That should probably sum up the stance of the new, stellar-looking Galaxy Note 7 just unveiled by Samsung. Just as confirmed by the leaks all up till now, this year’s refresh of the Note series is nothing short of GRAND with respect to the ton of improvement in features over its predecessor – the Galaxy Note 5.
Let’s treat you to a walkthrough of the features of the Note 7:
Design & Outlook
• Glass and Metal body build continues with the Note 7. Since Samsung’s adoption of this materials for its flagships since 2015, they have been nothing short of Beautiful and Premium looking.
• 5.7in Super AMOLED 1440x2560p QuadHD screen @577ppi resolution, extending by way of curves to the sides on both the front and the back. The screen is protected by Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 5 and embeds the home button, capactive back and multitask buttons within. It however will be bringing within, the new HDR10 viewing resolution synonymous to what obtains in the Samsung range of 4K UHD TVs.
• Right at the base are the speaker grilles, USB Type C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The power button is close to the center on the right hand side, while the volume buttons are on the left side. On top is SIM slot as well as a MicroSD slot.
Internals & Peripherals
• The Note 7 would be run by the 2.2GHz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU in the US markets, while the 2.3GHz Octacore Samsung Exynos 8890 CPU would run the show for the ones that would be made available internationally.
• The new Vulkan API processing chip, known for being a leading driver for high graphics gaming performance, makes its way under the hood of the Note 7.
• The base model runs on a 4GB RAM, with a 64GB ROM expandable via microSD to 256GB.
• The S-Pen, a cornerstone feature of the Note series, also sees an improvement in pressure touch, screen response, etc. It’s tip has been made smaller to look more like a ball point pen with 2 new functions added to its on screen menu – Magnify & Translate (see more details about them here).
• A 3500mAh battery powers the Note 7 which supports fast charging. This sees the phablet charge from 0-100% in just 100mins. Also debuting with regards to battery management is a new feature that switches the resolution of the Note 7 from a QuadHD 1440x2560p to a HD 720x1280p.
Software & Camera
• The Note 7 brings a new look of TouchWiz on the Android OS 6.0.2 on board with more squarish-circle icons, thinner looks and matching themes to the colours of the Note 7.
• Samsung continues with the 12MP camera that featured on the Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge released earlier this year. With an aperture of f/1.7 for wide angle picture views, autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and phase detection. Up front is also the same 5MP camera as the S7 & S7 Edge, with the same f/1.7 aperture lens for wide angle selfies. The sweet part is that both cameras are capable of shooting videos in 4K resolution.
• Samsung brings onboard an enhancement of its biometric security features with an Iris Scanner technology which is a first from a renowned Android smartphone maker. This technology sees an extra front facing camera saddled with the responsibility of scanning the eyes(s) of the owner to unlock the phablet. Able to work even when the user wears reading glasses or an eye patch, the Iris scanner employs the use of infrared rays even in the dark.
• The fingerprint scanner is also embedded in the home screen as we’ve come to know over the years.
•As mentioned earlier, a USB Type-C port is also making its way to the Note 7 for the first time on any Samsung flagship.
The Note 7 opens for preorders tomorrow in the US as well as in some other locations around the World, before hitting the sales shelves of major markets arond the World from the 19th of August.
The rumoured price is put at $840