Galaxy Note 7 - curved and nice but undefinedDale Davies ▼ | August 4, 2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an interesting device. It is packed will new and cool technology, featuring nice curved display, but...
Smartphone 5.7-inch curved panel and pen equal a lot of money
After the Galaxy Note 5, here comes the Note 7. The '6' was skipped to bring all model numbers in line but, as we will see later, it might have a deeper meaning. Tech specs are great: 5.7-inch curved panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels (518 ppi), Super AMOLED display with new Gorilla Glass version 5. Yes, you noticed, very similar to Galaxy S7, with the biggest difference being the display size. Galaxy S7 has 5.1-inch flat panel.
Under the hood - or the bonnet, as you wish - there are: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPUs, Adreno 530 GPU) for the U.S., and 4GB RAM. The international version has Exynos 8890 (quad-core 2.3 GHz + quad-core 1.6 GHz CPUs, Mali-T880 MP12 GPU), and 4GB RAM. Again, very similar to Galaxy S7 - enough power for all tasks you might have in mind.
The main things Samsung is proud of are curved screen and the S Pen. Some users that tried a curved screen say it's fantastic for fast access to apps, while for others it's like "So what?" There are some improvements in the software but nothing spectacular, all in a geek domain. Battery is now 3500mAh and we have a feeling, maybe we are wrong, that it could have been a bit bigger in capacity.
You can unlock the phone with your fingerprint, or you can use your eyes with an iris scanner. So, what's the verdict? The Note 7 is an interesting device but it seems Samsung isn't sure should it push Galaxy 7 or Note 7. The latter is not a phone, nor a tablet and it's really hard to guess the target group for the Note 7. If you want great Samsung phone, get Galaxy 7 or wait a fit for 8, and if you want a tablet, well, grab a tablet. The Note 7 is stuck between them. And it is expensive: $850, give or take a few bucks. ■