Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Gorgeous and plenty productive too – is this the ultimate phablet?

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 7, and no, you didn't miss an entire generation of the phablet – the line just skipped a number for its latest and perhaps greatest release.

In any case, you might have questions: What sets it apart from last year's phone, let alone the Galaxy S7? And what about the rest of the phablet flagship competition on the market today?

Luckily, we've got answers. We've been hands-on with the Galaxy Note 7, and you should definitely read through that for our in-depth impressions – but here are the quick details you need to know right off the bat.

1) Curve appeal

Samsung's phablet offerings last year were a bit confusing, with the stylus-packing Galaxy Note 5 sticking with a flat display and the curvy Galaxy S6 Edge+ just acting like a larger, stylus-free version of the standard S6 Edge. That's not the case this time around.

Instead, the Galaxy Note 7 is the best of both worlds: it has a beautiful curved screen, with the same access to Edge Apps and contacts as the previous Edge phones, but also the included S Pen. In that way, it's not only beautiful but also super productive.

And the symmetrical design, wherein the back glass is curved just like the front, feels better than past Edge models. Once more, you'll find a 5.7in AMOLED display running at Quad HD resolution, and continuing Samsung's reputation for quality on that front, it's a total stunner.

2) A smarter S Pen

The Galaxy Note 5's S Pen stylus got hammered for inconsiderate design, as it could be slid in the wrong way and break the phone, but we assume that issue has been addressed. Better yet, it's more sensitive and has a finer tip for more natural handwriting capabilities.

On top of that, it has extra perks, including a neat GIF Creator tool that lets you quickly clip YouTube and other online videos to create shareable animated graphics, as well as on-the-fly word translation tools. You can also jot down notes on the always-on screen in a jiffy and take advantage of a few other features. It's handy, especially if you use your phone for work.

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