Galaxy Note 7: Samsung phone replaces passwords with iris scanner

The curved display used to be featured only in the Galaxy S lineup, but Samsung has recently put more weight on its curved-panel smartphones over their flat-screen siblings.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7's single most important addition is the new Iris Scanner, which is similar to the one found on Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be available for purchase starting August 19, alongside the new Gear VR headset and the Gear 360 camera.

Pre-orders for the Note 7 will open in the United Kingdom on 16 August, before going on sale on 2 September.

New to the Note 7 is USB Type-C charging, as well as a redesigned S Pen with a finer point and better pressure sensitivity.

Sprint has not released its Note 7 plans. We've reached out to both, and will update this post when we hear back.

Samsung skipped a number in introducing the Note 7 for aligning its product portfolio with the S series which now stands at seven. All notes that you now jot down get compiled in an app called Notes. It's that the Note 7 is better to hold than Samsung's previous attempts at Edge designs.

Samsung Senior Designer and Lead Designer for the Galaxy Note 7 Hong Yeo spoke with International Business Times about about how the Galaxy Note line has set itself apart from its first iteration to its current. So what's new? For starters, there's an iris scanner, which as the name suggests, allows you to log into the phone using your eyeball.

The device will also come with a dual edge display and be available in three colours - black, silver and blue - when it goes on-sale in the coming weeks. This is a first for the Note line, and it's a feature that you can't see but you're extremely happy to have when your phone faces unexpected contact with water. So when you are out and about using Samsung Pay, you can look lovingly at your smartphone and your Note 7 will know its genuinely you. On the front, the Galaxy Note 7 packs a 5MP selfie camera that is identical to the one on the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. If you purchase a Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 edge, you can also receive a free GearFit2 or Samsung 256GB memory card. It is powered by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor (Exynos 8890 in some countries), 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage which is expandable via a MicroSD card up to 256GB and a 3500 mAh non-removable battery underneath with quick charging and wireless charging capabilities. Both connected devices will be available for purchase starting August 19.

Supporting both the USB Type-C and conventional USB Type-B ports, the new Gear VR support can be hooked up to game consoles and other devices.

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