[Update 11 October 2016] Samsung have discontinued producing the Galaxy Note 7 completely – as the “exploding battery” issue is still under investigation. [source]
Samsung is multi-nation conglomerate company – that produce a wide variety of electronic, home appliances, medical equipment and ships just to name a few. The brand was founded 78 years ago, by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, and today ranks in the world’s top 20 Brand’s as-well as being the biggest company in South Korea.
Here in South Africa, Samsung’s has an excellent reputation – when they produce a “Galaxy” smartphone – our citizens buy just like any other part in the world. It’s no wonder that they are possibly one of the largest mobile phone makers, if not the largest.
Recently their Galaxy S7 Note, the top of range in Mobile Devices offerings came under much scrutiny – as it was reported in early September 2016 – that many of the devices have been exploding. Yes, that’s right the device has been blowing up. According to their press release, 35 cases have been reported globally and Samsung have pointed out the root cause as being a battery cell issue. As of September 02, Samsung have ceased selling the Galaxy Note S7 – and for those who acquired the device prior to this date – a new devise can be acquired by performing a swap.
Fast forward to the end of September, 27th to be precise and 60% of Galaxy Note 7’s have been replaced by the company in countries like the the Unite States and South Korea being the biggest markets for the device.
Now the South Korean, has completely re-launched the device. A new Galaxy Note S7, that has been double checked not to blow up. Initially the phone was launched on 2 August 2016, and now the newer revised model has been rolled out on October 03 2016. You can spot the new Galaxy Note 7’s by the new battery Icon seen below:
” To help users enjoy their Galaxy Note7 with complete confidence, Samsung has implemented three specific software changes affecting the battery indication. The new Galaxy Note7 features a green battery icon that’s visible on the Status Bar, the Always On Display screen and the Power Off prompt screen—accessed by long-pressing the power key. Additionally, users can easily verify that they’re using the latest Galaxy Note7 by looking for a square symbol on the label of the phone’s packaging.”
And just to make sure – there should be a SQUARE at the back of the device:
The choice is yours, to buy or not buy. In case you wondering , if the revised edition received any additional features – no it did not.
|Compatible networks||2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
2G CDMA 1xRTT – 800, 850, 1900 MHz
3G TD-SCDMA – 1900, 2000 MHz
3G UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+ – 850, 900, AWS (1700), 1900, 2000, 2100 MHz4G LTE – Bands 1-5, 7-8, 12-13, 17-20, 25-26, 28-30, 38-41
|First released||19 August 2016|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Note 5|
|Related||Samsung Galaxy S7|
|Dimensions||153.5 mm (6.04 in) H
73.7 mm (2.90 in) W7.9 mm (0.31 in) D
|Weight||169 g (6.0 oz)|
|Operating system||Android 6.0.1 “Marshmallow”|
|System on chip||
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4 RAM|
|Storage||64 GB UFS 2.0|
|Removable storage||microSDXC up to 256 GB|
|Battery||3,500 mAh, non-replaceable. Li-on|
|Rear camera||Samsung ISOCELL S5K2L1 or Sony Exmor R IMX260 12 MP (1.4 µm), f/1.7 aperture with fast Dual Pixel autofocus Technology, 4K video recording at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 240 fps|
|Front camera||Samsung ISOCELL S54KE6 5.0 MP f/1.7 with wide-angle lens|