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Samsung Galaxy Note7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: what's different?

|August 11, 2016 |Android Phones, Samsung, Comparisons

“A two-way between the latest Samsung Galaxy flagship siblings”

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Samsung always manages to draw attention when a new Galaxy flagship is launched. Powerful specs and premium hardware aside, it's expected of the company to introduce ground-breaking innovation with each flagship device. The latest addition to the portfolio is Samsung Galaxy Note7 (first impressions). While the Galaxy Tab Iris was launched with iris recognition technology, it wasn’t really targeted at the masses, making the newly launched Galaxy Note7 the first commercial device from Samsung to sport an iris scanner. But, other than that, it’s hard to spot many differences between the Galaxy Note7 and the Galaxy S7 edge (review). Precisely why we took the liberty of comparing these two. Read on to find out how Note7 fares against the S7 edge.

Display and Design

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge rocks a 5.5-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED dual-edge curved display, which is simply a visual treat. The Note7 ups the real estate slightly by sporting a 5.7-inch screen. While the curved edges are present only in the front of the Galaxy S7 edge, the Note7 flaunts the same towards the back as well. While this results in a more symmetrical design, and hence improves the aesthetics, we found the S7 edge’s curves making the device too slippery to handle, and it makes us wonder about the hold and grip the Note7 would offer. Since Corning announced Gorilla Glass 5 only recently, the S7 edge makes do with Gorilla Glass 4 protection, while the Note7 gets the latest iteration of the reinforced glass.

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Both the Note7 and the S7 edge sport fingerprint scanners and heart rate monitors, but as we mentioned earlier, the former gets an iris scanner as well. The two are IP68 certified as well, for protection against dust and water. In terms of design, the Note7 sports the same metal and glass build as the S7 edge, but being a Note, it comes with an S Pen, with the same click-to-release mechanism as the in the Note5. The new S Pen offers improved features like a finer tip, waterproofing, and the ability to magnify, translate text and create GIFs.

Performance, Storage and Software

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Both the Note7 and the S7 edge use octa-core Exynos 8890 chips for the grunt, here in India. In other markets, both the devices come powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips. The RAM capacity is the same as well, as both the phones pack in 4 gigs. While the built in storage in the S7 edge is just 32GB, expandable up to 200GB, the Note7 betters the S7 edge by offering 64GB of storage on board, expandable up to 256GB.

Software-wise too, there’s not much difference between the Galaxy Note7 and the S7 edge. Both the devices run Android Marshmallow, with the new TouchWiz UI 6.0 on top. The Note7 is expected to get Android Nougat update as soon as it becomes available.

Cameras

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By now you must have figured out that the philosophy behind the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is just refinement and tweaking of the Galaxy S7 edge. And so, it shouldn’t surprise you when we say that the Note7 sports the same camera modules as you find on the S7 edge. There’s a 12MP primary shooter with Dual Pixel technology, for better low light photography. It’s a sensor with f/1.7 aperture, and Smart Optical Image Stabilisation. The front camera on the Note7, as on the S7 edge, is rated at 5-megapixels, with f/1.7 aperture. Samsung took smartphone photography to another level with the S7 edge, and we think the legacy will continue with the Note7.

Battery and Connectivity

There’s only a slight difference in the battery capacity of the two devices we’ve been talking about up until now. The Galaxy S7 edge sports a 3,600mAh unit, and the Note7 comes backed by a 3,500mAh battery. While the latter lags behind the former a tad bit, the Note7’s battery is a huge upgrade over the Note5’s, which was 3,000mAh. The S7 edge supports fast charging, and the Note7 does too, although the latter supports wireless fast charging as well.

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In the connectivity department, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 and the Galaxy S7 edge share hybrid dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and  NFC. The Note7, however, sports a USB Type-C port (making it Samsung’s first), while the S7 edge gets micro-USB 2.0.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge was launched for Rs 56,900, and the Galaxy Note7 has been priced at Rs 59,900. The Note7 will go on sale starting September 2nd. However, customers who pre-book the device will be able to buy the new Gear VR for Rs 1,990, which is originally priced at Rs 7,290. The Note7 is definitely a worthy upgrade over its predecessor, the Note5, but when pitching it against the S7 edge, it boils down to a choice between a larger display, S Pen and iris scanner.

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