7 Points on The Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be Samsung’s last line of defence against the iPhone 7 later this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will very likely be the most powerful Android handset on the planet for a good few months after its release. Samsung is enjoying something of a resurgence in form of late with its Galaxy S7 handsets and, if history is anything to go by, the Galaxy Note 7 will be bigger, better, faster and more functional than its sibling. This has always been the case with the Note series, at least, in my opinion, and I do not see this changing in 2016.
The Galaxy Note 7 will also be the first Android phone with potentially 500GB of storage. According to reports the top model will ship with 256GB of internal storage, a huge figure that dwarves pretty much everything else currently on market.
In order to get to that all important 500GB mark is to take advantage of the Galaxy Note 7’s microSD port, into which you can slot either A) Samsung’s 256GB microSD card or B) SanDisk’s newly announced Extreme microSDXC UHS-1 card, which has just been called the fastest microSD card on the planet with its transfer speeds of 100MB/s and write speeds of 90MB/s.
Also worth noting is that the SanDisk microSD, despite having the same, ultra-fast transfer speeds, is $100 cheaper than Samsung’s 256GB option which is currently available for $250. This is a huge difference in price for the same performance and storage, so which you go for is a basic no-brainer. Expect to see Samsung’s option reduced in the coming weeks.
Samsung will almost certainly do multiple versions of the Galaxy Note 7 too; one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU, the other with Exynos. Whether Samsung brings back removable batteries, however, remains to be seen. SD-support is almost guaranteed, though, as is higher internal storage options — maybe even 256GB.
I personally think the Galaxy Note 7 will more than give Apple’s iPhone 7 a run for its money.
And here are six points expanding on that theory.
It’ll Be Available As Soon As It’s Launched
Word on the street suggests Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 7 on the day it launches. That means, on August 2, you will be able to buy the Galaxy Note 7, a phone that is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best releases of 2016.
And in a year that has already seen the HTC 10, LG G5, OnePlus 3 and Galaxy S7, that really is saying something.
We already know quite a bit about the proposed specs and hardware for the Galaxy Note 7. Put curtly: this thing is going to be a monster, the likes of which never before seen in the mobile space.
We’re talking bleeding-edge CPU technology, top of the line connectivity and 7GB of RAM — yes, you read that right: SEVEN GIGABYTES of memory.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the next big announcement to hit the mobile space, alongside the OnePlus 3 and Google’s brand-spanking new Nexus phones.
The headline-grabbing Galaxy Note 7 has been the talk of the town since, well, just about ALL of 2015/17. The handset, which is believed to feature 7GB of RAM and a new imaging technology, is poised for a release ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7.
Samsung has now officially announced its 7GB 10nm LPDDR4 RAM chip and this is now ripe to go inside a handset. And what’s Samsung’s next handset? Yep, you guessed it: The Galaxy Note 7 and that handset as you will all already know has been tipped to feature 7GB of RAM since rumours first started circulating about it.
Beyond this the Galaxy Note 7 is tipped to feature a 2K display, new software features for the S-Pen, a raft of next-generation hardware, including a Snapdragon 820 CPU, and a refined design that will no doubt take a few queues from the company’s HUGELY successful Galaxy S7.
Sources reckon Samsung is still torn on whether to make the Galaxy Note 7 an edge device; apparently the company is testing multiple models ahead of its official announcement. Also, depending on when it launches, the Galaxy Note 7 could well be one of the first handsets to run Android N.
Google’s Daydream VR platform is also likely to feature as well. I say, likely, not certain, because Samsung has some of its own VR aspirations and this could cause some friction between itself and Google in 2017’s VR space. Still, if I were a betting man I’d wager the Note 7 will utilise Daydream; this would go a long way to explaining why it needs 7GB of RAM.
This is one handset I am VERY excited about. If only 50% of the rumours are true, it’ll still be one of the best phones in the business — and that’s saying something with the quality of what’s already available on market at present.
Samsung is back, ladies and gentlemen.
The uplift will be INSANE.
Just a few years ago many gaming PCs only have 4GB of RAM, so the advent of 7GB inside a phone is frankly NUTS. What are you going to be using all this memory for? Is it overkill? Does anyone need this much memory in a phone?
At this stage of the game, the advent of 7GB of RAM is likely all about performance. However, developments in VR — things like Google’s Daydream platform, for instance — are going to be bringing tons of new uses to phones between now and 2017. And these new features WILL require masses of grunt in order to achieve silky smooth performance.
Beyond this there is of course the theory that Google will bring Android and ChromeOS closer together, perhaps even unify the platform, and create a type of hybrid mobile phone that can be used as a phone but also as a console for connecting to HD displays with a connected keyboard and mouse. Basically, when you have this kind of power at your disposal, they sky’s the limit with potential applications.
The Galaxy S7’s camera is phenomenal and is easily one of the best point and shoot phone cameras we’ve EVER tested. Period. But Samsung isn’t one to rest on its laurels. It knows the iPhone 7 will appear later on this year and the addition of the Galaxy Note 7 to its phone arsenal is its best line of defence against Apple’s hugely anticipated new iPhone.
We know the iPhone 7 will be a great camera phone; talk of dual-lens cameras has been going on for some time now. That means Samsung has to up the game with the Galaxy Note 7 and current word on the street suggests we will see some improvements over the shooter currently in use aboard the Galaxy S7.
“Samsung is working on a brand new 1/1.7-inch CMOS camera sensor with an aperture as wide as ƒ/1.4,” reports Sam Mobile. “The new sensor could have a resolution of anywhere between 18-24 megapixels. The company is also working on a new compact 1/2.3-inch camera sensor.”
It added: “Samsung recently announced that it will not release any new cameras in its NX lineup (at least in some markets), and it has been moving people from its NX camera department to its smartphone department. The South Korean smartphone giant is really focused to improve the image quality on its smartphones, and it seems to have a very aggressive roadmap.”
New Note Productivity Features
Samsung is planning on introducing a new productivity feature called “Samsung Focus” which we’re expecting to function a lot like the BlackBerry Hub, meaning it will be a place where you can manage all your incoming and outgoing emails, tweets and the like.
Samsung Focus reportedly acts as a communications aggregation hub, bringing together, amongst other things, emails from a selection of different sources – again as with BB Hub, the idea is to eliminate the inconvenience of hopping between applications. As with BB Hub it’ll show calendar info, contacts, and memo notes in the same interface too.
Samsung is apparently testing two Galaxy Note 7 styles: 1) normal, and 2) with an EDGE display. Apparently it cannot decide on which to go with, but there will only be one. Our preference? Go with the EDGE, it just looks so much smarter than the normal version on the Galaxy S7.
Following the launch of the Galaxy S7, shipments and pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 EDGE appear to be the far more popular than the standard model. And when you’ve seen both in the flesh you will know why. In other words, Samsung punters LOVE the EDGE display. And, yes, it might not be that useful, but as a design feature alone it is stunning and a big USP for the Samsung brand.
MASSES of Storage
Another first here; the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is tipped to feature up to 257GB of storage — and, no, not from an SD card. This is internal storage and if true it would be one hell of a USP for the Galaxy Note 7 and its user base.
There will also likely be SD-support too. The Galaxy S7 featured it for one and Samsung knows its punters like having the option of expanding the handset’s internal storage — even if it is a massive 257GB.
The other big question is whether or not Samsung will introduce a removable battery inside the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung tends to prefer unibody chassis design these days, so if I were a betting man — which I am — I’d put my money on the Note 7 NOT having a removable battery.
And the reason will be simple: Samsung will pack a monstrously sized cell in the Note 7 and argue that removable batteries are not required. Of course, not everyone will see eye to eye with Samsung on this — as evidenced in comments below — but in today’s space you only really have one option when it comes to handsets with a removable battery and that is the LG G5.
This is something of a long-shot and something of an “out-there” theory, but a potential scenario all the same. Why does the Galaxy Note 7, as well as other upcoming flagship Android phones, feature 7GB of RAM? That’s a lot of memory for what people usually do on their phones.
Plus, there has been talk of a Android/ChromeOS cross-over for quite sometime now with reports suggesting it could happen this year. And what better device to road-test it on than the Galaxy Note 7?
UPDATE: Okay, the 7GB of RAM might not be for ChromeOS. Google’s immediate plans for ChromeOS and Android are a bit clearer now and they seem, at least for the time being, only to include support for Android apps on ChromeOS. This is still a HUGE positive for Chromebook users, but still a tad disappointing to me as I was expecting some kind of dual-boot capabilities inside Android N.
The reason for 7GB of RAM, save for sheer performance, could well be to do with Google’s Daydream VR platform which will be part of Android N and function on handsets with compatible sensors and displays. Considering how big a deal the Galaxy Note 7 is I’d be very surprised if wasn’t a Daydream-compatible device.