Today, Samsung officially revealed the next Note device in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. You may be wondering why this is called the 7, considering there was no Note 6 – the rational thought is that they wanted to bring it in line with their S7/S7 Edge for marketing purposes. The device includes a lot of technology that has gone into their Galaxy S7 device, but adds some new updates including a new S-Pen and a USB-C port.

Inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has same CPU options (Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890), RAM (4GB) and camera (12MP, f/1,7) as the Samsung Galaxy S7. The screen is a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED, with a similar Edge curve to it. They have added a new feature called Mobile HDR which gives you improved contrast and brightness. HDR (high dynamic range) is something that TV manufacturers have started promoting a lot lately as the next big thing, so it’s unsurprising to see it make it’s way into mobile phones. The battery in the device is a little bit smaller than that of the S7 Edge (3600mAh vs 3500mAh in the Note 7), so it will also be interesting to see full battery life of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

One of the more unique additions to the phone is an Iris Scanner – a feature that will surely make you feel both like Ethan Hunt, but also secure your data better. What it basically means is only you will be able to unlock the device as you are the only one with your iris type. I don’t think it’s directly tied to the increase in finding ways around the finger print scanners, but it’s just a safer option overall. As the first iteration, it will be interesting to see how well it works and questions that come with it (do you need to remove glasses/contacts?).

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 adds a USB-C port, which everyone thought was coming in the S7. It continues to have fast charging in both wired and wireless modes. Last but not least, there is also a new Gear VR that works with the device (previous Gear VR will not work with it) and improves the design, comfort and overall construction.

On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 isn’t a massive improvement over the S7/S7 Edge devices but it didn’t really need to be. For people (like myself), the Note line always felt better with what I like than the thinner/smaller S-devices. With some new features it certainly looks to be a step above the S7, and a massive leap from the Note 5. It will be available for purchase on August 17 and retail for $1050 CDN (Contract Free).