Samsung takes wraps off “innovative” Galaxy Note7 phablet

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Samsung claims its new Note7 device combines productivity and entertainment in one single device

Samsung has taken wraps of its latest smartphone in the Note series, the Note7, claiming it is the perfect combination for work and play.

The 5.7 inch device was launched at an event in Victoria House in London’s Holborn area. It is the first device from the Note range to be launched in the UK since the Note 5 in 2015.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment in one single device. With strong security features and an enhanced service ecosystem, the Galaxy Note7 is the ideal smartphone for those looking for a device for work and play,” said Samsung mobile VP for UK&I Conor Pierce.

“We created the Galaxy Note7 to reflect the way people live their lives helping everyone get things done wherever, whenever.”

IMG_20160802_170606Specs

Features on the Note7 include a 12MP dual-pixel camera on the rear, a 5MP sensor on the front, and 64GB of internal storage. It also has room for a microSD card up with up to 256GB of memory.

It is powered by 2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad-core processors with 4GB of RAM. It measures 153.5mm high by 73.9mm wide, and weighs 169g.

The device is water resistant, including the S-pen stylus. The stylus has been ever-present on the Note series, but new technology means users can hover the stylus over part of the screen to zoom in, which Samsung calls Air Command.

Alongside a fingerprint scanner, Samsung has added an eye scanner which can be used to unlock the device. It also has a similar curved edge taken from the Galaxy S7 edge.

IMG_20160802_170419Samsung has also ditched the microUSB port in favour of a new USB Type-c connector used for charging the device.

Pricing and availability

The Galaxy Note7 will go on sale in the UK in Blue Coral and Black Onyx on September 2 and customers can pre-order the device from August 16. Customers who pre-order before 30th August will get delivery three days before the device lands in store. A free Galaxy Gear VR will also be included in pre-order deals from selected retailers.

The South Korean manufacturer recently announced that its Group revenues grew by 4.9 per cent to £34 billion during its second quarter, driven by a 57 per cent increase in sales at its mobile division. It said S7 and S7 edge flagships launched at Mobile World Congress in February drove the majority.

O2, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and GiffGaff have so far confirmed plans to stock the new Note7.

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