Samsung Skips The Number 6, Unveils Galaxy Note 7

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Every year, Samsung releases two flagship phones. The Galaxy S series handsets offer large screens, while the Galaxy Note line-up pushes the envelope for acceptable display size in mobiles.

For its 2016 line-up, Samsung has just unveiled its Note flagship. Dubbed as the Galaxy Note 7, it has skipped the number 6. The handset shares the core design with recent Galaxy S7 edge. It has edge-screens on both sides, while both the front and back has a gentle curve. With all metal and glass construction, the Note 7 has a premium feel to it. Like the Galaxy S7, the Note 7 is also IP 68 (Ingress Protection) certified. It can withstand rains, swimming pools, and muddy gardens.

But are you dumb enough to spend so much money on a phone?

The Note 7 spots a 5.7-inch screen with 1440×2560 pixels. Although slightly bigger, it is the same AMOLED type screen you find on the S7 edge. For those not in the know, these emissive type screens offer deeper blacks compared to LCD screens that reply on backlighting. The Note 7’s specs are similar to that of the S7. The American version is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, while the rest of the world will get the Exynos 8890. The phone has 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and microSD card support up to 256 GB. In the photography department, you get a 12 megapixel front-facing camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). There is also a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls (or selfies, if you are jobless).

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What sets it apart from the S7 is the stylus implementation. The Galaxy Note7 S Pen offers a shaper tip and enhanced pressure sensitivity. Samsung has also added all those confusing and gimmicky Air Commands. To minimise the clutter, Samsung has grouped different Note-related applications in Samsung Notes hub.

In addition to the fingerprint sensor, the Note 7 comes with an iris scanning feature. Much like Microsoft’s Hello feature found on the Lumia 950 and Surface-lineup, Samsung’s biometric sensors uses infrared to identify the user. Using this, you can also secure individual folders and apps.

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The Note 7 is the Korean brand’s first smartphone to feature USB type-C port. So the next time your Note 7’s battery dies, you will have to borrow a charge from an iPhone user. The Galaxy Note7 will be available starting on August 19 and preorders will begin in most countries in a matter of days.

Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

Technology editor, movie buff, and wannabe space explorer.