The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has to be the most leaked device of 2016. With so many images of the device on the internet already, it was only a matter of time before all of its features and specifications surfaced to the public. The keynote is still a few hours from now but everything about the Note7 isn’t so much of a secret anymore.
The Note7 resembles the S7 series and its predecessor, the Note 5 in many aspects. Although it doesn’t share the same curves as the S7 series for a more squarish appearance, the lack of effort from Samsung in terms of design is quite noticeable. Not surprisingly, the 5.7-inch QHD SAMOLED curved edge display also makes a return but has been fine tuned a bit. Not only is it the first to support Mobile HDR technology but also allows up 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity when using the S-Pen.
Speaking of the S-Pen, it is the one feature that differentiates the Note7 from the rest of the competition. With the new software on the Note7, the S-Pen is capable of performing numerous tasks. It combines Screen-Off Memo from the Note 5 with the Always-On display, allows users to quickly translate phrases using Air Command and Google Translate and lets one magnify content on screen up to 300%. To keep up with the trend, it even allows GIFs to be produced from any video – which is a neat feature. Lastly, the S-Pen allows for writing even when the device is wet, working well with the IP68 certification of the Note7.
Over the years, Samsung has been known for bloatware resulting in a below par software experience. With their newest attempt, they have minimized various S-Pen applications (Handwriting/Drawing/Image/PenUp) into one application called Samsung Notes. The combination of this with their newest skin on top of Android 6.0.1 will surely provide optimum performance. As far as specifications are concerned, a Snapdragon 820 chip powers the show for US variants with an in house Exynos chipset for International variants coupled with 4GB of DDR4 RAM. Definitely enough, but a disappointment considering what competitors offer these days.
The story of disappointing hardware continues as the 12MP Dual-Pixel camera from the S7 series makes a return only with a few software enhancements and a rather small 3500mAh battery. However, not all is bad in terms of hardware. The USB-C port on the device allows for fast wired/wireless charging just like the S7 series and the iris scanner on board uses infrared technology to unlock the Note7 at speeds faster than the fingerprint scanner on board.
Other things include a base 64GB variant of the device with an option for micro-SD expansion, an Edge UX to utilize the curved screen and various connectivity features for coverage all over the world – and galaxy. Available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Coral Blue (my favorite), the Note7 is a device that combines the best from Samsung’s previous devices and works on improving software more than hardware.