Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to Feature Iris Scanner

Galaxy Note 7 Live Launch Event

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the next big thing from Samsung’s mobile wing. The company is expected to announce this phone in the next few weeks, but the details of its features and even the name are still somehow vague.

As usual, leaks and rumors are part and parcel of every major smartphone release and the Galaxy Note 7 is not an exception. According to the latest reports, the phone will apparently come with an iris scanner, something that will be a step up from the fingerprint scanners that are now becoming a common happening as far as flagship and even mid-range phones are concerned.

Of course, this doesn’t confirm that the phone will be dropping the fingerprint sensor. However, having an iris scanner is a far much safer and more secure way of unlocking your phone than depending on a fingerprint sensor. In fact, it has been revealed before that hackers can easily get into your fingerprint-protected phone by lifting your fingerprint and then print out the mold. This is then used to unlock your device without your presence.

As far as iris scanning is concerned, this is practically impossible. Unlike fingers which are easy to touch anywhere thus leaving behind prints, eyes do not touch things. In fact, this is a better form of biometric protection as it offers enhanced security as opposed to other offerings.

Earlier rumors had indicated that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will indeed come with an iris scanner, but none of them had been this close to confirming this feature. The leaks come from none other than the famous mobile leaker Evan Blass, who uses the Twitter handle @evleaks. Blass is adamant that the next Samsung phablet will be called the Galaxy Note 7 and not Galaxy Note 6 as it had been anticipated. This change has been associated with the desire to have uniform names for the company’s entire line of flagships, which starts with the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and S7 Active.

While there are no details on the release date of the Galaxy Note 7, it is expected that Samsung will take a similar route as that taken for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge by releasing the Note 7 earlier than the Galaxy Note 5. This is aimed at taking advantage of the phablet market before Apple comes in with its own offering in the shape of iPhone 7 Plus.

Other than confirming the coming of the iris scanner, Blass also highlighted a few other features that are expected to show up on the Galaxy Note 7. These include a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, although some are still adamant that the screen size will increase by a further 0.1 inches. The phone will reportedly come in with an onboard storage of 64GB, which will also be expandable via a microSD card.

Galaxy Note 7

As for the camera specs, the Galaxy Note 7 will stick to the same package as what is offered on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which is a 12MP rear sensor and 5MP selfie camera, both with f/1.7 aperture. The phablet will also feature IP68 water and dust resistant certification, something that was omitted from last year’s Galaxy Note 5. As for the color variants, you can expect three colors of blue, silver and black.

If indeed the iris scanner shows up on the Note 7, it won’t be the first time Samsung has played around with eye-sensing technology. Samsung Galaxy S4 users can still make use of such technology in scrolling up down open pages. All they need is to look up and down the page. Although it was a cool addition, it wasn’t perfect, something that led to many concluding that it was a mere gimmick. With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung might try out this feature again, but this cannot be guaranteed.

As for the rest of the spec sheet, it has been rumored that a Snapdragon 823 SoC will be onboard, but since the phone is likely to keep certain aspects used on the S7 and S7 Edge, the Snapdragon 820 SoC might just be one of the features to be retained. On the contrary, the phone’s RAM is expected to go higher at 6GB, with the battery capacity coming at 4000mAh, similar to the Galaxy S7 Active.

All these are based on rumors, hence it is better to take the news with a pinch of salt.

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