Samsung’s latest and largest mobile phone has a high resolution display, but is no longer available for sale.
Update: While Samsung initially offered the Galaxy Note 7 for sale in Australia, following a battery issue that could cause fires or explosions, it has removed it from the market. If you're still in possession of a Note 7, you should back it up, clear its data and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement device. Here's our pick of the top six potential Note 7 replacements.
Quick facts about the Samsung Note 7Just want the basics? Here are the short and sweet details for Samsung’s latest handset:
- Sharp camera: On a pure numbers basis, the Note 7’s 12MP rear shooter might not seem like much. Camera optics are about far more than just the megapixel count, however, and the Note 7’s f/1.7 OIS rear camera could surprise you; combine that with a larger screen and you’ve got a device that could make for easy framing of excellent shots.
- Curved screen: Samsung’s long gone it alone on the curved screen front with its "Edge" devices, but it’s now a baked-in part of the Note family, with a focus on displaying HDR video cleanly and largely.
- Waterproof: Like its siblings, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Note 7 is rated IP68, so if its large frame does slip out of your hands, it's not likely to matter.
- Integrated Iris scanner: Fingerprint scanning is so yesterday. Samsung combines an Iris scanner with its own Knox security platform to seriously lock down the Note 7.
- USB C: Samsung’s been a little late to the USB C party, with neither the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge featuring the connector. The Note 7 rectifies this, with fast charging and a no-wrong-way-to-plug-in USB C connector
- S-Pen: Samsung’s always sold the Note 7 on the abilities of the S-Pen stylus. In the Note 7 it can pin notes to your lock screen, magnify sections of the display or provide automatic translation on the go.
- Large battery: A bigger phone means that you’ve got more space to pack in the power. The Galaxy Note 7’s 3500mAh battery should be good for multiple days of regular use, or even for the needs of the most power-crazed daily users.
Samsung sold the Galaxy Note 7 in Australia from 19 August 2016 for an outright price of $1349. It has now been removed from sale.
Samsung hasn’t entirely reinvented its Note strategy with the Note 7, if you ignore the fact that there’s no Note 6 to speak of. The Note series has always followed the premium S series in terms of when it’s delivered and which features are actual innovations as distinct from simple technology improvements.
The inclusion of USB C in the Note 7 is rather key, given Samsung’s incredibly dominant position in the Android space. The Note 7 is Samsung’s first USB-C ready phone, but it won’t be the last; it’s a safe bet that the Galaxy S8 (whenever it arrives) will offer USB-C connectivity, and it won’t be long before we see it trickle down to Samsung’s cheaper phone lines as well.
With the increasing focus that our smartphones have in our lives, having integrated security in the form of both an iris scanner and a separate secure folder on the Note 7 makes a lot of sense. It's easy to lose a smartphone, but if you lose the Note 7 and your info is locked down, it's not such a huge problem.
Samsung's S-Pen stylus is one of those love it or loathe it offerings; many Note buyers have purchased in the past not on the basis of the stylus but on the other factors that a very large screened phone can offer you. Still, Samsung has continued to innovate in phone stylus areas that others really don't even try to touch. New for the S-Pen in the Note 7 is the ability to write notes to the Always On Display, as well as magnification and instant translation features. They could be a good hook for you, but as with previous Notes, the S-Pen features are just part of the overall package.
Given the high resolution of the Note 7’s 5.7 inch display, the inclusion of 4K video shooting is quite welcome, if only because the Note 7 will give you a decent sized screen to watch your video back on. It’s also smart that Samsung’s offering the Note 7 in a variety of storage configurations with the option for even more storage via microSD, because high resolution video eats up a lot of storage space.
The Note 7’s curved screen and use of USB-C means that it's not compatible with the existing Gear VR headsets that Samsung has produced for previous Galaxy S and Note series phones. Not to worry, however, as a new model of the Gear VR headset is also on the way designed specifically to work with the Note 7 and, if history is any guide, most likely with next year's Galaxy S phones as well.
|Samsung||Galaxy Note 7|
|Processor||Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad)|
Owing to the safety issues surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 it is no longer available for sale through Samsung, and we would strongly advise against sourcing a Note 7 from third party sources or secondhand due to the inherent risk.