Chances are that if you have not been living under a roc for the last couple of months, you surely have heard of the infamous Galaxy Note 7 which started bursting into flames, a few months into its debut. Samsung sought to take back all the damaged handsets and rolled out the Galaxy S8 to suppress the damage caused by the Note 7. There were rumors going on about that Samsung was working on a remake version of the Note 7. They were reportedly salvaging the parts from the burnt out phones and used that to recreate the Note 7 as the new Note 7R. Reports say that the device has already begun its sales in China, where it is sold for half the price. It is not the successor, rather a refurbished version of the predecessor.
Every aspect of the Galaxy Note 7 is the same as the Note 7R. Nothing has been changed except the battery which is swapped out for a better one. In terms of design, the Note 7R has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel and a super AMOLED 5.7 inch display with a pixel density of 518 ppi, which is quite impressive and even sports a FullHD resolution of 1440 x 2560. It’s the same old device in a new package.
The note always comes with a stylus and is IP68 certified, which means it is dust and water resistant. The screen to body ratio is also 78% which is quite impressive, given that most devices have a mere average of 70%. They have tried to make the device look a bit better and frankly, the Note 7R looks a bit better than the Note 7.
Under the hood, the Note 7R is powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor. This is a downgrade from its predecessor. The galaxy note 7 had 4 x 2.3 GHz cores and 4 x 1.6 GHz cores. The news is saying that the Note 7R has only 1.6 GHz cores, which we find a bit awkward, specs wise. It has an inbuilt storage of 64GB same as the Note 7 and 4 GB of RAM, which is decent considering that of the device is halved. No information regarding the graphics card has been released, but we are speculating it to an old reliable Mali- T880 MP12.
The Galaxy Note 7R has gone for sales only in China, before schedule. So very little is known about the device. According to our sources, the device is sporting a very nice value in benchmark scores and by the looks of it, its value for money as it chews through daily everyday tasks with ease. The device would come with Android v7.1 Nougat factory installed, but no news regarding any other future OS updates is made available to the public. Most probably Samsung will not go to the trouble of providing a software update for the device, especially after considering the effort and resources that have already been invested in it.
Much like its predecessor, the Note 7R has a rear 12 MP shooter with 2160p@30fps video recording capabilities. The settings can dial; led down all the way to 720p when the frames jump to 60fps instead of 30fps. The camera has all the modern features including the Optical Image Stabilization along with phase detection and a LED flash. The front camera is a mere 9MP and doesn’t support fullHD recording.
Although image qualities haven't surfaced yet, we are assuming that they will be on par with the previously Note 7. Since Samsung didn’t say anything about altering the camera parts, we think that it will be left intact.
Finally, we are here at the major pickle, the battery, the root of all this trouble. The previously battery had manufacturing issues that caused the Samsung Note 7 to burst into flames, as stated by the company. Though we are not going into any blame game, we hope the Note 7R perform better. At 3200 mAh, the battery is quite juicy and without any problems it should have no problem carrying the phone throughout the day. But definitely a suggestion would be to use the phone in a thrifty way. Not because the battery might be a problem but because, the capacity is lower. The device supports dual-sim 4G VoLTE and thanks to the high bandwidth, the reception is also quite good.