Samsung has unveiled its latest addition, the Galaxy Note 7 which is part of the ‘Phablet’ category. Being one of the first smartphones to have an iris scanner that can read your eyes and give you access to your phones within seconds.

The Korean Smartphone manufacturer created the first phablet in 2011 with the Galaxy Note, Samsung has shot ahead with the Note 6 to bring the Note up to par with the very popular Galaxy S7. It features the same high end design and build that makes the Galaxy S7 Edge popular. One of the great features of this is the biometric option via the infrared iris scanner which literally takes no time at all to set up, and unlock the phone with a quick glance of the eye.

 

The fingerprint scanner is still there, which will be beneficial for those who wear glasses. The Note 7 features very similar specs to the Galaxy S7 Edge, including its IP68 rating which makes it waterproof to depths of 1.5m for 30 mins, a 12-megapixel camera on the back, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage along with a microSD card slot. Having a 5.7in quad HD screen, USB-C and integrated S-pen stylus the phablet is now waterproof and will work even when the screen is wet! Samsung has allowed the screen to be ready for the new high dynamic range video standard which is spilling out across most high-end TV’s, supported by content from Amazon’s Prime video service.

 

As Samsung has also made changes to the Note 7’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software, which includes its ability to turn video into gifs directly from the screen, along with various other stylus-related tools. Users will also be able to write on their smartphone’s screen whilst it’s asleep without having to wake it up.

Samsung says it has worked on the Note 7’s USB-C port as it requires a new version of the company’s Gear VR headset. The new Gear VR also has an accessory port on the side and revamped controls.

As Samsung is in the battle with its top arch rival Apple which has only recently begun to sell phablets they are sure going out of their way to be the #1 go to phablet company. Large-screen smartphones are now on the rise and are ever more popular around the world. Samsung are putting primary focus on style, and quality materials, and having its Knox security enabling fingerprint and iris scanner claims to the number one secure and easy to use smartphones.

The Galaxy Note 7 will be available in the UK on 2 September. Click here for more info