Samsung Galaxy Note7 Hands-on: First Impressions: Software, Camera

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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow spiced up with some exclusive Samsung features. We already looked at the proprietary S Pen improvements but there's more.

Part of the recent experience is the redesigned notification area and quick toggles. A handy Block notifications button is available for when you need to disconnect. A search field is now available below the quick toggles, which themselves have recent additions (e.g. a sleep-friendly Blue light filter).

The recent notification area and quick toggles

Samsung has enabled HDR support for videos. You see "HDR video" in cameras fairly often, but this refers to a different feature - one you see on new, high-discontinue 4K TVs. The Galaxy Note7 is one of the first mobile devices to support this.

Basically, regular video (regardless of resolution) only uses 8 bits per color channel - that's 256 different shades. HDR video quadruples that number (or more), which both helps prevent color banding in gradients and enables high-contrast scenes (with lots of colorful and blackareas).

The Always on classy screen is back and brings recent features thanks to the S Pen. You can scribble a note that will be always visible, even when the phone is locked (finally the Galaxy Note lives up to its paper counterparts).

The Always on classy screen offers multiple views • Calendar • Note


The Samsung Galaxy Note7 features the same 12MP capturing camera as the S7. This means the fantastic dual-pixel autofocus tech, remarkable image quality and 2160p video recording. The selfie capturing camera is the same 5MP shooter.

Samsung did redesign the capturing camera UI, though. It makes better utilize of swipe gestures - left/correct to change capturing camera mode, up/down to flip between the two cameras.

It was a busy floor as everyone flooded in to try out the Note7, but we managed to snag a few capturing camera samples. It's a familiar capturing camera that offers remarkable image quality and the most accurate autofocus game in town.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 capturing camera samples

We even snapped a quick selfie with the 5MP camera. These days it's unheard of to go somewhere fascinating and not hold at least one selfie.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 selfie

Here's a short video too, 1080p.



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