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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Quad HD Curved Display, Iris Scanner, Waterproof

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Leading mobile electronics giant, Samsung, has announced the sixth installment to the Galaxy Note series.

Samsung has started the big phone era, and it’s now back at refining it even more with the release of the Galaxy Note 7. In case you’re wondering why Note 7, the company decided to drop the Note 6 name and head straight to 7 for branding purposes. Well, it’s nothing really, it’s just a little confusing for casual consumers at first.

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For the first time ever, the Galaxy Note line gets a IP68 waterproof treatment, similar to the Galaxy S7 we’ve seen earlier this year. Like before, most of the new features that go into the Note family gets a preview on the S line. That’s also the case here.

The Galaxy Note 7 is a lot like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but with several new groundbreaking features. First is the curved display up front, meaning it now has subtle curves on both sides. Next is the extremely innovative Iris scanner feature. In most cases, they’re the same. There’s a 12-megapixel DualPixel camera, which makes it one of the best smartphone cameras out there alongside its siblings. The Note 7 also packs either a quad-core Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 chipset, Adreno 530 GPU, and 4GB RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specs

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Single SIM / Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
  • 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Display, ~518 ppi
  • 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU / 2.3GHz Exynos 8890 CPU
  • Adreno 530 GPU / Mali-T880 MP12
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 4G, LTE
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera, f/.7, auto HDR, dual video call
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC, Bluetooth v4.2
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Iris scanner
  • Dimensions: 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 169 g
  • Colors: Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum
  • 3500mAh non-removable Li-Po battery

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The Galaxy Note 7 base model now starts at 64GB of internal storage, so using a microSD isn’t that necessary anymore. It’s good to have, though. At least you know that you can expand it if ever you’re gonna need it.

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There’s not much of an update to the S Pen, aside from the obvious water resistance like the phone itself. The good thing is that it can no longer be inserted backwards, which was a major controversy on the Galaxy Note 5. Writing on the screen while the phone is submerged into the water is possible, too.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will begin rolling out globally on August 19. As for the Philippines, it’ll become available starting August 20 for Php39,990, with Black Onyx and Gold Platinum as the colors to choose from. The device will also be available for pre-order via Smart Postpaid and Smart Infinity beginning Saturday, August 6.

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