At a press event today in New York, Samsung unveiled the latest generation Galaxy Note device to date: the Galaxy Note 7. Previous rumors had suggested that this would be the name choice of Samsung, and it appears that these reports were correct.
“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity, entertainment with strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life now moves faster than ever, so we created the Galaxy Note7 to help users get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”
For starters, the Galaxy Note 7 includes a 5.7-inch quad-HD display with dual-edges that have received a complete redesign. This is because edges similar to the ones found on the Galaxy S7 Edge just wouldn’t work with the design Samsung wanted for the Note 7. If they made them too long, you’d risk cracking the glass. But if they made them too short, you couldn’t work with all the sweet Edge features like you’d expect. So, Samsung had to manufacture these edges with a complete different method using Gorilla Glass 5. They believe that they’ve hit the nail on the head design wise with the edges on the Note 7, however we’ll have to see what comes out of some real world testing to be sure.
With Galaxy Note7, Samsung continues to defy boundaries of engineering to deliver a more ergonomic and intuitive user experience through innovative design. Every edge, surface and detail of the design has been refined to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. Although the Galaxy Note7 features a large screen, the unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve remains balanced and light with the sleek feel users have come to love from the Galaxy series. The powerful Edge Panel provides one-tap access to applications, news and functions.
Spec wise, we’re looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor clocked in at 2.15GHz on two cores and 1.6GHz on another two cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB standard of expandable storage via microSD card up to an extra 256GB, a 3500mAh battery with wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, a USB-C port for fast charging and data sync, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and a fingerprint sensor. All in all, you can simply tell these are flagship-level specs which is what we’ve come to expect from the Galaxy Note series.
Samsung has built in a 12MP rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture, the same sensor found on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. There’s also a 5MP front camera with the same f/1.7 aperture. These are the best cameras they’ve ever built into a smartphone says Samsung, so we’re gonna have to take a look at them when we get our hands on the device.
The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera that was introduced on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast autofocus work together to create sharp and beautiful photos even in low-light environments.
New for the Note 7 this year is an Iris Scanner. It’s been rumored for quite some time that Samsung would be bringing an added level of security to your smartphone this time around, so it’s nice to see it finally come into play.
In case you’re not aware, an iris scanner scans your iris to unlock your phone. Since everyone’s eyes are different, it makes sense for Samsung to build such a sensor as an added level of security. Any data collected from the sensor is encrypted on the phone and is never distributed, so you can be sure you’re safe using the newest security scanner to make it’s way to Samsung’s smartphone lineup.
Samsung understands the importance of keeping content on users’ phones protected. Coupled with Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform, Galaxy Note7 provides heightened security and privacy options, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology, new to the Note series. The Galaxy Note7 offers more authentication options that can be used interchangeably depending on how people use their phones, wherever they are, or whatever they are doing.
Samsung’s S Pen has also received an upgrade for 2016 which brings the tip of the Pen’s width down from 1.6mm to just 0.7mm. This is to make the Pen more accurate, sensitive, and precise when compared to past variations of the utility. New air commands accompany the Pen alongside various new writing tools and painting options for artists or simple doodlers.
The enhanced Galaxy Note7 S Pen is more than just a writing tool – it is the gateway to getting more done efficiently and accurately. Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes, without unlocking the screen, by using Screen off Memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select. In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It is even easier to access the best of the S Pen’s creative abilities with Samsung Notes, the unified app allowing users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.
The new S Pen writes with ease and precision. The new, improved pressure sensitivity and smaller 0.7mm tip provides a ballpoint pen-like experience.
The entire S Pen is also completely waterproof alongside the rest of the Galaxy Note 7 thanks to an IP68 certification.
Samsung’s also releasing some new accessories for the Galaxy Note 7 including a fully-waterproof battery case.
A new line of accessories will be available to complement the Galaxy Note7, including the new S-View Standing Cover, a light and portable cover that can be used to prop the device at a 60-degree angle for easy viewing of content, as well as an IP68 water resistant battery backpack accessory for on-the-go charging.
In addition, an adapter for microUSB chargers and accessories will be included in the box for the Note 7 since the device now features a USB-C port.
Price wise, the Galaxy Note 7 will cost between $770-$800 depending on which carrier you get the device from. The US will be receiving the device and will be able to preorder the Note 7 starting tomorrow, August 3rd. The latest Note will be available in Blue Coral, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx in the US, while the Gold Platinum looks to be not arriving in the States as of yet. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will carry the Galaxy Note 7 in their retail stores starting August 19th, while Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, as well as Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, Target and select Walmart stores will also carry the device. Various promotions for the Note 7 which can score you a free Gear Fit 2 or a Samsung 256GB memory card can be seen at www.samsungpromotions.com.
Samsung today is also refreshing their Gear VR headset with a fresh jet black design, USB-C (with backwards micro-USB compatibility), and a wider field of view. This will also be shipping starting August 19th, while preorders will begin tomorrow. $99 is all you’ll have to fork over to get one of these headsets, so at least it’s not too expensive.
By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality, anywhere. The incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor on the Galaxy Note7 delivers an ultra-immersive experience. With a new look and a vast, ever-growing library of apps, photos, games and more, Gear VR puts users in the center of the action. Whether it’s next level gaming or journeying to places you’ve never been before, there’s always something new to discover.
You can check out Samsung’s full press release for the Galaxy Note 7 and refreshed Gear Vr headset here.
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