First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 7


Samsung has come a long way since it launched the first Galaxy Note back in 2011. The latest in the series is the new Galaxy Note 7phablet, which as the company claims is the “most intelligent” smartphone till date. Samsunglaunched its Galaxy Note 7 in India on Thursday at Rs 59,990 and will make it available starting September 2.
The device comes as a successor to the Galaxy Note 5 that was launched last year along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Notably, Samsung skipped one digit in the naming series to unify its portfolio across products.Explaining the name Galaxy Note 7 instead of the Galaxy Note 6 the company said, “There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note 7 will complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge , and unify our product portfolio. Second, the Galaxy Note 7 will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone.”
So now that you know the reason behind the naming scheme of the Galaxy Note 7, let us dive into the details as we spent some time with the flagship device at the launch.The Galaxy Note 7 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD dual-edge Super Amoled display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It includes both an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor. The Indian version sports an octa-core Exynos processor clubbed with 4GB RAM.The Galaxy Note 7 houses 64GB of in-built storage which can be further expanded by microSD cards of up to 256GB capacity. Users will also receive 15GB of free cloud storage on Samsung Cloud. On the camera front, the handset has a 12MP dual-pixel rear-camera with Optical Image Stabilization, along with a 5MP front-facing shooter.

Some of the connectivity features included are 4G LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type-C. Backed by a 3,500mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 also sports fast-charging technology as well.Samsung Galaxy Note 7 carries the same design profile that the company introduced with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones last year. The handset build is a mix of glass and metal and has a dual-edge curved screen, all of which look aesthetically pleasing. The Black Titanium colour variant was the best looking among all because of its stealthy look.

However, since the device features a 5.7-inch display, it might be difficult to use it with one hand. That is expected as the Galaxy Note series was never made for one hand use. And that is why a stylus, S Pen was included. The Galaxy Note 7 weighs 169 gram and measures 153.5mmx73.9mmx7.9mm in dimensions. It is also the company’s first Galaxy Note device to feature USB Type-C port.

Not only the build is pleasing, the phablet is impressively fast in launching applications and easily handles complex functions of the S-Pen. Talking about the S Pen, the stylus has also been improved by the company. It now has a 0.7mm thin diameter, making it more precise. We used the stylus for some time and became familiar with its functionality quickly. While most of the work can be done without using the S Pen, the device comes in handy in cases when you need to take notes, sign a document, crop images quickly and share it, or while doodling. The overall design looks almost the same as the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen.The S Pen also lets users create and share GIF animations with Smart Select option. There are new Air Command functions as well including Magnify and Translate functionality. The Air Commands can also enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It possible to translate in 71 languages including 11 Indian languages using the stylusFlaunting the same camera sensor as used in the Galaxy S7 smartphones, the Galaxy Note 7 comes with the ability to Live Broadcast content, Hyperlapse mode, slow motion mode and more. The camera is snappy, which could be attributed to its f1.7 aperture. The low-light images were also impressive.

Samsung has ramped up the security by introducing the iris scanner with the Galaxy Note 7. The iris scanner makes use of the front-facing camera and asks user to keep the handset at a particular distance from the face from where it can read both the eyes. We used the feature and it worked flawlessly. Setting it up was easy as well. Mind you, the tech requires to recognize both the eyes to unlock the handset.
Unfortunately, we were not able to test the performance and the battery life in our limited time with the handset. However, we tried several apps along with some S Pen functionalities, all of which worked without any glitches. We are hoping the powerful octa-core Exynos processor won’t disappoint. For the battery, the device comes with three Power Saving mode profiles where users can customise the brightness of the display and its resolution. According to us, this is a much-needed feature as it could boast the battery life of the device by few hours in crucial situations.However, not much could be deciphered about the performance, battery life and other features of the Galaxy Note 7 until a complete review has been done. So stay tuned.

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