Samsung has just announced their awaited flagship under the Note series — the Samsung Galaxy Note7. They skipped with the Note6 to put the handset in the same page as the S7, so don’t think that Samsung doesn’t know how to count. What they do know is how to keep their best smartphone offering on top of Android crop.
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 encapsulates the latest Samsung tech available. Beginning with the display, it has a 5.7-inch Curved Super AMOLED with Quad HD resolution or roughly 534ppi. It’s topped with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that is said to withstand a 1.6-meter drop onto rough surfaces. Inside the device is Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 Octa chipset packing four 2.3 GHz Mongoose and four 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 CPUs. It’s paired with a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a staple 64GB of expandable storage.
The camera is still the impressive 12MP Dual Pixel sensor complete with phase-detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and a bright f/1.7 aperture. The front camera is not forgotten with its 5MP f/1.7 shooter good for low-light selfies.
Three things are new about the Note7. First, apart from the heart-rate sensor and fingerprint scanner, Samsung threw in another — an iris scanner. Hence the name, the sensor uses the user’s pupils for added security. Second, the Note7 welcomes the USB Type-C port making it the first Samsung handset to sport the said connector. Third, it’s now IP68-certified so encounters with liquid is not a problem for the handset. Lastly, the S Pen also gets an upgrade with a smaller 0.7mm tip with improved sensitivity of 4096 pressure levels, 70mm latency and a 360Hz scan rate.
Since the Galaxy Note7 now has a new USB Type-C port, Samsung has also released a new Gear VR headset for the Note7. Good news is it still supports previous devices with micro-USB ports.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 specs:
5.7-inch Curved Super AMOLED Quad-HD display, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.3 GHz Quad-Core + 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Exynos 8890 Octa CPU
Mali-T880 MP12 GPU
64GB internal storage
up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera dual-tone, dual LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, HDR video
5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture
Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE
USB Type C
Fast Wireless Charging
3,500mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
The Galaxy Note7 comes in three colors — Gold Platinum, Onyx Black, Silver Titanium.
Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be launched in the Philippines on August 20 with a suggested retail price of Php39,990 and comes bundled with a free Gear VR. The Note7 will be available in Gold Platinum, Black Onyx and Silver Titanium though the latter will not be released in the Philippines.