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August 2nd, 2016 by


Large screen smartphones have become the norm thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of devices.

When the first Note was released in 2011, I was one of many people who couldn’t understand why anyone would want a phone with such a large screen.

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Today, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7, the 6th device in the range

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Galaxy Note 7 combines productivity and entertainment, with strong security features. The device strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” says Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa, Craige Fleischer.”

Here’s what you need to know about the Note 7

If It Ain’t Broke 

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 showcased a new level of design for the company, so much so that the company utilised the same design for the S7 and S7 Edge…and now with the Note 7. 

When looking at Samsung’s newest flagship, you’ll see the very familiar dual-curved display and glass encased handset that is currently available in the form of the S7 Edge, the only difference is size. 

 

Advanced Security: Now in the Blink of an Eye

Security is of utmost importance to all of us, with many companies bringing out improved security measures and even releasing a security optimised handset (we’re looking at you BlackBerry), in order to add yet another layer of security to their device, Samsung has included an Iris Scanner in the Note 7. Coupled with Knox, Samsung is ensuring that security is one of their primary focuses with their new flagship. 

Coupled with Knox, Samsung is ensuring that security is one of their primary focuses with their new flagship. 

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Galaxy Note7 S-Pen: Quickly and Easily Bring Ideas to Life

Samsung has been working for 7 years to improve the S-Pen and they believe that with the enhanced S-Pen included with the Note 7, that they now have the most advanced stylus available to the consumer market.

According to Samsung, the new S-Pen writes with ease and precision thanks to the smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity provides. This is not the only improvement the company has made to the S-Pen, as rumours had suggested, the stylus is also water resistant thanks to its IP68 rating.

This is not the only improvement the company has made to the S-Pen, as rumours had suggested, the stylus is also water resistant thanks to its IP68 rating.

“We are extremely excited about bringing the Iris scanner security technology to the mass consumer market through the Note 7. The Galaxy Note 7 is more than just a smartphone; it’s a connection point to Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services.”

 

The Galaxy Note 7 will be available locally from September 1st 2016, with pre-orders opening now. 

Pre-orders bundles for the Note 7 will include the newly announced Gear VR, 2 screen replacements, a wireless charging stand and cover.

Samsung South Africa says that there is no RRP for the Note 7 as yet.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Product Specifications

 

 Galaxy Note 7
OS Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Network LTE Cat.12 / LTE Cat.10 / LTE Cat.9  *May differ by markets and mobile operators*
Dimension 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g
AP Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit, 14 nm process
Memory 4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.0)
Display 5.7” Quad HD Dual edge Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 (518ppi)
Camera Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), Front: 5MP (F1.7)
Battery 3,500 mAh, fast charging on wired and wireless.

Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA

Payment NFC, MST
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps,

Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,

Location (GPS, Glonass, Beidou)

Sensors Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Iris Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI , FLV, MKV, WEBM

 

*Dust and water resistance based on IP68 rating, which tests submersion up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes.

**All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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