After months of leaks and rumors surrounding its flagship smartphone, Samsung has finally announced its latest smartphone – the Galaxy Note 7. Yes, it’s called Galaxy Note 7 and not Note 6. The company has decided to sublime its numbering scheme for flagship devices.
The smartphone features a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED dual-curved display. The dual-curved display is a first for the Note line-up. Also, the curvature of the screen is different from the S7 Edge, so the Note 7 has more flat surface area.
Under the hood, it is powered by Snapdragon 820 processor. However, in some countries, the phone will ship with Exynos 8890 instead of S820.
It also packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an option to expand the storage up to 128GB through microSD card. This time, the handset has only one variant. If you need more storage option, you’ll have to rely on microSD card.
As of the camera department, Samsung has included a 12 megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS and dual pixel technology. There is also a 5 megapixel front facing camera with OIS.
The Note 7 runs on Android Marshmallow based company’s own TouchWiz UI. It supports 4G LTE category 9, 10 and 12. To ensure that the phone remains safe from water and dust, it has IP68-grade dust and water proofing.
It is powered by a 3,500mAh battery which is non-removable. It also support Quick Charging and Wireless Charging technology. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port, a first for the Samsung device.
One of the major feature of the Note 7 is an Iris biometric sensor, which is compatible with Samsung’s Knox technology that enables better security functions. With “Samsung Pass”, users can authenticate themselves using iris scanner for m-commerce services. It also supports Samsung Pay. Along with the iris scanner, the company has also included traditional fingerprint scanner, housed in the home button.
The S-Pen, which has been a part of Note line-up, has been slimmed down further to 0.7mm from 1.6mm. The button’s position has also been lowered and the sensitively has been doubled for better response. Now, it won’t get stuck even if you jam it in backwards.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be available in silver titanium, black onyx, and blue coral color variants. A gold version will also be available in international markets. Pre-orders will start from August 3rd on major carriers in the US and the worldwide sales are scheduled for August 19th.
The phone is priced at $880 in US. The Galaxy Note 7 will launch in India on August 11. Stay tuned for updates related to its pricing and availability in India.