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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: First look

2 August, 2016 Samsung

Now that the time for rumors is over, it's time to take our first official look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Let us tell you first up that the rumors and leaks were not exactly spot on as two major predictions were proven wrong post the unveiling. Firstly, the Galaxy Note 7 does not feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/Exynos 8893 SoC, but sports the same Snapdragon 820 SoC/Exynos 8890 SoC as the S7 series. Secondly, it has only 4GB of RAM and there is no 6GB variant at the moment. We were disappointed and surprised to see this as almost every major leak suggested the two missing hardware specs would be there in the final version.

Most of the other predictions did turn out to be true though, as the unique iris scanner is present and works in sync with Samsung Pay and KNOX to add an extra layer of security to everything. It's really fast, although you may have to hold the phone uncomfortably close to your face while using it. The S-Pen with 4096 pressure sensitivity levels works underwater this time around and the display is indeed a Dual Edge 1440p Super AMOLED panel with Edge features and Gorilla Glass 5 protection, as expected.

Although the base Android version is Android Marshmallow and not Nougat like some leaks predicted, it supports the Vulkan API, which is amazing for in-game graphics. In fact, you even get games with "console quality" graphics that's worth $25, free with your purchase. Speaking of purchase, it will be available for purchase from August 19, but pre-orders will begin tomorrow. Stay tuned for more news on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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