It’s been less than a day since Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7 and the phablet is already one of the most popular phones of the moment. Currently, it’s the best choice for anybody who wants a 2016 phone, with a big display and high-end specs. Unless…we take a look in Samsung’s portfolio, where we can observe something similar, a bit smaller, but with almost the same amount of processing power and many other resemblances.
We’re talking about the Galaxy S7 Edge, of course, launched a few months ago, alongside the Galaxy S7, the South Korean manufacturer’s flagship. At a first look, the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are pretty much the same thing. If you ask us, the phablet might as well be marketed as Galaxy S7 Edge+, following last year’s example, but that’s a different story. For the moment, let’s compare Samsung’s top-notch big boys!
Once again, except the size, the two phones are very similar. Both are built on a metallic frame, with a glass back panel and the same IP68 certification, making them water and dust resistant.
However, we need to mention that the Galaxy S7 Edge is a bit thinner (7.7 mm vs. Note 7’s 7.9 mm), due to the smaller battery, an aspect we’ll cover a bit later. Also, while both phones are available in Black, Gray and Gold, only the Galaxy Note 7 is available in Blue, the same thing going for the White S7 Edge.
One of the major differences between the two handsets is, of course, the display. The newly-released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is using a 5.7″ Super AMOLED panel, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, hence a density of 518 pixels per inch. It’s protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and it has rounded edges. However, they’re a bit different that what we were used with, Samsung designing the panel in such way that accidental swiping won’t happen that often.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, on the other side, comes with a 5.5″ Super AMOLED display and the same QHD resolution, resulting a density of 534 ppi. You won’t notice the difference that easier, but, technically, the images should be sharper. Oh, and we’re talking about a dual edged panel as well – with more obvious edges, that is – covered by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
Yeah, we’re going to say it again: these two phones are oddly similar. Actually, when it comes to what’s hidden under the hood…well, they’re almost identical. To be more specific, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are relying on the 64-bit Exynos 8890 chipset, with eight cores. The difference is that the Note is running at 2.15 GHz, while the Edge is clocked at 2.3 GHz.
Moving on, we’re looking at a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, 4 GB of RAM and different storage capacities: 64 GB for the Note 7 and 32 GB for the S7 Edge. However, both phones support microSD cards, up to 256 and 200 GB.
Samsung pleasantly surprised us this year, with a bigger battery on the S7. Of course, the S7 Edge was no exception, featuring a huge 3600 mAh power pack, more than enough for a 5.5″ smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 7 also received a battery update, compared with the previous model, being now powered by a 3500 mAh unit. Both of them have built-in wireless charging, perfect for those moments when you need a quick battery boost.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the same story all over again. These two handsets are using the same camera setup. On the back, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are rocking a 12 MP sensor, with f/1.7 aperture and 26 mm focal length.
Both phones feature optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus, also being able to shoot HDR images. Speaking about shooting, they’re also capable of recording 4K videos, at 30 fps.
Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that they phones resemble in terms of front-facing cameras as well, using the same 5 MP selfie unit.
We’ve reached a point in which the Galaxy Note 7 has a major advantage, featuring a USB Type-C port, instead of a microUSB one, like the Galaxy S7 Edge does. Actually, it’s the manufacturer’s first phone to use this!
Otherwise, the handsets come with Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass and BeiDou, as well as turn-by-turn and voice navigation. The NFC chip is also present, while the Galaxy S7 Edge is Samsung Pay enabled.
Despite past rumors about Samsung thinking about using their own operating system, Tizen, the South Korean manufacturer is still relying on Google’s Android and, if you ask us, they will keep doing it for a long time.
The Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are coming with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, customized with the manufacturer’s TouchWiz interface. Unlike previous smartphones, the two are using a slimmed-down version, with less bloatware and a cleaner look. It’s true, Samsung is still far from a stock look, but TouchWiz itself comes with tons of gimmicks and cool features, so we must admit that we really like it!
Even though the two phones are very similar, a regular user might confuse them, at a first sight. And we can’t blame them, since, except the size, there aren’t notable differences. The Galaxy Note 7 might be the better option though, if we consider all aspects, but overall, no matter which of the two you choose, you will enjoy a top Android experience.