edge features will change from those features you use in the honeymoon period then simply forget about.

Now Samsung have gone all in on the Edge form factor with the Note, it begs the question whether the Galaxy S8 will get the same treatment, guess we’ll have to see.

Summary + Specs

And there you have it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, not the big change the Note series used to be, once again the Note 7 continues to be that compliment device to the S series, for better or worse, but unlike the Note 5, we will get the Note 7, and pre-orders begin tomorrow, August 3rd for the device.

Will you be pre-ordering the Galaxy Note 7, we personally don’t think it’s enough to warrant a purchase over the Galaxy S7 Edge, but that’s just us, but check these specs below and you’ll see what we mean;

Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy S7 Edge

    • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • 5.7 inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED
    • Gorilla Glass 5
    • Octa-core Exynos (or SD 820)
    • 64GB storage
    • microSD Card Expansion
    • 4GB Ram
    • 12MP Camera / 5MP Front
    • WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.2LE
    • USB-C Fast Charging
    • Qi / Powermat Wireless Charging
    • S-Pen with 4096 pressure
    • 3,500mAh
    • IP68 rating
    • Fingerprint scanner
  • Iris scanner
    • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED
    • Gorilla Glass 4
    • Octa-core Exynos (or SD 820)
    • 32GB or 64GB storage variants
    • microSD Card Expansion
    • 4GB Ram
    • 12MP Camera / 5MP Front
    • WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.2LE
    • microUSB Fast Charging
    • Qi / Powermat Wireless Charging
    • 3,600mAh
    • IP68 rating
    • Fingerprint scanner

Read more about the Galaxy Note 7 here.

Our Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge review is still live and available here.

We would advise against the Galaxy Note 7 since a number of reports surrounding the device exploding have reached the point where the device has stopped production, and where Samsung has advised users to power down!

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