By Aaron Brown/ Express
Samsung finally took the wraps off its highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 7 last week.
The Note 7 – the successor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet, which never saw a UK release – might just be the South Korean company’s most impressive release to date.
The flagship Samsung device packs a beautiful dual-curved 5.7inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display, coupled with powerful hardware that promises to give you more oomph for your money. Samsung has included the brilliant rear-facing 12MP Dual Pixel camera it debuted with the S7 and S7 Edge earlier this year.
There’s also a new iris scanner, which unlocks the device with your eyes, and a next-generation S Pen stylus which lets you jot down notes on the screen – even when it is switched off. Samsung says you will be able to use both the smartphone and S Pen in torrential rain since they’re both IP68 water resistant, that means they can cope underwater for 30 minutes. But it seems the model of the Galaxy Note 7 heading to China is even better than the UK version Express.co.uk had an exclusive hands on with last week.
According to posts on GeekBench and TENAA – China’s wireless communications regulator – the Chinese version will boast a significant specs bump. Samsung will include a dual-SIM variant, with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM.The Note 7 available in the UK will include 64GB storage with the option to expand via microSD. It also has 4GB of RAM.
Bundling more internal storage with the dual-SIM model makes sense since the microSD card slot will likely be occupied by the second SIM card. The additional RAM included exclusively in this model is a little more baffling. British consumers looking to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may end up feeling slightly short-changed as their device may not be quite as powerful as
they’d hoped. This is because the version of the Galaxy Note 7 arriving in the UK may feature a different processor to the one launching in the US and other countries. The Galaxy Note 7 goes on sale here on September 2nd.
The confirmation comes from chipmaker Qualcomm, which has confirmed that the US version of the Galaxy Note 7, set to be released on August 19th, will be powered by its Snapdragon 820 chipset. This would mean that Samsung is continuing its practice of releasing different versions of its top devices with varying hardware prowess in different countries.
Most recently, Samsung’s top smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which were revealed back in March at Mobile World Congress, went on sale with different hardware depending on the country you bought the device in. Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor was inside the devices sold in the UK and Europe, whereas the US and other non-European markets got a Snapdragon 820 chip in their Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Although using the same hardware as its last smartphones may sound like a cheap move, the Snapdragon 820 is still far and away the best Android processor around today, allowing for 4K video capture, superfast internet connections and speedy re-charging via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology. Benchmark tests of the Exynos-powered Galaxy S7 edge versus the Snapdragon version found that the latter was able to perform better when it came to speed, graphics performance and battery life. This could mean that European versions could again be set for a slightly underpowered version.
Qualcomm’s Alex Katouzian said, “Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung continue to build upon a long history of working together to provide consumers with superior mobile experiences, and we are pleased to do so again with the Galaxy Note7. “The powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, in concert with secure eye-based biometric authentication, offers users a truly next-generation mobile experience at their fingertips.”