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Here’s what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung isn’t making a Galaxy Note 6. A couple of months ago, that statement would have sent Note fans into a frenzy. But we all know of the company’s plans to skip directly to the Galaxy Note 7 for its next Note flagship, a move we wholeheartedly support. It’s not just the fact that calling it the Note 7 will “unify” Samsung’s portfolio and minimize consumer confusion over what the latest and greatest is in the company’s lineup – the Galaxy Note 7 will be bringing in quite a few changes to the S Pen-toting series that we could consider reasons enough for Samsung to skip the Galaxy Note 6 moniker.

The biggest reason? Well, Samsung’s decision to launch, for the first time since 2014, only a single flagship, and also to bring its dual-edge curved display to the Galaxy Note lineup. We have seen three Galaxy S Edge variants since the beginning of 2015, and Samsung apparently believes the technology has advanced enough to make the Edge model of the Note 7 the only one that will be made available to consumers. We still don’t think the dual-edge display is as useful as one would want it, but visually, it is surely going to make the Note 7 a force to reckon with in the smartphone market (and give tough competition to the iPhone 7 that will launch a month later).

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The Galaxy Note 7 will also be complementing Samsung’s fingerprint sensor with another way of device security – an iris scanner. We have already seen the iris scanner in action in a leaked video, and it looks like the scanner will be insanely fast at detecting the user’s eyes. The iris scanner has been a long time coming, with numerous patent applications having hinted at Samsung working on bringing the feature to its smartphones. It’s good to see it will soon be a reality on the company’s smartphone lineup.

The next big change to expect from the Galaxy Note 7? The switch to a USB Type-C port. It’s going to make the existing Gear VR headset incompatible with the Note 7, but it’s likely the second-generation Gear VR with a Type-C port (and maybe even a microUSB port for existing devices) will accompany the Note 7. This also means all those microUSB cables you have accumulated over the years will be completely useless with the Note 7, but then again, it’s a compromise you have to make for getting a newer, better technology.

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Battery life is set to get a boost as well, thanks to Samsung putting in a considerably larger battery in the Galaxy Note 7 compared to the Galaxy Note 5. But it seems the S Pen might have taken some of the space at the back, as it looks like the Note 7 will have a 3,500 mAh battery, 100 mAh less than the S7 edge. Rumors of a 4,000 mAh battery had us all excited; hopefully, software optimization and the use of the new Vulkan API for Samsung’s user interface will help the 3,500 mAh battery offer high endurance. Of course, you can also count on fast wired and wireless charging to be part of the package.

When it comes to other fundamental specs, 6GB of RAM is what we were looking forward to, but the latest leak suggests Samsung is sticking to 4GB. But thankfully, it’s pretty much confirmed at this point that the Note 7 will come with a minimum of 64GB of on-board storage, possibly with an expansion slot that supports both regular microSD cards and Samsung’s new UFS cards. What won’t be changing drastically is the processor. The US and China will probably get the Snapdragon 823, an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 820, while the rest of the market should see an overclocked Exynos 8890 (dubbed the Exynos 8893).

On the imaging front, the Note 7 should be keeping the same cameras as those on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. While Samsung’s 12-megapixel rear camera on the S7 and S7 edge is among the best in the market, that 5 MP front camera is looking rather outdated today. It doesn’t have offer great image quality, and it’s a shame the Note 7 might not do anything to change things. Thankfully, Samsung is said to have made numerous processing improvements, which will hopefully lend to a noticeable gain in image quality over the S7 lineup.

What about the software? Well, Android 7.0 Nougat would be nice to have, but given the Note 7 is expected to go on sale sometime in August, we will most likely have to make do with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Samsung’s new Grace UI will bring more Material Design touches to the interface, and the company has also revealed that the phone will be getting even better at productivity than previous Notes. Samsung Focus – which we exclusively reported on – is likely to be at the forefront of the increased productivity claims.

That brings us to the S Pen. If there is one thing the rumor mill has been quiet about, it is the Note’s market-defining stylus. It’s not surprising – the S Pen is already as good as we can think it can be. Maybe higher sensitivity to make it feel even more like a pen will be one of the upgrades, but we wouldn’t complain if Samsung just brings back the S Pen from the Galaxy Note 5 as it is.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are near-perfect smartphones, but most folks would agree with us when we say those devices did nothing very special or unique. Samsung seems to have kept all of that for the Galaxy Note 7, which is expected to raise the price of the device up to €849. That’s higher than any of Samsung’s previous mainstream phones, but we guess it’s a price one must pay (pun unintended) for a device that’s supposed to be as feature-packed as the Note 7.


Samsung’s official event for the Galaxy Note 7 is set for August 2, with the phablet expected to go up for pre-order on the same day. It’s day we cannot wait for, what with all the rumors and leaks from the past couple of months. Not everything is confirmed, but at this point it would be safe to assume Samsung will be delivering a spectacular flagship smartphone with the Note 7.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Note 7? Is there anything you are looking forward to in particular? Let us know in the comments!

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redgumtv
redgumtv

My question is to Sammobile, the so-called trusted source of upcoming Samsung information.
You guys must be so disappointed that it looks like just about all your predictions have failed or fizzled out. Good journos need reliable and trusted sources and guesswork only kills your reputation and destroys the products you try to promote. You’ve probably lost more sales than you gained with this thread. Why not talk to Samsung direct about product releases instead of guessing?

maccyb
maccyb

A good point..

vbx
vbx

There is a video on youtube of the Note 7 Flat version using the IRIS scanner.

So Edge + Flat will be available?

SyLvEsTeR20007
SyLvEsTeR20007

NO IR Blaster is a serious downer. Why drop ut. Does Samsung not care about me and my broken AMP remote?

cseifer
cseifer

wait until final and “official” specs are released…rumor has it 821 snapdragon now and not 823….and I agree no IR Blaster then I will be buying an LG phone with an IR Blaster then to replace my aging and well used Galaxy S6.

grover517
grover517

So basically, all the rumored “pie in the sky” spec upgrades that got everyone so excited (memory, battery, etc.) are now coming back to reality and the higher priced Note 7 will not be much more than a curved screen version of the previous Note with so called “new features” that will either be ripe with issues or that just won’t work as advertised (wanna take your glasses off or contacts out every time you unlock your phone just so that iris scanner you paid for to work?) or cost you an additional chunk of money by the time you… Read more »

illenoid
illenoid

No No no. 6GB RAM is very important, samsung do not shoot yourself in the foot.. We are ready for 6GB RAM NOW

sammay69
sammay69

Samsung Should give the note 7 those specs and no one would complain.
– 6 GB ram
– 64 GB storage base model
– 4000 mah battery
– IP 68 ( water and dust resistance)
If the note 7 can deliver on those specs it will be the 2016 flagship killer. If not I gone be quite disappointed by you Samsung

cseifer
cseifer

how can a “Flagship” be a flagship killer…this isn’t Oneplus at half the cost.

tacchan23
tacchan23

If all those latest specs are the correct ones… I really don’t see why I should get it over an S7 Edge. At least for people who don’t use the S-Pen anyway and wear glasses, I don’t see any reason to pay extra over an S7 edge.

maccyb
maccyb

Well, you are talking about 2 categories of users here. My wife doesn’t need an sPen and has an S7 Edge. I do need an Spen, I use it for engineering and AutoCad and I use the Note 5. What people need to understand is that for Note users, the Note7 needs to be better than the Note 5, it doesn’t need to be better than the S7 or S7 Edge. True Note users actually use Note functions, not just jot down a phone nunber on the screen.

warlockba
warlockba

Actually it needs to be better than Note 4 … Note 5 was a Galaxy with S-Pen … and not really “a major improvement”. Just in the above example, let’s think you need to show your AutoCad drawings to a customer on a beamer at their office. How would you accomplish that with your Note 5? 🙂 “Just let me a second, I need to export this, save that, connect this, accept that, copy that here; can I borrow your laptop for a second? Thanks … oh wait, you want something changed? Let me change that, now, then, a second,… Read more »

akib777
akib777

My mom’s gonna buy it. As I already have a galaxy s7 edge so I hope I’m not missing out on something really big.

Sebastian Shaw
Sebastian Shaw

if samsung want to continue the success of s7 and s7 edge the essentials are;
6 gb ram 64 gb base model ip68 at least 3800 mah battery (preferably 4000 mah) and new hybrid slot takes ufs cards

sammay69
sammay69

Totally agree with you dude.
Especially when the note 7 is going to retailed for 849 Euro. it should at least have 6 GB ram and the base model should be 64 GB of storage. I hope those rumors which says 4 Gb ram is coming to the note7 isn’t true.
I think we all should just wait for 2nd August before we know exactly

cseifer
cseifer

I am not sure we will see UFS just yet in a galaxy or note phone…but Gorilla glass 5 is rumored as is usb-c

dwin89
dwin89

If it is not 6gb ram I will upgrade my Note3 to Note7…pls…

maccyb
maccyb

I think it will only be for Note 4 and later unfortunately. Android M might not be on Note 3. 🙁 But I hope you get it..

maccyb
maccyb

Whatever reason one may have to be disappointed, to use the fact that it won’t come with Android N, as one person here complains about is downright stupid. What are Samsung supposed to do if the phone comes out before Google has N ready? And of course it will be upgraded anyway.

stondec
stondec

The more I know the more I feel I might be keeping my Note 4.

RajaMagDich
RajaMagDich

i want a flat version… i HATE these stupid Edges without any pros but many many contra arguments…

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

I’m going on holiday and need a new camera, I’d (regrettably) pay the full $1300 AUD the Note 7 will probably cost if it was flat.
Due to the curved edge design, they are going to miss out on some serious money from me.

Stupid STUPID decision. I hope sales drop hard on this and forces them to wise up.

Personally I’d prefer a Galaxy S8 in 5.8″ flat display AND no Pen. I never use the pen, imagine that extra space for more battery?

timazali
timazali

If IP68 will be a rumor than by by Note7. But i still believe that this device will have some extra specification that be a surprise for us maybe i am naive but i hope for 6gb RAM better battery and bigger screen at least 5,8 inches

Shimy
Shimy

Very disappointing. The more we get closer to the announcement, the worse the specs get.

We started with a 5.8 inch screen and then a 5.7 inch screen. Started with 4000 mAh battery, then 3600 mAh and finally 3500 mAh. First rumors suggested Android 7 and now 6. Rumors also suggested 6GB of RAM but all the latest rumors point to 4GB of RAM.

MStuart
MStuart

That’s the thing about rumours: unless real products, they’re free to make.

Shimy
Shimy

While that’s true, rumors, when reported by respectable sources, usually mean that Samsung is testing various specs for the phone, so it’s disappointing to see that they eventually decided to go with these specs.

Obviously we can only know for sure when they reveal it.

redgumtv
redgumtv

I held off upgrading from S6 Edge+ to the 7 series (Note) but the proposed upgrade has gone from spectacular to very ordinary. Sort of a half baked business tool / play toy.
Looks like we need to wait for S8/Note 8 for something better. Not worth an increase in price for sure. No Android 7, no increase in RAM, no more horse power, screen unchanged, smaller battery, all the important things left out.

ariebagusbagus
ariebagusbagus

I’m looking forward to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ability to take many notes and convert it to editable text in any language without having to switch the language manually or without having to first draw rectangle around the text I write.

sammay69
sammay69

3500?? I know 4000 was rumoured for a long time then the latest rumours said it would be 3600. First i was bit disappointed but 3600 mah isnt that bad. It should at least have the same as the s7 edge not a smaller battery then the s7 edge.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Why is almost any Note7 article sporting the flat version as picture? It is rubbing salt into the wounds. 😉

I feel they should have released the Note at the IFA. Then there will be more difference between the S-series and Note series.

Vesta@12b

Thanks for consolidating this info Abhijeet, much appreciated. So now we wait for the 2nd, hopefully Samsung still has a few surprises in store for us.

ijazali
ijazali

Yeah hope so

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