Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is Finally Here!
After months of rumours and speculations, Samsung’s next generation Note finally saw the light of day. While we already know the specs and features of Note 7, Samsung still has few tricks up its sleeves to surprise us. Oh and this time Samsung skips the number 6 to make its Note line-up sync with S- series. Let’s dive into Note 7’s offerings.
The Galaxy Note 7 boasts Samsung’s industry leading 5.7 inch QHD SAMOLED display with 2560×1440 resolution resulting into mind-boggling 518 pixels per inch (PPI). The device is powered by Snapdragon 820 (Sorry folks, no 821 here. But, it’s totally understandable as Qualcomm just announced it last month and for a product as large scale as Note 7, Samsung didn’t have enough time to test) or home based Exynos 8890 octa core processor depending upon the region. 4 GB of RAM is on board too. The base storage starts at 64 GB of storage which can be further expanded via Micro-SD expansion. The battery capacity stands at 3,500 mAh in a sealed glass back and supports fast charging technology too.
Like its S7 siblings, the Note 7 is water-dust resistant and has expandable storage, with a MicroSD card slot hiding in the top edge. It’s got the same 12-megapixel camera that beats the pants off the iPhone 6s camera in low light. The battery is 17% larger than its predecessor’s.
In Camera department, the Galaxy Note 7 borrows the same excellent 12 MP shooter from Galaxy S7. The f/1.7 aperture helps to capture more lighting under dark situations. Selfie shooter is also same 5 MP with wide angel lens that fits more objects in a single click.
The most boggling feature on the Note 7 is its infrared scanner that can log into your smartphone by scanning your eyeballs. Samsung sees this as an added security layer on the Note 7. To take advantage of the retina scanning, it’s even added a new application, Secure Folder, that requires a retina scan if you want to access it. Samsung says we’ll eventually be able to use our eyes to log into accounts and authenticate Samsung Pay transactions, but neither of those features are ready just yet.
This is the first Note phone to use USB-C charging, and the first Galaxy device with HDR10 video playback. Like recent generations of Galaxy phones, the Note 7 should offer a solid VR experience. However, the USB-C connector means you’ll need a new Gear VR headset. Coincidentally, Samsung announced the $100 Gear VR for Galaxy Note 7 today, and it works with older phones via an included MicroUSB attachment.
The S Pen has been upgraded this year with water resistance, a finer point, and twice as fine pressure sensitivity (4096, to be precise). There are a handful of new software features for the S Pen, including a magnifying loupe, quick text translation tool, and a new tool that makes it easy to create GIFs from any video that’s currently playing.
Samsung has also updated its software interface for the Note 7, with a cleaner color palette, softer white menus, and an overall nicer-looking aesthetic. It seems that with each new phone, Samsung’s software gets better looking, and the Note 7 is no exception.
The Galaxy Note 7 will be available in the US on August 19th with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. Pricing varies by carrier but will be in the $800-$900 range for a 64GB model (the only model available). It is also expected to launch here in India on 11 August. We will update the pricing when it launched in various other markets as well.
We will be covering more details about the Galaxy Note 7. Stay tuned for a full review.