Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco
Okay, you got fully refunded of your Galaxy Note 7 and not sure which smartphone should you buy next? If you are in the market for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternative, these devices might interests you.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
First off, if you are still looking to invest in a Samsung brand, the closest alternative to your recently departed Galaxy Note 7 would be the Galaxy S7 Edge. Spotting the same Exynos 8890 chipset, same Leica 12MP Dual Pixel camera, same IP68 rating waterproofing, the difference being Galaxy S7 comes with no S-Pen and still using microUSB. If you are still concerns about the battery on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, rest assured, Samsung issued a notification to all Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners that confirmed their device is not affected. Pricing for the Galaxy S7 at RM2699 for 32GB storage while Galaxy S7 Edge at RM3099 and RM3399, each for the 32GB and 64GB variation.
Google Pixel XL
Alternatively, you have Google Pixel XL. The 5.5″ AMOLED screen device with QHD resolution is the first to launch with Android 7.1 Nougat. Featuring Snapdragon 821 in its core, the device also have the much touted DXOMark’s score 89 of its 12MP camera onboard so if you are into photography these days, rest assured you will capture beautiful shots using its camera. While it is not waterproof and does not have an Iris scanner, the device does come with a fingerprint scanner for advanced biometric verification. Although, as impressive as it might sound Pixel XL does lack a few features behind the Galaxy Note 7 much of which it does not have expandable storage. Pricing for the Pixel XL starts at around RM3183 for the 128GB variation.
Huawei P9 Plus and Huawei Mate 9
If you are still looking after the above suggestions, you might be interested with Huawei P9 Plus smartphone. The device feature the same 12MP dual camera and 5.5″ Super AMOLED 1080p screen. Powering it, Kirin 955 chipset with 3400mAh battery. Or, if you can wait for a few days, Huawei will unveil their new flagship smartphone called Huawei Mate 9. This device will have 2 variants; Manhattan and Long Island. Running on Kirin 960 chipset with 6GB RAM, Leica dual-lens 20MP with f/2.0 camera, 5.9″ QHD screen (Long Island) FHD screen (Manhattan). Internal storage expected to be 256GB and expandable with microSD. The only drawback here is only Huawei Manhattan will be available globally while their Long Island model will be restricted to China market. Pricing expected to be around the same price as Huawei P9 which is around RM2399.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Then, there is the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Yes, it is not an Android device but seeing how this is Apple’s new darling and their current flagship, I feel the need to include it here as one of the alternative. Powered by Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip, this device also come with a IP67 water resistant body and dual 12MP camera much like the Galaxy Note 7. While iPhone 7 still behind the Galaxy Note 7 in hardware department, it is worth noting that the iPhone 7 Plus come with a stereo speakers as well as pressure-sensitive display. But before you settled on this, please be reminded that it does not have a headphone jack. Pricing starts at RM3799, RM4299 and RM4799 respectively for 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants (Jet Black variant only have 126GB and 256GB storage).
So, which one are you getting? Appreciate if you could share with me your choice of replacement smartphone for your Galaxy Note 7.