Samsung Galaxy Note 7: 10 features you should know about

There was a time when we hated Samsung gimmicks, but these new ones are pretty useful.

Meryl D'Souza August 10, 2016

In case any of you are wondering, this is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and yes its predecessor was called the Note 5. Don’t worry you didn’t miss a launch or new model in between, Samsung decided to skip 6 to sync the Note line with the Galaxy S line.

We were at the UAE launch of the Note 7 last night in Dubai, and in case you’re deliberating on dropping AED 3,000 for the Note 7 come August 19, perhaps this will help make up your mind. 

Iris scanner

You know you’re part of the future when your phone is capable of unlocking itself by simply scanning your eyes. The Note 7 does this thanks to a front facing infrared iris-scanning camera. We tried this at the launch and can tell you that it’s faster than scanning your fingerprint.


Since 2014, there’s been a noticeable rise in the travel industry. You'd think there’s nothing more smartphone manufacturers can do other than giving users a better camera for stellar images and access to the internet so users can use Google Translate to help them in a foreign land but someone at Samsung is really paying attention to the details. Using the S Pen, users can hover over text and have it translated instantaneously by the Note 7.

Video to gif

The Note 7 lets you create custom 15-second GIFs with the help of Smart Select on YouTube. Users can alter speeds and add text to their custom GIFs that will hopefully go viral.

Lock screen notes

The Note 7 will allow users to write directly on the standby screen, and then pin (or save) the notes to their lock screen. That makes the notes accessible at anytime from the always-on display, without unlocking their phone.

The all-new S Pen

Since we’re talking so much about its features, it’s only fair that you get to know the S Pen that’s taken the trouble of slimming the tip down from a clunky 16mm to 0.7mm. Any clips, scribbles or notes users make with the pressure-sensitive S Pen will find their way into the new Samsung Notes app. The new app that’s perfect for budding artists and graphic designers can now mix colours.

HDR display

Samsung has now taken its High Dynamic Range technology from its TVs and applied it to the Note 7, which essentially means the Note 7 is capable of a wider range of colours. Samsung already boast the best smartphone screens in the market with their AMOLED displays, but it’s good to see them pushing forward even though they’re leading the pack.

Great camera

Why try to fix something that isn’t broken? The Note 7 comes with the same 12MP rear imaging system that can give users sharp and detailed images with its Optical Image Stabilisation technology even in lowlight.


Like the S7 and S7 Edge, the Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating. The bigger news is that the S Pen is also waterproof and can be used to take notes underwater. It seems a little useless now, but maybe it’s worth noting that you don’t have to hide you phone or miss out on notes, when the rain hits.

Smaller battery

The Note 7 has a bigger battery than its predecessor (the Note 5), which sounds like good news but isn’t. The Note 7 comes with the same 3,500mAH battery as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and loses out on stamina to the S7 Edge. When you consider that the Note 7 comes with a bigger screen and a couple of better features, the lack of attention to battery life is a deal breaker.

Type-C and wireless battery backup

Samsung are hoping to offset that lack of increase in battery life with fast charging capabilities. On the wired front Samsung have opted for the USB Type-C port (we told you it’s the future), but are shipping each Note 7 device with a micro USB adapter to facilitate user transition. On the wireless front, Note 7 owners have the option of going for the 3.100mAH wireless battery pack that doubles up as a cover for the phone.