Samsung has today taken the wraps off its much anticipated flagship the Galaxy Note 7, the latest in its line the company’s phablet sized stylus-equipped smartphones. This year Samsung has skipped the Note 6 in order to blend with the 2017 “7” naming convention and mixing the best of last year’s Note 5 with the waterproofing and design of this year’s S7 Edge. Pre-order for the Note 7 will start tomorrow, August 3rd. Samsung says that pricing about $800 UGX (2,705,600) before taxes depending on where you look.
The Note its known for being a monster power-house but this year we have seen some phone makers go up to 6 GB RAM which Samsung has not managed to do only giving us 4 GB inside, making the Note 7 is virtually indistinguishable from the S7 or S7 Edge in many other aspects. Equipped with the same Exynos processor, same quick charging and quick wireless charging, and same 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 lens and optical stabilization as it’sS7 devices. When it comes to water resistance the Note 7 is also rated to IP68 specifications and has support for microSD cards (expandable up to 256 GB) which is a big differentiator from last year’s Note 5. When it comes to internal memory, the Note 7 has 64GB of internal storage, and its battery has been increased to 3,500mAh a bump up from the Note 5 that has 3,000mAh capacity.
This year, the Note 7 will not have two options as Samsung feels below are used and love their Edge design thus will be the first Note device with dual-curved display. The Note 7 will have a dual-curved Super AMOLED display with quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixel) resolution with a slightly larger, 5.7-inch size compared to the 5.5 inch Edge 7. It is basically last year’s s6 Edge plus with a stylus. You will be hard pressed to distinguish the Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel with the front, making the whole phone more symmetrical than the S7 Edge. And the biggest change however for the the Note 7 is the shift to the latest standard USB Type-C charging, making it the first for Samsung devices to use this new charging standard. What this means is easy charging and faster data transfer.
The Iris Scanner
The Note 7 features
With other 90% similarities between the Note 7 and the S7 series, the only way to distinguish them is with features. The Note 7 has a new iris scanner that joins the familiar fingerprint scanner and lets you unlock your phone with your eyes. The company claims the iris scanner is more secure than a fingerprint scanner. In the dark the iris scanner relies on an infrared camera that works well in low light, but less so in direct sunlight. The top this all the iris scanner can also be used to lock apps, photos, notes, and other content in a secure folder, separate from the rest of the phone’s data.
The star if the show for any Note device is obviously the S Pen active stylus. Just like the phone the S Pen has been upgraded to also be water resistant, a finer point, and twice as fine pressure sensitivity (4,096 levels, as opposed to 2,048 on earlier models). There a handful of new software features for the S Pen, including a magnifying loupe, quick text translation tool, and a new tool that makes it easy to create GIFs (animated pictures) from any video that’s currently playing.
When it comes to TouchWiz, Samsung has also updated its software interface for the Note 7, with a cleaner color palette, that looks pleasing to the eye. And they will bring this new interface to older models, like the s7 soon. Since Android 7.0 Nougat is has just been released it wasn’t ready to grace the Note 7 so it will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with a promise to future upgrades. (the Android curse)
The New Gear VR
Samsung today announced an updated version of the Gear VR, the company’s mobile virtual reality headset. It features a new touchpad, USB Type-C compatibility, and a slightly wider field of view. The revamped Gear VR will still cost $99 (340,000), and it goes on sale August 19th, with preorders opening up tomorrow.
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