Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What the Hype is About

Galaxy Note 7 side view

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Make way, Samsung‘s coming to town, and it’s bearing gifts! Aiming to snag the title of the best phablet on the market (again), the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features a string of innovative technologies bound to pique the interest of even the biggest naysayers.

The device was announced on August 3 with a release date of August 19. You will be happy to learn that although the initial rumors marked the Galaxy Note 7 launch for September, expectations for an iPhone 7 may have pushed Samsung to launch the phablet sooner. Aside from that, this fella will sport all the top-tier features we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s main phone lines. Let’s take a more thorough look here.

Design and screen

The design of the phone will be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Despite a lack of the edge branding, the device does sport the sexy curved edge screen. Needless to say, this thing is large — it boasts a 5.7-inch screen, fitting a 1440 x 2560, 516ppi display.

The Note 7 is a handful, measuring in at 6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 in. In spite of that, it’s surprisingly light, weighing in at merely 6.5 ounces. The screen will have Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making the screen well protected against all kinds of damage. The device will feature a pen socket on the base, which will house an S-Pen stylus, which Samsung swears will present an incredible, ballpoint-like feel and accuracy, making writing easier through the handwriting recognition.

Samsung UFS cards


Hardware specifications

As one would expect, the handset sports an exceedingly powerful configuration. The heart of the phone is in its 4GB of working memory on top of a 64-bit architecture. However, this is a whole 2GB less than what was rumored. There will be a 6GB configuration, but this has been reserved for the Chinese market according to a report by The Korean Herald, the information provided by Dong-jin Koh, Samsung’s mobile chief.

The handset’s processing capabilities will be reflected in its quad-core Kryo CPU. Once again, what’s in the phone will depend on the region — for North American and European markets, the phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, while the Asian market’s product will be powered by an Exynos Octa 8990. Even so, this handset’s data processing will be significantly faster than the previous one, although there is no real difference between it and the Galaxy S7, which also houses the Snapdragon 820 chipset.

As for the storage space, Samsung will again disappoint some of the fans, as the rumors said the model would have a staggering 128GB of storage space. This did not turn out to be the case, however. Not exactly, anyway.

As Koh said for The Korean Herald, the 128GB configuration will be released in China, along with the 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 7 model available in the States has 64GB of storage, but this lack of on-board space can be compensated by two microSD cards that will hold up to 256GB of storage. However, there is a down-side — the microSD slots do not support the new UFS format, which is lightning fast. The situation is even more absurd since Samsung made new UFS memory cards. The internal memory, on the other hand, is UFS 2.0.


Source: Android via Twitter

Software specifications

The Galaxy Note 7 will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box However, Dong-jin Koh told The Korean Times that by October or November an update will be on its way — an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. Note that this model is designed for maximum efficiency, so the OS ought to run smooth when you’re using the split-screen modes or when you’re sifting through multiple applications.

In addition to the update, this handset’s OS will include three new functions — Translate, Magnify, and Glance. The first two are easy enough to understand — they will enable the use to translate a text or to zoom in on the text to enable the reading of fine print with the S-Pen. Glance will let users minimize a running app to the size of a thumbnail. From there, they can open another app, and then use the S-Pen to enlarge the minimized app briefly to gather information or whatever else they might need from the minimized app.


As far as photography goes, the device will feature nothing ground-breaking, but not a disappointment. The Galaxy Note 7 camera is identical to that of that Galaxy S7 — the main camera has 12 megapixels, while the secondary has 5 megapixels. The camera will be operable via the stylus and will boast bigger pixels and a larger sensor than previous models.


Contrary to the rumors, the device will not be powered by a monstrous 4000mAh battery (not even in China), but the battery life will still get a bump to 3500mAh. Of course, Samsung has packed in a wide assortment of battery-saving modes. One of the most prominent examples is the Always On mode, which will preserve your battery while still displaying some information, like the time and date, and will even allow you to take notes on it.

Galaxy Note 7 is water resistant

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 may be one of the most secure devices on the market. The device will be protected in part by fingerprint-scanning technology, which will deter any attempts of rummaging through your files. But, the phone will be made even more secure via the state-of-the-art iris scanner (something not even the iPhone 7 is expected to have), blocking all unauthorized access to your device. These security measures have been introduced by Samsung to safeguard customers from possible data theft, and to stop unauthorized purchases over Samsung and Android Pay.

Some other features

Aside from all features already mentioned, Galaxy Note 7 still has some surprises left for you. The handset is rated for IP68 water and dust resistance, meaning a drop in the shallow end of the pool for a few minutes should be all right, and no need to worry about a little rain. The device will feature wireless charging and QuickCharge 2.0 for a speedy boost when you don’t have a lot of time to charge.


As you have seen, this new model has features to get us all excited. Unfortunately, the rumors misled us to expect quite a bit more, so it may not meet the hype that had built up. Even so, this is a high quality handset that will certainly not leave you wanting. Samsung has done a great job with the Note line, and there’s little doubt this will be another smash hit in the phablet market.

Galaxy Note 7 specifications from GSMArena.

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