Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unveiled, Goes On Sale 19th August, 2016 3

Galaxy note 7

After months of leaks and dealing with rumors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been finally unveiled. The device was unveiled at a special event held in New York, the USA on the 2nd of August.  So are there any surprises? much of the rumors and leaks have been confirmed. Most notably are the skipping of the number ‘6’ to name the latest flagship Galaxy Note 7 and the iris scanner feature.

samsung galaxy note 7


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 looks more like the Galaxy S7 edge with dual-curved screen and a rounded back. The device is 5.7 inch with a Super AMOLED screen and QHD resolution. The Galaxy note 7 is the first among the note series to be IP68 water and dust resistant. Also, the stylus has the same protection, it is water resistant. Dimensions are 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 168g.
Samsung galaxy note 7


The camera is the same as the Galaxy S7 series. It comes with 12MP primary and 5MP secondary camera and has f/1.7 aperture size and an optical stabilization (OIS) module like the Galaxy S7.  Another feature is the selective focus. Use Selective Focus mode to try out the focus on the foreground and background. The pro mode gives you full control of the camera just like a DSLR to test out your professional photography skills.
Samsung Galaxy note 7

Iris Scanner

The addition of an iris scanner is one of the unique features of the Galaxy Note 7. According to Samsung, it’s one of the safest and most convenient ways to keep the Galaxy Note7 and its contents locked. And to keep all authentication methods secure and your privacy protected

Other Features of The Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The smartphone features Type-C USB (with quick-charge support) and packs 64GB onboard storage for the base model, with microSD card support for up to 256GB of external memory. There is fingerprint scanner at the home key. The processor comes in two variants- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor for North America and Europe while for Asia is  Samsung’s Exynos Octa 8990. Both variants come with 64 bits chip with 4GB RAM on board.


2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat9/Cat10 or LTE Cat12 600/150 Mbps
LAUNCH Announced 2016, August
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2016, August 19
BODY Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
Weight 169 g (5.96 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
– Stylus
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.7 inches (~78.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PROCESSOR OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – USA
Exynos 8890 – Global
CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Quad-core 2.3 GHz + quad-core 1.6 GHz
GPU Adreno 530
Mali-T880 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMUNICATION WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
Radio No
USB v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
MISC Colors Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx

Price: $800 to $900

To sum it up,  the Galaxy Note 7 is just the Galaxy S7 with stylus pen and iris scanner. What are your thoughts about the new Galaxy Note 7 device? Is it a worthy upgrade?

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Frederick Damasus is a tech enthusiast and blogger who has a passion for creativity and innovation. He is a self-taught graphic designer and currently delving into web design and development. He loves photography and volunteers his spare time to inspire children in orphanages through dance. He is a trained Petroleum Engineer but found himself in the AID/Development sector. He currently serves as the M&E/ICT Manager at the Center for Creative Development Strategies, an NGO based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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