Samsung launched Note 7, their flagship phone in the Note series on Tuesday evening. While the company might have decided to skip a number in the series, it has certainly not skipped on any features. On paper and based on early views, the phone looks like a solid addition to the Galaxy lineup.
But let's take a look at how the Note 7 fares against this year's Galaxy S series flagship and its predecessor, Note 5 from last year.
|Modules||Galaxy Note7||Galaxy S7 Edge||Galaxy Note 5|
|Screen||5.7 inch QHD||5.5-inch QHD||5.7-inch QHD|
|Processor||Exynos 8890||Exynos 8890||Exynos 7420|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|Camera||12 MP, f/1.7||12 MP, f/1.7||16 MP, f/1.9|
|Battery||3500 mAh||3600 mAh||3000 mAh|
Note 7 uses the same screen resolution as other two phones and, while the size for both the Notes is same, S7 Edge has a slightly smaller display at 5.5-inches. On the other hand, Note 7 is the first phone to use Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for its display.
Both the phones from this year are using the new Octa-core processor made by Samsung itself while they are running Snapdragon 820 in the US version. Last year, for the Note series, the company had ditched the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. While it was expected that the Note 7 will be launched with 6 GB RAM, it is being shipped with only 4 GB RAM.
The camera has gone through an upgrade as well despite the drop in the megapixels. Compared to 16 MP last year, this year Samsung phones are sporting a 12 MP shooter with a better aperture of f/1.7 as compared to f/1.9. The low light imaging has also been improved and the front camera has gone through an upgrade as well.
The camera software has been improved too, with the makers having opted for a better pixel size to compensate for the lower megapixel count. This allows them to have better control over low-light imaging. Clicking pictures with Galaxy S7 edge has been a pleasant experience and Note 7 is expected to perform at the same level.
Note 7's most notable change is the addition of an IRIS scanner, so that now you can unlock the phone and even secure the folders using your eyes.
The S-Pen has also been improved with a 0.7mm tip that has better sensitivity as compared to last year's 1.6 mm tip. And this time around, you won't be able to push it backwards.
The battery life too has received a bump of 500 mAh compared to last year, but at 3500 mAh it is a 100 mAh less than the Galaxy S7 edge, though Note 7 will benefit from using USB C type port while the other two rely on a Micro USB. For faster data transfer, it is also using a USB 3.1 standard.
Overall, Note 7 is an upgrade that doesn't threaten the success of Galaxy S7 while it adds more value to the Note series. The price of the phone in the US for the unlocked version is $850 (Approx Rs. 56,800). Samsung should sell good volumes of Note 7 phones in India if it launches around this price point. The company is holding an event in Delhi on 11 August.