Samsung hopes to maintain an impressive momentum in a challenging smartphone market with as it unveils the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 featuring an iris scanner that reads your eyes and let you into your phone in seconds.
Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7, a 5.7 inch “phablet” that comes with an S Pen stylus. Samsung’s latest high-end premium device packs some top features such as an iris scanner to unlock the smartphone and a curved edge screen.
The Note 7 also features similar specifications to the Galaxy S7 Edge, including its IP68 rating making it waterproof to depths of 1.5m for 30 minutes, a 12-megapixel camera on the back, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a microSD card slot for adding more.
Samsung has also made changes to the Note 7’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software, including the ability to turn video into gifs directly from the screen and various other stylus-related tools, including the ability to write on the smartphone’s screen when it’s asleep without having to wake it up.
The Note 7’s USB-C port requires a new version of the company’s Gear VR headset, which Samsung says it has reworked to be more comfortable to wear and use. The new Gear VR also has an accessory port on the side and revamped controls.
In his keynote address, DJ Koh, President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business, noted that Samsung, like Olympian athletes has worked to continuously defy barriers and overcome challenges throughout its relentless pursuit of innovation
Justin Denison, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Samsung Electronics America, at the launch also explained to the attendees the new drawing tools of the enhanced S Pen that let users use the Galaxy Note7 as if it were “an actual canvas.”
Suzanne De Silva, Principal Product Manager at Samsung Electronics America, who also spoke at the event, noted that in conjunction with Samsung’s partners, services and products, the Galaxy Note7 is a “gateway to powerful new experiences that let users do more.”