The much awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was made official today at a Galaxy Unpacked event held in New York City.
As suggested by recent leaks, the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t a significant upgrade over the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in terms of hardware, but it does bring a number of new features to the table. The phablet features a large 5.7-inch dual-curved edge 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution Super AMOLED display that is HDR-ready and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It will be powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 SoC, depending on the market. There is no 6GB of RAM on offer though, the Galaxy Note 7 comes with “only” 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Fortunately, onboard storage has been upped to 64GB, which can also be further expanded thanks to a microSD card slot.
When it comes to imaging, the Galaxy Note 7 is identical to the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. It features a 12MP Dual Pixel camera at the back and a 5MP camera on the front, paired with a bright f/1.7 aperture lens. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, NFC, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou, LTE Cat.9, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone comes with both a fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner for biometric security. The battery inside is a 3500mAh unit, which support fast wired as well as wireless charging. In terms of dimensions, the phablet measures 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm and weighs in at 169 grams. The Galaxy Note 7 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a promise of an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat arriving soon.
The S-Pen has been upgraded as well and now comes with a smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity to provide a real pen-like experience. It too is IP68 water resistant, just like the Galaxy Note 7. That means you will be able to jot down quick notes even when the screen is wet. Samsung has also introduced a new Gear VR headset for the Galaxy Note 7, with a lighter design and improved ergonomics. As suggested by a recent report, the new Gear VR headset will also be compatible with the Galaxy S7 duo and Galaxy flagship smartphones from last year.
Samsung’s newest flagship will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow and is expected to go on sale starting August 19 in most markets. The phablet will be offered in four color options – Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx.
Source: Samsung Newsroom