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Samsung Galaxy Note7 wows with iris scanning

Samsung is back with a 2016 iteration of its Note line of Android smartphones, and this time around the focus is on cutting-edge security. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 contains a number of high-level security features, based around biometrics.

Fingerprint readers have become a standard feature of premium smartphones, so its no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note7 offers this facility. But the handset’s biometric security features do not stop there, as there is also support for iris scanning.

Biometric security will not be limited to unlocking the new smartphone, as Samsung Pay has been fully integrated with the system. Thanks to iris scanning, it will effectively be possible to make purchases with your eyes.

However, the science-fiction-like fun goes beyond the South Korean company’s own payment service. The functionality offered by Samsung Pass means that the biometric security tools can also be used by other apps and services.

Using Samsung Pass, it will be possible for services like mobile banking to become significantly more secure. And at the Unpacked 2016 launch event, Samsung said that it is already working with banks in order to roll-out support.

Moving away from security features, microSD card fans will be delighted to see that the expansion slot has returned with the Samsung Galaxy Note7. There is support for cards of up to 256 GB, although the standard internal storage is a fairly hefty 64 GB.

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 offers a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. Not everything has stayed the same, however, as this year’s Note smartphone also features a dual-curved display.

Keeping the screen on is a non-removable 3,500 mAh battery, which can be charged wirelessly via either the WPC and PMA standard.

For anyone worried about the rather large device slipping out of their grip, there is some reassurance offered with the inclusion of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The camera set-up seen on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge makes a comeback. That means the new phablet features a 12 megapixel main camera and a 5 MP rear-facing shooter.

Both cameras once again offer an f/1.7 aperture lens, with the main camera also supporting optical image stabilisation.

Powering the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is an octa-core processor, with four 2.3 GHz cores and four 1.6 GHz cores. Backing this up is a decent amount of memory, with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM inside the device.

Having launched before the release of Android 7.0 Nougat, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 will offer Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.