Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preliminary specs review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the latest phone in the series that started the ‘phablet’ category, is expected to get officially unveiled on August 2nd, with availability following soon after the unveiling.
Samsung usually goes all out with best hardware for the Note seriesAnd what about the Galaxy Note 6? Well, forget about it: Samsung is skipping a generation, jumping from last year’s Galaxy Note 5 straight to the Galaxy Note 7. The likely reason that you’d hear is that Samsung wants to be on the same footing with its Galaxy S series model names, but we suspect that matching its pace with Apple’s iPhone numbers also has something to do with it.
Whatever the reason, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has leaked profoundly over the past few weeks, and we already know a lot about its preliminary specifications and features. Here’s what it should be all about.
Specs in a nutshell:
Galaxy Note 7
with TouchWiz Grace UX
|Display||5.7-inch Super AMOLED|
1440 x 2560-pixel resolution
|SoC||Snapdragon 821 in the United States|
Samsung Exynos 8893 in other markets
|Storage||64 GB |
expandable via microSD cards
|Camera||12-megapixel f/1.7 with Dual Pixel AF|
5-megapixel front cam
|Extra features||Iris scanner, IP68 water protection|
Two different system chips
One thing all rumors agree on is that the Galaxy Note 7 is coming in two different flavors: in the United States, the phone will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, while in the rest of the world it will be powered by Samsung's own Exynos system chip.
Rumors also mention that the Galaxy Note 7 could come with either 6GB or 4GB of RAM. It seems that 4GB will be enough for the overwhelming majority of users, but the power cost of running more RAM is likely not all that huge and Samsung might go for the publicity as well.
Double that storage: 64GB on board
Samsung doubled the standard 16GB of internal storage for the base model of the Galaxy Note 4 in late 2014, and now, nearly two years after that, it might double internal storage for the base Galaxy Note 7 model again. The latest rumors say the Note 7 will feature 64 gigs of internal storage and support for microSD cards on top of that.
More storage is liberatingWith 4K video and more of our digital lives stored on a phone, having 64GB of storage is a very welcome improvement. Samsung is using the fast UFS 2.0 storage in the Galaxy S7, so we expect the same fast type of storage to be used in the Note 7.
Curved, dual-edge screen
Samsung has slowly, but steadily improved its AMOLED displays and while early AMOLEDs suffered from burn-in and inaccurate, often greenish colors, those issues have been dealt with. The expected 5.7-inch dual-curved panel on the Note 7 is likely to be very similar to the one on the Galaxy S7 Edge, and interestingly, rumors say there will be no flat-screen model of the Note 7 this year.
We don't mind having this additional secure method to unlock the phone, but in our experience it does not work in all situations, and there's always the concern that some particular Government agencies might find a way to get a hold of private data like your iris print.
Improved S Pen functions
"We have improved ‘note’ functions this time, upgrading software for user convenience," Samsung electronics president and mobile chief Dongjin Koh has said. What does that mean? We've seen leaks of a new note-taking application, where you can draw and take notes, and it will replace the multiple apps that were used before.