Galaxy Note 7 unboxing: we're diving right into Samsung's latest productivity phablet



The anticipation we experience upon taking home a new smartphone can be a lot like the feeling you might remember as a child, eagerly waiting to tear the wrapping paper off holiday gifts. And why shouldn't it be? While new phones may not come decked-out in fancy bows and ribbons, those tiny boxes can sure contain a lot of exciting new technology within, and from the moment we get our hands on one, it's all we can do to not tear into it there and then.

Now the new phone on the block is Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, the new waterproof, iris-scanning, curved-edge-screen follow-up to last year's Galaxy Note 5. With a name that's moving right on past the Galaxy Note 6 in order to get Samsung's flagship branding all on the same page, the Note 7 is the manufacturer's big-screen, productivity-focused alternative to its earlier-year flagship pair of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

We already saw Samsung formally introduce the Note 7 earlier this month, giving the phablet a few weeks' head start on IFA (as has been the company's MO in recent years, moving away from the more crowded late-August/early-September launch season), bringing you a hands-on look at the new phone, covering all the hot new features, and even getting a head start on showing how the Note 7 stacks up to existing models like the Note 5, Galaxy S7 edge, and Apple's iPhone 6s Plus.

All those previews are finally about to give way to widespread availability, with the Galaxy Note 7 making its retail debut later this week. We don't want to spoil all the fun of taking this flagship home for yourself, but if you think a little preview will only help stoke the fires of excitement, we've got an unboxing for you to check out.

If you've picked up a recent Samsung Galaxy model – and especially the S7 or S7 edge, this packaging is probably ringing a bell or two, as the Note 7 borrows not just its name from these phones, but also shares a lot about the way in which its showing up on carrier shelves.

The Note 7's packaged with Samsung's familiar adaptive fast charger, but already there's a twist: instead of the familiar micro USB cable, the Note 7 trades up to a new USB Type-C interface – and of course, the charging cable matches.

We see a similar evolution with the USB adapter Samsung includes to help migrate content over from your existing handset, getting its own USB Type-C connector. There's also a new guy in this box, a simple micro USB to USB Type-C adapter that's going to come in handy for all your existing USB accessories – just be sure you don't lose it, as this puppy's seriously tiny.

Samsung also packs in its standard pair of earbuds – doesn't look like anything new here – and since this is a Galaxy Note model we get an S Pen tip-change tool as well as a set of alternate stylus tips. Finally, a SIM tool rounds-out this in-box hardware package, which you'll need to outfit your new Note 7 with a microSD card if you feel like boosting its 64GB of internal storage. And remember, if you pick up your Note 7 before August 28, you can score a free 256GB microSD card (or Gear Fit 2 – your choice) to get started strong.

This is just the tip of the Galaxy Note 7 iceberg, so be sure to check out the rest of PhoneArena's coverage for even more hands-on action, reviews, comparisons, and opinions on Samsung's new stylus-equipped flagship.


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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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50 Comments

2. kenaldinho4444

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Beauty and a Beast

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is there an unboxing article AFTER the review article? Shouldn't it be the other way around?

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think it matters.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't care what you think.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yet you responded.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yet you responded to me first. #Hypocrite

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But I wasn't the one who said "I don't care."

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

And yet, I still don't care. You do, I know. But I don't.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And yet you're still responding. Obviously, you cared enough, but I just think it's your ego.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

And yet, so are you, once again proving my point that you desperately need my attention.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You wish. You just want to feel needed because you're lonely. That's why you pick fights on articles.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that YOU are the one that picked a fight on this article with me, I'd say that you're the lonely one that needs to feel needed. Now stop deflecting.

6. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Mxyzptlk used a burn heal

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He'll need it.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nowhere near as much as you will.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're the one who continues to talk about a cold, damp cloth and aloe.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because you need it.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You need it more than anyone with how butthurt you are all the time.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one in this site is more butthurt than you.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Considering the score they gave they probably reviewed it before unboxing.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think they scored it too high.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

You would. That's because it doesn't have an Apple logo on the back of it.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Better than the Priv.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop trying to deflect from the fact that since it doesn't have an Apple logo in the back, you think PA scored it too high.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stop trying to deflect from the fact that I said it's better than the Priv.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Typical Mxy. Always deflecting. And the Note 7 is better than the iPhone. So is the PRIV.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're deflecting again. The Note 7 is a far better device than the Priv. Fact.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the kid that's deflecting for the fact that since it doesn't have an Apple logo on it, he thinks it should have a lower score. #Hypocrite.

22. A-ForeveR

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Oye f**k face ..you are annoying!

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh look, another groupie idiot @$$hat come to join the other groupie idiot @$$hat.

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