The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has officially launched, confirming the many weeks of rumors about its curved design, 5.7-inch display, top-of-the-line specs and S Pen stylus.
The Note 7 is the large-screen phone for 2016 that Android power users have been anxiously waiting to upgrade to, and it takes several cues from the awesome Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Sure, the S7 Edge stretched fingertips into near-phablet territory with a 5.5-inch display in March. But it didn’t have two Note-series staples: a 5.7-inch screen and the S Pen.
The Note 7 maximizes the screen space, while minimizing the body and bezels. Returning features like a microSD card slot and IP68 waterproof rating are welcome, and the new iris scanner is turning heads.
The new phablet is especially anticipated in the UK and Europe – their S Pen upgrade is long overdue, as Samsung made the bizarre decision not to launch the Galaxy Note 5 outside of the US and a few other countries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 announcement happened today (Tuesday, August 2) at Samsung’s Unpacked event, and we were there in New York and London to go hands-on.
The actual device can be pre-ordered from August 3, while the official delivery date is August 19 in the US. That’s also the physical release date for the new Samsung Gear VR with a USB-C connection in America. The Note 7 will come in four colors: Coral Blue, Gold, Silver and Black.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 UK release date is a little later: September 2. UK pre-orders open on August 16, and it will only be available in Black and Coral Blue at first.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pricing is still being worked out by some US carriers, but T-Mobile has already dished on the cost details. It’ll be $32.50 for 24 months and $69.99 upfront, or a retail price of $849.99. Verizon is $36 a month for the same two years (no upfront fee), or $864 at full retail price. AT&T has it for a slightly higher $36.67 over the course of 24 months.
That’s more than the Galaxy S7 Edge price, which debuted at $299 on contract ($769 SIM-free unlocked later on), or $33 monthly.
The Samsung Note 7 UK price is simpler, and unsurprisingly big, too: £749. That’s a big bump from the S7 Edge, which is priced at £640 when it launched four months ago.
In Australia The S7 Edge costs AU$1,249 – expect the Note 7 to hit a new high for smartphones there when the final price is announced.
Design and display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reflects the S7 Edge look and feel thanks to its curved 5.7-inch screen, but it maintains the Note build and S Pen functionality.
Its dimensions are 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, meaning the Note 7 is a meaningful 2.2mm narrower than the Note 5. That’s ideal for staying comfortable in your hand – you’ll drop it a lot less, too.
Hand-holding is also helped by the curved back, a returning design feature from the Note 5 and one that wasn’t a part of the S7 Edge. It brings the Note 7 frame to a smooth point.
The dual edge curved screen on the left and right is more subtle here, but it reduces false touches that have been a problem for some people with the more elaborate S7 Edge curves.
The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel supports Mobile HDR, so we expect The Note 7 to garner another world’s best smartphone display trophy. And a new Motion Wallpaper lockscreen shifts colors as you move it, giving us something new to look at besides Parallax mode.