-          Samsung announces Note7 and new VR headset

-          Iris scanning to unlock Note7

-          Dedicated secure folders can be locked with iris scanner

-          Dual curved edges on Note7

UNLOCK your phone just by looking at it - that is the promise of the Galaxy Note7.

Samsung's new flagship large phone will introduce iris scanning as well as a bevy of new security features and improvements to the stylus.

The Note7 was announced at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York today and has curved edges on both sides of the screen. The phone is 2.2mm thinner than the Note5.

The dual curves make the phone symmetrical and Samsung says that makes it the easiest Note to use in one hand.

Samsung has moved to line up the naming conventions between the Note and S lines by jumping from the Note5 straight to the Note7.

The Note7 comes with an increased emphasis on security. As well as the iris scanner, it comes with a secure folder that can be locked using the iris scanner, fingerprints or traditional codes.

The iris scanner uses a dedicated IR camera to scan the unique patterns in your eyes. Only one set of eyes can be logged with the phone compared to five fingerprints. 

 

A Samsung employee logs into a Note7 using the iris scanner.
A Samsung employee logs into a Note7 using the iris scanner. Geoff Egan

Note7 features

-          4GB RAM

-          Android 6

-          64GB onboard memory

-          USB-C

-          2.2mm thinner than Note5

-          3500 mAh battery

The Note7 also introduces new features for the S Pen. The note taking functions are combined into a new Samsung Notes app to prevent them going missing.

The pen can also be used to hover over words and translate them or to zoom up to 300% on the screen. The phone can also grab up to 15 seconds of video and convert it to GIF format for easy sharing on social media.

The Note7 also combines the S7's always on screen with the Note5's note taking capabilities. By removing the S Pen while the phone is locked you can take and save notes without unlocking the screen.

S Pen features

-          0.7mm pin tip

-          108mm long

-          5.8mm wide

-          3g weight

-          Twice as pressure sensitive as the Note5

-          Water and dust proof to IP68 standards

 

The new Samsung Galaxy Note7.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note7. Geoff Egan

Samsung says the Note7 has been designed not just for power users but for the increasing number of users who rely on their phones for watching videos and playing games.

The Note7 and the S Pen are water resistant and dust resistant to the highest IP68 standard. 

 

The complete Samsung Galaxy Note line with the Note7 at the bottom.
The complete Samsung Galaxy Note line with the Note7 at the bottom. Geoff Egan

The Note7 uses a USB-C port to charge and to transfer data at speeds up to 10GB per second. The phone comes with an adapter so accessories from previous phones work.

Samsung promises the phone will be approved for a Telstra blue tick for better reception in rural areas.

Samsung has also announced a new Gear VR model. The model works with the USB-C port and comes with an adapter for compatibility with older model phones.

The new model has a divider between the eyes to prevent light bleed and comes in blue-black instead of white.

The field of view in the new Gear VR has increased from 96 degrees to 101 degrees. It will be released alongside the Note7.

The Note7 will be available from August 19 for $1399. A pre-order scheme will include a 256GB SD card for use with the phone at a value of $299. - ARM NEWSDESK

 

The writer attended the New York Unpacked 2016 conference as a guest of Samsung Australia.


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