Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Q&A: Your questions answered


In case you've been living under a boulder somewhere in Siberia, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been the dominant topic on the interwebs for the past few months or so. And rightly so - albeit the few minor issues, it's by far the best Android device around and probably will retain that crown for a while.

As our review of the device is already live (you can check it out down below), but as usual, some questions you might have had could have been left unanswered. That's unfortunate, and we'd love to fix it!

Hence, we gave you the chance to ask us anything you wish to know and we'd do our best to answer as many questions as possible in a follow-up post in a couple of days. A lot of you asked you lots of different questions and we are happy to answer some of these!

Don't forget to check out our review of the Note 7 right here

PA: Depends on the usage, but the phone will last you at least a day with moderate usage, or at least 5 hours of screen-on time. With heavier usage expect this figure to deteriorate.

PA: If "heavy" means laggy and slow, then no. While the interface itself is definitely overwhelming with features (which is both a good and bad thing to have), the hardware cuts through the interface like a hot knife through butter. However, we noticed some occasional stutters and micro-lags here and there, especially with more demanding games. Yet, that will hardly bother you in your regular day-to-day usage. All in all, we are yet to see a Samsung device that exhibits no lag whatsoever. A man can dream!

PA: Yes, iFixit's teardown basically confirms that the Note 7 has the same cooling system as the S7/S7 edge.

PA: You might encounter some minor stutters and FPS drops here and there, mostly when gaming, but rest assured that you will seldom stumble upon these. As far as heating up goes, yes, play a graphics-intensive game for half an hour or draw a picture with the S Pen and the device will warm up noticeably. 

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PA: ProudGoooner, we too saw that video. Have in mind that it's an unscientific, subjective test procured in an uncontrolled environment. We are sure your keys will hardly scratch your display. While we are not saying the Note 7's display can't be scratched (it can), you don't have to worry about it too much. If you want to be safe, you can put on a screen protector, though we can't say we are fans of that.

PA: Like you would imagine - although the glossy rear makes sure your Note 7 won't slip and launch itself towards the ground, it's noticeably larger and heavier (duh) in contrast with the Galaxy S7, making it a bit difficult to use the phone with a single hand. It's just built for two-hand use.

PA: Depends - if you're content with your Note 5 and the edge panels, the microSD card slot, the USB Type-C support, and the water-proof body of the Note 7 don't seem like that kind of a big deal to you, then no, you shouldn't upgrade. Otherwise, go for it!

PA: Actually, iFixit's teardown revealed that the Note 7 has a li-ion battery at the back, not a li-polymer one. In general, li-ion batteries are cheaper to manufacture and have a greater energy density while li-polymer batteries are usually thinner and modlable into various shapes, making them a prime choice for wearables, smartwatches, etc.

PA: You can throw in one SIM card and one microSD card in the Note 7. However, China might get treated to a dual-SIM version of the device, albeit we are not sure if it will have a microSD slot, too (most likely no).

PA: The iris scanner only works in portrait mode.

PA: You can easily connect the DualShock 4 controller to either the Note 7 or any Android device actually, but you might need a third-party keymapper to map controls for most games (only few support a Bluetooth controller right out of the bat). You should not expect any lag.

PA: Whole screen ones, like on the Galaxy S7, S7 edge. 

PA: Yes, it works fine. We have not tried using it underwater though.

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