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The latest in Samsung's Galaxy Note series, the Note 7, launched to sit above the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as the biggest and best phone that Samsung makes. In skipping the Note 6 name to go straight to 7, Samsung put stock in all of the features that make the GS7 series great: using the same internal specs, bringing back the SD card, adding a curved display and introducing waterproofing for the first time on a Galaxy Note.

Galaxy Note 7 review video

Galaxy Note 7 specs

The Galaxy Note 7 is almost identical internally to the Galaxy S7 edge — down to the processor, RAM and cameras. The notable differences here are the Note 7’s (only slightly) smaller battery, larger internal storage, S Pen and iris scanner.

Category Galaxy Note 7
Display 5.7-inch 2560x1440
Dual edge screen
Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 820 (U.S.)
Octa-core Exynos (international)
Storage 64GB
Expandable microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.7
1.4-micron pixels
Front Camera 5MP f/1.7
Charging USB-C
Fast charging
Qi wireless
Powermat wireless
Input S Pen stylus
4096 pts of pressure sensitivity
Battery 3500 mAh
Water resistance IP68 rating
Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
Iris scanner
Samsung KNOX
Private folder
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight 169 g

Name change — skipping Note 6

The Galaxy Note 7 obviously skipped right over the “6” iteration of the phone, but when you see it you’ll know why: with shared internals and features, it makes sense to have the Note 7 be part of the same “family” as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Galaxy Note 7 features

Many of the Note 7’s “new” features are borrowed from the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: an SD card slot, waterproofing and improved cameras. Beyond that, the Note 7 has also improved S Pen functionality with more pressure sensitivity and refined software; you’ll also find the oft-rumored iris scanner, which can let you access sensitive information on your phone just by looking at it.

Galaxy Note 7 design

The Galaxy Note 7 may seem very similar to the Galaxy S7 edge at a glance, but there are a handful of very interesting tweaks that change its look and feel when compared to both the GS7 edge and Note 5.

The Note 7 takes on the dual edge screen styling of the Galaxy S7 edge, but the curves are much smaller and tighter, making the phone easier to grasp while also making it narrower than its predecessor. The phone’s body is still made of metal and glass, but is now symmetrical front-to-back, giving a neat visual feeling but also making it easier to hold in one hand.

Galaxy Note 7 launch date and availability

Samsung unveiled the Note 7 at one of its traditional “Unpacked” launch events in New York City on August 2. Retail availability of the phone is expected one to two weeks thereafter, from U.S. carriers and major international retailers.