Since Samsung moved to its new metal-and-glass design with the Galaxy S6, the company has dome some really great work with colors. And while not every color has come to every area around the world, things are improving a bit with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7. There are four colors available of the new phone, and we're going to have access to three of them in the U.S. as well.
Here's a look at all four colors of the Galaxy Note 7, with a little bit of explanation behind how they look in the real world.
After offering a near-black look with a deep blue color back on the Note 5, the Note 7 has taken the black option available on the Galaxy S7 and tweaked it a little bit. Not only are the entire front and back black, but Samsung has also anodized the aluminum frame in a deep black color as well, meaning the entire phone is blacked out, aside from the logos on the front and back that stand out in their typical mirrored silver finish.
Like the deep blue and black color options before it this is probably likely to be the most-sold color because it's a "safe" choice, but we're particularly smitten with the look of this black-on-black color scheme and have been asking for something like this since the Galaxy S6 was first unveiled.
Though wild colors like this are usually reserved for Asian (and sometimes European) launches, a "blue coral" color option is coming to the U.S. this time around. The front and back are very reminiscent of the "blue topaz" color that was available internationally on the Galaxy S6, meaning its bright blue mirror-like finish can range from looking like a clear summer's day sky in direct light down to a deep navy blue in darker situations. And this time around, the metal frame is anodized in a coral color to really make it all pop. The coral also has some color-shifting properties, where it looks anywhere from a light champagne gold color down to a deep pink depending on the light.
We're not entirely sold that this will be a look that you appreciate more than a few weeks after launch, but those who want to really stand out will definitely do so with this color. The way the colors shift in the light gives you a really neat effect, and it's one you definitely won't want to cover up with a case.
And then we get to the silver (sometimes referred to as "platinum") color option, which is identical to what we've seen with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. It offers an almost mirror-like surface that reflects the colors around it, so it'll change a bit depending on where you're using it. This mirrored finish looks fantastic right out of the box, but quickly reveals just how fingerprint-laden a modern Galaxy phone can get once you use it. The silver color doesn't mask smudges nearly as well as the other colors (black being the best in this respect), and that can be a downside for some.
But when it's clean, the silver finish matches up nicely with its bright silver matte metal frame, for an all-out bling look.
Samsung's gold color that's currently available on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge has been brought over to the Note 7 as well, with the exact same visual effect. Once again the gold is extremely close to the look of the silver model, and they even look identical in some lighting situations. Though gold (or "champagne") phones seem to be all the rage nowadays, the visual similarities between this and the silver model make it nearly indistinguishable at a glance.
Perhaps for this reason, Samsung won't be offering the gold model in the U.S., opting to give U.S. carriers the silver one instead.
Which one is your favorite?
Which Galaxy Note 7 color speaks to you is a very personal decision, especially since you'll be spending upwards of two or three years with the phone. Which of these four colors gets your attention?
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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.