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  • Display : 5.7 inches, Super AMOLED
  • Max OS : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Storage : 64 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Gorilla Glass 5
  • Cameras : Rear: 12 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.04, 2.91, 0.31 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been discontinued by the company, called back due to the device’s susceptibility to catch fire. It cost the company a lot, not only in revenue losses with this particular device but also in terms of their brand’s standing and relationship with long-loyal customers.

Regardless of the sour tasting memories, the device, other than its obvious issue, was truly a masterpiece is its own right.

The Galaxy Note7, quite like its predecessor, is more of a phablet than a phone. Undoubtedly one of the best smartphones to hit the market in 2016, the phone was going to be stark competition for Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, the Nexus 6P, and now the Google Pixel XL phone.

The three key features that came to highlight with the phone were:

  • The phablet’s S-Pen, which has gotten significantly better than its predecessor,
  • The fact that you could unlock the phone with your eye, and do it quite smoothly, and,
  • The crisp design of the phone that provided the biggest screen size possible without making the phone bulky at all.

The phone had a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display which made it one of the bigger high-end smartphones available in the market, exceeding the 2016 industry-average of 5.5 inches.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB RAM positively rocketed on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a TouchWiz wrapper.

Like other Samsung flagships of 2016, the Note7 came with a highly appreciated 12 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front camera (this was not as appealing as the rear camera, but still a decent unit all-in-all).

The back camera worked very well even for low-light photography, thanks to great setup that included phase detection auto-focus (PDAF), optical image stabilization (OIS), a f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, and Auto-HDR feature.

The phablet shipped with a 3,500 mAh, non-removable battery, which on the face of it doesn’t sound that impressive, but it was this very battery that brought down the world’s wrath on Samsung, and shuttered the Note7’s aspirations for all time to come.

The main highlight of the phone was the reworked iris scanner, that used a specially created front-facing camera array to scan the user’s eyes and unlock the phone and provide other authorisations. It proved quite easy to use and provided a great alternative to using a password, PIN, pattern, or fingerprint for authentication. It was so good that most believed that Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Touch ID (and Apple Pay) had arrived.

Aside from that, the Note7 carried an amazing screen, and an amazing S-Pen. The revised S-Pen came with pressure sensitivity and proved to be much nicer to write with on the screen, much softer, with quite a crispy movement.
What makes it better is that the S Pen had the same level of water resistance that the phone itself had. It could magnify parts of the screen, multitask between two apps, or instantly translate text using Google’s Translate services. Artists appreciated the new color blending features available when drawing in Samsung’s app.

On the face of it, the phone did sound like the next big thing that the company could have brought it; it checked all the right boxes in almost all the checklists. Launched in August 2016, the phone went downhill when reports of it catching fire starting springing within the first month of it being on the market. The rest, as they say, is history, and so is the phone now.

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