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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launches worldwide with iris scanner and smarter S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Thinking you like the look of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but want a little more stylus in your life? Well, the new Galaxy Note 7 has arrived to slake your thirst.

The new Note, which will be available globally (good news for those that petitioned to have the Note 5 brought to Europe last year), offers IP68 water and dust resistance, a bigger 3500mAh battery, an enhanced S Pen and an all-new screen technology.

The 5.7-inch display is wrapped into the metal rim, much like the S7 Edge, but there's an S Pen that pops out the bottom now. That'll allow you to translate words on the screen instantly, create GIFs and even paint with virtual oils, if that's your bag.

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Samsung's followed a similar pattern as with the S7 and S7 Edge with the Note 7 - even skipping over the Note 6 name to bring things numerically into line.


One of the new headline features is an iris scanner - not seen on a mainstream phone since the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL - and will enable another layer of security on the handset to secure up your secret sections, which is all placed in a secure folder.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be packing USB-C technology, making it the first Samsung handset to do such a thing... which means the Galaxy S8 will probably follow the same lead.

The new Note will come with mobile HDR compatibility, which means a sleeker and brighter display to show off the darker and brighter sections of the screen at the same time - whether there'll be enough content to really show off this technical prowess remains to be seen.

In the UK, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date is set for September 2, with pre-orders beginning August 16 - and those ordering early will get a Gear VR headset too.

In the US things are a little sooner: the Note 7 release date has been set for August 19, with pre-orders beginning August 3.

We're still waiting on a price for this new phablet - but be warned, it's not going to be cheap...