Samsung swings for the fences with the Galaxy Note 7

The original was a gamble. Big and strange and sporting, of all things, a stylus — that forgotten (and at the time, gauche) piece of productivity hardware that had seemingly died out with the physical keyboard. It was also, to the surprise of many, a titanic hit. A gambit that quickly became one of the most instantly recognizable devices in the mobile space, moving 50 million units in its first two years.

While not quite a flagship (an honor that goes to its more mainstream sibling, the Galaxy S), Samsung’s Note line is undoubtedly one of the most iconic handsets around, with a strong enough following to redefine the way in which the industry at large approaches screen size. That first generation’s 5.3-inch display transformed the word “phablet” from…

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