Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSNLF) launched the new Galaxy Note 7 last Friday, August 19th, on all the leading carriers.
With its elegant design, improved S Pen, and HDR display support, the smartphone is already receiving favorable comments from the public and specialized websites, and it’s expected to become a direct competitor to the upcoming iPhone 7.
After numerous leaks and rumors, the Galaxy Note 7 has finally revealed its features, here’s a rundown of the phablet’s specs, looks, and functionality.
The phone comes with a native storage space of 64GB, with an additional 256GB expansion option via a mircoSD card.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – or Exynos, depending on region – serves as the processor, complemented with 4GB of RAM and running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but the Galaxy Note 7 will also run Android Nougat 7.0.
It also features a reversible USB-C port that allows users to connect cables without the necessity of checking which side is up or down, the first one for a Samsung product. Besides, this type of port supports USB 3.0 for quicker charging of its 3,500 mAh battery and fast data sharing, though the device also provides a USB 2.0 cable.
Display and design
A 5.7-inch Quad HD dual edge Super AMOLED touchscreen offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution.
For frontal video capture, the phablet uses a 5MP (F 1.7) camera, while the rear comes with a Dual Pixel 12MP shooters like its previous predecessors, the S7 and S7 Edge.
The Note 7 also has a sensor that acts as a barometer, gyrometer, and accelerometer, as well as manages RBG light to ensure high-quality pictures.
The handset has been designed to enhance one-tap user access to applications thanks to its front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 material provides the device’s durability.
For security, the S Note 7 relies on a combination of the well-known Knox system with the addition of a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner, one of the most rumored features on phone forums. The iris scanner allows the user to unlock the phablet with the eyes, and authenticates secure purchases; it’s reportedly very accurate even when using contact lenses, according to an article on CNET.
The S Pen
The new stylus S Pen senses 4,096 levels of pressure and guarantees a cleaner navigation, and it reduces finger strains from repetitive use. The user can write notes or start drawing on the screen without unlocking the phone. And, as it was rumored, both the Pen and the device are water-proof.
The Galaxy Note 7 offers modern entertainment, as it is compatible with the new Oculus’s Gear VR to play the most demanding and current virtual reality games. Besides, the phablet also enables users to share 360 images and videos taken from the high-resolution Gear 360 Camera onto Facebook or YouTube 360 quickly and easy.
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The price of the new Galaxy Note 7 may vary between $849.99 and $999.00 depending on carriers.