AlenAlosious, 14 Aug 2016The Galaxy Note 7's highlight features are its iris scanner, the first time Samsung has introd... moreWhat you missed:
1. Looks way better than note 5
2. Lovely to hold and has a great grip
4. S-Pen nib's thickness has been decreased to less than half of previous S-Pen and S-Pen now feels more smooth and natural to write with
3. Supports HDR video playback (technology presently only found on high end TVs)
4. According to DisplayMate note 7 has the best mobile screen on the market
The Galaxy Note 7's highlight features are its iris scanner, the first time Samsung has introduced the feature on one of its smartphones, apart from the improved S Pen stylus and dual-edge 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super Amoled display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone (and the S Pen stylus bundled alongside) is also IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge from earlier this year. As with previous flagship models, the phablet packs a fingerprint sensor on the home button and is also compatible with the Samsung Pay mobile payment service.
Here's what the Note 7 has that the Note 5 doesn't:
1.Curved screens (sharper, less sloping than the S7 Edge)
2.USB-C charger port (Samsung's first phone to adopt the new standard)
3.Iris scanner to unlock the phone with your eyes
4.Gorilla Glass 5 screen (the first phone with Corning's new screen tech)
5.More sensitive, accurate S Pen stylus
6.Water-resistant phone body and S Pen
7.MicroSD card slot (like the S7 phones)
8.Larger battery (3,500 mAh versus Note 5's 3,000 mAh)
9.Better low-light camera
10.New S Pen tricks, like magnification and GIF-making
11.Stylus won't get stuck if you jam it in backwards
12.Coral Blue color choice (it's great)
I will upgrade to Note 7 because my Note 5 doesn't have my favorite plastic back material. LOL!
whitedragon, 14 Aug 2016Actually having had this feature for near to two decades across a range of devices that have g... moreThe only use of IR blaster is as a remote control of appliances nothing more.
Nobody is stupid enough to loose the remote controller of their appliances so what is the essence of bringing it back to the unit?
If is important enough like your principle of bringing back the microSD card support, for sure it will also return. But it didn't. Stick to your principle!
why samsung why... all im asking is a bigger battery without using an external and thats it. s7edge has bigger battery and yes its small difference but atleast higher battery capacity would have closed the deal.
Hope that Samsung will release a Black with gold outline of this phone. I really love seeing the S7 Edge of mine with the Injustice Edition.
Tcool, 13 Aug 2016Not majority uses IR blaster, it is not essential for a smartphone.Actually having had this feature for near to two decades across a range of devices that have gotten 'progressively smarter',.. it is an important feature to many.
Whilst I have seen your rants backing 'that if the manufacturer doesn't include it, it isn't important',.. please do not be so dismissive of people expressing their opinions.
When you got the Note 5, you were happy to make a lot of sacrifices, but surely getting back microSD expansion was a good thing?!
Future products should reimplement this feature.
I will not sell on my Note Edge, having to retire it to dedicated loungeroom duties as a remote control.
I looked at equivalent replacement; even second hand flagship remotes that do not offer quite the potential that a smartphone with InfraRed can, cost a few hundred dollars, or, in the ballpark of what I would net selling my Note Edge.
So I keep it.
Do I want Samsung to spend a few extra cents implementing the tech in future phones? Absolutely!
Do I think that the Note 7 iris scanner can double as an IR sender? Absolutely! Maybe nit on official OS roms, but no doubt it could be done...
No point telling people that 'what they want' isn't relevant, unless it is unrealistic, and based on lack of education (like the majority wanting 6Gb of RAM in a phone). If they haven't considered why their 'need' might not be so, sure, suggest politely an alternative point of view, and maybe they will consider...
Can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it think.
NiJon, 13 Aug 2016as a Sony user and part fan.. Should I think about getting a samsung instead? the recently lea... more A few factors to consider...
Assuming the remote play PS4 stuff isn't your interest (pretty sure Sony tablets/phones/vita /play tv are needed for that)...
You would be happy with either of these Samsung phones,.. their build quality is in the same ballpark in a way that Sony X series might not be..
Price wise, any concerns?
S7/S7 Edge are great phones.
The N7 (Note 7) does offer a few, and somewhat 'slight' improvements over the S7 counterparts if you have no vision for wanting the SPen, but maybe not enough to warrant a much higher cost..
Simply put; the Note series exists for spen usage (wasn't always the case, but as the 'S' series grew in screen size/battery capacity; most 'metrics' are now equal or at parity).
If there is a big price difference (which might prove likely with the release of this new Note) you will have to make a decision whether, if not using the Spen, these incremental changes are worthwhile.
I will not give a full rundown of changes, as nor has Samsung..
But from just one review by displaymate, I can see there is sufficient 'tock' in the screen technology ('tochnology'), to make the purchase worthwhile for some...
A)The HDR chipset/processing and capable screen.
This is a biggie. At first I was dismissive of this feature for a few reasons... I couldn't imagine any practical way to get really large files/potentially having to be uncompressed 'bluray rips'(which I have no issue making) directly onto the phone. No one wants to give up that much storage, and I wouldn't like to have to stream that much bandwidth to something I am holding so close to my body. Turns out it is not the case. Some video streaming services offer HDR materials, and, worst case scenario, the hardware will 'upscale' (not resolution but colour gamut /increased range) using the actual hardware to improve potentially all viseo files. This is different (to my understanding) of what Sony does with its colour profiling akin to their TV lineup, to create a 'vivid' colour playback.
HDR is about to become a 'battleground' for display/screen retailers and manufacturers.
Given there is no standard in place for this format, many 'HDR compatible/capable' screens simply won't be anything special. To implement this technology well on an LCD screen would prove very costly, so will likley, in most instances, prove to be 'spec sheet bragging' with no actual meaningful gain. Hopefully cheap screens do not destroy consumer perspective about what true HDR screens can do... like the one in the Note 7.
In fact when I first read that the N7 would have HDR, I believed it would be a marketing point; I just didn't believe that the screen could have a contrast range good enough to really implement this well... then I found out that these OLED pixels, combined, were capable of pushing out 800-to over 1000 nit brightness.
The N7 is one of the best screens on the planet right now and a noticable improvement over Note 4/5 screen tech.
B) Now, that extra brightness plays into another 'spec sheet' claim that I was dismissive of; the feature to drop from QHD (quad high definition) to FHD (full high def) and even HD (xbox gaming resolution, ahem, "High Def"). I just figured OLED (organically emitting light displays) which do not have a backlight, would just get 'really dark' as less pixels fired (the pixels themselves being what illuminates the image)). With that much brightness available (greater than 1000nits), even the 'HD' mode will be bright enough.
Don't worry to much about reolution... even sonys' impressive 'true 4k' implementation on their Z lineup @800pixels per inch, offers no realworld increase in sharpness over the 'diamond array' 500pixels per inch screen on the Samsung OLED flagships.
Now displaymate have been one of the go to benchmarking websites for tech journalists and industry for many years. Many years ago they made some suggestions to the industry about how to implement better screens in their devices; one of these suggestion has made a first time appearance (to my knowledge) on the new Note 7... "Dual camera light balance"...
The front camera assesses light landing on the surface of the screen, and the rear camera accesses light in the users 'field of view'/behind the screen. And most Samsung flagships seem to offer RGBW light metering. This will prove pretty epic.
Also with Samsungs four profiles, DCI/Adobe/and regular consumption colour gamuts are supported (and achieved).
Until DxOmark checks out the camera, and until some audio benchmarks (or an iFixit breakdown happens) we will not truly know if Samsung has improved in these other areas as well.
Given they didn't tout the screen improvement (they did mention that the phone got a chip from their flagship TVs for HDR), we might get a few incremental improvements on these other fronts.
I have been reading on headfi webpage that a killer dac is being implemented 'offboard' the snapdragon chipset (not many example of this happening, Sony Z3/HTC 10/Axon 7 being examples of dedicated outboard DACs). Camera lens refinement might be possible too, given their penchant for add on lenses with the Note 7 release.
What is clear is that Samsung haven't been marketing to tech enthusiasts,.. so a lot of stuff is still 'unrevealed'.
It is a flagship from a world technology leader.
I think you might be happy with any of these purchases...
Preorder if your area gives the 256Gb card.
4k video record hoses space pretty quickly, and I will have a pretty large FLAC collection onboard at any given time....
mir, 14 Aug 2016You won't go wrong with either device.The note 7 is just an S7E with a pen, iris scanner and USB-C, so yeah either device you'll be ok!
Note 7 INJUSTICE, 13 Aug 2016nicely penned whitedragon.. i have no issues about the lauch price.. my issue is about the pre... moreYeah, the free stuff is pretty inconsistent. They are pushing VR gear, yet it's heavy, grainy in quality (a compelling reason for 8k resolution for the future) and tiring after only a few minutes. I didn't like the experience.
Mu carrier is giving out free wireless Battery backpack charger (waterproofed), and clear back case. Don't like them, as the wireless charger can charges only about 2000mAh out of the 3100mAh capacity it has, and clear case will never protect the front.
The best case for this is a Goshtek super protective case which I will preorder. That thing doubles even the water-resistant resistance, way better than the SAME COST Otterbox for shock - it has a sturdy aluminum frame. It looks WAY better!
I wanted the 256 GB microSD, or the Gear Fit 2 offer. That's like $200 on each option.
-microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model- That is a no go for someone, who want or need a 2Sim phone! I am so sorry, Samsung
whitedragon, 12 Aug 2016Note 7 prices... Australia $1350; $1036 US dollars UK £750; $970 US dollars Europe ... morenicely penned whitedragon.. i have no issues about the lauch price.. my issue is about the preorder gifts.. there should be equality in all countries related to it..
The.NEI.G.H.B.O.R., 13 Aug 2016I don't know why most people complain about TouchWiz - Samsung needs to do it to run stuff Van... moreI actually like TouchWiz. I personnaly think this is the best OEM modification ever made to Android, but people can think what they want... I mean, like you said, they've improved Android with new features that other manufacturers ported again (Multiwindow, for example, has been ported by LG, for instance) and that will be finally supported by AOSP (like Vulkan)! Nature UX really changed Android for the best.
Its not like comparing Windows ME to Windows 7, where we all know which one is the worst...
NiJon, 13 Aug 2016S7E = S7 Edge S7N = S7 Note seemed logical to me? :P s7 note ?!!! it is galaxy note 7