This year’s flagship device in Samsung’s stylus-equipped Note line of phones is now official. The South Korean mobile giant uncovered the Galaxy Note 7 in all its might at a grand event in New York, rejuvenating its presence in the premium end of the smartphone market. The new phone brings together the core features of last year’s Note 5 and the aesthetics of this year’s lauded Galaxy S7, but its more than just that. Galaxy Note 7 sports an iris scanner that reads your eyes and takes your smartphone security to a whole new level.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which is not called Note 6 because the manufacturer wanted it to complement its Galaxy S7 phones and unify the company’s product portfolio, isn’t a whole lot different than its predecessor when it comes to design. Rather than focusing on re-inventing stuff, Samsung went with creating a more powerful and refined smartphone that packs cutting-edge hardware inside a sublimely designed chassis and offers new, effective features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specifications:

The Galaxy Note series has always represented Samsung’s versatile ecosystem by bringing the company’s main offerings altogether in one place. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no different, as it is built to gratify users with business, gaming and multimedia needs. Equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (quad-core CPU, Adreno 530 GPU) in USA with 4GB of RAM, the smartphone features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1440 x 2560 resolution (518 pixels per inch) display; apparently the best display you’ll find on a smartphone in the market right now. Here’s a list of main specifications and features:

  • A slightly curved 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1440 x 2560 display with 518 ppi pixel density.
  • S Pen stylus.
  • Iris as well as fingerprint scanner.
  • IP68 certification for protection against water and dust.
  • 64GB standard built-in storage, expandable up to 256 GB with microSD card.
  • 3500 mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly. Quick charge support bumps the battery to about 60% in 30 minutes only.
  • Very thin side bezels that make the phone 2.2mm narrower than Note 5.
  • USB-C port instead of normal microUSB port.
  • HDR10 video playback.
  • Latest TouchWiz running on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmellow.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 may not come equipped with dual back cameras, but the 12 megapixel shooter that the phone features is a vast improvement over the 16 megapixel shooter of Galaxy Note 5. Users will be able to snap high-quality pictures with a wider 26mm lens and a faster F/1.7 aperture. At 1/2.6”, the sensor size is same as that of Note 5, but the pixels size is slightly larger at 1.4 µm. Another notable addition is the support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video streaming. There’s not much new about the front 5 megapixel shooter with 22mm lens, you get slightly faster F/1.7 aperture though for brighter selfies.

Launch and Pricing

There’s no word on what price point carriers have set for the new phone. Pre-orders start tomorrow, August 3, and shipping will officially start from August 19. US consumers will be able to choose from three colors: black, silver, and a unique blue that Samsung is calling “Blue Coral.” A gold version will also be up for grabs in international markets. Buyers will also get to choose from a free 256 microSD card of Gear Fit 2.