IT’S OFFICIAL. After months of fevered speculation the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is finally here. If you were due a renewal on your contract and were eyeing up a Galaxy as an upgrade, the Note 7 certainly puts the cat among the pigeons.
The improved S-Pen, USB C connectivity and clever iris scanning tech make the Note 7 worthy of your consideration and wallet.
So we’ve pitted the popular Galaxy S7 Edge against the newest phone on the block to see which comes out on top. You can also check out our Galaxy Note 7 hands-on review
Galaxy Note 7: 154x74x7.9mm, 169g, IP68 certification, USB Type-C
Galaxy S7 Edge: 151x73x7.7mm, 157g, IP68 certification, microUSB port
The Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge share plenty of similarities in terms of looks. As well as that gorgeous dual-edged screen there’s the same premium metal and glass case decorated with a metallic trim. Both offer an array of colour variations. The Note 7 will be available in Black Onyx, Silver Platinum, Gold (in some regions) and a sumptuous new Blue Coral.
Both smartphones have IP68 certification, making them largely resistant to water and dust. However, it’s possible to operate the Galaxy Note 7 display when wet thanks to the bundled S-Pen stylus.
The Note 7 is the taller and fatter of the two. At 7.9mm it’s 0.2mm thicker than the Galaxy S7 Edge and a full 3mm taller. It’s also a little heavier at 169g.
However, the Galaxy Note 7 wins in the future-proofing stakes thanks to the USB Type-C connection. The new standard uses a reversible cable that can charge devices more quickly, but Samsung provides a converter with the Note 7 for those lamenting the loss of microUSB.
Galaxy Note 7: 5.7in 2560×1440 resolution at 518ppi
Galaxy S7 Edge: 5.1in 2560×1440 resolution at 534ppi
Perhaps the biggest difference between the Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is the screen. The Galaxy Note 7 has a phablet-sized 5.7in Super AMOLED panel with support for Mobile HDR (High Dynamic Range) video content. We’ll no doubt start to hear more about HDR very soon, but the Note 7’s 800-nits display makes it the perfect vehicle to drive uptake of this emerging format.
Both handsets have a QHD 2560×1440 resolution, but the Galaxy S7 Edge has a higher pixel density thanks to the smaller screen size. However, we’re talking about minute detail, so the difference isn’t at all noticeable.
The Galaxy Note 7 uses the same Edge display, but can also take advantage of the improved S-Pen stylus which offers on-screen translations and more accurate doodles thanks to a thinner tip.
Galaxy Note 7: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Galaxy S7 Edge: Android 5.0 Lollipop, upgradable to Android 6.0
Both phones run Android, although there are a few subtle differences worthy of note. The Galaxy Note 7 comes with Google’s newer Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software out of the box, along with an updated TouchWiz interface.
Galaxy Note 7: Samsung Exynos 8890 (four 2.3GHz cores, four 1.6GHz cores) 4GB of RAM
Galaxy S7 Edge: Samsung Exynos 8890 (four 2.3GHz cores, four 1.6GHz cores) 4GB of RAM
The Note 7 and S7 Edge have identical processor set-ups using Samsung’s own 64-bit Exynos processor paired with a decent 4GB of RAM.
Galaxy Note 7: Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor
Galaxy S7 Edge: Fingerprint sensor
A fingerprint scanner lives in the home button of both smartphones, but the Note 7 has clever iris scanning technology on the front.
The biometric sensor complements the Galaxy’s security credentials, allowing you to unlock the handset and authenticate payments using Samsung Pass with your eyes.
Galaxy Note 7: 12MP rear-facing with 4K video, 5MP front-facing
Galaxy S7 Edge: 12MP rear-facing with 4K video, 5MP front-facing
The Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have identical camera tech. You’ll find the same 12MP dual pixel snapper on the rear, and the same 5MP selfie camera on the front.
Galaxy Note 7: 3,500mAh
Galaxy S7 Edge: 3,600mAh
In something of a surprise, the Galaxy S7 Edge narrowly trumps the Note in terms of battery capacity. The newer Galaxy does need somewhere to stow that S-Pen, though, so we suspect internal space is at a premium.
The two handsets also benefit from Quick Charge technology and wireless charging.
Galaxy Note 7: 64GB, microSD (up to 256GB)
Galaxy S7 Edge: 32GB/64GB, microSD (up to 200GB)
The Galaxy S7 Edge was originally available with only 32GB of storage, but 64GB models soon started to appear. The Galaxy Note 7 includes 64GB of storage as standard. Both phones include microSD slots, but the Galaxy Note 7 supports a greater amount of expanded storage.
The Galaxy S7 Edge won our hearts earlier this year, and continued Samsung’s ascent to greatness that began with the S6 Edge. Improving on the S7 Edge was always going to be a tall order, but the Galaxy Note 7 betters an already winning formula with useful new features and a slightly larger screen. µ
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