Forget all the rumours, the new Note 7 is here. It's specced up as a beast of a smartphone with a 5.7in Quad-HD screen, a monster 64-bit octa-core processor, meaty graphics, a colossal 4GB of RAM and a mighty 64GB of storage - with microSD support! Here's everything you need to know about the next Galaxy: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. You might also like: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review and Samsung Galaxy S7 review.
Update 16 August 2016: The Note 7 is available to pre-order today. It's listed as out of stock direct from Samsung, but other retailers offering pre-orders include Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone, both of which will deliver the Note 7 three days early (when ordered by 28 August) with a free Gear VR headset wortth £99.99. You can buy it SIM-free from £699, or on range of contracts that start at £57 per month if you want the Note 7 free.
Note 7 UK release date, Note 7 UK price: When is the Note 7 coming out?
Note 7 UK release date: 2 September 2016
Note 7 UK price: £749 (TBC)
Samsung confirmed the new Galaxy Note 7 at an Unpacked event on 2 August 2016. The new Note 7 will be available to pre-order from 16 August, and those who pre-order from select retailers (including Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone and Three) before 28 August will get a free Samsung Gear VR headset. Those who pre-order will receive the Note 7 early on 30 August, but for everyone else the Note 7 will go on sale in the UK on 2 September.
giffgaff has already confirmed it will be stocking the new Note 7 in Blue Coral and Black Onyx from 1 September. It will be available to buy online or out-right, or in monthly instalments over six-, 12- or 24 months. Vodafone and O2 have also confirmed the Note 7 will be available to pre-order through their online sites and in store on 16 August.
The Silver Titanium version of the Note 7 will not be available at launch but will be coming soon. Blue Coral, Gold Platinum and Black Onyx will all be available at launch. Also see: Best smartphones 2016
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Note 7 specification
The Note 7 spec was almost entirely leaked before launch, but we can now confirm the following specifications:
• Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad) 64-bit, 14nm processor
• 4GB RAM
• 64GB UFS 2.0 storage
• MicroSD support up to 256GB
• 5.7in dual-edge Quad-HD (2560x1440, 518ppi) SuperAMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5
• Enhanced water-resistant S Pen
• Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
• Dual Pixel 12Mp rear camera with OIS and f/1.7 aperture
• 5Mp f/1.7 selfie camera
• LTE Cat.9 4G
• Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
• Bluetooth 4.2 LE
• NFC, MST
• GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
• Fingerprint sensor
• Iris scanner
• Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, HRM, Proximity, RGB Light sensors
• 3,500mAh non-removable battery
• Fast charging for both wired and wireless (WPC/PMA)
An upgraded version of the Galaxy Note 7 running 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is allegedly coming to China - but only China. This is said to be to help Samsung compete in the ongoing memory wars in China, where several 6GB RAM phones have been unveiled, and an 8GB RAM phone is coming soon from LeEco. If true, the monster Note 7 is expected to cost between $900- and $1000.
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Given that the UK hasn't seen a Galaxy Note since the Note 4, the Galaxy Note 7 comes as a very welcome update. As always from Samsung, we can expect a big boost in performance: the company says the Note 7 is 31 percent faster than the Note 5 in general processing power, while its GPU is 58 percent more capable. A higher-capacity 3,500mAh battery (up from 3,000mAh) is therefore very welcome!
Key changes in the new Note 7 over the US-only Note 5 include the dual-edge screen with built-in HDR support, faster 4G connectivity (now Cat.9), a faster octa-core processor, meaty graphics with the Vulcan API and the addition of IP68 dust- and water protection. Samsung fans will also be pleased to know the company has reinstated the microSD slot, but even as standard the Note 7 offers more internal storage: 64GB up from 32GB.
There's a brand-new iris scanner for extra-secure logins, and an enhanced water-resistant S Pen with a smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity that lets you create sharable GIFs, supports new Air Commands and works with a awesome new Samsung Notes app. It even works when the screen is switched off.
Samsung has also swapped Micro-USB for reversible USB-C, and the cameras have also been upgraded (the Note 7 now features the same camera as the Galaxy S7) - but we'll have to wait and see whether in real-life situations the Note 7 performs better with its 12Mp Dual Pixel f/1.7 camera than the Note 5's 16Mp f/1.9 camera. Also see: Best Samsung phones 2016: What is the difference between Galaxy Note, Galaxy S, Galaxy A and Galaxy J?
Thanks to Samsung for the following infographic.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in pictures
What happened to the Galaxy Note 6?
Samsung is thought to have skipped the Galaxy Note 6 in order to bring the naming of its flagship phablet in line with that of its flagship smartphone family, the S series. Since it announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge earlier this year, it makes sense that it would also bring out the Note 7 in 2016. Samsung has copied more than the name, however. Having dropped the Edge+ model from its S series, the new Note 7 features a dual-edge screen.
New Gear VR announced alongside new Note 7
A new Gear VR VR headset has also been announced alongside the new Note 7, which comes in a new blue-black colour with a USB-C port (as well as Micro-USB). It measures 207.8x122.5x98.6mm and has a 101-degree field of view. As shown in the below render it retains the Gear VR, Oculus and Samsung branding.
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