The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 looks to be not only the best Phablet in 2017, but will likely compete for one of the best smartphones of the year. The Note series has consistently become one of the most anticipated Android smartphones on the market each and every year, and the 7th release looks to be no different.
The Galaxy Note 7
The Galaxy Note 7 is very clearly another complementary piece to sit above the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and for that reason it has a lot in common with those phones. The internal specs are nearly identical, and that means it has also inherited the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge’s waterproofing and great cameras as well. With a dual-curved screen, the Note 7 also has the “Edge UX” software found on the Galaxy S7 edge.
But this is still a Note in the end, bringing with it some new features and a freshly refined design. More internal storage, an improved S Pen, a fresh look in the software and an oft-rumored iris scanner all arrive on the Note 7 to differentiate it as well.
Galaxy Note 7 features
Breaking down some of the individual pieces of the Note 7, there are a few things that stand out. This is the first waterproof Galaxy Note, it’s the first phone ever with Gorilla Glass 5 and also the first Galaxy phone with a USB-C port. The iris scanner isn’t quite as useful as the fingerprint sensor at this point, but offers interesting features within the Note 7’s system and has potential for the future.
- The Galaxy Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating
- With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung finally moves to USB-C
- The Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen can’t go in backwards
- Gorilla Glass 5 makes its debut on the Galaxy Note 7
- What you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner
- The Galaxy Note 7 can make GIFs out of just about anything
- The Galaxy Note 7 ships with Marshmallow, not Nougat — but maybe that’s not a huge deal
Galaxy Note 7 availability
The Galaxy Note 7 lands first in the United States, with an August 3 pre-order date ahead of general availability on August 19 — pricing is set around $850. In Europe, you’ll have to wait until August 16 to pre-order, with launch day coming on September 2. In Canada, many carriers have put the phone up for pre-order, with availability on the same day as the U.S. — August 19.
- Complete Samsung Galaxy Note 7 availability
- Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.
- Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in the UK
- Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada
- Still on the fence? Check out our forums for more ordering details!
Should you upgrade?
The big question on everyone’s mind is whether it’s worth upgrading from your current phone to the Galaxy Note 7. We’re exploring all of the possibilities, of course starting with a focus on upgrades from other recent Galaxy phones. While this probably isn’t an upgrade from the likes of the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, there’s a real conversation to be had about jumping from the Note 5, which still has a lot of resale value.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Note 5: Is the upgrade worth it?
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- Galaxy Note 7 vs. Note 5: Should power users upgrade?
- Should you upgrade to the Galaxy Note 7 from the Galaxy S6 edge+?
- First comparison: Galaxy Note 7 vs. Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
- Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus: First impressions of the big phones, compared
Galaxy Note 7 accessories
With the move to a USB-C in the Galaxy Note 7 it necessitated a refresh of Samsung’s Gear VR headset, and so we have a new model to take a look at. And although the Gear 360 has already been announced, Samsung is finally willing to give it a final price and set of retailers where you can buy it.
- Essential accessories for the Galaxy Note 7
- Samsung announces new Gear VR with interchangeable USB-C plug, refreshed design
- The Gear 360 is finally widely available starting Aug 19 for $349