Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with 5.7-inch dual curved display, Iris scanner, IP68 rating officially announced

As scheduled, Samsung at Unpacked 2016 event on August 2nd officially took the wraps of the much awaited and leaked next-generation Galaxy Note smartphone. Dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Note 6, oh sorry it's called the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the device packs in flagship specs and comes with unique features including Iris scanning.

Samsung has made the numbering of Galaxy Note series in-line with the flagship Galaxy S series, that is the reason why 6th gen Note is called the Galaxy Note 7.

The new Galaxy Note device has many major improvements over its predecessor. We will be talking about each of them in detail in a short while.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7 will be available in-stores starting August 19th with pre-orders live in many countries. Surprisingly, the smartphone is already available for purchase in Dubai. The new Note 7 will be offered in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx colors, along with a new Blue Coral option.

As an introductory offer, Samsung is offering a free Gear Fit 2 or a 256GB microSD card on purchase of Galaxy Note 7 for limited time. When it comes to accessories, new S View Standing Cover, Clear View cover, Keyboard cover, Leather cover, LED view cover, Lens cover, Clear cover and an IP68 water resistant Backpack cover will be available to complement the Galaxy Note 7.

Talking about the device in detail, the Galaxy Note 7 features a large-screen with unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve. The curved screen on the Note 7 adds the powerful Edge Panel which is exclusive to Galaxy Edge devices, for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

For durability, the Note 7 is equipped with Corning Glass Glass 5 protection (first of its kind), both on front and the back. Also, the device display comes with HDR support, enabling a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black.

Two key features of Note 7 are the newly improved S Pen and Iris scanning for heightened security and privacy.

S Pen

According to Samsung, the S Pen has been enhanced on the Note 7 and is more than just a writing tool. It is the gateway to getting more work done efficiently and accurately and now writes with ease and precision.

The tip of the S-Pen on Note 5 was 1.6mm, which is now shrunk to smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity to provide a real pen-like experience. The S-Pen of Galaxy Note 7 is IP68 water resistant, providing users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

Some of the S-Pen specific features include, ability to write or take a note without unlocking the screen by using Screen Off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. Another useful feature is Smart Select, which gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations by selecting specific area of the screen, for maximum of 15 seconds.

In addition, we get Magnify and Translate features, that enable users to zoom in on the screen up to 300% or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. Samsung Notes app is now a one stop shop for all S Pen features allowing users to convey handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos.

Iris Scanner

Along with fingerprint scanner, Samsung has also included first of its kind iris scanning technology on the Galaxy Note 7. This tech was rumored for years and is finally included in the phone. It works by flashing an IR pulse with the notification LED and watching for the reflection using a dedicated secondary camera.

Respecting privacy, Samsung has included a new feature called Secure Folder that uses iris scanning to open. It is a separate folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe. The same tech can now be used to authenticate secure purchases made on Samsung Pay.

Samsung has revealed that both iris and fingerprint scanner will be made available to developers through Samsung Pass for bringing secured authentication to more apps and services.

Additional Features

Additional features include Samsung Cloud - a service that provides continuous backup and easy transfer of content including data, apps, settings and layouts between devices and Power Saving mode which offers three tiers - Off (lowering the amount of power used to carry out operations), Mid (lowers screen resolution from QHD to FHD) and Max (screen resolution goes from QHD to HD and disables network usage and animations).

"The Galaxy Note 7 users will be able to use up to 15GB of free space to store and restore information on Samsung Cloud," says Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is IP68 rated, that means it is dust and water resistance with submersion up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes and comes with USB Type-C port with fast charging, first ever on Samsung device.

The camera on Note 7 is same as the one found on Galaxy S7 & S7 edge. The only difference is that the camera UI is now more responsive and easy to use. Even the TouchWiz UI is improved.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Specifications

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD Dual edge Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 518ppi pixel density
  • Octa core Exynos 8890 (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit, 14nm process / Quad Core Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Mali-T880 MP12 / Adreno 530 GPU
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with new TouchWiz UI
  • 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm dimensions - 169g weighs
  • Dual Pixel 12MP rear camera with LED flash, Smart OIS, PDAF, f/1.7 aperture
  • 5MP front facing camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • 64GB (UFS 2.0) internal storage with microSD card support (up to 256GB)
  • 3,500 mAh battery with fast Charging on wired and wireless
  • Single SIM / Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
  • LTE Cat.12 / LTE Cat.10 / LTE Cat.9 (depending on market)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS + Glonass + Beidou
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating
  • S Pen stylus
  • Fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Heart rate sensor, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor


Honestly speaking, Samsung Galaxy Note7 is the best smartphone money can buy today. The device packs in top-notch specs and features which not only provides ease of access but also includes heightened security via Samsung Knox.

For $849.99 you get the best security on a smartphone in the world, dual curved display, intelligent S Pen, microSD card support + 64GB on-board storage, fingerprint scanner, IP68 rating and world class camera.

We are definitely looking forward for the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note7 in India. Pricing and availability details differ market to market.