The Galaxy Note 7 has launched and is fully available, and that means there’s a ton to take in if you’re considering buying one or already have one in your hands. Unlike the last few Samsung launches we don’t have two versions of the phone — there’s a single Note 7 version, and it’s a phone that integrates a ton of what we’ve already seen in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
The Galaxy Note 7 is very clearly another complementary piece to sit above the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and for that reason it has a lot in common with those phones. The internal specs are nearly identical, and that means it has also inherited the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge’s waterproofing and great cameras as well. With a dual-curved screen, the Note 7 also has the “Edge UX” software found on the Galaxy S7 edge.
But this is still a Note in the end, bringing with it some new features and a freshly refined design. More internal storage, an improved S Pen, a fresh look in the software and an oft-rumored iris scanner all arrive on the Note 7 to differentiate it as well.
Breaking down some of the individual pieces of the Note 7, there are a few things that stand out. This is the first waterproof Galaxy Note, it’s the first phone ever with Gorilla Glass 5 and also the first Galaxy phone with a USB-C port. The iris scanner isn’t quite as useful as the fingerprint sensor at this point, but offers interesting features within the Note 7’s system and has potential for the future.
-The Galaxy Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating
-With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung finally moves to USB-C
-The Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen can’t go in backwards
-Gorilla Glass 5 makes its debut on the Galaxy Note 7
-What you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner
-The Galaxy Note 7 can make GIFs out of just about anything
-The Galaxy Note 7 ships with Marshmallow, not Nougat — but maybe that’s not a huge deal
Galaxy Note 7 availability
The Galaxy Note 7 lands first in the United States, with pre-orders already under way and stores stocking the phones for sale on August 19 — pricing is set around $850, varying a bit depending on which carrier you choose. In Europe, you can now pre-order, with a proper launch day coming on September 2. In Canada, many carriers have put the phone up for pre-order, with availability on the same day as the U.S. — August 19.
The big question on everyone’s mind is whether it’s worth upgrading from your current phone to the Galaxy Note 7. We’re exploring all of the possibilities, of course starting with a focus on upgrades from other recent Galaxy phones.
While this isn’t going to be a likely upgrade from the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, there’s a real conversation to be had about jumping from the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, which still have a lot of resale value. Compared to the Note 4, this is a really great upgrade path if you’re a fan of the big Note phones and their features but are getting a little tired of your Note 4 after two years.