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Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus specs shootout – Battle of the phablets

by Jacob Kleinman | August 2, 2016August 2, 2016 11:00 am PST

The Galaxy Note 7 is finally here, but how does it compare to Apple’s current flagship phablet. The iPhone 6s Plus may occupy a similar-sized footprint, but these two metal smartphones really couldn’t be more different.

The Galaxy Note 7 packs a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a 3500mAh battery, 64GB of expandable storage, 4GB of RAM and a water-resistant design. By comparison, the iPhone 6s Plus offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 2750mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and starts with just 16GB of non-expandable storage. It’s not water-resistant either. Of course, only Apple’s device runs iOS, so this decision really comes down to which operating system you prefer.

If you’re still on the fence take a look at our photo galleries for each smartphone below, along with a detailed spec-by-spec breakdown at the bottom of this page.

Galaxy Note 7:

iPhone 6s Plus:

Samsung - Galaxy Note 7 Apple - iPhone 6s Plus
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type Super AMOLED Retina HD
Operating System Android 6.0.1 (at launch) iOS 9 (at launch)
Processor Quad Core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 4GB 2GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage Yes No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 LE Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3500mAh 2750mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HR
  • Iris
  • Proximity
  • RGB Light
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
GPS
  • Beidou
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 153.5 mm (6.04 inches) 6.23 inches (15.82 cm)
Width 73.9 mm (2.91 inches) 3.07 inches (78.0 mm)
Depth 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 169 g (5.96 oz) 6.77 oz (192 g)
Colors black, gold, silver, blue Gold, Gray, Rose, Silver
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
In The Box N/A N/A

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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