Update 1: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 user manuals in more than 40 languages are available for download.
On August 2,2016, Samsung announced the 6th generation of Galaxy Note phones: Galaxy Note 7 (they skipped Galaxy Note 6 to match generation numbers of Galaxy S series).
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specifications indicate this is an update for Galaxy Note 5. It is NOT targeted for Galaxy S7 0r S7 edge users because essentially Galaxy Note 7 is Galaxy S7 edge with a S Pen.
This post will focus on hardware and software aspects of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specifications. Discussions, comments, and guides on Galaxy Note 7 will be available in other posts/pages.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: hardware design
Galaxy Note 7 is water and dust resistant with a IP68 rating. This is the first Galaxy Note devices that are waterproof.
Another hardware design change from Galaxy Note 5 is curved screen, in addition to the curved back. In other words, the curved screen is similar to that on Galaxy S7 edge.
Galaxy Note 7 is also the first smartphone with Gorilla Glass 5 for both front and back panel.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: CPU
Galaxy Note 7 has two variants in CPU configuration.
For other markets, Galaxy Note 7 will get Exynos 8890, which is identical to that in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in these markets.
Again, Galaxy Note 7 is an update for Galaxy Note 5, not for Galaxy S7 edge.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: RAM
Galaxy Note 7 has 4GB RAM, same as Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7.
Nothing to complain. 4GB should be good enough for 99.99% users for today’s apps. 6GB probably will be a waste for 99.999% users, at least in 2016 and 2017.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: Storage and micro SD card support
Galaxy Note 7 storage starts from 64 GB with micro SD card support. 128GB version was not announced. But if sales go well (very hard, probably), Samsung may introduce 128GB version during the coming holiday season.
Remember Galaxy Note 5 starts with 32GB storage, with no micro SD card support. Although 64GB version was announced at the same time, many vendors only stocked 32GB version in many regions.
Micro SD card support in Galaxy Note 7 can be a deal maker. A lot of Galaxy Note 4 users refused to upgrade to Note 5 due to lack of SD card support. Samsung finally realized micro SD card support is still important (since Galaxy S7).
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: Display (screen)
Galaxy Note 7 have a 5.7″ 2K QHD (2560*1440) Super AMOLED display. The size is similar to Galaxy Note 5, or 0.2″ larger than Galaxy S7 edge.
But Galaxy Note 7 screen is curved on both sides. This means the writable area actually is smaller than Galaxy Note 5.
For the screen quality, the improvements are beyond human eyes.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: battery and charging
Galaxy Note 7 is packed with a 3500mAh battery, which is 500mAh larger than that in Galaxy Note 5. But it is 100mAh smaller than Galaxy S7 edge.
Same as Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 7 battery is also non-removable.
Anyway, removable battery becomes a luxury. Most flagship smartphones now only have non-removable battery. Galaxy Note 4 is the last Note with a removable battery.
Galaxy Note 5 supports fast charging, wireless charging and fast wireless charging. All your Galaxy Note 5 chargers will work with Galaxy Note 7. But you have to change the micro USB cable to USB type-C cable. Samsung will give you an adapter to use the old cables if you want.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: dimensions and weight
Galaxy Note 7 has a dimension of 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 in), which is 2.2 mm narrower and 0.3mm thicker than Galaxy Note 5, thanks to the curved screen.
Galaxy Note weights 169g, which is 2g lighter than Galaxy Note 5. Anyway, you cannot feel the differnce.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: camera
Galaxy Note 7 has identical camera modules as Galaxy S7: 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
FYI, Galaxy Note 5 has a 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
Don’r be fooled by the pixels. Galaxy S7 camera is one of the best smartphone cameras you can get in 2016.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: Iris scanner
Galaxy Note 7 has a new security channel: iris scanner. You can authenticate yourself with in the blink of an eye.
Also, there is an exclusive feature for iris scanner: secure folder. You can safely hide all your private or juicy staffs.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: S Pen
Galaxy Note 7 S Pen and S Pen slot have similar design as those in Galaxy Note 5.
The improvements include: 1). smaller S Pen tips; 2). you cannot insert S Pen in wrong direction any more; 3). S Pen and S Pen slot are resistant to water and dust. IP68 rating applies to S Pen and S Pen slot as well.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: connectivity
All the goodies in WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC are kept in Galaxy Note 7.
The major update is the USB type-C port in the bottom. Galaxy Note 7 is the first Samsung smartphone switching from micro USB to USB type-C.
In Galaxy Note 7 box, Samsung will give you a micro USB type-C to micro USB adapter. So, don’t throw your old micro USB cables and accessories.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: OS and TouchWiz
TouychWiz is further polished with better visual elements. But this is up to individual users.
And Galaxy Note 7 also has edge screen features, exactly as in Galaxy S7 edge.
Galaxy Note 7 Specifications: S Pen related software features
S Note is gone!
All S Pen related apps: S Note, S memo, action memo and scraper, are now in one giant app: Samsung Notes app.
You can now also pin a memo on lock screen or the always on display (AOD) screen.
S Pen also get new gimmicks. In addition to all air commands, S Pen can now make animated GIF for any non-DRMed videos, pull Google translation for text you selected, and magnify a window.
Official infographic of Galaxy Note 7 specifications vs Galaxy Note 5
Samsung released the official infographic of Galaxy Note 7 specifications vs Galaxy Note 5 as shown below. Enjoy.
Detailed Galaxy Note 7 guides will be released gradually.
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