As reported earlier, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has posted a video on YouTube that clearly showed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection failing the scratch test usually performed by him on all popular smartphones. When we say "failing," what we mean is that it turned out to be significantly less scratch-resistant than the older Gorilla Glass 4. If you have not checked it out already, take a look at the video below to see what we are talking about.
In their defence, Corning has put forward a few arguments in their interview with Android Authority. They pointed out that the Mohs hardness picks were used in an "uncontrolled manner" and the loads on the picks used by the YouTuber were not monitored. According to the company, the video is invalid as the damages seen on the Note 7 were a result of metallic transfer, a phenomenon which transfers a softer material onto a harder one, after the two come in friction with each other. To be honest, we just think that Corning Gorilla Glass 5 lost its scratch resistance to a good degree, in order to provide for shatter proofing.
Before we start informing you about the latest rumor, let us clarify that we still have no info on whether or not Samsung will actually skip the number "6" and move on to "7" with its next Note Device. There was a report earlier which stated that the Korean OEM feels that naming the upcoming Note as Galaxy Note 6 will make customers falsely believe that it's older than the recently released Galaxy S7-series. The authenticity of this report/rumor is still not established so keep an open mind!
Zauba, a site which tracks import details, has recently listed "Detailed Import Data" of a certain "sm n935." Considering the fact that the S7 Edge has the model number SM-G935, this could be the model number for the Note6/Note 7 Edge. The details are for a metal mask that's meant for the device in question.
This could mean that Samsung might even launch two versions of its upcoming flagship device, one with a regular flat panel and another more premium device with a curved panel. Of course, these are only speculations at worst and intelligent guesses at best. We will find out more as official announcements are made in the coming months.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Are you as excited about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as we are? If so, then you will be glad to know that we have found a video circulating on YouTube which shows us the iris scanner of the upcoming Note 7 in action and from what we can tell, it's super fast. The video seems to be of Asian (most likely Chinese) origin and was found on the YouTube channel of TechTastic. Take a look yourself to see what we are talking about exactly.
In case you had not noticed already, let us point out that the Galaxy Note 7 we are seeing over here is a flat version with a flat front and a flat back. However, this is possibly a prototype that will not reach the hands of the consumers as Samsung has probably decided to go only with the curved screen variant this year. Nevertheless, it is good to know that the iris scanner is working so flawlessly on the prototype and presumably, it will only get better when the final version is unveiled in about a week's time on August 2.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to a survey conducted by Reuters/Ipsos in all 50 states of the US, the reputation of Samsung as a brand is almost totally intact in the country. It was found that about 27% of the people, who knew about the Note 7’s first and second recall, would still give Samsung devices a fair chance while selecting their next smartphone. Interestingly, it was found that 25% of the people who did not know anything about the issues with the Note 7 would also give Samsung smartphones a chance while picking out their next device. The higher percentages of people who are open towards Samsung devices seem to belong to the group which actually know about Samsung’s embarrassing episode. This clearly shows how unaffected Samsung’s reputation is in the United States.
A more overwhelming response was recorded when 91% of the polled people who are Samsung smartphones users at the moment, voted that they would buy a Samsung again. In fact, according to the final results published by the survey, of all the people who were included in the survey, 92% are very much open to buying a Samsung device.
The following reasons were cited as being behind such a convincing and positive response from the customers in the US by Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.
1. An early and timely recall.
2. A very limited number of seriously harmful incidents.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)