Galaxy Note 7: All the Important Details You Must Know About
Article by George Norman
On 03 Aug 2016
Some fifteen hundred people attended Samsung’s Galaxy Note Unpacked 2016 event in New York on August 2. I bring it up because during said event, Samsung unveiled the brand new Galaxy Note 7, "the intelligent smartphone that thinks big."


"The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, and strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life," said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to move with users – helping them get things done more easily wherever, whenever."

Galaxy Note 7 – The looks

Just like the Galaxy S7 Edge, the Galaxy Note 4 has a symmetrical edge design. It is the first Galaxy Note with a dual-curved screen and the first Note to be perfectly symmetrical.

Made from premium materials and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the Note 7 has been refined to offer comfortable grip and easy one-handed operation – which is quite important, seeing that this thing has a 5.7-inch screen.

Several color options are available for the Galaxy Note 7: Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum and the new Blue Coral.

"The Galaxy Note7 was designed with purpose, both inside and out," says Samsung. "From the dual-curved display and curved back to the revamped menu and expanded options for personalization. It's a smartphone that changes the way you get things done—in a big way."

Galaxy Note 7 – The specs
  • Operating system – Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
  • Display & size – 5.7-inch Quad HD Dual edge Super AMOLED display; 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g.
  • Processor – Snapdragon 820 or Exynos octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64-bit processor.
  • Memory & storage – 4GB of RAM; 64GB of storage with microSD support up to 256GB.
  • Cameras – dual pixel 12MP rear camera; 5MP front camera.
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C.
  • Sensors – Iris Sensor, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor.
  • Battery – 3,500 mAh battery with Fast Charging on wired and wireless.

Via Samsung Newsroom.

The Galaxy Note 7 has better specs than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 5. If you want to see a side by side comparison, check out this infographic.

If not, let me quickly list what’s new: dual edge display, water and dust resistance, larger battery, USB Type-C, microSD slot, Iris Scanner.

Galaxy Note 7 – Refined UX

With the Note 7, Samsung refined the user experience design so that it offers seamless interaction between the user and the device..

Galaxy Note 7 – Water & dust resistant

Accidents happen. You never know when you might spill some water on your phone, drop it in the sink, or forget it outside in the rain. That’s not an issue with the Note 7, because it has IP68 certification, meaning it is water and dust resistant. You can even use the S Pen while the phone is submerged in water. The S Pen is water resistant as well.

Galaxy Note 7 – Advanced S Pen

As mentioned above, the S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 7 is water resistant. Here’s what else is new about it: increased pressure sensitivity, smaller pen tip, more Air Command functions, more pen styles and brush types.

Galaxy Note 7 – Samsung Notes

Create, edit and manage all S Pen creations as well as other types of memos from one convenient location: Samsung Notes.

Galaxy Note 7 – Iris Scanner

Forget about fingerprints, the Galaxy Note 7 features iris recognition technology. You can unlock your phone just by looking at it.

Galaxy Note 7 – Always On Display

Just like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the new Galaxy Note 7 comes with Always On Display (AOD), a feature that displays useful information on the screen, even when the screen is off. And with the new Screen off memo on Always On Disaplay, you can easily jot down a memo and it will remain visible on the Always On Display for a set amount of time.

Galaxy Note 7 – Gorilla Glass 5

The Galaxy Note 7 is the first phone to use Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Galaxy Note 7 – Accessories

Samsung will release a new line of accessories to complement the new Galaxy Note 7. One interesting accessory is the S View Standing Cover which keeps the Note 7 at a 60-degree angle for easy viewing of content. Another interesting accessory is the Backpack, a water resistant, wireless charging battery case.

Galaxy Note 7 – Release date

Samsung said that the Galaxy Note 7 will be available starting on August 19.

The full retail price is around $850.

UPDATE September 2, 2016

Due to a battery cell issue, Samsung decided to halt sales of the Galaxy Note 7.

"There have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7," said Samsung in a statement.

Customers who already purchased a Note 7 will get a new one, Samsung added.

UPDATE October 1, 2016

The new Galaxy Note 7, with a safe battery that won't explode, has gone on sale. Sales of the new Galaxy Note7 commenced on October 1 in Korea, and will follow suit in markets worldwide in the coming weeks.

Tags: Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, phablet, Google, Android
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