Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S7: What’s the rumoured difference?

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Samsung is set to release the next generation of Galaxy Note at the beginning of August. The new device is claimed to be going by the name of Galaxy Note 7, rather than Galaxy Note 6, in order for it to be better associated with the rest of the company’s 2016 flagships.

Aside from the name, what are the other similarities and differences between the Note 7, the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy S7 though? Read on to find out how they compare based on the rumours.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is claimed to follow the design cues of the Galaxy S7edge, but with the addition of a redesigned S Pen. It is unclear if there will be both flat and curved models, or just a curved, but rumour has it, the Note 7’s measurements will be 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm.

An iris scanner and fingerprint sensor have both been reported for the Note 7, along with a water and dust resistance of IP68. Renders of the Note 7 have appeared showing black, silver and blue colour options.


The Galaxy S7 edge measures 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and weighs 157g, while theGalaxy S7 measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm and weighs 152g. Both offer metal builds, with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 rears, but the S7 edge has a dual-edge display, while the standard S7 is flat.

The S7 edge and S7 both have a water and dust resistance rating of IP68 and they come with a fingerprint sensor on the front.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s display has been rumoured at 5.7-inches and 5.8-inches. It is said to be sticking with Super AMOLED technology, as well as a QuadHD resolution, both of which can be found on the later preceding Note devices.

As we mentioned, it is currently unclear whether the Note 7 will be available in a curved device and a flat device, or just a curved option. Either way, it’s looking like at least one model of the Note 7 will have a dual-edged display like theGalaxy S7 edge.


Both the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy S7 feature Quad HD resolutions and Super AMOLED displays. The Galaxy S7 edge is 5.5-inches and has a dual edge display, while the Galaxy S7 is 5.1-inches.

As both the S7 and S7 edge are smaller than the expected size of the Note 7 but feature the same resolution, they will offer a slightly higher pixel density. The S7 edge sits at 534ppi and the S7 at 577ppi, while the Note 7 will be either 515ppi, or 506ppi, depending on the confirmed size. The difference won’t be noticeable to the human eye, but based on the numbers, the S7 offers the sharpest display of the three devices being compared here.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is rumoured to be arriving with a 12-megapixel rear camera, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera. One of the latest reports suggests the rear camera will feature Dual Pixels, which is a technology Samsung launched on the S7 and S7 edge in March.

Based on the rumours, it looks like the Note 7 could sport the same front and rear camera sensors as the S7 and S7 edge. These two flagships also both offer a 12-megapixel rear snapper, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera.

Both the front and rear cameras of the S7 and S7 edge have an aperture of f.1/7, helping them in low light conditions. They are excellent performers so if the Note 7 offers the same or better, we can expect great results.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is reported to be coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor, or an Exynos chip, depending on the region. Rumours claim there will be 6GB of RAM on board, as well as 64GB of internal storage and the return of microSD support. It’s not currently clear if there will be other storage options available too.

The Note 7’s battery capacity has been touted as 4000mAh, 4200mAh or 3600mAh, with contradicting reports, but almost all rumours suggest USB Type-C.


The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 both come with the QualcommSnapdragon 820 chip, or the Exynos 8890, again depending on the region. The two devices are supported by 4GB of RAM and they come in 32GB and 64GB storage options, both of which offer microSD but it isn’t compatible with Marshmallow’s Adoptable storage function.

The S7 edge has a 3600mAh battery, while the S7 has a 3000mAh battery so hopefully the Note 7 will offer either 4000mAh or 4200mAh, otherwise it will be the same as the S7 edge, only with a larger display to power. Both the S7 edge and S7 have Micro-USB over USB Type-C.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will no doubt launch on Android Marshmallow 6.0with TouchWiz over the top.

There have been several rumours relating to the Note 7’s software, including the idea of a BlackBerry-style hub called Samsung Focus, and advancements regarding the S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 both launched on AndroidMarshmallow 6.0 and again feature TouchWiz. This means the user interface on the Note 7 will be familiar, but it is likely to differ slightly in some areas, such as where the S Pen is concerned.

Should the Note 7 have a dual-edge display like the Galaxy S7 edge, expect to see a similar software experience between these two devices here too.


Based on the rumours, it looks like the Note 7 will be a slightly larger version of the Galaxy S7 edge, and maybe the S7 too depending on whether Samsung launches both a curved and flat model.

There appear to be very few differences based on the numbers at the moment, with the same cameras expected, the same display resolutions and technology and similar software.

The Note 7 will no doubt come with an S Pen, which will of course differentiate it from the Galaxy S7 edge and S7, as will its slightly larger footprint. It also looks like the battery capacity could see an increase, along with the power. This is all speculation for now, but we will update this feature as official details are revealed.




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