The all-new Note was unveiled today at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event; skipping over the previously expected 'Note6' title, the 7 is a bigger, better complement to the flagship S7 and S7 edge.
Specs and features
Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Note7 comes with a 5.7-inch, 2560x1440 Super AMOLED Dual Edge screen, narrowly curved in the style of the S7 edge.
If you’re in the US, your phone is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, while international versions of the Note7 feature an Octa-core Exynos. All versions include 4GB of RAM, with 64GB of internal storage and microSD options up to 256GB.
The latest Note features a battery upgrade – 3500 mAh, over the Note5’s 3000 mAh – plus fast charging and Qi wireless and Powermat wireless compatibility. The Note7 also sees Samsung move to the USB-C port standard, as well as introduce Gorilla Glass 5 for improved durability on both front and back.
If wear and tear is a concern, the Note7 comes with an IP68 dust and waterproof rating – meaning you can, theoretically, submerge your handset in up to five feet of water, for up to 30 minutes.
Camera-wise, you’ll get a twelve-megapixel rear lens with Optical Image Stabilization, and five megapixels in front. Other features include both fingerprint and iris scanners for increased security, and software tweaks including color scheme changes, a customizable Power Saving Mode, a better camera interface, and much more.
Finally, combating what became an unexpectedly common issue with the previous Note5, Samsung has also ensured that the Note7’s S Pen stylus can’t be inserted backwards this time around – and the S Pen itself, too, is waterproof.
When can I get it?
The Note7 is available to pre-order from selected carriers now, and will be in stores August 19, with pricing around $1050 CAD. You'll be able to pick up the handset from Samsung directly, as well as Bell, Rogers, Telus, Wind Mobile, SaskTel, MTS, and Videotron.