NEW YORK CITY—Samsung is back with its second flagship for 2016, the Galaxy Note 7. It’s basically a bigger Galaxy S7 with a stylus, but this year Samsung is adding an Iris scanner and finally upgrading to USB Type C.
Like Microsoft before it, Samsung’s marketing department has had a bit of trouble counting this year. After the Galaxy Note 5 in 2015, the company has totally skipped the Galaxy Note 6 and advanced to the Galaxy Note 7. The idea is that the Galaxy Note line will now line up with the Galaxy S line—this year we’re getting the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7. (A word of warning for next year: don’t confuse the Galaxy Note 8 with the Galaxy Note 8.0, a Samsung tablet from 2013.)
This doubles as likely the best way to think of the Galaxy Note 7: it’s a Galaxy S7, but a bit bigger. The design and materials are very close to the S7—the Note 7 is a glass-backed device with a metal frame, sporting the typical Samsung look. The specs are about the same, too, with a Snapdragon 820 (not the new 821), 4GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display. The Snapdragon is for the US market. Internationally, Samsung is again using an Exynos chip.