Samsung is all but gearing up to launch the Galaxy Note 7 — the company’s next flagship smartphone — on August 2. Even as the launch date nears, rumors about the Galaxy Note 7 keep trickling in. The latest one comes in the form of a leaked video posted on YouTube. It shows how the rumored iris scanner — the first ever to be included in a mass-produced smartphone — works on the Galaxy Note 7. Essentially, the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7 will scan your eyes to unlock your phone and it will work as an additional security feature for your device.
If the video is any indication, then the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner will unlock your phone at blazing fast speeds. You might have to watch the video a couple of times (or more) to actually see the iris scanner in action because it works really well to recognize the person’s eyes. The video also shows that the lock screen will be split into two halves: the upper half will have the iris scanner, and the bottom will have the pattern/pin unlock mechanism, which is a standard feature available for all Android smartphones. It would also be safe to assume that the Galaxy Note 7 could come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in its home button, just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
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Talking about the success of the iris scanner for the Mashable, Raymond Wong writes, “When it was first rumored that the Note 7 would come with an iris scanner, I said its success would depend on its responsiveness. A slow, inaccurate iris scanner would doom the feature to being a gimmick. But if the phone’s iris scanner is indeed as instantaneous as shown in this leaked video, Samsung could have a very compelling phone on its hand, especially now that people are more cognizant about protecting their personal data.”
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Last year, Samsung had launched the Galaxy Note 5 and interestingly, instead of following convention and launching a Galaxy Note 6, the Korean tech giant has decided to launch a Galaxy Note 7 this year instead. The reason behind this decision is that Samsung wants to “unify” all its flagship products, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, and bring them under one naming scheme.
The Galaxy Note 7 is also expected to come with the IP68 water resistant feature, which is also present on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. This means that the phone can be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy Note 5 had a 5.7-inch display and rumors are suggesting that the Galaxy Note 7 could have a bigger 5.8-inch display. Moreover, there could also be an “Edge” variant of the phone in the works, which will come with a display curved to the left and the right edges of the phone.
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While the Apple iPhone 7 is largely rumored to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung is largely expected to retain it on the Galaxy Note 7. However, Samsung might replace the standard Micro-USB port with the newer USB Type-C port. This would effectively indicate that the first generation Gear VR headset would be incompatible with the Galaxy Note 7 because it uses the Micro-USB port to connect to the devices. Therefore, it wouldn’t really be far-fetched to assume that Samsung might just unveil an upgraded second generation Gear VR headset at the August 2 launch, along with the phone, which will use the USB Type-C standard to connect to the Galaxy Note 7.
The Galaxy Note 7 rumor mills suggest that the phone will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor, with 4GB of RAM. It is also expected to come with 64GB of internal storage by default, and support for MicroSD cards and Samsung’s new UFS cards. The cameras (front and rear) on the Galaxy Note 7 could be the same as the configuration on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge — that is a 12-megapixel unit on the rear and a 5-megapixel one on the front.
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