As expected yesterday Samsung revealed to us its latest phablet or should I say flagship with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. They skipped over the Note 6 title to align it more with the S7/S7 Edge line and to not confuse customers. Also with its design while it is similar to the Note 5, it seems to bring it more inline with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with an added stylus. It has a symmetrical designed glass body and actually feels good in the hand and not slippery. Samsung finally added water-resistance to its Note line and even the S-Pen is water-resistant and even works with water which is pretty interesting.
|?||Galaxy Note 7|
|OS||Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)|
|Network||LTE Cat.12 / LTE Cat.10 / LTE Cat.9 * May differ by mobile operators*|
|Dimension||153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g|
|AP||Quad Core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process|
|Memory||4GB RAM (LPDDR4) , 64GB (UFS 2.0)|
|Display||5.7” Quad HD Dual edge Super AMOLED
2560 x 1440 (518ppi)
|Camera||Rear : Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7) , Front : 5MP (F1.7)|
|Battery||3,500mAh, Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MU-MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps,
Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,
Location (GPS, Glonass, Beidou)
|Sensors||Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Iris Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor|
Great thing about the Galaxy Note 7 is right off the back you get 64GB of storage as the base model and you can throw in a 256GB microSD to do more damage if necessary. The Galaxy Note 7 is capable of streaming HDR and works hand in hand with the newest version of Gear VR and also the Gear 360 camera. One of the biggest features this year is the Iris Scanner. A Samsung rep demoed it for me and worked in a snap. I’d like to see how this handles folks that wears glasses like myself and also in other environments such as bad lighting and so forth. Samsung also moved away from microUSB and has gone into USB Type-C territory. Luckily Samsung doesn’t want to alienate its millions of customers and the Note 7 will come with a microUSB to Type C adapter and also the forthcoming Gear VR will have attachments to work with more ports.
Battery capacity has expanded to 3,500mAh on the Note 7 compared to the Note 5. Too bad they weren’t able to add the mammoth 4,000mAh battery that sits inside its rough sibling the Galaxy S7 Active. Taking about rough the Galaxy Note 7 will have Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5 which hasn’t been presented on any device as of yet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is slated to release on August 19th in four colors of Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx. The Gear VR and Gear 360 are also set to release on that day as well.
Samsung did have a nice selection of accessories such as camera lens, a wireless battery pack case and other devices to enhance the Note 7 experience. No pricing on anything yet but hopefully they do make it out for customers to try out.
Stay tuned as we bring you more information about the Galaxy Note 7 and get a review cranking once we get one in our hands.