The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be the very first smartphone that has Gorilla Glass 5. Android Central has the news.
“Just a few weeks after announcing the technology, Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 5 will make its retail debut on the brand new Galaxy Note 7. Gorilla Glass 5 takes all of the strength and clarity of the previous version and adds a major boost to the strength of the glass when it comes to breaking on impact from drops.”
As Android Central notes, Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 5 can take drops from five feet off the ground onto hard surfaces and still have an 80 percent survival rate. This is a huge improvement over other glass covers, even Gorilla Glass 4.
The Verge talks about why Gorilla Glass is so important.
“Internal research done by Corning showed that 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once in the past year, and that two-thirds of those drops happening from waist height to shoulder height. So while previous versions of the Glass may have been strong, it wasn’t necessarily as durable if you dropped your phone while pulling it from your pocket or while taking a photo.”
This is good news for those who plan to buy the Galaxy Note 7. However, those who are planning to by the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus won’t be as lucky. According to BGR, the upcoming iPhone 7 will not have Gorilla Glass 5. The most exciting thing about a new leaked image of the upcoming iPhone is that there will be a Space Black version. The commenters after the article aren’t very impressed.
“Wow a black phone. How innovative. So exciting in the iPhone world. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,” sarcastically belts out Take That.
“And yet the Note 7 has it. Hmmmm another example of apple not giving their customers the very best technology yet charging them outrageous costs. Pathetic,” says Chris Yakubovsky.
However, it appears that neither the Galaxy Note 7 nor the iPhone 7 will offer much innovation this year. CNET claims that with the Note 7, Samsung takes giant-screen Android devices to the next level, but even they admit that it’s not that much different than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Ewan Spence of Forbes is disappointed that the Note 7 just doesn’t “stand out,” and it has the same features as the S7 Edge — same processor depending on region (Snapdragon or Exynos), 4GB of RAM, same circuitry, same wireless charging, same waterproofing, and the same exact camera lenses.
The consensus is that the Galaxy Note 7 is an outstanding smartphone, but it’s not innovative. That seems to be the same case with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are expected to be announced on September 9. Yahoo Tech asked if Apple was shooting itself in the foot with their new “boring” iPhone.
“Some people have already made up their mind about the iPhone 7 – or whatever Apple ends up calling its 2016 iPhone series. It’s going to be ‘boring’ because it’ll have the same design as the iPhone 6s. It’s also going to be annoying because it’ll come without the standard 3.5mm audio jack.”
It is not even known if the iPhone screen resolution (1334 x 750 for regular iPhone, 1920 x 1080 for iPhone Plus) will improve. Both iPhones contain screens that were considered top-notch in 2013, but not so much anymore. Perhaps relatively poor sales of the iPhone are due to the brand being behind the times.
Are you planning on upgrading to either the Galaxy Note 7, the iPhone 7, or the iPhone 7 Plus? Let us know in the comments section.
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