Monday, 12 September 2016

Samsung’s Loss, Apple’s Gain!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, one of the most anticipated phones of 2016 is under the cloud these days. As Samsung recalled the Note 7 last week after reports emerged of the phone exploding during or after charging.

Note 7 was unveiled in August 2016 as the successor to the Galaxy Note 5, and competitor for Apple’s iPhone 7 which launched last week only. The Note 7 has all the top-end specifications and an enhanced stylus which is the USP of this device. However, soon after the shipping of phone started, there were reports that some phones were catching fire or exploding during or just after charging. The Note 7 has a lithium-ion battery of 3,500 mAh with fast charging.

Samsung confirmed that battery issues were the reasons behind the phones catching fire, but as it was difficult to determine that which phones were affected among those sold, the South Korean company said it would replace all Galaxy Note 7 devices.

This embarrassment even affected the shares of Samsung Electronics Co. which dropped the most in last four-five years after regulators and airlines from the U.S. to Europe warned the passenger against the use of this Smartphone.

The troubles come at a crucial time for Samsung. The company launched the Note 7 last month to give it a head start against Apple’s new iPhone 7, which got unveiled last week. But that advantage has now fallen in the Apple’s court after Samsung has shed about $19 billion in market value.

And, now the questions remain on whether consumers will be really keen to buy this Android fueled Note 7 or they will turn their back on it and go for the latest iOS 10 powered iPhone 7 and 7Plus.

With the recall of all 2.5 million of the Note 7 which Samsung has already shipped, bearing a cost to the company estimated about $1 billion, it is really going to be a must and tough ask for Samsung to keep its consumer engaged.

Below are the features and specification of Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
5.7 inch SUPER AMOLED,
2560 X 1440 pixels
4.7 inch IPS LCD,
750 X 1334 pixels
5.5 inches
1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density)
153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm,
169 grams
138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm,
138 grams
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm,
188 grams
Android v6.0 Marshmallow
iOS 10
iOS 10
Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890
Apple A10 Fusion
Apple A10 Fusion
3GB Ram
64 GB, 256 GB micro SD support
32 / 128 / 256 GB
32 / 128/ 256 GB
12 MP f/1.7 aperture primary,
5MP front camera
12 MP f/1.8 aperture primary,
7MP f/2.2 front camera
Dual 12 MP, (f/1.8, 28mm and f/2.8, 56mm),
7 MP, f/2.2
1/2.6″ sensor size,
geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection,
simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording,
Auto HDR, panorama
1/3″ sensor size,
geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection,
simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording,
HDR (photo/panorama)
Phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer,
gyro, proximity, compass, barometer,
heart rate, SpO2
Fingerprint, accelerometer, USB v2.0,
gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
 3500 mAh non-removable
Up to 2 hours longer battery life than iPhone 6s
Up to 1 hour longer battery life than iPhone 6s Plus

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