Skip the 6 and go straight to the 7. The new Galaxy Note7 is here and Samsung isn’t pulling any punches.Packing all the high-end features you’ve come to expect in a premium Android device, it also has some of the nifty tricks we’ve seen on their current Galaxy S7/S7 edge flagship.
Curious what this new phablet has in store? Here’s everything you need to know about it.
The familiar parts
The Galaxy Note7 continues Samsung’s history of producing excellent smartphone displays. It’s packed with a 5.7-inch Quad HD (that’s 2560×1440 pixels, 518 ppi) Super AMOLED display (with an Always On component) on the front and has been toughened with the new Gorilla Glass 5. Like it’s S7 edge sibling, the Galaxy Note7 also comes with Samsung’s Dual-Edge display.
On the processing front, the Galaxy Note7 sports the best that Samsung has to offer; an octa-core Exynos 8890 processor clocked at 2.3GHz which is supported with 4GB RAM and 64GB of UFS storage. Yup, that’s 64GB of base storage, not a measly 16GB or 32GB. And if for some reason, that isn’t enough, there’s a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
Then of course, there’re the cameras. There’s the brilliant 12-megapixel Dual Pixel primary camera that’s already on the Galaxy S7 edge. It’s paired with an incredibly fast f/1.7 aperture lens and optical image stabilisation (OIS). If its S7 edge sibling is anything to go by, we should expect some brilliant performance from it as well. Let’s not forget that the front has a 5MP snapper that’s also paired with an f/1.7 aperture lens.
A high-performance phone does need a good power supply and the Galaxy Note7 has it with its 3,500 mAh battery. It may be smaller than the 3,600 mAh batt you’d find in the Galaxy S7 edge, but it also supports fast charging, via a USB Type-C port. This means that it’ll get a full charge in just 100 minutes. And if you’re not a fan of cables, the phablet also has support for wireless charging.
Did we mention that it looks rather stunning as well? It has a more refined build and a 3D symmetrical front-and-back design. It has obviously taken some design cues from the Galaxy S7 edge with a heavy emphasis on metal and curved glass. The difference is that it’s a little more squared out than the S7 edge sibling. And if you’re thinking of getting wet, it is also IP68 water resistant.
The Galaxy Note7 will have Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box with a new TouchWiz skin running on top. It’ll also have dual-SIM support but it is via a hybrid SIM slot, so that’s a bit sucky as you’ll have to choose between a second SIM or expanding your memory. And since it has an all new USB Type-C port, it will also get a brand new Gear VR virtual reality headset which comes in black.
By now you may think that the Note7 is simply like an oversized S7 edge, but one thing does set it apart from its sibling — the S Pen.
The S Pen also gets a bunch of improvements including making it IP68 water-resistant to complement, the phone. The tip is also thinner at 0.7mm for improved pressure sensitivity and to provide a more pen-like experience.
Samsung’s screen off memo also gets tweaked. It now allows you to pin those memos to the Always On Display, rather than simply saving it into the smartphone. Then there’s the Note7’s Air Command feature which also gets upgraded with two new features called Magnify and Translate. Magnify, as its name suggests, allows users to magnify different elements on the screen with a simple hover of the S Pen. Translate meanwhile will translate text that is hovered over by the S Pen.
To make it more of a multitasking machine, Samsung has added a Glance feature to the Note7 which lets you peek at minimised apps with the S Pen. Finally, the S Pen gets a new smart select feature that lets you capture and convert videos into GIF animations.
Samsung hasn’t forgotten about security either, adding a new layer of biometric security. In addition to the front-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Note7 also features an Iris Scanner that not only unlocks the phone but allows users to make secure transactions via Samsung Pay. The Note7 will also have a new Secure Folder that adds an extra layer of security to your most private apps and information.
What’s up for Malaysia
Count us lucky as Malaysia will be among the first wave of countries to receive the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note7, hitting Malaysian stores on the 19th of August 2016. To kickstart the device’s launch Samsung Malaysia will be holding a pre-order sale from the 8th to the 10th of August 2016 with 4,000 units up for grabs.
There are three different colour options for the new Note7, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx, and it’ll be priced at RM3,199. Yep, we can see your eye bulging as this makes it the most expensive Galaxy Note device yet.
If you do need more info on the Samsung Galaxy Note7, head over to its official product page on Samsung Malaysia’s.