The pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Malaysia is already over before the end of the day, and if you happen to be one of those who are thinking that it's kind of similar to the Galaxy S7 edge, you aren't alone because we thought the same too. So what's the difference between the two devices anyway? Well, that's why we decided to do a comparison between the Note 7 and S7 edge. Read below to find out!
Tech-specs & performance - More or less the same
Since both the Note 7 and S7 edge are similar in some ways, let's start with the fact that both devices do feature the same Exynos 8890, 64 bit and 14 nm fabrication processor, they're even clocked at the same 2.3GHz +1.6GHz quad. With this, we can expect the Note 7 not to overheat easily since our experience (read the review here) with the S7 edge didn't encounter such problem.
Another similar specification is the Dual Pixel 12MP (F1.7 and Smart OIS) rear camera + 5MP (F1.7) front camera, yes, it's exactly the same so the Note 7 should be able to catch some awesome photography. However, it may even beat out the S7 edge due to a HDR chip installed inside the Note 7 which is usually used in their TV product lineup. We can't wait to get our hands on it to see if how much different it is from the S7 edge, also, both have Android 6.0.1 inside the hood.
Both have 4GB of RAM too, but as for the ROM, that's where the similarities come to a stop. The S7 edge's is 32GB ROM, but the Note 7 comes with a default 64GB; plus an extra 256GB expandable storage, the former only has a 200GB expandable storage, but nonetheless, that's still a lot of spaces.
Battery power difference isn't that far off either, although the Note 7 is strangely below the S7 edge (3600 mAh) with just 3500 mAh. We think it should be at least the same since the Note 7 comes with a S Pen, a slightly bigger display with 5.7-inch Quad HD (both have the same 2560p resolution) and more features as well.
Design & features - Note 7 takes it away
Speaking of features, although both have quick charging technology that can charge up 60% in 30 minutes, the Note 7 also has an option of wireless charging or USB Type-C (S7 edge only has USB 2.0) which is nice and convenient. Okay, we know that has nothing to do with the need of 3600 mAh battery, but it has an Iris Scanner. This new security system uses biometric measurements to unlock your phone, not to mention, the HDR chip that gives better contrast, and the symmetrical S Pen that now allows users to do "oil painting" on the device, edit GIF files and even translate words with it which is awesome.
Did we mention that the S Pen is also graded IP68 water and dust resistance like the Note 7 and S7 edge? Because it is, we can expect taking pictures under the water will be much easier now compared to the S7 edge, since it's kind of hard to press the shutter in it, but then again, you need two hands to carry the Note 7 and S Pen to capture an image underwater, best not to let the S Pen slip off from your hand.
Design wise, the Note 7 follows the footstep of the S7 edge of using dual-edge curved displays but with a new upgrade, the glass is an all-new Corning Gorilla 5, and it's slightly bigger too measuring 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm to 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (S7 edge). That being said, that makes the Note 7 heavier than the S7 edge with 169g to 157g respectively.
Although it was not mentioned whether the game launcher and live broadcast feature from the S7 edge will be on the Note 7, don't be surprised if it will. Other than that, both devices also sport a fingerprint sensor, NFC and Always-on mode.
Price & conclusion - Both are expensive, but for different purpose
Now, if you happen to be a S7 edge owner and is tempted to switch to the Note 7, hold on to your horses there. Sure, the Note 7 is actually a more superior version of the S7 edge, but we don't think it's wise to drastically change your phone since both are similar in a lot of areas. Let's not forget that the Note 7 cost RM3199 which is the most expensive smartphone in Malaysia to date, just a RM100 more than the S7 edge.
The S7 edge is still a good device and still stand as one of the best camera-centric phones in the world that one could ask for, the Note 7 on the other hand, is a type of device that wants to be everything, and we are sure that users who love Galaxy Note 5 will love the Note 7 with the huge upgrade jump (you can see the comparison here). So as you can see, the S7 edge is more specialized in camera whereas the Note 7 is balanced for both work and play. So with this factor, I'd chose the S7 edge over the Note 7 because it's good enough for me and less expensive too.
So what do you think? Do you prefer the Note 7 over the S7 edge? Any of your friends and family getting one today from the pre-order? Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more comparisons at Technave.com!