Samsung launched the much awaited Samsung Note 7 yesterday at a global launch event. The smartphone is already up for pre- registration on the Samsung India website. The global sales for the Samsung Note 7 will start on 2nd September in India and it is likely India will also get the same launch date as other major countries. Samsung has priced the new Samsung Note 7 at Rs. 59,990 and it will be available for purchase from Flipkart.
Update – 09/August/2016 – As per the latest update the Samsung Note 7 is likely to get unveiled on 11th August 2016 in New Delhi. Also if you are wondering – Will the Samsung Note 7 reach a similar success as the S7 and S7 edge, there is some conforming positive news, Samsung Note 7 has done 200,000 pre-registrations in South Korea in just 2 days of opening.
Samsung Note 7 – 6 GB RAM and 128 GB Storage – Samsung has also confirmed that there will be a Samsung Note 7 which will come with 50% more Ram (6 GB) and twice the storage 128 GB. But the catch is this model is going to get launched only in China and other countries will have to wait for long to get the more powerful Note 7.
Samsung Note 7 is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which was released last year and this year Samsung has skipped the name Samsung Note 6. The Samsung Note 7 highlight is the Iris Scanner, USB Type C Port and the dual curved display, these 3 features have come to the Samsung Note first time.
The Iris Scanner and the USB Type C port are the first for the Samsung devices and were not available on the Samsung S7 edge launched in March this year.
Samsung Note 7 comes with the similar design to the Samsung S7 edge with curved Dual glass front and the glass back cover. The Samsung Note 7 takes the already too good design of S7 edge and just refines it with no big changes. The symmetrical edges and design makes the Samsung Note 7 quite comfortable and easy to hold in hand and the same time glass back cover makes it slippery and prone to fingerprints as are S7 and S7 edge.
Samsung has amalgamated the Note 5 and S7 Edge design to create this years Note 7 which due to the curved edge display is about 2.2 mm thinner than the last years Samsung Note 5. The Samsung Note 7 has 7.9 mm thickness and has a weight of 169 grams, Quiet impressive.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with 5.7 inch display with Quad HD resolution with (2560*1440) pixels resolution and 518 PPI. It is similar OLED display which was shipped with the S7 edge. However Samsung says that the curvature on the edges is different when compared to the S7 edge to make the Stylus work flawlessly on the Note 7. The screen is now protected by the Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 which makes it more resistant to falls and scratches.
A bit disappointed would be the Note fans who were probably looking for a faster Note 7 when compared to the S7 Edge. The Samsung Note 7 comes with the same Exynos 8890 / Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of Ram which is there on the S7 and S7 Edge. While Qualcomm has already announced the new Snapdragon 821 chip which is 10% faster than the SD 820 and most phones are getting shipped with 6 GB of Ram. Asus Zenfone Deluxe is announced to launch with the SD 821 and 6 GB Ram later next month.
There are no camera upgrades when compared to the Samsung S7 edge. But we really don’t expect that Samsung could better the camera on the S7 edge so soon. The Note 7 comes with the same 12 Megapixel F/1.7 aperture amazing rear camera and there is a 5 Megapixel camera at the front to click selfies. Both the camera are best which are available on any smartphone out there including the rival phones from Cupertino.
Battery And OS
Battery Life – The Note 7 gets a decent battery upgrade when compared to the last year’s Note 5 , it comes with 3500 mAH non-removable battery capacity when compared to the 3000 mAH of Note 5. The interesting this is Samsung has been able to fit the large battery while reducing the thickness of the device. It will work all day easily as is the case with the S7 edge similar sized battery capacity.
Operating System – Samsung Note 7 comes with the Android Marshmallow 6.0 Os and with the touch wiz UI. Samsung has improved the color scheme of the touch wiz UI and made it more refined compared to what was shipped with the S7. The new improved UI gives a better user experience and offers far better experience compared to a Note 5.
Major Features And Upgrades
Water And Dustproof – Samsung has added the dust and water proofing to the Note 7 , it is the first Note to get this upgrade. The Note 7 comes with IP 68 rating so you don’t need to get worried about it getting wet in the monsoons.
Iris Scanner – This is also the highlight feature that Note 7 drives, you can unlock the Samsung Note 7 with your eyes by looking at the front camera. The Iris scanner works as an unlocking feature in addition to the fingerprint scanner which is embedded in the home button for the Note 7.
Improved Stylus – A Samsung Note will not be a note without the S-Pen (Stylus). The stylus this year too gets some upgrades like a more finer tip to make it draw more clear sketches and it becomes twice as pressure sensitive compared to the older stylus to ensure better shading and drawing. The Stylus also is waterproof and can draw on a moist note surface too, if that is what you want. Also there is a cool feature of creating GIFs from videos playing on your Note 7 and share them on social media with easy.
USB Type C Port – The USB Type C port was missing on the S7 and S7 edge and Samsung corrects it with the Note 7. The USB Type C port comes with the support for fast charging and there is also wireless charging support for the Samsung Note 7.
Always On Display – There is always on display which shows notifications , calendar and clock. The Note 7 also comes with a nifty feature to display your hand written message as the always on display feature.
Gear VR 2 – Samsung has also launched the slightly upgraded version of the Gear VR with the Note 7 which will come free with the purchase of Note 7 , or you can even opt for a micro-sd card instead of the VR.
Connectivity and Storage
Apart from having the New USB Type C port the Samsung S7 Note comes with Dual sim support and the second sim slot can be used as micro-sd card slot and can use a 256 GB of micro-sd card to store all the pictures and 4K videos you would shoot on a Note 7.
The Samsung Note 7 now comes with a 64 GB of storage , up from the 32 GB on Note 5. It also has an option to add a micro-sd card , which was not present on the Samsung Note 5.
Pricing And Availability
Coming to the real question what will all of the above going to cost you. Samsung has not shared the exact prices but it will be in the range of $770 to $800, in the Indian market we can expect somewhere between Rs. 57000 to Rs. 60,000 as the launch price for the device.
It will be priced above the Samsung S7 Edge. There is an invite sent by Samsung India to media for a 11 August event and may see an unveiling of the Note 7.
The sale may may start from 19th August in India or after that, this we will confirm as some news flow from the Samsung India.