Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7: Top 5 features

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 yesterday and while Samsung Note fans are rushing in to replace their older handsets, here are the top five features of the Galaxy Note 7 you should consider if you haven't made up your mind yet.

The Galaxy Note 7 brings in a powerful battery, an upgraded processor, an Iris scanner and a revolutionary S-Pen.

Iris Scanner

An Iris scanner is presently the most secure mode of authentication for two reasons- first because there's no way that anyone among 7.4 billion people in the world can replicate yours and second, no one, no matter how technically apt, can ever steal your Iris pattern since it leaves no physical marks on the phone unlike in the case of a fingerprint.

If you give your Galaxy Note 7 a thorough look, you won't find any Iris scanner on the surface as the engine is hidden within the phone's body. Not only will the Iris scanner help you unlock your phone and make contactless payments, but will also let you log in to websites on the Samsung Internet browser.

How it works is while registering your gleaming new Galaxy Note 7, you need to select 'Irises', read a message that follows, hold the phone in various position while facing your eye as instructed so that your Iris can be scanned from all directions. You will then be redirected to a page where you will be asked to select features which only you will be able to access using the Iris scanner. These include Samsung Pay, Samsung passbook as well as your Samsung account. However, we aren't sure if Android Pay features among the options as yet. Once you're through with this step, you will be asked to log in to the device and scan your Iris from all directions once again and then you'll be good to go.

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While the S-Pen has always been included in Galaxy Note boxes to help users take notes, draw pictures and do a lot more on their devices, the S-Pen which launched with the Galaxy Note 7 works more like the 3D Touch feature in Apple's latest iPhones.

The S Pen comes with a new Glance feature which will enable you to switch between apps by placing your S Pen over any app. The new Magnify feature also helps in magnifying any part of the display by simply hovering the S Pen over a particular area. What's more, if you hover your S Pen over any word written in a foreign language, it will translate it to your preferred language using the new Translate feature. All these capabilities were not present in the S Pen in Galaxy Note 5 or previous versions, so there surely is a lot in store for you if you buy the Galaxy Note 7.



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Thanks to its IP68 dust and waterproof rating, the S-Pen is quite durable and damage-proof compared to its predecessors. So if you happen to dunk it in a bucket of water, you wouldn't need to worry. Just wipe it and it is ready to use again. The new S-Pen also comes with twice as many pressure points as the one which shipped with the Galaxy Note 5 and is quite advanced compared to the S-Pen which shipped with the Galaxy Note 4, the last Note device to launch in the UK.

Dual Selfie Camera

The 12-MP Dual Pixel camera, note its not 'dual cameras', is the same one which featured in Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices. The lens, featuring Optical Image Stabilization, uses each pixel for phase detection and quick autofocus to ensure that pixels do not interfere with each other. The camera also sports a wide f/1.7 aperture  as well as larger 1.4 micron pixels to ensure that the lens makes the most of the available light.

Just like Live Photos in iOS devices, Samsung has also introduced Motion Panorama which brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving people a completely immersive visual experience. You will also be able to capture videos in slow motion and make a range of adjustments to the camera to click the best shots. These include adjusting the amount of light detected by the image sensor, controlling the shutter speed, controlling the total amount of light the sensor captures, choosing from a variety of pre-set image enhancers, adjusting the colour temperature for accurate colours and adjusting the distance between lens and subject for clearer images.

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Secure Folder

With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has introduced a Secure Folder which only you will be able to access and store your deepest, darkest secrets in. So even if anyone uses your phone for a while, he or she will not be able to access the folder and our guess is that the Secure Folder comes with end-to-end encryption as well so that even hackers aren't able to peep in. As per Samsung, the secure folder is protected by its defence-grade Knox system which will ensure that the folder stays private.

Multimedia experience

The Galaxy Note 7 comes with a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 3840x1920 pixels, letting you view videos, movies and play your favourite HD games with ease. The display is HDR video-streaming-ready and oozes brighter colours and a deeper blacks to offer among the best cinematic experiences. While you can easily stream videos from the internet, which will be a bonus during the Olympics, Samsung is also offering a huge swathe of storage space to park your entertainment content in.

The phone offers 64GB of inbuilt storage but you will also be able to save the rest of your inventory on a MicroSD card as the slot supports as much as 256 GB of storage. If you are a VR fan, the Galaxy Note 7 is compatible with the new Gear VR which offers a wide field of view along with USB and MicroUSB compatibility.

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