South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expects sales for its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to exceed those of the previous version launched last year, the head of the company’s mobile business said. A Samsung spokesman confirmed remarks made by Koh Dong-jin, head of the firm’s mobile communications business, during a press conference with South Korean reporters in New York on Wednesday following the firm’s unveiling of the new phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the successor the Note 5, with the company dropping number 6 to keep this one more in line with the flagship Galaxy S7, S7 edge series. Samsung has roared back to profit thanks to better than expected sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones, which have been widely called the best Android phones in the market.
The Galaxy Note 7 has the same 5.7-inch QHD Super-AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 pixels), but with a curved dual edge display, just like the one on the S7 edge. Samsung has included more features in the dual edge display and given it more pixel space as well. The company claims Note 7 is less wide than the earlier Note 5 smartphones, even though the display size is the exact same.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 also has a new Iris Scanner, which is similar to the one found on Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. This makes it the first Android smartphone with such a feature and the company claims it is safer than fingerprint sensors. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is also water and dust resistant, which was another feature seen on the S7 series this time. The Note 7 has the same IP68 certification.
In terms of other specifications, the Note 7 has an Exynos 8890 processor/Snapdragon 820 (in the US), 4GB RAM, but comes with a larger base storage of 64GB and support for a microSD slot as well with 256GB limit. Samsung has also packed Galaxy Note 7 with the camera modul found on Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The dual pixel 12MP rear camera replaces the 16MP one on previous Galaxy Note 5. There is a 5MP front camera.
This new phone is also the first in Samsung’s list premium devices to sport a Type-C USB port, and thus ditches the micro-USB port seen in the S7 smartphones. Samsung’s new Gear VR also comes with support for a Type-C and micro-USB to ensure that it is compatible with the company’s earlier devices as well.
With Reuters inputs