Samsung Launches Its Eye-Phone Note 7

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Samsung kept to their words as they launched the Samsung Note 7, at about 4pm yesterday.

Samsung’s latest phone will scan your eyes before deciding that the real you wants to unlock it.

Retina scanning, water resistance and translations executed by hovering a stylus over the screen are signature features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, unveiled overnight at the company’s ­“Unpacked 2016” event in New York. The Korean manufacturer also announced a new Galaxy VR virtual reality viewer.

Considering the fact that the last Samsung was the Note 5, so what happened to Note 6? whatever happened, Samsung definitely made sure its customers missed nothing.

All eyes, however, are on the retina scanning technology and its alleged ability to identify your retina from those of 7.4 billion other inhabitants on Planet Earth. This is indeed Samsung’s first eye-Phone.

The phone features Samsung Pass, which brings iris scanning and fingerprint recognition to other apps.

But don’t worry. If Note 7 doesn’t recognise you, there is the additional biometric option of fingerprint recognition and various other ways of getting past the lock screen.

The Note 7 has a big 5.7-inch quadHD screen like its predecessor, but now the screen is curved with a fine 515 pixels per inch resolution, very close to Note 5.

It has a powerful eight-core processor, and you can slot in a micro­SD card with 256GB of storage to augment the 64GB of internal memory.

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Samsung says the Note 7’s new camera is better in low light conditions. It features dual-pixel sensor tech­nology, wide aperture and fast autofocus, and there is an array of gestures you can use to operate it. For example you can quickly swap between the back and front cameras by swiping up and down on the screen.

We notice that the main camera resolution has been decreased from 16 to 12 megapixels. But don’t let that deter you given the seemingly unbeatable quality of Galaxy cameras on the S7 and S7 edge.

The battery again is not removable in this latest Note, but its capacity has been increased from 3000 to 3500 milliampere hours.

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Samsung says the Note 7’s new camera is better in low light conditions. It features dual-pixel sensor tech­nology, wide aperture and fast auto focus, and there is an array of gestures you can use to operate it. For example you can quickly swap between the back and front cameras by swiping up and down on the screen.

We notice that the main camera resolution has been decreased from 16 to 12 megapixels. But don’t let that deter you given the seemingly unbeatable quality of Galaxy cameras on the S7 and S7 edge.

Samsung has introduced water resistance and dustproofing found on the smaller Galaxy S7 to the Note range. So you can throw the Note7 into your beach bag and have confidence it will survive the trip as long as you don’t go overboard.

Despite being dust, dirt and sand resistant I wouldn’t use it as a spade to build sand castles but you’ll now be able to take shots in and around the pool, even in the water. The phone is certified IP68: water resistant to a depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.

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Note7 is capable of high dynamic range video streaming and has a USB-Type C port which offers faster file transfer and faster charging. There is an adaptor for a Micro USB connection. That’s especially important because Samsung phones let you connect a USB flash drive or an external hard drive.

The phone runs Google Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and we hear it will run the new Google Nougat which is just as well as the first generic form of it is due to launch on August 5.

Samsung also introduced a new version of the Galaxy VR virtual reality headset with an increased field of view (after decreasing it on the previous version) that connects to USB Type-C. You slot the Note7 into the back of the headset. You can use this headset with some older Galaxy phones with an adaptor.

The Note 7 will be available from August 19. Recommended price locally is $1349.

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