Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 rolled out at Unpacked

The flagship device comes with upgraded software and new features like water S Pen, as well as an iris scanner for enhanced security.
Written by Stephanie Condon, Senior Writer

Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh introduces the Galaxy Note 7 at the annual Unpacked event in New York on August 2, 2016.


Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Note 7 at its annual Unpacked event in New York on Tuesday, a smartphone and phablet with upgraded software and new features like water S Pen, as well as an iris scanner for enhanced security.

Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh called the flagship device "the world's most intelligent smartphone."

The Note 7, named to align with Samsung's hugely popular Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, gives Samsung the ability to step up its game against Apple in the enterprise market.

"The Galaxy Note was created for a generation of woman and man who approach life with purpose, who are committed to making their mark on the world and are expecting the most in productivity and entertainment in a single device," Koh said.

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The S Pen, which comes with the Note 7 and does not need to be charged, comes with new Air Command functions -- users can convert languages or zoom in on the screen simply by hovering the S Pen over the phone. Tasks accomplished with the S Pen -- including handwritten notes, drawings and edited memos -- can be stored with the Samsung Notes, a new unified app. The S Pen can also be sued to create and share GIFs.

Other features and specs:

  • A curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen
  • Durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 64GB of internal memory
  • expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • easy Power Management UX through Smart Manager
  • USB-C port, as well as micro USB adapter
  • 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera an f/1.7 aperture
  • 15GB of free space on Samsung Cloud

"You know what else it comes with? An audio jack," remarked Samsung chief strategist Justin Denison, taking a dig at Apple's upcoming iPhone 7, which may reportedly scrap the audio jack.

Samsung also unveiled a new Gear VR headset to go along with the Note 7. The company is also introducing a new line of accessories to complement the device, such as a new S-View portable cover that can be used to prop up the Note 7. They're also rolling out an IP68 water resistant battery backpack accessory.

The Note 7 will be released starting August 19, Samsung said, and pre-orders will begin in the US on August 3. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon will carry the Galaxy Note 7.

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