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Samsung Officially Announces the Galaxy Note7

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It’s here! Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of the newest member of their Note family, the Galaxy Note 7. Nope, that’s not a typo – the Korean tech giant has skipped a number (or two) to streamline the naming and branding convention of their two flagship lines.

Samsung Galaxy Note7

  • 2.3GHz Exynos 8890 octa-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 64GB of storage (UFS 2.0), expandable via 256
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, 4K video capture
  • 5-megapixel rear camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner, Iris scanner, USB Type C, IP68 Water resistance, S-Pen
  • 3,500mAh battery, fast charging via USB Type-C
  • Php 39,990

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The 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display is still there, though now the phone has gotten a dual-edged display that’s similar to the ones in the S series of devices. If you’re getting a distinct case of deja vu, it’s not just you. The design of the Note7 is very, very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge. So much so that if we scale the Note7 to the same size as the S7 Edge, you’d probably be hard pressed to see the difference. It’s also important to note that the Note7 is the first phone to have Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone has IP68 certification, so it’s water resistant (to a point) for around 30 minutes in about a meter of water.

Just like last year Samsung’s refined the S-Pen that comes with every Note. For this year, they’ve reduced the overall latency to just 50ms, down from 70ms from last year, and increased the pressure range that the pen can detect. The overall diameter of the pen’s tip has gone down to 0.7 as well, which is close to the actual pen tip size of a real pen. The pen also works even if the screen is wet.

A new feature for the Note series is the iris scanner. Samsung’s touting the new biometric tech as more secure alternative to the fingerprint scanner that most other phones use nowadays, since there are ways (however difficult) to spoof fingerprint scanners. Samsung’s saying that the iris scanner is almost impossible to spoof, and is sensitive enough to distinguish the iris pattern of even identical twins.

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Another first for the Note7 is USB Type-C connectivity. The Note7 is the first phone by Samsung that has the new standard, allowing for fast charging and data transfers. Samsung has also developed a new Gear VR headset for the Note7 that has a USB Type-C connectivity. Aside from that, it’s the same unit from before.

On the hardware side, there’s nothing too different from the Galaxy S7. It runs the same Exynos 8890 octa-core processor as the one on the S7, along with the same 4GB of RAM. Only one variant of the Galaxy Note7 will be sold in the Philippines – the 64GB variant – with a price of Php 39,990. The phone will be available to buy starting on August 20.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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