Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 edge: curved screens in the house!

Samsung's Galaxy Note phones helps introduce us to the company's love affair with curved over-the-edge displays on its phones, when back in September 2014 we saw the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 alongside the Galaxy Note Edge. But then last year, while we did get the big Galaxy S6 edge+, there was no stylus-equipped Note model with the same curved screen. Lest you think that the screen tech was losing favor with the manufacturer, this year we get one of the biggest shake-ups in the Note line to date, as Samsung moves away from a flat screen altogether and gives us a single curved-screen option for the Galaxy Note 7. As we go hands-on with the new phablet, we absolutely had to check out its relation to this year's earlier curved-screen model, the Galaxy S7 edge.

At first glance, the Note 7 and S7 edge look like two phones cut from the same cloth, a pair of handsets differing mainly in size. But a closer inspection reveals the many little ways Samsung's tweaked its design language for the new Note.

While the Galaxy S7 edge has curved front and back glass panels, the Note 7 ups the degree of curvature on that rear glass, giving it a shape that matches the front glass for a perfectly symmetrical construction.

Down below, Samsung's swapped-out the GS7 edge's micro USB connector for a reversible USB Type-C port – the first on a Galaxy flagship.

Internally, though, the GS7 edge and Galaxy Note 7 are very similar smartphones, powered by the same processors, sporting the same 4GB of RAM, and featuring the same very-highly-regarded 12MP camera. That's a nice decision on Samsung's part that lets users decide between the Note and GS7 edge based on things like screen size and the availability of the Note's S Pen stylus, while taking general performance out of the equation.

To be fair, the screen-size difference isn't huge: 5.5 inches for the GS7 edge and 5.7 for the Note 7 – with a quad-HD 1440 x 2560 AMOLED panel on each. And that leads to the GS7e having dimensions of 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, versus 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm for the Note 7. A little counter-intuitively, the Galaxy S7 edge actually has the larger battery of the two (despite being a smaller phone), with a 3,600mAh component to the Note 7's 3,500mAh – we suppose the S Pen has to take up space somewhere. Both models support fast charging, as well as native wireless charging.

Samsung's making the smart move to give the Note 7 the same IP68 water resistance as the GS7 edge, and that protection even extends to the phablet's stylus, letting you write on the phone's screen while fully underwater. That could prove to be a huge asset, as capacitive touchscreens just don't work great when wet.

There's so much similar about these two phones that we can understand it being difficult to make a purchasing decision between the two of them. Do you go with a slightly more compact handset and a bigger battery, or a bigger phone that delivers stylus support? We haven't even mentioned the Note 7's big security upgrade, picking up another front-facing camera for iris-scan authentication. That may not drive you to pick up the Note 7 on its own, but it certainly adds to the list of reasons why you might want to go with this phone over the S7 edge. Of course, pricing will also end up factoring in, and for the moment we don't have a final retail price for the Note 7 – but you can bet it will fetch a pretty penny.

If you were going to pick up one of these Samsung handsets, which would you go with? Take a look at how they compare in the gallery below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Related phones

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
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I hope they upgraded the loud speaker.. the one on the s7 edge wasn't that good.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A bad loud speakers is most likely a side effect of waterproofing, the N7 is waterproof and pretty much a copy of the S7E in design and specs so I doubt the loud speaker is any better on the N7.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Gorilla Glass 5 + 7000 series aluminium = win

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

In your book but that isn't enough to equal a win in mine.

20. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I'd rather Metallic glass + synthetic diamond.

11. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Completely understand why but hoping Samsung figured out a way lol

14. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

S6/Edge/Edge+, Note5, S7/Edge all have terrible loudspeakers. They sound "off" and hollow compared to HTC, Motorola, and Apple. It's hard to get a good speaker in a phone but these recent Samsung models haven't provided good speakers.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


19. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Sad because speakers is one of my main reasons to buy a smartphone. The IPH7 speakers are looking great though, and it might be waterproof or at least water resistant.

26. smartphonelover

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

The Moto X Pure Edition has one of the best loud speakers on a smartphone and has waterproofing, Samsung really has no excuse.

27. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Moto X PE isn't waterproof, it just has a water repellent nano-coating and dust protection. its rating is IP52 a far cray from the S7's IP68 . You can check here for what that means.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The loudspeaker is perfect. It is muffled because of the waterproofing.

30. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Glad to see this loudspeaker is "perfect" - I look forward to it pumping out some "phat" 20Hz sub-basslines while maintaining crystal clear highs. Samsung should move more into the speaker industry and wipe out all the competition with their perfect 5x3mm driver to replace all those bulky big box designs!

38. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

2 things I want from Samsung, 1. go back to 2014 Note Edge design with edge only on one side or remove it. 2. Front-facing stereo speakers but this might force them to get onscreen buttons. Which I don't like. Ew, forget about it.

40. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I can agree with #2, but then again I agree with you on why not #2 because I don't like on screen buttons. I can't agree with #1 though. That edge design looked dated, even when it was new.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

While I'm not really fond of samsung, despite the fact that the Note7 is probably the most underwhelming galaxy note update so far, u just can't deny that the galaxy Note7 runs circles around the S7E in the looks department. With the tasteful/subtle edge display this time and the black accents around the black coloured Note. This phone absolutely rocks (in the looks department), even if too uninteresting tbh

4. strawhat67

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

The same spec that was half year ago

3. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015


6. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

As a Samsung user, I m Infact very disappointed. But it's not by force to buy a phone I wouldn't like. So I cancel the purchase of this Note. And will wait for something better from other Manufacturers.

18. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Keep waiting dude.

28. torr310

Posts: 1692; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes, I will stop complaining and don't buy them if they are not what suit my need the best. The trends are always changing, so the products will change once in a while too.

8. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I don't know how they add the hardware of S7 EDGE in the note7!! Even the battery is smaller than s7 edge's battery !! I don't know how samsung think !!

22. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

S Pen has taken the space...

33. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Surely Salam pen has taken the space but don't forget Note7 is bigger than S7edge !!

34. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

S Pen**

37. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

What are you talking about ? The S6 Edge and Note 5 had the same hardware and the battery is smaller probably due to the S Pen or Iris scanner.

39. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

S6 edge has 2600 mAh Battery while note 5 has 3000 !! S6 Edge has 3 GB Ram while Note5 has 4 GB ram !! Don't forget S7Edge smaller than Note7 but is has bigger Battery

41. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

The S6 Edge is 5.1 inches not 5.5 inches like the S7 Edge. And again the Note 7 has the S Pen. S4 and S5 had 2 GB of RAM while Note 3 and Note 4.

9. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You've got to be kiding, same phone just 2.6 mm taller and 1.3 mm wider. Yes and a stylus, iris scaner etc but... I want to upgrade from my Note 4 and this is a great phone but the battery being fixed and the curved screen have got me wondering if I can wait

13. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ok I see they have offered a solution to the battery prob

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