Samsung has this week unveiled the next in its line of Note phablets, and while many expected the company to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, they actually skipped right past that number and opted to launch the Galaxy Note 7.
The reason for the new naming could be because they’ve taken most of the core features from the Galaxy Note 5 and paired them with the design and waterproofing of this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7, in fact the device takes similar internals from the S7, and piles then within a Note shell.
The Note 7 will come with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, or the usual Exynos equivalent, the same 4GB RAM, the same Quick Charging and Wireless charging capabilities, and the same 12-megapixel camera. The only difference is that the Note 7 has 64GB of internal storage, compared to the S7’s 32GB, and its battery has been increased to 3,500mAh, compared to the Note 5’s 3,000mAh.
It makes you wonder whether Samsung has something else Note up their sleeves?
The similarities don’t stop there either, as it’ll offer a dual-curved Super AMOLED display with QHD, 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, though this time it’ll be on a much larger 5.7-inch display. In terms of unique technical features, the Note 7 also moves to USB Type-C charging, a first for Samsung devices.
Seeing as the device is largely similar to the S7 series, Samsung has packed the Note 7 will features that’ll have you pawing at the larger device. The Note 7 has a new iris scanner that allows you to unlock your phone with your eyes, it’ll also have a fingerprint sensor too. Samsung says this iris scanner is more secure than a fingerprint scanner. This iris scanner can also be used to lock apps, photos, notes, and other content in a folder, separate from the rest of the phone’s data.
A feature such as this comes as no surprise considering Samsung’s eye tracking tech has been present in many of its latest handsets. Though to actually go as far as to use this as a security measure is impressive.
Ever since the Note’s conception, the device has offered a stylus in the form of the S Pen which has received a ton of improvements since the initial iteration. This year’s S Pen now comes with water resistance, a finer point, and much finer pressure sensitivity. There’a also a number of software features present too including a magnifier, quick text translation, and a tool to make GIF creation from videos that are currently playing.
The Note 7 will be launching on August 19, with preorders now open and will come in a number of colours: black, silver, and “Blue Coral”, the device will also be available in gold in some markets.