It was a different time. Remember when the first-generation Galaxy Note was unleashed upon the world and we thought its 5.3-inch display was outrageously large? Several years later, the next big thing has arrived and it’s actually a lot smaller than you might think. We had the chance to go hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and we’ve got the video to show for our troubles.

Based on our very early impressions, several key points stand out on the Galaxy Note 7. First, despite having an expansive 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen (with that always-on tech), it doesn’t feel humongous in the hands. A big part of this has to do with the fact that it now boasts a similar dual-curved screen as the S7 edge and S7 edge+. It’s really comfortable to hold with virtually non-existent side bezels. And yes, the display is positively gorgeous.

Samsung has also taken the IP68 waterproof protection to the next level, extending it to the S Pen and its slot. The Galaxy Note 7 has all the makings of a high-end premium smartphone, including its (for now) unique infrared iris scanner that’ll work in the dark. Samsung says it’s more accurate and faster than the (still in place) fingerprint scanner. There’s USB-C too, charging the larger 3500 mAh battery to full in 100 minutes. On the downside, the Galaxy Note7 doesn’t have Android 7.0 Nougat yet; it ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

And if you’re wondering about why they skipped the Note 6, Samsung cites two reasons. First, it is technically the seventh Note if you count the Note Edge. Second, this better aligns with the Galaxy S7, since it shares so much of the same technology and design.

Pre-orders are being taken now and you’ll be able to pick up your shiny new Galaxy Note 7 starting this Friday, August 19. Full retail has set at $1,050 in Canada. Check with the individual carriers to get their contract pricing. Peep the video and slideshow below and look for the full written review here very soon.


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