New Note 7 TouchWiz interface features preview

Now that Samsung's "Project Grace" interface overhaul has graced a retail handset - the Galaxy Note 7 - we ought to take a deeper look at the TouchWiz metamorphosis that will hopefully land to other flagships of the Galaxy line at some point, too.

Samsung did a test drive for the new TouchWiz interface version by deploying it to beta testers with Note 5 handsets in Korea, so at least there is a hint that this new overlay could come to the previous edition of the S Pen-wielding portfolio. While the new interface keeps the general shape and familiar form of TouchWiz, the icons have been smoothed out and made more consistent - a common complaint with Samsung's overlay - but there are also other changes, like unifying the S Pen abilities into one app called simply Notes, or adding a blue light filter in the status bar toggles.

Until you wait for your Galaxy Note 7 to arrive, or for Samsung to port the new interface to your current Galaxy flagship, take a look at some of the cool new features it will sport to soothe your aching waiting heart.

There are plenty more subtle changes to Samsung's new Android overlay edition, as found on the Note 7, which you can preview also in the official screens and promo videos below, yet even in this preliminary look things are looking promising, and we can't wait to go into the nitty-gritty soon.

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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



1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Best Android UI handsdown.

13. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I think the icons are ugly. But who cares when you can use themes and icon packs.

15. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Why doesn't Samsung bring these features to older Note phones like Note 5? Samsung updates the OS but not TouchWiz version. Why?

21. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I still prefer Sense for its fluidity and while I'm happy with the Moto UI on my Moto Z Force it's a bit too plain like vanilla Android. Yes, I got to spend a couple of hours with the Note 7 which is why I came to form such opinions. It's still a beautiful phone where one handed operation is possible now I await thorough battery life results.

2. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

This is for me the greatest improvement the Note7 brings. I really dont get why they didnt go into details during the unpacked event.

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Everything just looks the same. The average buyer just couldn't care less. It's a shame they waited 1 year to release this. What a colossal waste of money and time.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Still has time to care to write a few points on that?

22. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's designed a lot better from previous Note phones and while not an Edge device still has a slight curve to the display while still being quite comfortable to hold. Now I do find the speakers lacking improvement and it seems to produce the same photos as the S7 instead of one upping it.

5. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i have a question !! not related to UI at all...... in note 7 we can reduce the resolution to 720p or 1080p !! soo........can we do it permanently from the settings or via some specific option only (power saver). i use note 3 currently & find 1080p on 5.7 inch good enough !! obviously it will save, please someone tell me !! we can reduce the resolution permanently from the settings ??

6. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

You can reduce resolution to 1080p using powersaving mode in Note7 only. As long as the mode is on, the setting will remain.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung isn't kidding around. They're Focused on distancing themselves from the pack.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Tbh, touchwiz on the note7 is crazy good.. Even approaching ios levels

9. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Just in three years touchwizz improved a lot Mind blowing

10. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Video 5 0:52 seconds in picture 2, Why is that not in his private folder?

11. Fellwalker

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I hope there is an icon pack that let's me use the old icons. The rounded ones look too toy like for me.

12. peacetoallfellas

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

Wow lagwiz is improved a lot but is still behind stock android . s**t my note 5 sucks it lags a lot

14. LegatusOnoris

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Another good improvement on their own UI. I always prefer having nova launcher as default one. But the overall performance looks great.

16. ReticentHamster

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Sorry to be 'That Guy' but shouldn't we be calling it "Grace UX"? If memory serves, Samsung hasn't referred to their UX as "Touchwiz" in a few years. I think "Grace UX" sounds much classier and less antiquated than "Touchwiz", which is probably why they're trying to push a new name. Unfortunately for them, most tech bloggers are absolutely determined to keep calling it Touchwiz -_- Back on topic, I think the new UX is becoming extremely refined - very much like iOS, which is a good thing. There is something to be said for the organized, unified look of iOS, and having a similar OS on a high-end Android phone is a win in my book.

26. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

When you mash up Symbian Belle OS with Samsung, you get TouchWiz Note 7 edition :D

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