Samsung Galaxy Note 7 First Look

The design is all too familiar when compared to the S7 Edge featuring a glass front and back and curved edges. You do get a new color this time around which is like a baby blue color which I think looks amazing. The phone is a little thinner than the Note 5 and feels comfortable in the hand. It’s still the 5.7″ QHD display except now you get the added protection of Gorilla Glass 5. It’s important to NOTE (see what I did there) that the Note 7 is the first  mobile phone with Gorilla Glass 5 although it will be stronger it will still scratch easy.

The Note 7 features the same internal specs as the S7 and S7 Edge. Depending on your market this will be the Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890, 4gb of RAM, a 3,500mAh battery, 64gb of on board storage expandable by MicroSD up to 256gb. The cameras found on the Note 7 include a 12 MP F 1.7 shooter on the back and a 5 MP shooter on the front. The Note 7 will also sport a USB-C port instead of the micro USB found on previous models. There will be an Iris Scanner which is used in conjunction with a dedicated secondary front facing camera for added security. I can’t wait to try this out in real world testing and determine if it’s worth using over the fingerprint scanner. The Note 7 is also IP68 certified making it water resistant like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. To go along with that the S-Pen also is seeing some water resistant love with the added ability to use the S-Pen underwater.

Improvements to the software include a cleaner UI with more whites and performance improvements, a few odds and ends in added features but mostly focused on improving the user experience. One feature I find interesting is the ability to downscale to 720p to save battery. In terms of the S-Pen software there are many improvements in responsiveness, touch sensitivity, accuracy, and the ability to create GIFs and screen record.

Pricing will remain the same as the Note 5 and it will be available on all major US carriers with shipping starting August 18-19th.