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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus: 2016 Phablet SMACKDOWN!!


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus: 2016 Phablet SMACKDOWN!!


Be careful! The King of the phablets is again! We pit the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 up towards Apple's iPhone 6s Plus

Paul Briden 14:44, 3 Aug 2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been introduced on August 2 proving many of the pre-launch rumours relating to its specifications and lines true. Maximum, now not all, on the other hand, as there are some things many have been anticipating that have not rather materialised. Nonetheless, in some ways the brand new phablet continues to be shaping up as slightly a pressure to be reckoned with, construction because the Note collection all the time does at the mixed successes of the Galaxy S flagship and the former Note type.

Probably the most speedy query which springs to thoughts is how does it examine to what is already in the market? Among the competition to stack it up towards there is one previous rival that still jumps to the entrance of the road; Apple. Sure, a refresh of Apple's phone line-up is due imminently in September (iPhone 7) and in some ways that may in point of fact be the tool to match to Samsungs newest and biggest, however within the interim the company's nearest competitor is the iPhone 6s Plus phablet introduced in past due 2015.

Let's check out how the 2 examine. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specifications

  • Dimensions/Weight: 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm/169g
  • Show: 5.7in Tremendous AMOLED EDGE, 2560x1440 pixel QHD, 518ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR
  • Onboard Garage: 64GB UFS 2.0
  • MicroSD: Up To 256GB (NO UFS)
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos Octa 8890 (64-bit); Quad-Core 2.3GHz Exynos M1 "Mongoose" + Quad-Core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T880 MP12
  • Battery: 3,500mAh (Non-Detachable), Fast Price, Extremely Energy Saving Mode
  • Connectivity: Sort-C USB, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band/Direct/Hotspot)
  • Number one Digital camera: 12 MP, 1/2.6" Sensor Measurement, 1.4 µm Pixel Measurement f/1.7 Aperture Measurement, 26mm Focal Duration, Twin-Pixel Segment Detection Autofocus, OIS, LED Flash
  • Entrance Digital camera: 5 MP, f/1.7 Aperture Measurement,  22mm Focal Duration
  • Different: S-Pen Capacitive Stylus, IP68 Water And Mud Proofing, Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner
  • Colors: Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx
  • Device: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Android 7.0 Nougat Coming)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus Specifications

  • Dimensions/Weight: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm/192g
  • Show: 5.5in IPS LCD, 1920x1080 pixel FHD, 401ppi, "Ion-Reinforced Glass"
  • Onboard Garage: 16GB/64GB/128GB
  • MicroSD: None
  • Processor: Apple A9 (64-bit); Twin-Core 1.8GHz "Tornado"
  • GPU: PowerVR GT7600
  • Battery: 2,750mAh (Non-Detachable)
  • Connectivity: Lightning Port (USB Adaptor), NFC (Apple Pay), GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band/Hotspot)
  • Number one Digital camera: 12 MP, 1/3" Sensor Measurement, 1.22 µm Pixel Measurement f/2.2 Aperture Measurement, 29mm Focal Duration, Segment Detection Autofocus, OIS, Twin-LED Two-Tone Flash
  • Entrance Digital camera: 5 MP, f/2.2 Aperture Measurement,  31mm Focal Duration
  • Different: TouchID Fingerprint Scanner
  • Colors: Area Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
  • Device: iOS 9.3.3 (iOS 10 Coming)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: Design

So first issues first; design. Even with out the tidal wave of leaks forward of the Galaxy Note 7's release there have been a couple of trained guesses and affordable assumptions shall we've made concerning the handset's general design ethos that have, as soon as once more, been confirmed utterly true. It is lovely easy actually; regardless of the current-gen Galaxy S flagship for a given yr seems like, the Galaxy Note for that yr will kind of appear to be a large model of it and use an in depth approximation of the design language and manufacturing strategies.

That is for sure the case right here, because the Galaxy Note 7 makes use of the similar steel body with glass back and front panels because the Galaxy S7 collection, and follows very intently all of the similar visible cues akin to punched speaker grilles, button design and location, port form and design, and so forth. That is acquainted terrirory, it's principally Samsung's recent signature taste in 5.7in phablet shape. And, fact be informed, isn't hugely other from final yr's Galaxy Note 5 both, which in flip used to be in line with the Galaxy S6 collection flagship design, which used to be similar to the Galaxy S7 collection too. All of it hyperlinks.

However now not short of to sound too similar to a complacent previous git, I will be able to say that even with the repetition of the design it's slightly welcome; as I have stated somewhere else this new steel and glass aesthetic is the most productive design Samsung has ever get a hold of - FAR higher than the company's previous cheesy plastic - so I am satisfied it is not fading out in advance. Lengthy would possibly it proceed.


Plus, credit score the place it is due, there are some an important variations within the design of the brand new Galaxy Note 7. Most significantly, it has adopted the Galaxy S7's lead with the IP68 water and mud proofing, making it the primary Samsung Galaxy Note tool with this rugged sturdiness function suite. Identical to the Galaxy S7, you'll be able to drop the Galaxy Note 7 within the tub and now not freak out about it.

What is extra, Samsung has in reality carried out some artful jiggery-pokery to make the S-Pen stylus serve as at the show when rainy, even though the phone's underwater. Neat. Some other key distinction is the presence of that EDGE show, y'know, the only with the curved edges alongside the edges, identical to the Galaxy S7 EDGE. This is not a primary for the Note collection, if truth be told the Note collection is the place this curvy show experimentation first began for Samsung at the fourth-generation Galaxy Note EDGE (a restricted run variant of the Galaxy Note 4 with just one curved edge, now not each), however it is been long past an extended whilst and it is now seeing a triumphant, a lot more evolved go back right here.

This does trade the design rather from the Galaxy Note 5, with a curvy display and a flatter again as an alternative of the Note 5's inversion of this; a flat display with a curvy again. General the Galaxy Note 7 could also be just a little extra angular and squared-off than the Galaxy S7 collection.

How does this examine to the Apple iPhone 6s Plus even though? Slightly favourably, to be fair. It would be remiss of me to speak up Samsung's adoption of steel and glass design whilst failing to show that, despite the fact that a special aesthetic, Apple's long-standing steel and glass construct could also be one thing that appears implausible and screams high quality while you care for it.

So once more, you will not listen me complaining about Apple's repetition of design in this phablet, certainly, what would we now have the company substitute it with? Luminous yellow polycarbonate? I feel now not. No, there is not anything flawed with the feel and appear right here, however the explanation why I would lean against the Galaxy Note 7 popping out on most sensible here's relatively merely the waterproofing. Apple's had years to put in force this type of tech whilst everybody else has introduced it to marketplace, and its absence is relatively obvious on this kind of top class logo that prides itself on helpful, pragmatic options.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: Show

Apple's at the back of on show tech, that is lovely nicely established now. Sure, positive, the company's presentations are good enough; they are properly sharp and vibrant sufficient for other folks to revel in them with out a lot grievance. However long past are the times the place Apple may just truthfully declare it has the most productive monitors available on the market. The mere incontrovertible fact that the company is taking a look to switch its recent tech for OLED, most likely as early as subsequent yr and more than likely provided by way of Samsung, will have to say one thing about its IPS LCD setups being out of date.

It additionally says one thing about the place Samsung sits within the hierarchy. The Galaxy S7 collection stays the undisputed KING of show tech for the whole thing of 2016 because of the Tremendous AMOLED tech it's wearing. The handset delivered the most productive efficiency in all show spaces that rely in line with in depth exams and research via DisplayMate.

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 7's show panel is the exact same Tremendous AMOLED generation, wearing a QHD solution a lot upper than Apple's for awesome sharpness even on a bigger diagonal. What is extra, Samsung has added an HDR capability very similar to what's used within the company's highest TVs, which necessarily gives even higher color and distinction settings. Briefly, this will have to be near to the most productive phablet show to be had bar none.

Samsung's additionally borrowed its personal All the time On show function from the Galaxy S7, operating the show in a low energy mode even if the phone is asleep to show the time, date, and a few notifications. If it is anything else just like the S7's setup it's going to slightly sip the battery in any respect, and Samsung has added specialist Note capability to permit you to scribble notes and doodles at the All the time On display which the phone will save for later.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus:Hardware

Some have been anticipating an upgraded processor from the Galaxy S7's Exynos 8990 octa-core setup, in addition to a sizeable 6GB of RAM, however unfortunately neither has occured. The Exynos 8990 has returned and nonetheless packs 4GB of RAM; now not that that is anything else to sneeze at, once more it is the similar hardware from the Galaxy S7 and that has persisted to be considered one of 2016's higher performers.

How does this examine to the Apple iPhone 6s Plus with its Apple A9 chipset? Smartly to an extent it is apples and oranges (pardon the pun) within the sense that such a lot depends at the hardware and tool optimisations; Apple has finely honed iOS and its app ecosystem to its purpose-built dual-core CPU, whilst Samsung's Exynos chip is all dialled in for Google's newest model of Android. So despite the fact that on paper there's it sounds as if fairly a distinction, in exact use each telephones are going to be slightly similar.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, then again, is the use of a chip with a bit of extra most sensible finish grunt, and rather extra trendy generation, which will have to imply it's kind of higher long run proofed for drawing close programs and tool adjustments as time progresses. The A9 will nonetheless be related for a while to return too, however would possibly begin to display its age slightly faster, and it's about to imminently get replaced by way of regardless of the iPhone 7 is wearing (possibly the A9X CPU from the iPad Professional).

At the battery aspect of items, the iPhone 6s Plus' 2,750mAh mobile isn't large as phablets pass, however someway Apple has controlled to squeeze some very good efficiency out of it and it shocked KYM's Richard Goodwin all the way through his evaluate - he nonetheless charges it as some of the easiest telephones for battery from the yr to this point; a somewhat unique membership to make certain. That stated, the Galaxy S7 additionally demonstrated some spectacular battery lifestyles in spite of a smaller mobile, and we expect that is most probably because of equivalent optimisation paintings. The Galaxy Note 7 has a miles higher 3,500mAh mobile (even though smaller than the predicted 4,000mAh) which, assuming a equivalent degree of optimisation has been accomplished, will have to produce some impressive effects. Naturally time would be the check of this as reviewers begin to get hands-on with the phone for prolonged sessions.

Apple nonetheless has its well-implemented TouchID fingerprint scanner for unlocking the handset and running Apple Pay, whilst Samsung has its personal fingerprint scanner within the Note 7's house key. Samsung has now added an iris scanner to the entrance of the Galaxy Note 7 as some other biometric choice.

At the garage aspect of items Samsung has most effective published a 64GB choice for the Galaxy Note 7, nevertheless it does fortify microSD playing cards as much as 256GB. Then again, there is not any phrase but on whether or not, just like the Galaxy S7, the Note 7 would possibly not reinforce Android's local Adoptive Garage function to utilise card garage as onboard area for programs. Any other caveat is that the microSD port does now not fortify the united statescard same old, that means Samsung's newest batch of ultra-fast learn/write microSD playing cards will be offering no merit. Apple has a a long way wider vary of onboard garage choices starting from 16GB as much as 128GB (although omitting the 32GB choice) however as consistent with Apple's same old it does now not beef up exterior card reminiscence.

Keep tuned as we're going to be updating this comparability quickly...


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