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Samsung launches the Galaxy Note7: water-resistant, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, iris scanning, and more

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note7 at today’s Unpacked event in New York City. Skipping over 6 in nomenclature, presumably to catch up with the Galaxy S7 name, the Note7 retains the Note 5’s 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display size and QHD (2,560-by-1,440) resolution, albeit with a slight dual-glass curvature (courtesy of Gorilla Glass 5) and newfound HDR video support.

The glass-and-metal Note7 measures 6.04 by 2.9 by 0.31 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.96 ounces. That makes it slightly larger than the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge. One of the biggest improvements to the Note is its IP68 water resistance; it’s the first Note to have it, and given the stylus opening, it was a pretty fair trick to pull off. The Note7 also features biometric authentication with iris scanning, and a new Secure Folder lets you keep certain local files underneath an additional layer of authentication.

Underneath the hood is a quad-core 2.15GHz Dual + 1.6Hz Dual Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC on a 14nm process and 4GB RAM. The S Pen returns once again, this time with a smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity, up to 4,096 levels. There’s screen-off memo support for the always-on display, and you can create and share GIF animations.

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is on board; there’s no word yet from Samsung on when an update to Android 7 Nougat will be available, even though that OS is dropping within days. There’s 64GB of internal storage, plus the welcome return of the microSD card slot, which supports 256GB cards. A new USB-C port (finally!) lets you charge up the 3,500mAh internal battery, and the Note7 can be charged wirelessly. Samsung said a new S-View Standing Cover accessory will let you prop up the phone at a 60-degree angle, and its external battery case will also be IP68 water-resistant.

The Note7 picks up the same pair of cameras as the Galaxy S7. The rear-facing dual-pixel 12MP camera has an f/1.7 lens for a shallower depth of field when called for; the front-facing 5MP lens gets the same 1.7 f-stop. Samsung also talked up the Oculus-powered Gear VR companion accessory for the Note7, and its support for the Gear 360 for 4K photos and videos.

Otherwise, the Galaxy Note7 is basically a larger Galaxy S7 with a stylus for taking notes — and that will probably continue to be a good thing. The Galaxy Note7 will hit AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless beginning August 19th, at prices roughly in the $850 range depending on the carrier; you can pre-order starting August 3. Color options are blue, silver, and black. If history serves, this will be an excellent phone; now we just have to wait for the reviews to come in.

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