The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will officially arrive on August 19. However, the announcement and previews of the smartphone have disappointed some who think that the Note 7 is just an S7 Edge with a pen.
Ewan Spence of Forbes is one of those people. He is disappointed that the Note 7 just doesn’t “stand out” and that it has the same features as the S7 Edge — the same processor depending on region (Snapdragon or Exynos), 4GB of RAM, same circuitry, same wireless charging, same waterproofing, and the same exact camera lenses.
However, one thing that the Note 7 has that other phones don’t is 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.
Even if the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t much of an upgrade from the previous note or current Galaxy S devices, a new study shows that the screen is the best that has ever been on a smartphone. TechRadar summarizes the report.
“The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sports a curved OLED screen that not only looks impressive, it’s being called ‘the best phone display ever,’ according to experts today. Its 5.7-inch Quad HD display once again matches or breaks all major performance records for a smartphone screen, concluded DisplayMate researcher Dr. Raymond M. Soneira.”
The article adds that the Note 7 review found that Samsung’s new smartphone has the highest peak brightness, highest contrast ratio, the widest color gamut, and the lowest screen reflect rate.
One can order the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now to have it delivered by August 19. However, if the past two years have been any indication, those who pre-ordered the new Note will have it delivered at least a couple days before. Excitement for the Note 7 is at an all-time high on Twitter.
This has been a huge comeback year for Samsung. It started with the release of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in March. The S7 Edge has especially been seen as revolutionary. CNET, which barely gives products a perfect rating, gave the Galaxy S7 Edge five stars.
“Here’s the phone you should buy right now: This one. What catapults the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to such heights? Is it the excellent camera, the beast of a battery, the expandable storage or the seductive design that’s worth more than the sum of its parts? Yes, and more.”
Reviewer Jessica Dolcourt was especially impressed with the screen and battery life, which lasts more than 24 hours, even for power users. The only thing that she didn’t seem to like is the price. However, the Galaxy Note 7 will be $100 more, but many don’t see the price as a problem.
The Note 7 comes with a more refined S Pen that takes smooth notes with Samsung’s improved S Note software, now called Samsung Notes. It will be interesting to see if interest in the new Galaxy Note continues when Apple releases the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in mid-September.
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