Before we begin and I end up annoying some of you, this is just my very personal opinion and observations and I do not mean I am correct, but this is what I know and have seen. My observations may very well be wrong and some of my emotions may flow out the wrong way, that’s the thing about opinions. Still here? Let’s continue shall we?
Samsung first toyed with the notion of an Always On display earlier this year with the S7 and S7 edge. It was an exciting feature but critics were quick to comment on its usefulness as all it did was show time and calendar. With the Note 7, Samsung implemented notifications into it, which is what we’ve all complained with the S7’s always on display. And why not, it only makes sense. Now Samsung has pushed an update on the Note 7 adding another feature.
The first Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update is currently rolling out. Coinciding with the launch day of the highly anticipated 5.7-inch phablet is the release of a new firmware build. This means that those getting their hands on the Galaxy Note 7 today will most likely be welcomed with a treat — a software update — once they turn it on.
Several months ago, Samsung announced a special version of the Galaxy S7 Edgein the form of the Injustice Edition. Basically this was the same Galaxy S7 Edge handset, except that it sported a Batman theme. As it turns out, it looks like Samsung will be giving the Galaxy Note 7 the same treatment as well.
A scratch test (video given below) showing the durability of Gorilla Glass 5 has quickly caught the attention of Corning, and it didn’t take long for the glass manufacturer to justify why the protective layer around Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t able to shield it from the torture test you can see clearly below.
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Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone earlier this week at an event in New York. Even though the smartphone was rumored to come in 6GB RAM variant as well, the company only announced the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage. Now a listing on China’s TENAA indicates that there are chances for a 6GB RAM with 128GB storage variant in future.
Samsung has finally unveiled its next-generation Note phablet, the Galaxy Note 7. It brings a host of new features and improvements over its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 5. Besides the 5.7-inch dual edge curved QHD display, water and dust resistance feature, USB Type-C port and a gorgeous design, the Galaxy Note 7 also features an iris scanner for biometric authentication. It also features a fingerprint scanner embedded inside the home button. Now, if you’re wondering as to why the phablet features a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner, read on to know more.
Ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 global launch event, we came across leaked screenshots revealing display resolution switch option to help conserve battery life in process. While the feature wasn’t discussed during the keynote, it is present in the phablet, as a part of Power Saving Mode. The mode aims to save battery by reducing the screen resolution to full HD (1080p) or HD (720p).
The Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy Note7 has three setting levels – off, mid and max, SamMobile reports. When the mode is set to ‘off,’ there will be no restrictions on the phablet, thus allowing the best of networking, computing and viewing experience in QHD (1440x2560pixels) resolution.
When set to ‘mid,’ the mode will limit power consumption and also reduce the resolution from QHD to full HD. It will also reduce the display brightness, turn of system animations and lower performance levels. While how much impact it will add on the performance is unknown, intense operations such as gaming might take a hit, as it may run at lower frame rates.
Lastly, there is the ‘max’ mode, which will reduce the display resolution from QHD to HD. It will also lower performance limits, display brightness by 80 percent and disable background network usage, GPS and Wi-Fi to conserve even more battery. According to Samsung, the Power Saving Mode in the Galaxy Note7 could help users to extent battery life by op to 35 hours. These settings could be highly appreciated by users as it will not only let them tweak profiles, but also help save on the battery life when needed the most.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications
The Galaxy Note7 sports a 5.7-inch QHD super AMOLED dual edge curved display. To keep scratches at bay, it is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. At the heart of the Galaxy Note7 is Samsung’s homebrew 64-bit Exynos 8890 octa-core processor paired with paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot with support up to 256GB. Some region specific variants will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-processor.
Samsung has packed the same 12-megapixel dual pixel camera (f/1.7) with PDAF, 4K video recording, and LED flash as on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. You also get a 5-megapixel selfie camera of aperture f/1.7 upfront. Along with 3,500mAh battery, wireless fast charging and fast charging via data cable, connectivity options on the phablet include dual SIM 4G LTE (hybrid SIM card slot), NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS and Bluetooth. The Galaxy Note7 is also Samsung’s first device to come with USB Type-C connector.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 features
The Galaxy Note7 is water and dust resistance with IP68 certification, features an ‘always on’ display, which also allows you to take notes when screen is turned off, and a heart rate sensor. The S-Pen stylus is also water resistant and now comes with new Air Command functions such as magnification, text translate and quickly memos. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, wrapped under TouchWiz UI, and an update to Android Nougat 7.0 is expected after Google officially announces it.