Steepest 'edge' curve, 7000-series alloy, dual-color: do you like the Note 7 design story?



You couldn't tell by just looking at the handset, but the Note 7 employs a lot of "firsts" for Samsung when it comes to the design. Thankfully, the company was quick to list all the new chassis features that make its newest phablet the one to strive for when it comes to looks and craftsmanship.

Did you know, for instance, that the Note 7 is employing the toughest 7000 series aluminum alloy for the frame and the sides? That would make it 1.3 times stronger and 1.2 times more scratch-resistant than the metal which Samsung used for the Galaxy S7. Moreover, in order to leave the most flat space for the S Pen to draw on, and to make this the narrowest Note ever, Samsung employed a rare 3D thermoforming process, producing the steepest "edge" sloping of a curved display it's ever done, as you can see below.


Adding to the toughness of the Note 7 is the usage of the Gorilla Glass 5 for surface protection - the Note 7 is the first phone that ships with Corning's newest material - and the waterproofing of the handset. In addition, the Galaxy Note7 employs a one-glass screen, where the touch sensor is directly printed on the display panel, making the touchscreen more responsive, and the display package overall thinner, brighter and lighter.

This time, however, the glass of the front and back is curved exactly with the same 0.5mm radius, and fuses seamlessly with the metal frame around the sides, instead of sticking out, like on the Note 5. The camera protrusion has also been shaved off significantly, and the overall impression is for one sleeker, more polished device that is on top of that the most compact and easy to use with one hand Note ever.


Oh, did we mention the funky new Blue Coral hue? According to Samsung it "follows this year’s color trends, which are less vivid and more tranquil," though we wouldn't call the employment of the golden metal frame "tranquil" against the relaxing blue - it just looks good, and is the first time Samsung is using a separate color for the metallic frame. That is why we wanted to ask you what do you think of the Note 7 design this time, did Samsung nail it?

Do you like the Note 7 design story?

Yes, it's waterproof, tougher, and the best-looking, most compact Note ever!
78.57%
Nah, it still seems big and fragile
7.01%
At $850, I don't care
14.41%

source: Samsung

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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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44 Comments

1. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Could've been flat and thus cheaper -_-

8. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

in my country , it's priced at 770$ unlocked and the gifts are samsung level U handest + view standing cover + fast standing wireless charger + fast charger + micro usb cable converter and yes it comes with exynos processor

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

damn!!..which country is that?wtf

20. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

The gift promos have been amazing lately. Here in the states, every carrier is offering the Gear Fit 2 or 256mb SD card...and some 1 year of Netflix. Sam's Club, on top of that, is giving people a $150 gift card. If you look at it from that perspective... the Note 7 is actually a bargain.

27. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Saudi Arabia

13. Exynos88

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 26, 2016

Here in philippines the gift that comes with the note7 is new Gear VR only. Samsung in your country is very kind.

24. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Which country you live in bro? Please tell me.. If any of my friends are residing there, I will ask them to buy me one. Please let me know your country

28. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Saudi Arabia

33. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I don't think my country will be as lucky. Maybe we get a new Gear VR on contract plans.

40. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

In my country pre ordering the note 7 will get you a free battery pack and a free flight ticket to europe

36. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I'll cancel my order and have my friend buy it from there...because with all of that it's a massive steal

2. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

I don't buy smartphones anymore in the price range of 700-900 dollars. Chinese smartphones ftw. Most of the time same specs for half the price. Just bought myself a Nubia Z11 but the Oppo 3 or Axon 7 are equal as good.

34. iDing-Dong unregistered

Not same. Bunch of cheap components for all Chinese phones. I won't waist even at $200.

41. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Lol the components are of equal or greater quality than flagships from Samsung or Apple. Samsung just tries hard with its advertisements and that drives up the cost of the phone. Saying that Chinese phones are cheap is a pretty silly thing to do.

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I think samsung perfected the design of the N7.

4. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Much more risk for cracking i see here..

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You must have done more research than Sammy in this area..great job

16. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

The Note 7 has gorilla glass 5 which allows it to survive drops at least 1.6 m or 5 ft 2 in.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Will have to see an actual drop test to believe that.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I won't be dropping mine. I won't be watching any either because it's stupid. As one poster stated once, if you intentially set out to break your phone, you will. Dropping a phone until it breaks, only proves people are stupid.

44. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I don't intentionally drop my OnePlus One, but knowing how durable it is gives peace of mind in case of any accidental drops. I can't count how many times that has happened, be it at the gym, in the field, etc. Never worried about my screen stop working or getting cracked. It just kept working. My cousin's S6 Edge on the other hand, he said he dropped it once while at the gym, even with it in a case, and the screen stopped working. I was nothing but surprised at how fragile it was when I saw it and given the explanation. Then again, I wasn't there to see what actually happened, and other drop tests have shown the S6 Edge being pretty durable ( https://goo.gl/gOP3Ks ). TLDR: Drop tests give perspective on how careful you gotta be with your device. They also verify the claims of manufacturers.

32. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

My Xperia Z3v, glass front and back, no case, survived a drop at 5'4", it fell on a metal door threshold, barely a scuff, no crack.

21. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

50% less risk of cracking than previous Sammy flagships of late. GG5.

5. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Idk about fragile but my edge plus has a burn in. Getting a new device today. Does anyone know how to prevent that from happening again?

12. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Limit output brightness unless you're using it in broad sunlight. Even 50% or less is plenty bright enough for indoor use, just compare it to the average calibrated tv or monitor in this regard. Other than that, use a screen timeout of 1 minute or less. This way, even my >5 year old S2 has no visible burn in after more than 5,000 hours of screen on time.

35. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Thank you kind sir

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Above 500 dollars !! Is just no go for a smartphone which will be outdated within 4-6 mnths

11. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It most certainly will not be outdated in 6 months. It may not be the top dog in a year but still not outdated

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Maybe/maybe not. The big question will be what they will do next year with their phones. This was pretty much their S year. They can't get away with another "refined phone". 4k screens are not going to make phones fly off the shelf. I just don't think the average person has really cared about that since 1080p. I do get the VR stuff for 4k though but again, VR is still not close to being mainstream. Also, don't forget the article about foldable phones not being close to ready in the near future. It will be an interesting year for sure.

22. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

You can bet 100% for sure, the S8 will have a 5.5" 4k display. Along with that will be a new Gear VR. Sammy will probably give away the new VR with the S8. Slowly but surely, VR is catching on. Especially when the screen door effect is minimized.

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