The Note 7 was announced on August 2nd and will be hitting shelves on the 19th. It’s got a new S Pen, a brand new Iris scanner and is waterproof like its brothers in the Galaxy S7 smartphone line. However, there are a lot of similarities that it has with its predecessors. Just how different is it?
The S Pen
Let’s start with the Note’s defining feature. The S Pen has been with the Galaxy Note since the beginning. With the Note 7, the S pen has been upgraded to feature double the pressure sensors than the Note 5 (4096 up from 2048) and has a nib that is 0.7 mm in width, compared to the 1.6 mm nib on the Note 5 and the Note 4. The Note 7 S Pen features the option to press down on the side button to erase while drawing. The Note 5 and Note 4 S Pens just had the feature to select text using this button.
Weight And Dimensions
The Note 4 measured in at 153.2mm x 76.2mm x 7.6mm and weighed 171 g. The Note 5 was a little larger and heavier with 153.5mm x 78.6mm x 8.5mm and weighed 176 g. The Note 7 however, is lighter than all of them at 169 g and thinner and a little narrower than either at 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm.
The Note 7’s display is covered with Gorilla Glass 5, has a pixel density of 515 ppi and a QuadHD resolution. The Note 5 and the Note 4 had the same resolution and pixel density but had Gorilla Glass 4 and 3 respectively. All of them have a 5.7-inch screen.
The Notes’ cameras can all shoot 4K video but the overall similarities end there. The Note 4 and 5 both had 16-megapixel rear facing cameras but the Note 7 as a 12-megapixel dual lens camera a la S7. It’s much better than the previous two trust me. The front facing cameras on the Note 7 and 5 are 5-megapixels while the Note 4 had a 3.7-megapixel snapper.
Hardware and Storage
The Note 4 had 3 GB of RAM which has been upgraded to 4 in the Note 5 and 7. The storage options have been limited to a 64 GB model in the Note 7 while the Note 4 only had a 32 GB model and the Note 5 had both. Expandable storage is available on the latter 2 phones up to 128 GB on the Note 5 and up to 256 GB by the looks of it on the Note 7. The Note 5 and 7 both have the Snapdragon 820 chip installed though the latter has the Exynos octa-core chip outside the US. And the Note 4 has a quad core processor. The Note 7 has a USB type-C port for charging and docking and transferring files while its predecessors sported micro USB. The batteries have consistently expanded over generations starting with the 3000 mAh for the Note 4, 3220 mAh for the Note 5 and now the 3500 mAh for the Note 7. It’s incredible though that they can fit this much in while thinning the design.
This is what really drives the phone. The Note 7 comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box and might be upgraded to Nougat 7.0 soon. The Note 4 came with KitKat and the Note 5 came with Lollipop. Some new features in the Note 7 include minimized icons with more rounded edges and an option to take notes on the always on display when the phone is locked.