Sadly, the gorgeous Galaxy Note 7 has been the focus of a massive recall. Now, replacement units have been catching fire and that’s forced Samsung to temporarily halt production. Samsung officially declared an end to the Note 7 in early October.
“For the benefit of consumers’ safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production,” Samsung told Digital Trends in a statement.
If you have a Galaxy Note 7, please return it immediately to the place where you purchased it. You are entitled to a full refund or an exchange for a replacement device of equal value, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall. Please see our full guide on how to return your Note 7 here. The guide also includes recommendations of which device to buy instead.
Below is our original comparison between the S6 Edge Plus, Note 5, and Note 7.
Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Galaxy Note 5
Galaxy Note 7
|Size||154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm (6.1 x 2.98 x 0.27 in)||153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm (6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in)||153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||153 g (5.40 oz)||171 g (6.03 oz)||169 g (5.96 oz)|
|Screen||Dual-edge, 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED||5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED||Dual-edge, 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||2,560 × 1,440 pixels||2,560 × 1,440 pixels||2,560 × 1,440 pixels|
|OS||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB||32GB, 64GB||64GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||No||Yes, up to 256GB|
|Processor||Exynos 7 Octa 7420||Exynos 7 Octa 7420||Qualcomm MSM8996, Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models),
Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, GSM, 4G LTE, HSPA||Wi-Fi, GSM, LTE, HSPA||Wi-Fi, GSM, 4G LTE, HSPA|
|Camera||Front 5MP, Rear 16MP||Front 5MP, Rear 16MP||Front 5MP, Rear 12MP|
|Video||2160p 4K UHD||2160p 4K UHD||2,160p 4K UHD|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 4.2|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3,000mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3,000mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3,500mAh battery|
|Wireless charging||Yes, Qi and PMA||Yes, Qi and PMA||Yes, Qi and PMA|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Color offerings||Black, gold, silver, white, pink||Black, gold, silver, white||Black, white, gold, silver|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|DT review||3 out of 5 stars||4 out of 5 stars||4.5 out of 5 stars|
It’s a little odd comparing last year’s tech to what’s current — there’s no doubt the Galaxy Note 7 will beat out its predecessor and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 820, which benchmark site AnTuTu placed at the top of its high-performing smartphone chips list. Samsung even has a newer Exynos 8890 chip that will be powering the international variant of the Galaxy Note 7, compared to the default chip found in the other two smartphones. That’s not to say that the 7420 Exynos chip is poor — it’s still a high-performing chip, but both the 8890 and 820 are a step above it.
All three devices have 4GB of RAM, which should be plenty enough for multi-tasking. They all also have the same 2,560 x 1440p Super AMOLED Quad HD 5.7-inch screen and a fingerprint sensor. Hardware-wise, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is the lightest, but the Note 7 comes in second. In terms of internal storage, the Note 7 wins thanks to its support for a MicroSD card. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 have 32GB and 64GB options — the Note 7 only has one 64GB option, but the added slot lets you bump that number up to 320GB if you get a 256GB MicroSD card.
But of course, the most chalked up feature of the Note 7 is its iris scanner — it lets you unlock your phone just with your eyes. In our initial tests, it was fast, though it did have trouble unlocking the device in certain lighting conditions. You can also use it to unlock apps and folders, and while it’s a little more than a gimmick — the S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 don’t have one.
The battery for the Note 7 also has gotten a 500mAh boost, and the addition of USB Type-C is certainly a plus thanks to its fast-charging capabilities. All three devices support wireless charging and quick charging.
Even the S Pen is better all around on the Note 7, compared to the Note 5. Spec-wise, the stylus has a smaller tip and improved pressure — that allows writing with it to feel a little more natural. The S6 Edge Plus doesn’t come with a stylus.
Overall in terms of internals and the S Pen, it’s clear that the Galaxy Note 7 is the winner here.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 7