Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been discontinued following numerous reports of units catching fire or exploding. In the interest of safety, users who still have a Note 7 in their possession must return the unit to Samsung.

Introduction


The relationship between smartphone shoppers and curved-screen handsets is a complicated one. Models that tried to build the phone around the curve failed to really catch on, and it's been a while since we've seen a unit like the Galaxy Round or LG Flex. But while those looks have fallen from favor, subtler curves have proliferated, and early efforts like the Note Edge have given way to the current crop of curved-edge-screen devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
With the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, such curves are really going mainstream, as the manufacturer abandons the flat-screen look of years past in favor of a curves-or-nothing approach. And while this is a big step for Samsung, it's not one the company's taking without a lot of practice, drawing upon its experience with models like this year's Galaxy S7 edge.

The Note 7 may do a lot that the GS7 edge doesn't, but these are still two handsets cut from the same cloth. Let's take a look at just how the pair measures up, and how the Note 7 builds on the groundwork the Galaxy S7 edge helped establish.

Design

Samsung's curves come full circle

These two are both phones that use their design to stand out in a busy market, reaching out to shoppers with their still-quite-rare curved-edge looks. And while the handsets Samsung's built around those curved screens are very similar, there are a few differences that highlight the manufacturer's evolving design language.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Obviously the Galaxy S7 edge is going to lack things like the Note 7's S Pen, but otherwise the hardware making up these two models looks remarkably similar. We're talking the same layout of ports and buttons, same slight camera bumps, and same general appearance.

The one significant design departure the Note 7 makes is a subtle one, using front and glass back panels with the same degree of edge curvature for a symmetrical look. The Galaxy S7 edge also has curved back glass, but with a less pronounced curve than we see around front. This gives the GS7e a slightly more angular, edgy rim to its body, while the Note 7's borders form a smooth curve all around.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Dimensions

6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches

153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Dimensions

6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches

153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display

A familiar screen, sprinkled with HDR goodness

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

By now you're painfully aware of how these Galaxy phones share the same type of dual-curved-edge displays, but it's more than just the shape of the screen these two models have in common: both are using QHD 1440 x 2560 AMOLED panels.

We're talking about pixel densities north of 500 per inch – so you can rest easy knowing that things are going to look sharp.

The Note 7 does pick up a few new tricks compared to the earlier GS7 edge, and in terms of its screen we see Samsung give the new Note the ability to play HDR10-encoded video for better dynamics and richer colors. Of course, that feature's limited by the availability of HDR content right now.

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26 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Nuh almost same phone except with s-pen and iris scanner. Thanks sammy. Time to keep my s7 edge till s8 edge comes.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol you think they're the same phone.

5. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Im saying almost! Read each word!!!

9. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They share far too many design and hardware elements to be anything but a lazy, cost-effective measure for Samsung's benefit rather than a brand new device that stands head and shoulders above the S series. Even the battery is the same or worse. This is the first time they've copied so much from the S series in hardware, design, and performance that even the battery life is bad, just like the S7 Edge. They had an opportunity to come up with something superior and unique, like they always have with the Note series, but instead it's going to feel pretty much like the same phone.

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

"battery life is bad"... that sentence alone just shows you never like Samsung in the first place?

16. DSJ3696

Posts: 37; Member since: May 24, 2016

I agree. Although 3600 mAh is decent, they failed to top the SG Edge and chose to align themselves with many other Edge attributes. I was looking forward to getting the Note 7 until I learned there were no flat screens and the battery was subpar. This article puts the icing on the cake.. Looks like I'll be keeping my GS7. I wish the G Active series wasn't nt exclusive to AT&T. That would've been my choice for the last few years.

24. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Have you even seen the Note7 in person compared to the S7Edge?...while there's no "flat screen" option the curve is slight along the edges enhancing the amount of screen space you have for that SPen while still giving you access to the edge features of the previous generations. Since when had the battery been sub-par? What are you measuring it against? The Note7 does have a slightly smaller battery than the S7Edge, 3500 v 3600, but it still has a longer battery life throughout the day. I have the S7Edge myself, work in BestBuy with phones day in and day out, as soon as my finances allow I'm getting the Note7 for myself & giving my S7Edge to my wife. Hands-down the best phone out there

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Wait so you were planing to upgrade phones every 6 month? Or you just trolling?

7. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I usually upgrade my mobile every 6 mos. im not a troll like PapaSmurf!

13. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

So you buy a new phone every year at full retail? (Wish I had that kind of coin to spend)

18. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I'm trying to avoid and change such habit bro.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Both phones are slow on speed tests...Loading games with heavy graphics is an issue with Samsung phones.

10. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Good thing I'm a console gamer & not a mobile gamer, so there'll be not issues with mine.

4. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Im saying almost! Read each word!

8. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Just bought the S7 Edge. It's a good buy now that the Note7 is out.

11. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

What freebie did you opt for?

12. ReticentHamster

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I appreciate the artistic placement of the phones, with the angled photos and such, but it would be nice to see an above shot of them simply placed square next to each other. That way we could accurately compare the phone and screen size better. And yes, I know about the phone size comparison function on this site, but a real life photo gives a better idea than a digital rendition. Not trying to be a jerk or anything, just some (hopefully) constructive criticism. Thanks for all the work you guys do!

15. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I love my S7edge. If it wasn't for the free gift, I wouldn't be "upgrading" to the Note 7. But that still doesn't mean I'm not gonna get more from it and enjoy it. For $70 extra I'll get a $150 fitness watch, S-Pen functionality, a less pronounced edge curve with easier handling (I accidentally touch my icons near the edges because the side is too slim), iris scanner, HDR screen, and double the memory (which will really come useful since I'm always within a gig of filling my S7e).

17. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I don't understand why people compare GS7 Edge to Note 7. Note 7 is an improvement over the last Note device. By comparing last year and today'so Notes, you can see all improvements which Samsung implemented into the new device.

19. liviaemily_6

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

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20. Nibbler1

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

wt_ Samsung, edge is better in almost every scenario or bench test and is 6 months older.

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27. Fabricius

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

They were practically the same phone. Now with a Galaxy S8 Plus of 6.2 inches they're blurring the line between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. Very idiotic move if you ask me

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