Samsung has continued its trend of big screen mobile launches this month, officially revealing the Galaxy Note7 during a scheduled event.
Samsung is well-known for its line of Note devices, which have quickly become some of its most popular phones. Offering a huge display and S-Pen stylus, the Note7 doesn’t fall far from the previous device’s tree.
Following a year of disappointment for some, the Note7 is coming back with a bang this year. Providing powerful specs and an improved design, this is a Samsung phablet that’s worth the hype.
Boasting a 5.7” QHD dual edge display, 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 821 chipset, the Note7 is by far the most powerful phone ever shown off by Samsung. Add to these specs an octa-core processor, up to 64GB storage and a 3500mAh USB-C battery and you’ve got a phenomenal handset.
What’s more, a 12 megapixel rear lens and 5 megapixel front facing camera are also thrown in for good measure. This makes the Note7 capable of 4K recording and dual video, along with ensuring that standard photos don’t go unheralded with their quality.
In general, it’s not a phone you want to miss out on, and considering Samsung previously went out of its way to keep it from the UK previously, it’s good to see it coming back.
One thing which has always proved a good foundation for Galaxy Note handsets is the selection of features available for fans.
It seems that Samsung hasn’t forgotten that either, bringing a host of them for us to use once again, this time on the updated device. As it has in previous years, it all begins with the S-Pen, which is already well-loved in phablet circles.
Like the last few iterations, the S-Pen comes included with the Note7, and slides easily in and out of the chassis for simple and easy storage. All of the features from last year are included, with many improved to allow for even easier use on the go. You can even use the stylus under water, which is an impressive achievement.
On top of this, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner is further improved and Samsung Pay is also fully working with the biometric system. Meanwhile, an IP68 rating makes the cut for extra security from the elements for the first time on a Note device.
On top of all this, we also get the first ever iris scanner working through the Note, which works surprisingly fast. According to Samsung it will be available to use with Samsung Pay and Knox soon, although fingerprints will be preferred for now.
Whilst Samsung revealed the Note7 at its event, the release date isn’t scheduled until September 2nd in the UK, with pre-orders beginning August 16th direct from Samsung, giving fans plenty of time to save up their cash.
Prices vary depending on storage size, but SIM-free versions of the Note are likely to sit above £700.
If you decide to opt for a contract plan then you can expect to shell out around £45/month without an up-front cost. However, if you pay a higher rate to start with, your monthly bills could drop significantly.