Samsung has confirmed that it will skip the Galaxy Note 6 and unveil the Galaxy Note 7 to match up with the Galaxy S lineup. The device is all set to go official on August 2 and the wait is not for long now.
As Apple will grab the attention of the tech media with the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, Samsung will do it a month earlier in August itself this time. Though we know that there is time to get to know more about these phones, the rumor mills have already revealed the specs, features, design and other aspects.
Based on the rumors, we have come up with an early comparison between the two. This will be the biggest smartphone battle in 2016. Take a look at the early comparison between the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with what the rumors suggest.
The Galaxy Note 7 is likely to be launched with a similar design as the Galaxy S6 that was launched last year. Apple too is unlikely to bring major design changes to the iPhone 7 deviating it from the iPhone 6. It will be a thin metal phone that features rounded edges. There will be minor changes made to the iPhone 7 with the repositioning of the antenna bands and dual-camera setup.
The improvement to both the smartphones are expected to be under the hood. The Note 7 is claimed to use the Snapdragon 821 SoC from Qualcomm or the Exynos 8893 octa-core SoC. The latter has been used by the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and it is a bit better and long lasting as well. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 might arrive with the new A10 system chip developed by Apple and it is believed to render a better individual core performance.
Grace UX Interface
Though the interface on the upcoming Samsung and Apple flagships will be familiar to the ones on the previous generation models, these will be much improved and relatively polished in the Note 7 and iPhone 7 lineup. The Note 7 is likely to arrive with a new TouchWiz iteration rumored to be called Grace UX. The presence of a redesigned notification drop down and simpler icons are its highlights.
iOS 10 Interface
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will arrive with the iOS 10 platform that has many feature improvements in terms of the core fundamentals. iOS 10 brings many feature enhancements to render a better user experience and it brings many shortcuts and widgets to the lineup.
Earlier, there was a MP race that seemed endless. Now, manufacturers as well as consumers are understanding that the pixel count is not important for better quality photos and videos. Both Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 will not arrive with the highest pixel count, but the expectations are that they will be the two best camera phones in the market later this year. As per the rumors, both will have 12 MP cameras and Samsung will use the Pixel autofocus tech whereas Apple will use the dual-camera setup.
Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be powered by a 3,600 mAh to 4,000 mAh battery. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are likely to be energized by a 1,715 mAh or 2,750 mAh battery as in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. We can expect these phones to last for a full day even under intense usage as Apple and Samsung have excellent records for the battery life. While Galaxy Note 7 will arrive with fast charging feature undoubtedly, the iPhone 7 is also likely to feature some kind of quick charging that makes it interesting.
Talking of the new technology, Samsung is likely to bring an iris scanner to the smartphone sapce with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7. With this tech, your smartphone's camera will recognize that it is you and it will unlock the device and keep it secure. Though it may not be the most efficient scanning system, but it will be a neat option added to the Note 7 along with fingerprint scanning.
USB Type-C Port
The Galaxy Note 7 will be the very first high-end Samsung phone that to feature a USB Type-C port for charging as well as syncing. The reversible USB Type-C port will make it easy for you to use the smartphone and it is definitely a welcome change.
No 3.5 mm Jack
Apple is allegedly planning to skip the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The reason is to make the upcoming models slimmer and to offer a better quality audio experience with the Lightning port.
Some reports claim that the iPhone 7 will arrive with a Smart Connector that was introduced with the iPad Pro to connect the Smart Keyboard Cover and accessories such as charging docks. The other reports don't hint at the same. Maybe, we can expect it to be a part of the high-end variant alone.