- The dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 7 has been launched in India
- The Indian variant is powered by Samsung's Exynos 8890 Octa SoC
- It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB)
Samsung on Thursday launched its flagship phablet for 2016 in India. The Galaxy Note 7 has been priced at Rs. 59,900, and will become available in the country from September 2 in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx colour variants.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 variant that was launched in New Delhi is the dual-SIM one, featuring a hybrid dual-SIM slot that can take a microSD card (up to 256GB) instead of the second SIM card.
Pre-bookings start from August 22 and last till August 30, with the company specifying that units will be available in limited quantities in this period. As a pre-booking offer (up till August 30), users can get the New Gear VR at a discounted price of Rs. 1,990. The company has also announced that interested users can avail of the Reliance JIO Preview offer, which comes with voice and data benefits for 90 days, alongside access to the Jio Digital Life content service.
The Galaxy Note 7's highlight features are its iris scanner, the first time Samsung has introduced the feature on one of its smartphones, apart from the improved S Pen stylus and dual-edge 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super Amoled display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone (and the S Pen stylus bundled alongside) is also IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge from earlier this year. As with previous flagship models, the phablet packs a fingerprint sensor on the home button and is also compatible with the Samsung
Running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Samsung's own skin atop, the Galaxy Note 7 variant in India is powered by a Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa SoC (four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.6GHz), coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Some regions including the US will receive a variant powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC (two Kryo cores clocked at 2.15GHz and two Kyro cores clocked at 1.6GHz).
As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with Dual Pixel technology for better low-light photography, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), optical image stabilisation (OIS), an f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, and Auto-HDR feature. The front camera on the other hand sports a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture
The phablet sports 64GB of inbuilt storage, which as we already mentioned can be expanded by microSD card (up to 256GB). The Galaxy Note7 is powered by a 3500mAh non-removable battery, which the company says supports fast charging on both wired and wireless chargers, with the smartphone compatible with WPC and PMA wireless charging standards.
Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, MST, and USB Type-C. Sensors on board include an acceleromenter, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone weighs in at 169 grams, and measures 153.5x73.9x7.9mm.
The improved S Pen features on the Galaxy Note 7 that Samsung is touting include the ability to create gif image animations from videos using the Smart Select feature, apart from new Air Command functions for magnify and translate. The S Pen now also has a smaller tip than the previous iteration, and Samsung is touting improved pressure sensitivity.
Coming to security features, Samsung says the Galaxy Note 7's Knox security suite now supports biometric authentication from both the iris scanner and fingerprint scanner. The company is also touting the new Secure Folder that files as well as entire apps in a secure, separate location - this also allows users to have two instances of the same app on the smartphone.
Here are some of innovative new features of the Galaxy Note 7 that you need to know about:
1. Iris scanner
As we mentioned, other manufacturers have included this feature before, and even Samsung had implemented the iris scanner on its Galaxy Tab Iris Tablet. However, this is Samsung's first smartphone to feature an Iris Scanner. The iris scanner feature lets you unlock the smartphone by looking at it, and according to the company's claims, it is more secure than a fingerprint scanner (which is also available on the phone).
2. Upgraded S Pen
Samsung's S Pen stylus is synonymous with the Note series but this time around it has seen a major upgrade. Now the stylus is not only dust and water resistant with IP68 certification, it also has a finer point with a tip which is 0.7mm smaller than its predecessor. The pressure sensitivity on S Pen has also been increased to 4,096 levels from 2,048 on earlier models. In terms of software that goes along with the stylus, you can now create gif images out of videos with the help of S Pen and other additions include new Air Command functions for magnifying and translation.
3. Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 became the first smartphone to feature Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which was unvieled last month and is said to be the strongest glass the popular glassmaker has made yet. The company has even claimed that the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 in its internal lab tests survived up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from a height of up to 1.6 metres.
4. HDR streaming
Samsung's latest entry to the Galaxy Note series is also the first smartphone to support content streaming in High Dynamic Range or HDR. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer has partnered with Amazon to provide HDR streaming on Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In order to make this possible, the company took its expertise in TV manufacturing and adapted the technology to its mobile phone chipset.
The fitness band includes a standalone music player and automatically recognizes activities like running, walking, cycling, or using rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds look similar to the Moto Hint but are slightly better under-the-hood. The earbuds come with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips. They can be activated by simply placing them in the ears. The earbuds also enable tracking of data such as distance covered, speed, time taken, heart rate and calories burned. All of this data can be synced to the S-Health app as well.
The earbuds include a Voice Guide feature that provides voice feedback to users about their workout progress, besides providing standalone music playback. They connect via Bluetooth and also have enough in-built storage for up to 1000 MP3 files. To control the music playback, users just need to tap or swipe on the earbuds' surface