Samsung Galaxy Note 7
A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in Seoul, South Korea, September 2, 2016. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 during 2016’s Mobile World Congress and it was definitely one of the most-anticipated devices of this year. The company took a bounce from Galaxy Note 5 to Samsung Galaxy Note 7, skipping the consecutive number system. The question is whether the upgrade is worth it or not.

The decision is best left to the consumer though there are certain differences worth considering. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 uses Gorilla Glass 5 for protection whereas the Note 5 uses Gorilla Glass 4. The Note 7 & Note 5, both have a 5.7 Super AMOLED displays and 2,560 x 1440 pixel resolution with 515ppi, writes Mobile & Apps.

However, the Always-On-Display (AOD) option is only present in Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that allows users to take notes using the S Pen even without unlocking the device and when the screen is dark. The AOD feature also supports notification from third-party apps.

According to Android Authority, both the Galaxy Note 7 and Note 5 are quite speedy and tend to all multi-tasking commands by users despite the Note 7 having a more powerful octa-core Qualcom Snapdragon 820 processor a the Note 5 an older octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. The 4GB RAM is constant for the two devices though.

The Note 5 was available with internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB but Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with a 64GB internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.

In terms of camera, the Note 7 has a 12MP rear snapper whereas Note 5 has a 16MP snapper. The 5MP front camera remains the same for both. However, the Note 7 is in no way inferior in terms of producing photographs.

Both Galaxy Note 7 and Note 5 have fingerprint scanners though the Note 7 sports an Iris scanner. Moreover, the latest flagship from Samsung has enhanced S Pen features and is dust and water resistant. These features are definitely better than Note 5 though there are not many major differences between the two.