Samsung Announce the Galaxy Note 7 with Waterproof S Pen

Each and every year since 2011, Samsung has used a 1,2 Punch to take on the mobile market with the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note. Throughout 2016, we've already seen the Galaxy S7 line launch to great effect, and after all of the leaks and all of the rumors, now the Galaxy Note 7 is finally here. Many of you might be wondering what happened to the Galaxy Note 6, and it appears as though Samsung has decided to skip the 6 and go straight to 7 in order to unify their two flagship lines. It seems as though Samsung has made some big steps with the Galaxy Note 7, and it could be the best Galaxy Note yet.

With a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, at a resolution of 2560 x 1440, including a slight curve to the display on the left and right sides, the Galaxy Note 7 is every bit the large device that people have come to know and love. Behind that display is a Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8890 depending on where in the world you are, and there's also 4GB of RAM alongside 64GB of  internal storage, with the return of the SD card slot, too. Many of you will have been looking forward to 6GB of RAM under-the-hood here, but it seems as though Samsung is holding something back for future versions of the Galaxy Note. It shouldn't surprise many that the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S are sharing common DNA in 2016, and the same 12-megapixel Dual Pixel autofocus camera is present, as well as a 5.0-megapixel around the front. Both of these cameras feature apertures of f/1.7 and the same sort of software we saw on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, meaning a fast and consistent experience for all.  All of this is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery, which, unlike last year's Galaxy Note is going to be charged via the USB Type-C port, which means that there's also a new Gear VR headset on its way.

The Galaxy Note, for a lot of people, is all about the S Pen for a lot of people, and the Galaxy Note 7 has a new trick up its sleeve for S Pen fans. Just like the Galaxy Note 7 itself, the S Pen is IP68 certified, making it dust and water-resistant, and this year the S Pen will work on the Galaxy Note's display even when it's wet. This is a big deal, as waterproof phones still have the problem of being notoriously difficult to use with a wet display, and now, the Galaxy Note 7 changes all of this with its waterproof stylus.

While the S Pen is one feature that is getting a dramatic update, there's a new feature in the form of the Iris Scanner. This is something that we heard of a number of times before, and it seems that all of the leaks were right on the money. The Galaxy Note 7's Iris Scanner will allow users to authenticate Samsung Pay payments, unlock their device, as well as other features to keep their information safe and secure. Samsung say that it doesn't quite work 100% with glasses on at all times, but they're confident that they've refined the experience to being close to that of the fingerprint sensor at some point.

Measuring 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, the Galaxy Note 7 is one of the largest devices on the market, and this should surprise nobody, but it's nice to see that it's still fairly thin at 7.9mm and fairly light at 169g. With a number of different hues available, including the fetching Blue Coral option, the Galaxy Note 7 shares a lot of what people loved from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and that's certainly not a bad thing. It is does however, feature something of a more gentle edge to it than the previous flagships from Samsung. It's a lot more subtle, and yet still gives off a uniform design language across their devices.

While individual carrier availability as well as details worldwide will be announced later on, Samsung has said that the Galaxy Note 7 will be available starting August 19th in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx. Pricing has not been announced, but will no doubt be clarified a little later on.

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