The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus; Specifications, Design, Features & More
When it comes to the rumor mill, we've seen information about the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy Note 7 surface with an alarming regularity this year. Both the devices have almost leaked in their entirety up till now apart from images of running prototypes, and judging by the rate things have been progressing, we might see those pop up as well.
Apart from that, there's information on nearly every aspect of both the upcoming devices, so if you're looking to make an upgrade this year or switch to either Android or iOS, take a look below. We've compiled everything that should be expected on both the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, which is a lot looking at the sheer amount of information that's been made available.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Vs The iPhone 7: Which Device Takes The Lead?
Starting from the most basic element of any mobile device, one that perhaps carries the greatest amount of influence on the average consume, its design, we see that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will not be coming with any major design upgrades this year. Renders and schematics for pair have surfaced with regularity online, and looking at them, we get a fair idea of what to expect this year.
Starting from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, leaked renders of the device suggest minimal changes to its overall form, with Samsung's phablet expected to keep its overall flat look. We'll be getting a dual edged display this year however, which should attract a lot of users. Taking a look at the latest leaked renders below, we see that the front of the Galaxy Note 7 is nearly identical to that of the Note 5, except the addition of what appears to be a front facing flash and a new sensor.
No other changes have surfaced so far when it comes to bottom, top and sides of the device, as the Note 7 will rely on improved hardware and performance specifications to make its mark in the market. The rear of the device comes with some changes though, with Samsung expected to incorporate a larger camera sensor and make changes to the Note 7's flash.
Moving towards the iPhone 7 Plus, in terms of design, Cupertino's flagship smartphone is expected to be quite different from its predecessor. Not only is the iPhone 7 Plus expected to come with a dual camera on its rear, changing the device's design by quite a bit, but we're also expecting new build materials and changed positions for the antenna bands, as Apple gears to launch the 10th generation of the iPhone this year.
While the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to keep a similar overall form when compared to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s Plus, the device won't be similar in all aspects. In addition to the relocated antenna bands, the device will also most likely come without a 3.5mm earphone jack, as Apple looks to make the official move towards Bluetooth and lightning supported headgear. The Note 7 will be the larger of the two devices, and we'll have to see what build materials Apple and Samsung choose for the devices, as it'll most likely have the largest impact on design.
Performance and hardware is one domain where the Galaxy Note 7 has seen more information surface than the iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung's phablet is expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821; a chipset that'll end up building what the company has achieved with the Snapdragon 820 and its custom Kryo cores. On the Snapdragon 821, and subsequently on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 we're expecting Qualcomm's Kryo II cores, which will come with 1.6x times the transistors of the company's current Kryo cores on the 820; effectively speeding up execution times and reducing power consumption at the same time.
In addition to this, the Snapdragon 821 is also expected to feature lower clocked Kryo cores, with clock speeds decreasing from 2.3GHz to 1.7GHz. We've also been hearing some talk about two sets of Kryo cores on the processor, clocked at 1.6 and 2.2 GHz respectively. Keep ion mind that all this information has been collected from the various leaks and rumors so far and nothing should be taken as set in stone until we see the Note 7 and the Snapdragon 821 officially launched by Qualcomm and Samsung.
The Note 7 is also expected to come with 10nm 6GB DRAM as Samsung recently announced said modules in China. These, combined with a 4000mAh battery should equip the Note 7 with adequate performance specifications capable of beating any other flagship device in the market. On the iPhone 7 Plus we're expecting the Apple A10, which has seen very limited information surface so far. Its been rumored that not only will the majority of A10 chips be manufactured by TSMC but they'll also be coming with an Integrated Fan-Out design, which increases the contact area between the PCB and the chip and results in up to 20% performance gains combined with up to 1nm of space savings.
The main question that comes to anyone's mind when talking about the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is what resolutions will Apple be choosing to equip its flagship smartphone with this year. A dual camera upgrade on a smartphone is quite a change after all, and since Apple's expected to use LG's camera sensors for the iPhone 7 Plus, we'd expect the secondary sensor to have a resolution in the range of 8MP and the larger to see resolutions of either 12MP or an upgrade of 16MP.
Display is another feature that has managed to become quite controversial on the iPhone, particularly as Apple's been stubbornly keeping the resolutions on its smartphone constant for quite a while. However, taking a look at some of the statements by the company's display supplier, Japan Display, the iPhone 7 Plus just might come with increased display resolutions this year, courtesy of JD's second generation LTPS LCD backplanes.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has also surfaced with its fair share of multimedia upgrades. For starters, the phablet from Samsung is expected to be coming with a 5.8 inch screen of resolution 2560x1440. The device's 5.8 AMOLED screen will also be Slim RGB, which will allow it to produce more crisp results when compared to the Note 5. Rear camera resolution for the Note 7 currently stands at 12MP with the device also expected to bring Super OIS Plus into the mix.
Storage specifications for the iPhone 7 Plus are now rumored to start from a base capacity of 32GB as Apple looks to eliminate 16GB from its portfolio. The Samsung Note 7 on the other hand will 64 and 128GB of internal storage, according to the rumor mill, with the usual Micro SD expansion also being thrown into the mix. Battery specifications for the iPhone 7 Plus include slight upgrades from its predecessor, with a 7.04Whr power packed rumored for the device. The Note 7 on the other hand is expected to feature a massive 4000mAh battery, that should give Samsung a lot of room to introduce high power features on the device.
Taking a look at the rumored specifications and features above, its clear that both the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be coming with several upgrades this time around as well. While the iPhone 7 Plus will be taking a more holistic approach towards the gadget framework, the Note 7 will be launched with the Snapdragon 821, which coupled with 6GB DRAM should make the device the first choice of those with professional and performance intensive needs.
Apple has relied on and will continue to rely on its excellent hardware/software integration for the iPhone 7 Plus, which leave Cupertino with a significant amount of leeway when introducing performance intensive upgrades. Samsung on the other hand will be launching the Note 7 with the Snapdragon 821, that, if coupled with the rumored Kryo II cores, should ensure that the device will be right at the top of the pack in terms of hardware performance.
In the end, for more serious users, the Galaxy Note 7 should be the first choice, although the iPhone should give it tough competition in this aspect as well, particularly as Apple might launch the device with the iPad Pro's smart connector. In terms of design, it boils down to personal preference as usual but we should learn more about the software end for the iPhone 7 Plus at Apple's WWDC which is set to take place in just two days. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.