When you add a stylus to the curved-screen Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, what you get is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Samsung finally launched the much awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on the 2nd of August. This time around, it is all Note 7, no two variant. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 integrates many of the features of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with a dual-edge display, a USB Type-C port, an iris scanner, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection and an entirely water-resistant body. Even after all these mouthwatering new technology features, Samsung still went on to integrate features like HDR Video Streaming Capabilities, a more sensitive and accurate S Pen stylus, a larger battery 3500mAh with fast charge feature just to mention a few.
- Primary Features
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is designed with an outer casing made up of an alloy metal composite. The Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 display provides optimal protection from falls and many other forms of screen damage.
The 5.7” Phablet display comes with a screen resolution of 2560 * 1440 pixels (518 ppi). It possesses a 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM with an internal storage of up to 64GB with expandable Micro SD card slot up to 200GB, with a Quad-core 64-bit (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual) Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has a rear camera of Dual Pixel 12MP sensor with OIS, f/1.7 aperture and a front camera of 5MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture.
- New curvy design
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with a curved screen just like the Galaxy S7 Edge. This gives the Note 7 all the features of the S7 Edge. No doubt, this must surely be a pretty phone. Those curves are narrower compared to that of S7 Edge’s; the sides of the Note 7 is slope less and drops off faster.
- Iris Scanner Support for Third-Party Apps
By including highly advanced biometric authentication features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has succeeded in making the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 when compared with its predecessor. These includes the fingerprint scanner as well as the new iris scanning technology. The newly featured iris recognition technology can be used in authenticating secure purchases made with Samsung Pay. It makes use of the infrared scanner in front of the device to search for your eyes. The device also supports Samsung Pass.
The new Secure Folder is another cool feature that can be used for hiding videos, images as well as apps. The folder is password locked giving only you access.
- HDR Video Streaming Capabilities
With the curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen, you are able to stream HDR video, providing you with a cinema-like experience which includes a deeper black and brighter colors. Samsung has also made this possible by partnering with Amazon, using the Amazon Prime video streaming service which now has a growing library of HDR content.
- S Pen updates for GIF-making
The S pen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 clicks out pleasantly from its hide-out at the bottom edge of the device. It has a smaller pen tip, making it more precise and accurate. It is also much more sensitive. It also comes with other features like smart select which lets you capture a 15-sec GIF you can easily share to other devices and Screen Write. Just like the phone, the new S Pen is also dust and water resistant. The stylus will not get stuck if jammed in backward.
- The Operating System
For now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with upgrades to be expected once Google starts rolling out the Android Nougat software. The custom layer has been made to look a little different. Menus seem a little more spaced out and are more colorful.
- New Type-C charging
- New Gear VR for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
After making the switch to USB Type-C starting with the Note 7, Samsung is also launching their new Gear VR headset. This new Gear VR headset version features a bigger touchpad which is no longer buried, making gaming and navigation easier. The adapter will also be made available for Micro USB smartphones like the Galaxy S7 Edge, S7, S6 Edge, S6, S6 Edge+, and Note 5.
- Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 arrives first in the United States, with pre-order date on August 3. It will be made available generally on August 19. The pricing is set to be around $850. In Europe, you may be required to wait till August 16 for a pre-order for £578-£631*(based on conversion). It will be launched on September 2. Many carriers have already put the phone up for pre-order in Canada, making it available on the same day just as the U.S. — August 19. The Gear 360 will be available starting Aug 19 for $349.