Samsung has announced a third flagship smartphone to its 2016 line-up at an event in New York. The Galaxy Note 7 joins the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and brings the popular S-Pen device back to Europe after we missed out on last year's Note 5.
As you might expect, the Note 7 brings some excellent specs with it along with a beautiful design that follows a similar path to the S7 edge. It jumps a digit, skipping the Note 6 name altogether, in order to complement the other two flagships and minimise confusion.
This is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will hit shelves on 2 September. It will be available to pre-order from 16 August.
Pricing has yet to be announced but we will update this feature as soon as we know how much the Galaxy Note 7 will cost.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Where can I get it?
GiffGaff and O2 have both announced they will be stocking the device but neither detailed pricing. O2 has said the Note 7 will be available on its Refresh tariff.
Vodafone, Three and EE have also all announced they too will be stocking the Note 7 but again, no pricing information has been made available as yet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Design
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features a symmetrical design from top to bottom and from front to back, if you ignore the protruding camera lens on the rear.
It has curved glass on both sides, following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7 edge, only a little squarer and there is no flat alternative for the Note. Curved is your only option, available in three colours comprising Black Oynx, Blue Coral and Silver Titanium, although gold will also be available in some territories.
The Note 7 measures 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, weighs 169g and introduces IP68 water and dust resistance, the latter of which includes the S-Pen. There is a fingerprint sensor within the front home button, like the S7, S7 edge and Note 5, but the Note 7 also introduces an iris scanner.
The S-Pen, which has been redesigned, measures 200mm long and 20mm wide. It features a 0.7mm diameter tip, weighs 3g and it can be used even when the screen is wet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Display
Despite rumours suggesting the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might see a screen size increase, the new device sticks at the Note's traditional 5.7-inches.
There is a curved Super AMOLED display on board with a Quad HD resolution, putting its pixel density at 515ppi. That's a little lower than the S7 edge, but the human eye really isn't going to be able to notice that 19-pixel difference per inch.
Samsung has also made the Note 7's display more responsive. In fact, it is claimed to be double that of the Note 5 and it features 4,096 levels of pressure.
Mobile HDR is also present on Galaxy Note 7, making it the first mobile phone to offer a high dynamic range capable display. For day-to-day tasks, the Note 7's display will look no different to that of the S7 edge, but the Note 7 will be able to show HDR content (at a maximum brightness of 800-nits) when it becomes available for mobile. That's something no other smartphone can currently do.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features the exact same camera capabilities as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. That means you'll find a Dual Pixel 12-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/1.7 and optical image stabilisation.
The front camera sits at 5-megapixels and also offers an aperture of f/1.7. There is Auto HDR on both the front and the rear, along with an LED flash on the rear camera and phase detection auto focus.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have both been highly praised for their camera capabilities so no doubt the Note 7 will offer the same level of performance.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Hardware specs
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will either have an octa-core Exynos chip or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, depending on region. The UK and EU will get Exynos, but other regions haven't been specified.
Supporting the processor will be 4GB of RAM, rather than the rumoured 6GB. Storage options have yet to be detailed but Samsung has brought back microSD for the Note 7, situated at the top of the device, so whatever storage model you buy, you'll be able to expand it.
The Galaxy Note 7 has a 3500mAh battery capacity and features USB Type-C, unlike the S7 and S7 edge. Fast charging is on board like the two other flagship devices however, as well as wireless charging.
As we mentioned, the Note 7 also sports an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is the same as the Note 5, S7 and S7 edge, but the iris scanner is new. It is similar to the technology used by Fujitsu, which we have tested previously, but Samsung claims it is its own.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Software
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launches on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz interface over the top. The software has been a little more streamlined for the Note 7 though with a minimised number of colours used as icons for a whiter, cleaner and more subtle look.
The Note 7 has the Edge UX from the Galaxy S7 edge that uses the curved glass as an access point, so users will have the same edge features as Samsung's other curved device.
There are a few extra features and functions on the Note 7 compared to the S7 edge though as the new device of course comes with the S-Pen.
This includes a new Samsung Notes app that collects all your notes in one place, while Air Command now comes with a Google Translate option, a magnification option and a Smart Select function.
The S-Pen can also be removed without user's unlocking the device and you'll be able to write notes on the dark screen with the option to save. It's called Screen-Off Memo and it takes advantage of the Always-on display. You'll also be able to pin things to the display using the S-Pen and come back to them later.
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