THE GALAXY NOTE 7 is finally official after months of speculation and, while last year’s model didn’t see a UK release, Samsung’s newest big-screen smartphone is set to arrive on British soil.
This has probably thrown a spanner in the works for many lining up their next smartphone purchase, as there’s now a new alternative to the Galaxy S7 with the added bonus of iris-scanning tech, USB C connectivity and a bigger battery. However, the Galaxy Note 7’s 5.7in screen might not be to everyone’s liking, especially those with tiny hands. Soz, Donald Trump.
We’ve pitted the duo of Samsung smartphones head-to-head on paper to see which comes out on top.
Galaxy Note 7: 154x74x7.9mm, 169g, IP68 certification, USB Type-C
Galaxy S7: 142x70x7.9mm, 152g, IP68 certification, microUSB port
The Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 share plenty of similarities in terms of looks. There’s the same premium metal and glass case and metallic trim, and both offer an array of colour variations. The Note 7 will be available in black, silver and blue.
Both smartphones have IP68 certification, making them largely resistant to water and dust. However, unlike the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy Note 7 display can be operated when wet thanks to the bundled S-Pen stylus.
They are worlds apart when it comes to size, though. The Galaxy Note 7 measures a svelte 7.9mm, much like the Galaxy S7, but isn’t as skinny jean friendly at 154mm tall and 74g wide. It’s heavier too, tipping the scales at 169.
However, the Galaxy Note 7 gets one up on the Galaxy S7 with its upgraded USB Type-C connection. This will make microUSB cables largely obsolete, but the reversible cable promises quicker charging times than its fiddly, non-reversible predecessor.
Galaxy Note 7: 5.7in 2560×1440 resolution at 518ppi
Galaxy S7: 5.1in 2560×1440 resolution at 577ppi
The biggest difference between the Note 7 and Galaxy S7 is the size of the displays. The Galaxy Note 7 has a ‘phablet’-sized 5.7in screen with support for Samsung’s improved S Pen stylus, which offers on-screen translations and more accurate doodles thanks to its skinnier tip.
Both have a 2560×1440 display resolution, but the Galaxy S7 has a higher pixel density thanks to the smaller size. However, it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to tell the difference close up.
The displays also differ in functionality this time round as the Galaxy Note 7 has an Edge display like that seen on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Galaxy Note 7: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Galaxy S7: Android 5.0 Lollipop, upgradable to Android 6.0
Both smartphones run Android, although the Galaxy Note 7 comes with Google’s newer Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software out of the box. Both are skinned in Samsung’s custom user interface.
Galaxy Note 7: Samsung Exynos 8890 (four 2.3GHz cores, four 1.6GHz cores) 4GB RAM
Galaxy S7: Samsung Exynos 8890 (four 2.3GHz cores, four 1.6GHz cores) 4GB RAM
Both the Note 7 and S7 have identical under the hood set-ups, utilising Samsung’s own 64-bit Exynos processor paired with a decent 4GB RAM.
Galaxy Note 7: Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor
Galaxy S7: Fingerprint sensor
The Galaxy Note 7 and S7 both have a fingerprint scanner in the home button, but Samsung’s newer model takes security up a notch with an iris scanner similar to that seen on the Lumia 950.
This allows you to glare at the smartphone to unlock it or to authenticate services such as Samsung Pay.
Galaxy Note 7: 12MP rear-facing with 4K video, 5MP front-facing
Galaxy S7: 12MP rear-facing with 4K video, 5MP front-facing
Much like their under the hood offering, the Note 7 and Galaxy S7 offer identical cameras. You’ll find the same 12MP dual pixel snapper on the rear, and the same 5MP camera on the front.
Galaxy Note 7: 3,500mAh
Galaxy S7: 3,000mAh
Given its larger size, it’s no surprise that Samsung has managed to stuff a bigger battery inside the Galaxy Note 7. However, the firm hasn’t yet confirmed how much extra juice the bigger 3,500mAh battery will get you.
Galaxy Note 7: 64GB, microSD (up to 256GB)
Galaxy S7: 32GB/64GB, microSD (up to 200GB)
The Galaxy S7 was made available with a choice of 32GB or 64GB storage, but the Galaxy Note 7 has just 64GB as standard. Both include microSD slots, and the Galaxy Note 7 supports an additional 256GB of storage.
The Galaxy S7 won our approval earlier this year, and it’s no denying it’s one of Samsung’s best smartphones to date. However, while the big screen won’t be for everyone, the Galaxy Note 7 improves on an already winning formula with its added iris scanner, S-Pen, USB Type-C connection and beefier battery. µ
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