Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy Note7's screen is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Samsung Exynos 8 Octa core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 2.5 days standby time, 2280 minutes (2G), 2280 minutes (3G), 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Note 7 is the best phone Samsung makes, and for a lot of people, the it’s the best Android phone you can buy.

- Michael Nunez , Gizmodo 

Samsung's stacked Galaxy Note 7 does things you didn't know a phone could do.

- Malarie Gokey , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 52 reviews

What's good  

  • Stunning design
  • S-Pen input
  • All-day battery life
  • Detailed camera
  • HDR video support
  • Future-proof performance
  • Plenty of storage space

What's bad  

  • Price
  • Recall concerns

UPDATE: As of October 10, 2016 the Note 7 is officially dead.

Even if you have a replaced device as mentioned in the previous update, Samsung is recommending that all owners power down their phones immediately and take advantage of one of the many refund and return offers available.

Samsung is offering a full refund on Note 7 devices as well as trade offers to apply the existing cost of the Note 7 toward another Samsung device. You can find full details on their official recall page.

XDA Developers released this video of the crazy fire-resistant box that Samsung is shipping out for returns. If you’re looking to skip that whole hassle, your best bet is to contact your carrier and see if a nearby store can help!

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UPDATE: On September 2, 2016, Samsung issued a voluntary recall for all previously shipped Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones due to concerns with overheating and fires during charging. Details are still scant on specific recall procedures. However, until this is handled, we recommend avoiding third-party sales sites if you’re seeing insane Note 7 deals.

UPDATE: Samsung has established an official exchange program for Note 7 owners in the US. They will exchange the phone for another Note 7 or allow you to switch to a Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and refund the difference. For the inconvenience, they are also offering a $25 credit toward your bill, carrier purchases or as a gift card.

Procedures for other countries are still undetermined. For full details on the process, refer to Samsung’s press release.

UPDATE: According to The Verge, Samsung is ready to start shipping replacement Note 7s. New devices with the battery issue resolved will include a blue S on the packaging. If you’re looking to buy a used Note 7, be sure that the IMEI or Serial Number on the box matches the phone and that it has a blue S as there might be a flood of old devices in new boxes emerging online.

Samsung’s Note series and it’s handy S-Pen have been the go-to mobiles for creatives or people looking for a productivity workhorse. With the latest release, Samsung has refined the Note even further. But does it still stand up with some many phones offering beasty performance and large screens?

Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

Like the rest of Samsung’s 7-series phones, the Note 7 features a metal and glass design. The S-Pen has a holster near the top of the device, otherwise, it’s your standard Samsung button arrangement with a hardware home button and fingerprint scanner combo and capacitive touch buttons for Android features. It’s also IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.

Reviewers raved about the phone design with Hot Hardware saying, “For a large 5.7 inch phone, it’s impressive how compact and comfortable it feels. Its glass front and rear faces are both slightly curved at the edges and feed into a smooth, polished aluminum frame.”

Flipping around front, you’re greeted with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel running at 1440-by-2560. The sleek wrap-around glass extends the screen to the side edges of the handset. Android Authority noted, “Text is sharp across the board, video playback is always nice on a larger display, and playing games like MOBIUS Final Fantasy proved to be really fun with such a vivid screen.”

Reviews indicate that the phone’s quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are more than ready to deal with the high-resolution display and today’s myriad of apps. Stuff tested the phone and said, “Apps open very quickly and multitasking is lightning fast as well. Sure, you might notice it getting a little hot at times but it's far from the worst offender on this front and it never reached uncomfortable levels during our testing.”

To ensure you’ve got plenty of room for your favorite apps, games and media, the Note 7 includes 64GB of onboard storage and support for microSD cards up to 256GB in capacity. The phone ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, though Samsung has promised updates to Android 7.0 Nougat.

The phone features Samsung’s much-debated TouchWiz UI. If you’ve disliked their additions to Android in the past, reviewers are much more positive with this latest edition. CNet noted, “Samsung's refreshed custom layer is a more colorful, trimmed down take on its TouchWiz software interface, and feels cleaner and easier to read.”

If you’re looking to snap pictures with your new phablet, the 12MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and front-facing 5MP lens received great reviews--even in low-light. The Verge declared them, “arguably the best smartphone camera available right now.”

To help keep the design trim and make room for the S-Pen, Samsung had to use a 3500mAh sealed battery for the Note 7. This means no swapping batteries if power runs low. Fortunately, reviews on battery life were stellar. TechRadar said, “We found that the Note 7 went just shy of a day and a half with steady, normal usage.”

Security features include a fingerprint scanner and iris scanner--both of which received good reviews.

The real star of the Note 7--and arguably the biggest reason to buy it at all--is the S-Pen. Reviews on this smart stylus are better than ever. The Verge noted, “The pen tip itself is narrower and has twice as many levels of pressure sensitivity for a more natural writing feel.” From hand jotting notes to making GIFs, reviews who used the S-Pen loved it.

This brings us to the biggest issue cited by reviewers. Unless you’re going to use the S-Pen frequently, the price for the Note 7 simply doesn’t compete with similar non-stylus offerings. Time and time again reviewers noted price concerns. Those that used the S-Pen heavily felt the cost justified. Those that didn’t use the S-Pen felt the phone was overpriced.

Overall, Forbes summed up opinions well, saying, “So for people like me, the Note 7 is a worthy purchase. But to everyone else — the average consumer who doesn’t upgrade phones every half a year or someone who has no idea what 1080p or custom launcher means), I can’t recommend the Note 7. There are other phones out there that do 95% as much, at half the price.”


Gadget Review

Feature-packed phablet for power-users

from Gadget Review

After a good run with the Note 7, we’re left overly positive impressions. Samsung is edging smartphone perfection now, as this latest Note takes the Galaxy S7’s elegant and expertly crafted curved glass design and packs on even more features for power users. In our opinion, the Note 7 is the most well-rounded smartphone in terms of quality and the most beautiful one to date. Although, it comes at a price, and we’re not just talking about the hefty $850 base cost. Despite being Gorilla Glass 5 reinforced, the exterior can easily crack with the right impact. A case is practi... Full review

Tom's Guide

Avoid this phone, at least for now

from Tom's Guide
If you want a phone with a big screen, the Galaxy Note 7 should be at the top of your list. It offers a gorgeous 5.7-inch display in a striking rounded design that's a pleasure to hold, plus a best-in-class camera, water resistance and very long battery life... Full review

The best and worst of smartphones

from AndroidPIT
The Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best, if not the best, smartphone that I've ever tested and I'm considering it as my next phone. The exploding battery situation might be terrible for Samsung, but if it resolves the issue and drops the Note 7 price, it could make the Note 7 an even more attractive purchase option when it reappears... Full review
Fone Arena

Great build quality and elegant design

from Fone Arena
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is without a doubt the best Note series device and possibly the best smartphone Samsung has made ever although the S7 Edge may come on top for a few people based on their preference. It is also most definitely one of the best phablets that you can buy at the moment, if not the best. If you are treaded the iOS path then none of the Android phones might tempt you especially since the new 7 Plus offers quite the package. However, Android users may struggle to find a package as complete as this right now... Full review
The Gadgeteer

A workhorse of a device and well worth considering

from The Gadgeteer
I feel like the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is the best Android smartphone to date from any manufacturer. It’s just a shame that this particular phone is always going to be referred to as that smartphone with the exploding battery. I’m hoping that Samsung can recover from this massive blow to their reputation... Full review
PC Magazine

Most attractive and powerful phablet you can buy

from PC Magazine
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is undoubtedly one of the best phablets available, but at US$850, it's also the priciest. That's not to say it isn't worth it; you get a powerful processor, one of the best displays available, a surprisingly svelte and rugged build, strong network connectivity, an excellent camera, great battery life, and a useful S Pen stylus... Full review
Droid Life

The best phone you can buy right now

from Droid Life
You may have noticed that outside of a lack of Unicorn rainbow tear beer production, we couldn’t find anything wrong with the Galaxy Note 7. Is it the perfect phone? Not necessarily (Hello, recall!). It’s performance throughout a day isn’t the best, nor is the battery life. It’s also too expensive for many and may be too big as well... Full review
IT Pro

Leaves its rivals standing

from IT Pro
Samsung's latest phablet has top-flight performance and battery life, with heaps of productivity features - and it's all squeezed into a sleek, attractive package that's as comfortable in the hand as anything we've tested... Full review
Sunday Express

Phablet perfection comes at a high price

from Sunday Express
A fabulous phablet with a stunning water resistant design and one of the best cameras on the market. Aside from a pointless iris scanner and high price, this is a flawless device... Full review
Ars Technica

The opposite of “bang for your buck”

from Ars Technica
When you can already get a great phone with the best specs for £350, a £700 price point gets a lot harder to justify. There's no room for excuses or compromises. As the most expensive phone, the Galaxy Note 7 also needs to be the best phone. It isn't... Full review

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