The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most highly anticipated smartphones of the year. Samsung first unveiled its next-generation Galaxy Note handset on August 2 in New York.
What Happened to the Note 6?
To the dismay of many, the South Korean tech company went from the Note 5 to the Note 7, skipping the Note 6 altogether. However, some analysts believe this was a strategic decision to align the Galaxy Note 7 with Samsung’s existing Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, both of which have been well received by critics.
Often referred to “phablets,” the Galaxy Note is known for its large size — and the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 is no exception. It measures 5.7″ in diameter, which is two-tenths of an inch larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Don’t let its large size fool you into thinking its heavy, however. The Galaxy Note 7. Weighing just 168 grams, it’s relatively light when compared to similar-sized handsets.
One of the most attractive features of the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 is the display. Samsung has ventured away from the straight display used in earlier generations of the Note, opting for a dual-curved edge display instead. The upcoming Galaxy Note 7 features a brilliant 5.7″ Super AMOLED dual-curved display, boasting a 2560×1440 resolution and 518 pixels per inch (ppi). And like most Samsung devices, the Galaxy Note 7 is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass.
The Galaxy Note 7 is powered by the an octa-core processor, four of which operate at 2.3 GHz while the other four operate at 1.6 GHz. This is the same processor found in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Launch Date and Pricing
You’ll have to pay a premium price to get your hands on the Galaxy Note 7. Reports indicate that AT&T will sell the handset for $880; T-Mobile for $849; Sprint for $849; and U.S. Cellular for $834. The good news is that you can save some cash by signing a 1 or 2-year agreement. Buying the Galaxy Note 7 through BestBuy and signing up for a 2-year agreement with Sprint, for instance, drops the price to $349.
Carriers will begin accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 7 on August 3, with a public launch date of August 19.