Without further ado, Samsung unveiled the phablet of the year and possibly one of the most wanted gadgets in 2016, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 #mobilemagic
In a blink of an eye, we saw almost all the similarities between this and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but we were also glad to discover new features that had been on wish lists for some time. Cutting to the chase, we’ll say this: Note 7′ design techs the lead of the flagship phones but improves the overall aspect with double curved sides that not only make it feel more symmetric but it actually narrows it down.
On the front, you’ll see a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with standard Quad HD resolution, the Always On capability, with the Edge UX. Now, on the Always On display you can pin Screen Off Memo, a way to take notes without unlocking the screen. If you do need to unlock it, try iris scanning, it might be even faster than a fingerprint reading if you remove glasses or don’t wear contact lenses.
In the Air Command menu, you can now use the S Pen to translate words in up to 71 languages and check the Animation Capture feature from Smart Select. This could be one of the things you’ll use on a daily basis, by the way. The feature lets you capture any part of the screen in a customizable frame with 15 seconds of motion or less. GIF creator, right there!
The Notes app is rightfully incorporating every thing you might think of – from drawing, to typing, painting and saving your ideas with the S Pen. Now, this tool is water resistant as is the entire phablet, and can’t be put backwards anymore – the tip makes sure of it.
Finally, let’s talk about the key features in any phone: processor, memory, battery life and camera. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or an octa-core Exynos 8 processor, depending on the market. It’s equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage (the only version to be released) but can be expanded with microSD up to 256GB.
As battery goes, count on a non-removable 3,500mAh that you can charge wirelessly but also through a USB Type-C port. You can save some phone juice by enabling a battery saver option in Settings that allows to turn the display at 720p resolution.
Finally, the camera doesn’t offer anything new in terms of MP or aperture (12MP/rear cam with f/1.7 aperture and 5MP, same aperture, wide-angle view). Yet, you can tackle it in a new manner; swipe left and right to switch between modes and filters and up and down between rear and front camera.
Pre-orders begin tomorrow, August 3, with store purchases from August 19. Prices differ from retailer to retailer, but expect to pay somewhere between $800-$900 in US.