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Samsung unveiled the successor to last year's Note 5, the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2 in a San Francisco event. The smartphone does come with some improvements when compared to the predecessor Note 5. However, comes with some similar specifications of the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge.
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The South Korean tech giant skipped the Note 6 to match up the product line up with the S7 and S7 Edge. The Galaxy Note 7 is definitely an improvement over the Note 5.
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But how it stacks up with the 2016 Galaxies? Here is our comparison on the Galaxy Note 7 with the Galaxy S7 Edge. Let's find out.
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Galaxy Note 7 boasts a display with HDR
The Galaxy Note 7 packs the same QHD display as seen on other Samsung flagship smartphones and they are the best in industry. Exclusive to the Galaxy Note 7 is 'Mobile HDR', which according to Samsung provides punchy colors and inky deep blacks. The AMOLED panel used on the S7 Edge is the best, till date, even under bright sunlight and the Note 7 takes it to a whole new level with the Mobile HDR.
The first Note to arrive with dual-edge display
While Samsung tried a single curved display back in 2014 with the Galaxy Note Edge, but failed miserably. However, the company now released the Note 7 with the same dual-edge display technology used in the S7 Edge, but the display on the Note 7 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Technology.
Galaxy Note 7 has an advantage of the USB Type-C port
The Galaxy Note 7 is the Samsung's first device to boast of a USB Type-C port. Surely, Type-C will be the next generation technology and many manufacturers are already packing their devices with USB Type-C port. Do make a note that the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with the standard micro USB 3.0 port.
Note 7 has also got the IRIS Scanner
The notable addition in the Note 7 is the IRIS Scanner which allows you to unlock your smartphone with the help of your eyes. This feature is not present in the Galaxy S7 Edge
You’ll not get the 'S Pen' in Galaxy S7 Edge
S Pen is one of exclusive feature of the Galaxy Note series and many people love this feature. We already covered the upgrades of the three new features of the S Pen in Note 7. However, the Note 7 will be getting some exclusive features for the S Pen, which are not present in the S7 Edge.
Both have same chipsets
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 packs the company's own octa-core Exynos 8890 processor for some countries and packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset for countries such as US, UK, etc. While the specifications have seen an upgrade when compared to the Note 5, but remains the same when compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung should have at least packed the newly released Snapdragon 823 and 6GB of RAM. Coupled with the chipset is 4GB of RAM for system operations.
Both run Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box
Samsung's TouchWiz has been made a lot slicker in recent times. The Galaxy Note 7 comes with Android Marshmallow preinstalled, which is a bit of a letdown as Android N is already gearing up for the official launch. The same is the case with the S7 Edge, the smartphone boots Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Samsung did not spoke anything regarding the Android N update at the launch event of Note 7. The software on the Note 7 will be slightly tweaked to support the S Pen features.
Same Camera Specs
The Galaxy S7 Edge packs the most powerful smartphone camera, till date. The Note 7 also features the same 12MP camera along with 5MP front facing camera.
Galaxy S7 Edge score on battery
The Galaxy S7 Edge came with a 3,600mAh battery whereas the Note 7 comes with a 3,500mAh battery. However, the reduction in battery capacity doesn't affect much in the day-to-day, but it is worth noticing.
Final Thoughts – Your choice!
The Galaxy Note 5 is definitely a decent upgrade when compared to last year's Note 5. However, when stacking up against this year's S7 Edge, the smartphone does not inspire confidence. The S Pen, IRIS Scanner, and the USB Type-C port are the only added advantages.