Samsung Galaxy Note 7: First Impressions


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 7 phablet, which as the company claims is the “most intelligent” smartphone till date.
Samsung launched 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.

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