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When Samsung put a halt to the rumors and leaks with the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2, the similarities between the Note 7 and the Galaxy S7 edge were talked about by everyone. Now, the smartphone has been launched in India at a price of Rs 59,900 along with the Gear IconX and Gear VR headset.
A few notable feature additions that were brought to the recent flagship are the inclusion of an iris scanner, the IP68 rating, Gorilla Glass 5 and enhanced S Pen. These are some aspects that you cannot find in the Galaxy S7 edge.
There's no denying that the Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best smartphones available right now with a glass-metal build, awesome camera, Always On display, and dual-curved edge screen. But, the rumors speculated many things that failed to make way in the finally launched version. Even after the launch of the Note 7, some features were rumored to be a part of the Chinese variant of the Note 7.
Swirl through the slider below to know the missing features in the Galaxy Note 7 that were expected to arrive in the phablet. Take a look!
There's no space for more RAM
Right now, 4 GB RAM is common on Android smartphones, but at some point, you need to close the apps to save the battery life even if your phone's RAM can handle the load. However, many Android fans are lured by the concept of 6 GB RAM in a flagship as there are a few phones that have come up with such a large chunk of RAM. This time around, Samsung has not come up with a hardware prowess, but it has included other bells and whistles.
The most recent Snapdragon 821 is also missing
The Galaxy Note 7 was rumored to feature the Exynos 8893 SoC or the Snapdragon 821 processor. But, the reality was different as the device came with Exynos 8890 octa-core processor or Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. The Snapdragon 821 is the latest one from the chip maker and it is around 10 percent faster the existing one that we can see in the Note 7.
Samsung's UFS card feature isn't supported
Last month, Samsung announced UFS memory cards, the sequel to the micro SD card used predominantly. The UFS card can render five times faster read speeds and two times faster write speeds. Soon, rumors started surfacing that the Note 7 would support UFS cards as it is a high-end device from the company. This was proved to be wrong as the Note 7 does not support the new UFS card standard and Samsung reps have claimed that there are no plans for smartphones with this feature in the near future.
A bigger battery is missing in the Note 7
The Galaxy S7 edge is smaller than the Note 7 but it comes with a more capacious battery of 3,600 mAh, whereas the one in the Note 7 is a 3,500 mAh one. It is known that there is not much space in the Galaxy Note 7 as it comes with a S Pen compartment and the new iris scanner tech. However, the lack of a considerably bigger battery in the Note 7 is quite a big disappointment, especially after the early rumors that the device might arrive with a 4,000 mAh battery.
Not everyone will be fans of the curved edge display
The Note 7 is quite expensive for its technology and features and one such feature is the dual-curved edge screen. Until now, Samsung followed the practice of launching a flat screen variant and an edge variant of its flagships and the former will be priced at least Rs 6,000 or so lesser than the edge variant. This is not the case with the Note 7 as the company forces its curvy screen on buyers with no concern on their choice. Eventually, buyers have to shell out more money for a feature that they don't like.
Edge panels hide the screen
The edge panel used in the original Note Edge launched in 2014 is now dead, but it was better as it showed information at one glance without blurring the whole screen when it is in use. On the other hand, the current Edge UX in the Note 7 is more glorified with widgets and task switchers, but it needs improvement as it takes up too much space on the screen interrupting what you were working on.