The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has already been launched and is set to be released in the coming days and weeks. Samsung fans who are due for a phone upgrade (and who have the extra money to burn) will undeniably line up to get their hands on the latest flagship device. But, if you’re still on the fence, you’ll want to know what this device’s specifications are and what it has to offer. You can start by browsing through this guide:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 weighs 169 grams, which makes it heavier than most phones in the market. However, the weight is worth it considering that the device comes with a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display (which is ideal for watching films, playing games, and reading ebooks) and an S-Pen that slides inside the phone.
The Note 7’s back panel is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which makes it virtually unbreakable. It’s also IP68-certified, which means that it’s water-resistant up to 1.5 meters deep and up to 30 minutes and that it can survive an accidental trip to the washing machine or toilet. It’s also dust-proof and can be a great companion if you’re planning to visit dry, arid areas. Take note that IP68 certification used to be limited to the S series, so the Note 7 is the first non-S series device to have this capability.
As for under-the-hood specs, the Note 7 comes with an Exynos 8890 Octa chipset and a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, along with a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB through microSD. It comes pre-installed with Android 6.0.1, although it’s eligible for an upgrade to Android 7.0 (aka Nougat), which will be released sometime in August or September.
The Note 7 comes with decent camera options: a 12MP f/1.7, 26mm rear camera and a 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm front camera. It has simultaneous recording, which means it can record 4K videos and 9MP still photos at the same time, and it offers a range of video recording resolutions, namely 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 240fps.
So what sets the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 apart from other devices on the market? Well, for one thing, it has an improved S-Pen that you can use to jot down hand-written notes, scribble on photos, and make GIFs. Some users have complained that the S-Pen still has a few niggles but, all in all, it’s a huge improvement to former versions.
Another exciting feature is the iris scanner, which allows you to unlock your phone simply by scanning your eyes. It’s paired with a fingerprint scanner (which has already been introduced in other Samsung models) to further increase your phone’s security and ensure that no one else but you can unlock it.
In the U.S., the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to range between $800 to $900, although some online retailers are selling it at almost $1,000. In Australia, it’s expected to have an average price of AU$1,349, while it’s rumored to be priced at £700 in the UK. Take note that prices can vary among retailers and that many carriers offer the smartphone at a smaller monthly rate along with a long-term contract.
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