Samsung has introduced its newest member of the Galaxy family: the Note7. And no, you didn’t sleep through a whole phone generation. The company skipped the Note6 to align the numbering with its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, since, for the most part, the Note7 features the same internal components.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Note 7 is its iris scanner, which can be used to unlock the phone in lieu of a passcode or fingerprint. Samsung has combined this feature with its “Secure Folder,” which allows owners to store files and apps making them inaccessible to other users.
“Just because I trust my friends to look at pictures on my phone, does not mean I want them going through my texts and emails. So with secure folder, I can keep certain apps and content under lock and key. I can even make it invisible to other people.’
No more putting your phone in a bowl of rice and praying it will come back to life. Like the S7 and the S7 Edge, the newest Note phone is also dust and water resistant. It has an IP68 rating meaning it should be able to withstand submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.
The Note7 also comes with wireless charging and a new fast charging USB Type C connector, which can be plugged in in any direction. And every phone will come with an adapter that’ll be compatible with other Samsung devices.
The Note7 has a 5.7 inch screen, and its slightly curved edges resemble those of the S7 Edge. It’s available in four colors: sliver, black, gold, and coral blue.
But Samsung doesn’t just want you to buy its phones. The company also revealed an improved VR headset.
“We’ve refined the gear VR so it’s more ergonomic and comfortable. It’s also a lot more immersive with bigger lenses that bring you even closer to the action. It’s backward compatible with the Galaxy devices of today and forward looking with a USB type C port to help developers create the peripherals of tomorrow.”
The Galaxy Note7 and the Gear VR will go on sale on August 19th. Samsung has not revealed a price tag for either.