Galaxy Note vs Galaxy S—what is the difference?

For more than five years, Samsung has been releasing phones in two series: the Note Series and the ‘S’ series. Learn the differences between the two phone models through this comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 versus the Galaxy S7.

Design and Size

It doesn’t take much to see the striking resemblance between the Galaxy Note and the S7. They share a similar design, construction and finishes. They have the same gorilla glass construction and curved edges. But upon taking a close look, you’ll realise there are some differences.

The Galaxy Note 7 is slightly larger at 5.7-inches. It’s also a tad bit heavier at 169g. The S7 weighs 152g and features a 5.1-inch screen. Both phones are bezel-less, meaning their screen displays spans from one corner to the other. This leads to more extensive displays on both phones.

When it comes to construction, the Note 7 is sturdier. It features a better Gorilla Glass than the S7, implying it can survive more substantial hits. Of course, the Gorilla Glass 4 used by the S7 is equally durable and can withstand most hits and falls.

Both phones share similar water-resistance features. If submerged into a glass full of water, the phones could remain active for up to one hour.

 Displays and Screen Resolution

The Galaxy Note 7 was the first of its kind to adopt Samsung’s dual curved screens. This made it thinner than its predecessors, notably the Note 5 and the Note 4. As aforementioned, it’s also bigger than the S7 Edge. It’s not bigger than its forbearers though. They all feature similar 5.7-inch screens.

If you were to compare Note 4 vs Galaxy S7, the latter is significantly better. But now that the Note 7 packs a much-improved display and superior performance (more on this later), it is better than the Galaxy S7.

Both Note 7 and the S7 feature AMOLED screen types and have the same 1440 x 2560 screen resolutions. The S7 beats its rival in pixel density but lags in screen to body ratio. In reality, the S7’s modestly better display features don’t make a big difference. You get the same superb resolutions using either device.


The two devices share the same performance features. They use Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chipsets and pack eight processor cores. Graphics-wise, the devices use Mali-T880 MP12. Additionally, they are based on 64-bit architecture and feature 4GBs of RAM each.

If you only use your smartphone to browse apps and play simple mobile games, either device will offer enough power for you. Even a fanatic photo editor that uses smartphones for editing will appreciate both the Note 7 and the S7’s performances.

Someone looking for the best inline devices from Samsung should, however, shift their focus to the S9 and S10 devices. The S9 presents 6GBs of RAM while the S10 packs 10GB’s of RAM. Both of these flagship devices use Samsung’s more advanced chipsets. They are also sleeker and pack better specs overall.

Security & Software

Samsung promised a much secure phone before releasing the Note 7. As it turned out, improved security came in the form of an iris scanner. The S7 Edge lacks this feature but is equally secure with its fingerprint scanner.

An iris scanner comes with the tradeoff of having to remove your glasses before initiating the security technique. On the bright side, a strong password and fingerprint security will do the same trick.

Note 7 offers better software, particularly the expanded Pen Stylus that supports writing on Samsung’s Always-on screen feature. If you prefer to write down your schedule or anything else over typing, Note 7 makes a good case of why you should get it.

With Note 7’s new curved screen, it’s now supported by Samsung’s Edge software. You can now access customizable widgets by simply swiping over the Note’s screen edges. Both phones are based on Android v6.0.1 and come with Android’s Touch Wiz customisation.

Cameras and Video Recording

Samsung has always done a splendid job in the camera department; even this means partnering with Sony. The Galaxy Note 7, for example, features a 12MP rear camera affiliated to Sony.

The phone’s rear has a premium F 1.7 aperture and can take pictures or record videos in 4K quality. The front camera manages 1080p video quality. It’s 5MP in display quality and features a sleek 1.7 aperture, nonetheless.

The best part about Samsung’s new phones is that they use dual pixel technology, allowing phones to use 100% of available pixel to improve focus. For comparison, Note 5, 4 and three only allowed 1% use of pixel use.

The Samsung S7 also features the same camera specs. Both phones also support low-light performance, allowing you to take clear photos at night. Of course, the images can’t be more evident than during the day, but both phones will work great at festivals and parties.

Battery Life and Storage

Samsung continued its trends of releasing bigger batteries on its latest flagships with the Note S7. To be precise, the phone has a 3500mAh battery, which is a 500mAh improvement. The Galaxy S7 features a 3000mAh battery but keep in mind the phone powers a smaller screen resolution.

When the Note 7 came out, most people expected it to have a battery capacity of at least 4000mAh. Samsung had other plans and only introduced a 4000mAh battery when it launched Note 9. Even the Samsung S9 Edge only managed a paltry 3500mAh battery, which was disappointing.

In spite of this, the storage capacity of both phones is excellent. You have 64GBs of disk space with either option, space you could expand to 200GB on the S7 and 256GB on the Note 7.

To Conclude

It’s less than three years since Samsung released the Note 7 and the company has already released an array of more cutting edge flagships. But considering both the S7and the Note 7 are relevant today, they’re worth checking out. Even Samsung’s earlier phones like the Note 5 and the Note 4 could still be of use if you’re willing to trade performance for more affordable prices.

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