Samsung Galaxy Note 7 goes official with USB Type-C, iris scanner, water-resistant body and more

Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 7 is a notable leap forward for Samsung’s Note lineup – it is the first Galaxy Note device with an Edge display that curves on both sides, and also the first to have a water-resistant body. At first glance, the Note 7 might look like a Galaxy S7 edge with a bigger screen and the S Pen, but it brings many new features to the table for Samsung’s smartphone lineup.

The switch to a USB Type-C port has actually happened with the Note 7, as we had exclusively revealed earlier this year. Also on-board is an iris scanner for enhanced security and for quick payments through Samsung Pay. The iris scanner has a ton of restrictions, but when it works, it works extremely quickly. Of course, the fact that the Note 7 is resistant to water and dust is a major bonus, and the S Pen will work even when the screen is wet. The Galaxy Note 7 is also the first Samsung device to come with 64GB of internal storage out of the box, with the microSD slot making a return after it went missing on the Galaxy Note 5.

The Galaxy Note 7 has a 5.7-inch Edge Super AMOLED display of Quad HD resolution. There’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top for damage protection, which is a first for any smartphone in the industry. Under the hood lies an octa-core Exynos 8890 processor or a quad-core Snapdragon 820, depending on market (the US, China and Japan are likely to get the Snapdragon variant). 6GB of RAM hasn’t made the cut on the Note 7, although that might be a good thing – unless individual apps start using higher memory, 6GB of RAM is only going to be a battery guzzler if more apps are allowed to run in the background.


The S Pen stylus has also gained new functionality. Screen off memo, which lets you take a note simply by removing the S Pen from its slot even when the device is locked, now allows you to pin your notes to the Always On Display feature. There’s also a new translate feature in Air Command – the S Pen can be hovered over foreign text to instantly translate it to the user’s prefered language.

The Galaxy Note 7 comes with a 3,500 mAh battery. It’s a tad smaller than the S7 edge’s but considerably bigger than the Galaxy Note 5′s, and it remains to be seen what kind of battery life it will offer. That USB Type-C port means there should be support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, at least on the Snapdragon model, but the Note 7 will also charge quickly through existing fast chargers. Fast wireless charging support is present as well.

On the imaging front, the Galaxy Note 7 retains the same cameras as the Galaxy S7 lineup – a 12-megapixel camera with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.7 aperture at the back, and a 5-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture at the front. The device runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of a box with a visually updated version of TouchWiz, and Android Nougat is likely to arrive sometime later this year or in early 2017.

The Note 7 will go on sale in select markets on August 19th in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx color options (Blue Coral will launch worldwide, if you were wondering). Frankly, we’re rather excited about the Galaxy Note 7 despite the fact that it isn’t as big an upgrade as the rumors had said it would be. Check out our hands-on post for our initial impressions, and do let us know what you think about Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone!

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10 months 22 days ago

I’m good with my note 4, thanks with my extra batteries and with my Greenify, Package disabler pro installed I’ll be happy with my phone until ether the note 8 is a marketable difference or heaven forbid I’ll have to start using another phone….. By the way I’ve used Samsung since flip phone day’s from galaxy too the start of the note series…. But we will see if they make the note series back to the premier phone as was the way….

10 months 22 days ago

People complaining of the 6months old tech samsung brings to the note6 while they happily agreed at apple for uses 2or3 years old tech to ip6..i dont understand peoples nowadays

10 months 22 days ago

I have never bought any fruitphone and I’m not inclined to do that either. It is a free world, but I’m always surprised people rave on those lowspecced (but way better optimized) phones.

Roberto 77
10 months 22 days ago


Same camera and chipset as the six month old S7, same size and resolution screen as the Note 4 and 5, but with gimmicky curved edges so there is less usable spece for the stylus. Finally a smaller battery that isn’t replacable.

Sorry Samsumg, you blew it.

10 months 22 days ago

Any news on the UFS card memory expansion? Surely they have included it in their own phone?

10 months 22 days ago

Apparently not supported! What but they have announced the cards themselves already and not supporting them in their own phones!

Sebastian Shaw
10 months 22 days ago

i didnt see at any video and if note 7 doesnt have support then samsung why you release that phone

Sebastian Shaw
10 months 22 days ago

yes sammy you go one step forward and one step backward

3500 mah battery really i mean really

4 gb ram still

no words i hope they will pay their ignorance

10 months 22 days ago

The live stream is broken just loading for ages

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