Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5 vs S7 specs comparison: what's new with the flagship phablet?

An image of the Galaxy Note 7 that caused problems for Samsung and its customers last year. (Samsung Mobile)

The long rumored flagship from Samsung is finally here the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 7. After numerous reports and speculations, the official specifications of the device is now out, and soon after, users in various parts of the world would be able to get their hands on the upcoming phablet from the South Korean tech giant.

As one may have easily noticed, the new flagship phablet skipped a number the Galaxy Note 5 was the most recent version and was immediately followed by the Galaxy Note 7. This was done to have uniformity across the company’s flagship devices. The Galaxy Note series now has the same number as the Galaxy S7 series.

So, how does the new flagship phablet differ from the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones?

First off is the display. The Galaxy Note 7 has kept the traditional size of the display at 5.7 inches with Super AMOLED technology. However, unlike the Note 5, this new one comes in the curved edge variant. It has the same Quad HD resolution, too, but with an additional new feature the added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), one of the first devices to sport such a feature.

The Note 7 was also revealed to be the first Galaxy Note device to be waterproof. With IP68 certification, even the iconic S Pen will be able to write while underwater with depths of up to one meter.

While the Galaxy S7 edge and the Note 5 both had fingerprint sensors as a biometric security feature, the new Galaxy Note 7 has the new iris scanner, which is expected to be the new mainstream biometric scanner for future flagships.

It has the same 12-megapixel dual-pixel camera as the Galaxy S7. It also runs under the same Snapdragon 820 chipset, with a variant running on the Exynos 8890 processor.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now available to pre-order, and U.S. sales will start on Aug. 19.