Samsung has released their latest Galaxy Note 7 phablet smartphone officially as of today and we got to unbox it. This is their latest flagship device that many Note owners have been waiting for. With many new features added over previous Note 5 like IP68 water-proof rating, faster processor, IRIS scanner, and bigger battery, the Note 7 is ultimate smartphone for large phone lovers.
Samsung has fixed the infamous Note 5 bug where S-Pen could get stuck backwards, the Note 7 doesn’t allow the S-Pen to even enter the hole. While this may not be an issue for most, we’ve had more than a few dozen people e-mailing us that they accidentally stuck their S-Pen backwards.
As far as design, top of Galaxy Note 7 has stayed relatively identical to last year’s Note 5, the only real difference is curved front screen that gives it symmetric lines.
Probably one of the biggest changes with Note 7 (and also Samsung’s first) is addition of USB Type-C port instead of USB Type-B. We think timing is right on as Samsung decides to get on the Type-C bandwagon.
Through our Note 7 unboxing, we found a new IR LED on the top-left and IRIS scanner on top-right of the device. IR LEDs allow accurate viewing of the human iris while the IRIS scanner is a dedicated camera for scanning your eyes. We will probably dive more into this but for now, this is the world’s first flagship smartphone with IRIS security. Pretty cool huh?
The size of Galaxy Note 7 is ever so slightly bigger than the Galaxy S7 Edge. As shown here, it is just a tad taller and wider. If you don’t need the S-Pen, you may be better off getting the S7 Edge as price is lower and battery will probably last longer.
The Note 7 is definitely a slight upgrade from the Galaxy S7 Edge but it should be a great upgrade for previous Note owners.
The new coral blue may be the most popular color this year with the Galaxy Note 7 and it is also our favorite.
For T-Mobile users, T-Mobile has also making their SIM cards easily turn into micro or nano SIM.
You will find a Quick Charger included with the Note 7.
Samsung has also included USB Type-C to USB Type-B converter, which may be very useful in turning your USB Type-B cables to use with Note 7 or any USB Type-C devices. Note that doing so will slow down your file transfer speeds and also default your charging speeds to 5V normal charging.
You will also find USB Type-C OTG adapter for transferring your files from other smartphones.
And boy, Samsung finally backed out on the micro-SD card issue and put it back in! You can now easily store all of your photos, videos, and large files on micro-SD.
The Galaxy Note 7 has the fastest boot time out of the box at 23 seconds. This is a brand, new phone out of the box.
The Note 7 has edges much sharper than previous Edge-screened Note phones but it seems more ideal and practical while Edge Screen was still functional.
IRIS scanner works quite well on the Galaxy Note 7. Our only surprise is that the user must hit the Power button then swipe to actually use it, making it a 2-step process. Still, no one else has this technology and the actual unlocking with IRIS is very fast so most of you will be quite happy.
Overall, unboxing the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was definitely a fun experience. While it wasn’t as amazing as the S7 Edge, we do highly recommend it for anyone who want the best phablet in the world. We should have a full review but in the meanwhile, enjoy our unboxing video.
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