Many who have already seen the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was launched today in New York, described it as a beefed up Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with a stylus. This is because the newest offering from Samsung also has the curved screen that is the trademark of the S7.
The other features of the Note 7 also brings it closer to the Edge than to its predecessor, the Note 5. These include the 12-megapixel camera, the wraparound screen, the water resistant coating and the expandable storage. And since the S7 is considered by many as one of the best phones that Samsung has ever produced then comparing it to the Note 7 can only mean good things to the newest smart phone in the block.
It may be just appropriate to name this new phone as the Note 7 and not Note 6 because of the significant improvements it has over the previous Note. Below are just some of the features that this new Note has that old one does not have:
· It has a USB-C charger port. It is the first Samsung phone to have such a feature.
· It features a curved screen. Unlike the screen of the S7 Edge though the screen of the new Note 7 is less sloping.
· You can unlock it with your eyes using the iris scanner.
· It features Corning’s newest screen tech, the Gorilla Glass 5 screen.
· It has he accurate S Pen stylus and it is more sensitive.
· It has a water-resistant and body and stylus.
· It has a Micro SD card slot.
· It features a larger 3,500 mAh battery. The note 5 only has a 3,000 mAh battery.
· You can do more with the new S Pen like magnification and GIF making.
· It has a better low-light camera.
· Unlike in the Note 5, the stylus of this pho e won’t get stuck even if you put it backwards.
· It comes in a beautiful Coral Blue color.
The Note 7 gives a very good first impression. The Note 7 measures 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm and weighs 169g, which makes it a similar size and weight to the Note 5, but it very slightly narrower. It will strike you as a high powered device. Plus you can do a lot of tricks with its stylus. It was able to correct the biggest shortcomings of the Note 5. For those who already have the S7 or S7 Edge, the question is: should you upgrade and get the Note 7? You can but it is really not necessary. This is because many features of the Note 7 are already in the two older Samsung models.
Like the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Note 7 has Samsung’s Always-on display technology, which means you can make notes on the dark screen with the S-Pen without unlocking the device.
S Pen updates
If you are looking for reasons to get the new Note 7 then you should look into what its S Pen can do. The S Pen improvements of this device is probably enough to convince people to go for the upgrade. One of the first things that you will notice about the Note 7’s S Pen is that it has a smaller tip than that of the Note 5. The change in size of the tip is supposed to make the new S Pen more accurate. This new stylus is also more sensitive. The new S Pen is also water-resistant. So if you accidentally drop it in a pool of water or if some liquid gets splashed on it, you will not end up with a broken stylus and a costly replacement.
Below are other things you can do with the upgraded S Pen:
· Use it with the new Samsung Note app. With the use of the stylus, you can use this app to more than just take notes. You can also use it for handwriting and even drawing.
· You can write a memo even when the screen is off and then you can pin the memo to the lock screen. This feature is very useful and will probably eliminate your need for a conventional notepad.
· You can use it to make, share and annotate a GIF.
· When you hover the S Pen over a word, you can pull out 70 translations of the word from Google Translate.
· You can use it to magnify a window of text.
Pricey but worth it
If you are planning to get the Samsung Note 7 then you should be ready to spend a significant amount of money. It is going to be one of the more expensive phones in the market. But the price is worth it considering the phone’s new features.
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