Samsung Note 7: First Look

Well, after months of rumours, leaks and renders, here it is. Samsung today finally unveiled the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at simultaneous events in New York, London and Rio.

DJ Koh, Samsung Mobile Chief, walked on to stage discussing various topics ranging from the Rio Olympics, gender equality and how Samsung supports all of that. Then finally that moment when everything falls into place. “Please put on your Gear VRs.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

We put our VR headsets on at the local event in the UAE, et voila! The beautiful new Note 7 with its curved edges, slimmer S-Pen and grand display. Before we get into a discussion about the phone, let’s get some specs out of the way.

Specifications

  • Processor: Snapdragon 821 or Exynos 8893 (Region dependent)
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB (Expandable up to 256GB)
  • Display: Super AMOLED 5.7″ display (518ppi), Gorilla Glass 5
  • Camera: 12MP DualPixel (Back)/5MP (Front)
  • Battery: 3,500mAh battery
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Waterproofing: IP68-Certification
  • Charging:USB Type-C
  • Colours: Blue coral, gold platinum, silver titanium, black onyx
  • Dimensions: 153.5×73.9×7.9mm
  • Security: Fingerprint and iris scanner

We got to see the device last night and here it is.

 

New features and upgrades

Processor, memory and storage

So first the processor. The Note 7 comes with the all-new Snapdragon 821 or Exynos 8893. The UAE will be getting the Exynos version. Initial rumours had claimed that the RAM on Note 7 will be a 6GB, but alas Samsung stuck with a 4GB. When it comes to storage, the device will come in one standard 64GB version. If you are the type that carries a boat load of data, the memory is expandable up to 256GB.

Display

Next up is the display. As expected of Samsung, the display is a gorgeous 5.7″ Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 518 ppi. The Note 7 is also the first device to use Gorilla Glass 5. For more info on Gorilla Glass 5, click here.

Camera

There isn’t much to say about the camera since it’s the same 12MP DualPixel f1.7 camera with phase detection, autofocus, OIS and a LED flash that we see in Samsung S7 Edge. We all know this camera is absolutely spot on and is stellar when it comes to low-light imagery. The front too is the same as the S7 Edge with a 5MP camera. Video on the device can be recorded in 4K at 30fps, Full HD at 60fps and Slow-mo at 240fps.

Battery and charging

The battery on the Note 7 is a 3,500mAh battery. Is it enough? Well, there’re two sides to this argument. One, phones such as the S7 Edge and Nexus 6P have similar battery sizes and great battery life. On the other hand, when other brands like Xiaomi are loading their phones with giant 4,000+ mAh batteries, why can’t Samsung do the same? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what we get out of the Note 7 when we have the device for review. The device will come with Samsung’s fast charging technology but this time with its first USB Type-C charging cable. Don’t worry, this won’t render your older charging cables useless. Samsung is adding a type B to C converter in the box with every Note 7 device.

OS

The OS on the Note 7 is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. Now we’re not big fans of the TouchWiz’s bright and overly happy colour scheme and icons. We think Samsung might just have heard our prayers. The new TouchWiz on the Note 7 has the same icons but the colours are much deeper and calmer. It’s not obnoxiously in your face, which is just brilliant!

Water resistance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is also the first ever Note to be completely waterproof with an IP-68 certification, meaning it can be submerged into 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. Samsung has been under criticism for its IP ceritifications lately. Hopefully it has made all the necessary changes since.

Body

The Note 7 will come in 4 colours, namely blue coral, gold platinum, silver titanium and black onyx. The device is as large as expected of a large phablet with dimensions standing at 153.5×73.9×7.9mm.

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Security

When it comes to security of your device, Samsung understands what our phones mean to us and how much information we store on our devices. Apart from a fingerprint scanner, the device also comes with… wait for it… an IRIS SCANNER. Yes, you read that right. An iris scanner. And trust us, this isn’t some gimmick. We saw it in action. The iris scanner works like magic. Switch on the device, look at it and boom! Your device is active in a second.

S-Pen

The Note 7 might be a great phone but it is nothing without the S-Pen. The S-Pen has got some significant upgrades. First among them is that it is water-resistant. If you’re wondering whether it works under water it (apparently) does. The next update is also to the body of the S-Pen. Compared to the S-Pen of Note 5, it is 2.6mm shorter and the nib has been significantly reduced from 1.6mm thickness to 0.7mm. Samsung claims this allows for finer penmanship. We agree. We tried the all-new S-Pen at the launch event and it was spectacular. The S-Pen now reads a whopping 4,096 points of pressure.

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On the software front, the S-Pen sees some pretty decent upgrades. Translate is a new feature where the S-Pen can be hovered over a new word on the screen and it can translate up to 38 languages. Screen memo can be used with the Always-On display. You can also use the S-Pen to crop videos and make GIFs (YAY! more cat GIFS!).

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Pricing and Availability

The device is going to launch in the UAE on August 9th and will be available from August 19th. It will be priced at Dh2999. There is also a pre-order offer on the run. Click here to find out more.

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Conclusion

So, that’s our ‘brief’ overview of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for now. The device shows an extreme amount of promise, as expected from the Note series. We do have our doubts about the battery life but that’s all to be seen when we have our device for review.

Here’s our quick little look at the device last night. Do like and subscribe to your Youtube page. Thanks for watching!

For now, do keep your eyes peeled on this space for all your Note 7 updates.