The Note 7 has the same processor, 4GB RAM, 12MP camera, dual-curved Super AMOLED display and wireless charging capabilities as the S7 Edge. The biggest difference between the Note and S7 series is Samsung’s S Pen active stylus pen — which has been upgraded. The Note 7’s stylus now has a much more precise tip and is more sensitive to pressure, and, like the Note 7 itself, it’s also dust and water resistant. The Note 7 is also the first Samsung device to support a USB-C charging port. (Each Note 7 also comes with a Micro-USB to USB-C adapter, just in case.)

Samsung also announced a few software updates that will probably excite Android users, but maybe the coolest aspect of the Note 7 is its new emphasis on security. The Note 7 will be the first Galaxy smartphone to have an iris scanner, in addition to the fingerprint scanner, meaning you can unlock your phone with your eyes. Users can set certain apps on the phone to “private,” requiring a password or scan to open. (Just because you’ll hand off your smartphone to your family and friends at times doesn’t mean you want them opening that latest Snapchat.)

The Note 7 can be preordered tomorrow, August 3, and is expected to ship by August 19. It will come in four colors: black, silver, gold and coral. To incentivize Note 5 users to switch over, Samsung is offering with each Note 7 purchase a choice of either a free 256GB MicroSD card or Gear Fit2.

The Galaxy Note 7 is expected to cost around $880.


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