Samsung has lifted the lid on a fresh addition to the Galaxy Note range, teaming a sharper screen and improved stylus with a huge battery and eyeball-scanning security technology.
Billed as ‘the smartphone that thinks big’, the Galaxy Note 7 features a 5.7-inch Quad-HD SuperAMOLED screen that curves around the edge of the phone in the manner of the huge-selling Galaxy S7 Edge.
In the market for a Note 7? You’ll pre-order and on-sale availability details here.
In a first for the Note range, the screen features an always-on mode that lets you access the time and date and see SMS notifications without having to wake up the handset. It will also provide notifications about WiFi status and updates from third-party apps.
The Note range’s trademark S-Pen stylus has been revamped for the Note 7 too. It now lets you translate foreign-language words and phrases by running the S-Pen over them. Want to hear the pronunciation of those words? That’s just a case of tapping an icon.
The 2016 edition of the S-Pen enables you to zoom in areas of the screen too with the Magnify function and features a task switcher app that means you can easily flip between tasks. And it lets you create and share GIF animations with Smart Select.
In keeping with the Galaxy S7, the handset is water-resistant and dust-resistant with an IP68 certification. That means the Note 7 is completely impervious to dust and you can submerge it in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes without causing damage.
Contrary to some excitable but misguided reports that the Note 7 could debut the as-yet-unreleased Nougat version of Android, it’s instead powered by the current Marshmallow edition of Google’s operating system and a beefy octa-core processor.
The handset’s dual-pixel rear camera comes in at 12-megapixels and features optical image stabilisation technology to help minimise the incidence of ‘blurrycam’ shots. At the front, there’s a five-megapixel camera for selfies.
For fast charging and rapid file transfers, the Note 7 features a port with the newish USB-C tech instead of standard USB, while a combination of a fingerprint scanner and pupil-scanning technology are on board to boost the phone’s security credentials.
Other features include a 3,500mAh battery and internal storage of 64GB, with the option to boost storage by a further 256GB by adding a microSD card. It’s available in a choice of black, silver and blue.