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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a spectacular flagship smartphone. The large, 5.7” screen, 4GB of RAM, the latest Exynos 8890 octa-core CPU, and 64GB of internal storage are just a few of the hardware specs that made it one of the best smartphones that Samsung has ever launched. Unfortunately, immediately after the official release, problems with the non-removable battery eventually led to the discontinuation of sales throughout the world.
The news led to a drop in Samsung’s share value, but most importantly, it left thousands of users without a usable smartphone. Let's take a look at 5 of the best alternatives to the discontinued Galaxy Note 7.
Galaxy S7 Edge
If you want to stick with Samsung, then the Galaxy S7 Edge is the obvious replacement option for the Galaxy Note 7. It has a very similar design, with an almost identical AMOLED display. Moreover, it has the same camera, so you won’t be seeing any differences in photos and videos. However, there are a couple of notable differences: you won’t be getting the stylus you’re accustomed to if you used the Note 7, but you’ll be getting a bigger, and definitely safer, battery.
One of the direct competitors, both in specs and price, is the new LG V20. The 5.7” main display is accompanied by a smaller display at the top, which houses all the important notifications and quick settings. It’s a bit larger than the Galaxy Note 7, but not by a noticeable amount. The LG V20 comes with a removable battery, expandable storage, and an excellent audio quality. On the downside, it doesn’t have any water resistance capabilities, but that won’t be an issue if you’re careful when using it.
iPhone 7 Plus
Another great choice, although not suited for everyone, due to the abrupt differences between Android and iOS. Nevertheless, if you’re less interested in the hardware, rather than the software, know that the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the best, high-end large phones. It packs a really good camera and one of the best displays on the market, even though it’s not AMOLED. Moreover, the battery life is also quite impressive.
Google Pixel XL
There has been a lot of hype around Google’s latest Pixel phones. Unlike other companies and smartphone lines that feature differences between their different sized models, Google offers the same hardware specs in both the Pixel and Pixel XL. We do recommend the Pixel XL because of its size. However, the Pixel XL has no IP certification, and most importantly, no expandable storage. Besides these two cons, there’s really not much else to blame on Google for their new flagship.