Samsung Note 7 launches in the Middle East
New phone features enhanced S Pen capabilities and the latest in the KNOX security platform
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 made its regional debut yesterday, at a glitzy event in Dubai.
The latest in the Note series features marked improvements from the previous Note 5 (there was no note 6) with a new edge-to-edge design, an IP68-cerftified water resistant body and S Pen, Samsung Knox security with biometric authentication including a new iris scanning feature, as well as HDR video streaming capabilities.
“In 2011 we launched and pioneered an all-new category of large screen smartphones together with the unique S-Pen. Over the years, each edition of the Note series has reconfirmed Samsung’s vision and commitment for development by improving consumer experience in a simple, productive and distinctive way. With the Galaxy Note7 we have reinvented the large-screen smartphone segment with a unique combination of productivity tools, entertainment services and security features. In addition, the Galaxy Note7 powers a robust ecosystem that strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone not just faster but wherever and whenever,” said Tarek Sabbagh, head of IT and mobile (IM) Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics.
With the improved Galaxy Note7 S Pen, users can jot down ideas without unlocking the screen by using Screen off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always-On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to create and share GIF animations with Smart Select. In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or translate languages with a hover of the S Pen. A new unified app, Samsung Notes allows users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.
The smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity aims to provide a real pen-like experience. Due to its IP68 water resistant certification, the Galaxy Note7 S Pen lets users write even when the screen gets wet.
Coupled with Samsung Knox, the company’s mobile security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides new security and privacy measures with biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology.
Users can avail more security features with Secure Folder, a separated folder intended to keep private and personal information safe.
For media consumption, the Galaxy Note7 features a curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen and is HDR video ready. The Galaxy Note7 also features a Game Pack, available through Google Play, including top game titles, an easier redemption process and new user benefits.
The Galaxy Note7 has been designed to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It features a front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curved screen, adding the Edge Panel for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.
The Galaxy Note7 borrows the camera from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast auto focus.
In addition to 64GB of internal memory, the Galaxy Note7 offers expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with a 3,500mAh battery, Power Management, and charges quicker using the new USB-C port. You can recharge the Galaxy Note7 wherever wireless charging is available.
Users can pair the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus for their virtual reality fix, with the support of the Super AMOLED screen and a more powerful processor.
The Galaxy Note7 can be used with the new high-resolution (3840x1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images videos on the go.
Other accessories include the new S View Standing Cover that can be used to prop the device at a 60-degree angle when viewing content, as well as an IP68 water resistant Backpack for charging on the road.
The Galaxy Note7 acts as a focal point for Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services. Users can monitor their fitness activities on the Gear Fit2 or Gear IconX and track their data through S Health 5.0. The updated S Health app enables users to share fitness updates or compete with family and friends.
The Smart Switch feature, which allows transfer of data from your old device, has been enhanced further with Samsung Cloud, providing continuous backup and easier transfer of content including data, apps, settings and layouts between devices. Galaxy Note7 users will be able to use up to 15GB of free space to store and restore information on Samsung Cloud.
Samsung has partnered with tour operator Holiday Factory to offer holiday packages for customers of the new phone. The packages are inclusive of round trip tickets, hotel accommodation, airport transfers and a tour guide with savings can be up to AED 5000 for UAE residents to locales all around the world.
Samsung has also included a pre-installed Galaxy Entertainer application in the Galaxy Note7 with benefits worth over AED 400,000, through exclusive “Buy One Get One” free offers on dining, entertainment, lifestyle and hotel accommodations across Europe and Asia. This offer is exclusive to the GCC (with the exception of Saudi Arabia).
The Galaxy Note7 will be available starting August 19, in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx and a recommended retail price of AED 2999. A 128 GB microSD card will be supplied to complement the 64GB of internal memory.