Introduction

After several months of speculation, rumours and chitchats, Samsung has finally released its much awaited device, the Galaxy Note 7. Even though we have been introduced to several fantastic and premium flagship phones this year, the new offering from the Korean tech giant leaves all those devices miles behind in terms of features. So what are its specifications,  that sets it apart from other handsets available right now, let’s find out.

Display

This is the the first device from Samsung which has curved EDGE display without explicitly named Edge. Interesting it also does not have any flat screen variant, this might indicate that Samsung plans to release all its future flagship phones with curved screen only. According to the brand, the device comes with “3D Curves” where the metal and glass blend together in unison, which looks really great. Its Super AMOLED display measures 5.7-inch in size and has QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) which gives it a pixel density of 515ppi that results in an amazingly sharp and clear picture quality. For protection the screen has Corning Gorilla Glass v5 coating on the top.

S-Pen

Like other devices in the galaxy note series, this too comes with an S-Pen.  This S-Pen also features some minor improvements like slimmer tip, which gives it a better accuracy. Also the newly updated software makes the Pen a lot smarter. This gives it an ability to magnify the content, translate written notes in different language and make gifs from any video through a few simple taps. All these features can be accessed with a quick access menu that’s present in the curved part of its display. This SPen like the main device, is also water and dust resistant.

Design

The Galaxy Note 7 is an IP68 water and dust resistant, making it the first  device in the Galaxy Note series to be given this type of protection. The design of phone is slightly curved on the back which makes it easier to hold despite its enormous size, also the phone’s glass and metal back panel gives this device a premium look and feel. The phone weighs 169 grams having dimensions of 153.5(H) x 73.9(W) x 7.9(T) mm. It comes in gold platinum, silver titanium and black onyx colour variants.

Software and Configuration

The smartphone runs on Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) operating system. Under the hood, Samsung uses its own Exynos SoCs. The device is powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 octa-core processor, which has four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and rest four clocked at 1.6GHz.        It is clubbed with 4GB RAM and Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. Presence of such monstrous features quite possibly makes it, the most powerful smartphone ever made. For storing your data the device has large internal memory of 64GB. Along with that, Samsung has reintroduced support for microSD card in its Note series, by providing a Hybrid SIM slot in this device that handle microSD card of up to 256GB.

Cameras

The device sports a 12MP rear camera with Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation (OIS), an f/1.4 aperture, dual LED flash. The camera also features Dual Pixel technology which gives improves the quality of pictures and videos taken in low lighting conditions. Its 5MP front camera is also great for taking selfies. Samsung has always impressed us with their smartphone cameras, and the one present in this device also stands true to that reputation. It’s a camera that won’t let you down.

Connectivity and Sensors

This smartphone offers wide range of latest connectivity options like Hybrid SIM, 4G LTE, dual band Wi-Fi, hotspot tethering, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS with A-GPS and Glonass, NFC and USB Type C. One of the most touted feature of this device is the Iris scanner built on the front side of the phone. This allows you to unlock the handset by lining your eye inside some on-screen circles. It along with the fingerprint scanner nested under the home button, act as a means of biometric authentication in this phone. It also comes with the usual bunch of sensors like light, proximity, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.

Battery

The smartphone is powered by behemoth 3,500mAh battery tucked under its body. The device comes with various battery saving software and hardware optimisations and there’s also an Ultra Power-saving mode. The handset features Always On display which lets you to see the time and some notifications even when the phone is asleep, costing negligible amount of battery life. The device supports wireless as well as quick charging feature.

Verdict

At Rs. 59,900, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now Samsung’s most expensive smartphone offering in India and also the most innovative and powerful. It shares various similarities with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge,  which is good as the S7 Edge was a great device in almost every aspect. Probably to avoid the risk of cannibalization, Samsung has made two of its most prominent devices of 2016 rather similar. With such impressive gadgets in its arsenal, Apple really needs to do something exceptional with the iPhone 7 if it wants to compete with Samsung this year.