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Here's why the Galaxy Note7 features both iris and fingerprint scanners

Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 is now official with 5.7-inch QHD dual edge curved display, improved S-Pen functionality, fingerprint and iris scanners for biometric authentication. If you’re wondering why Samsung included both scanners, here’s why.

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Samsung has finally unveiled its next-generation Note phablet, the Galaxy Note7. It brings a host of new features and improvements over its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 5. Besides the 5.7-inch dual edge curved QHD display, water and dust resistance feature, USB Type-C port and a gorgeous design, the Galaxy Note7 also features an iris scanner for biometric authentication. It also features a fingerprint scanner embedded inside the home button. Now, if you re wondering as to why the phablet features a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner, read on to know more. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 with 48MP camera, 5,000mAh battery announced

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To begin with, let s first talk about how the iris scanner works. It uses two distinct pieces of hardware — a specialized camera different from the front-facing selfie camera, and an infrared light that shines your eyes as the scanner recognizes your irises, AndroidCentral reports. . Here, the infrared light works similar to the laser auto-focus feature found in most smartphone cameras. The infrared light also offers better ability to the camera to scan your irises irrespective of the lighting conditions. What s more important is that it works even when you re wearing glasses. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera details tipped: All you need to know

Now, just like the fingerprint scanner, the iris scanner works with Samsung Pay too. You can also use your irises to unlock the smartphone and sign into websites on Samsung Web Browser. Samsung has also included a secure folder which is similar to Secure Zone in Lenovo smartphones, and a similar feature can also be found in MIUI 8. You can save all your photos, receipts, bills and other private information in the secure zone, which can only be accessed after scanner recognizes the irises and authenticates the user.

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Samsung says it has taken more than five years of intensive work, research and development before it could introduce the iris scanner technology on the Galaxy Note7. As of now, Android Marshmallow 6.0 natively supports fingerprint scanners, however, it does not support iris scanner, yet. Due to this, iris scanner only works with Samsung apps and that is also the reason why Samsung decided to include both fingerprint scanner and the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note7.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications

The phablet flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD super AMOLED dual curved edge display, covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, it is powered by Samsung s 64-bit Exynos 8890 octa-core processor or Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-processor, which is region specific. It is paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot to expand it further up to 256GB.

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In the photography department, you get a 12-megapixel dual pixel camera (f/1.7) with 4K video recording, PDAF and LED flash. For selfies and video calling, you have the 5-megapixel sensor of aperture f/1.7. Armed with 3,500mAh battery, fast charging and wireless fast charging features, connectivity options include NFC, 4G LTE, dual SIM card slots, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth. Samsung has also introduced a new USB Type-C connector for charging and data transfer.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 features

The Galaxy Note7 borrows some key features from the Galaxy S7 family, such as water and dust resistance, always on display and a heart rate sensor. The S-Pen, which is an important aspect of the Galaxy Note7 also gets new Air Command functions such as magnification, text translate and quickly add memos using always on display, even when the screen is turned off. On the software front, the Galaxy Note7 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, wrapped under TouchWiz UI, and Android Nougat 7.0 update is expected after Google makes its official.

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  • Published Date: August 2, 2016 10:37 PM IST

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