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The Galaxy Note 7 is ready for the titanic clash: arrives on the scene with iris scanning, water resistance, and 64GB base storage


 Whatever you may think of Samsung's contributions to the industry, one in particular stands out: it practically invented the 'phablet' category with the Galaxy Note series. Much larger in size than their more conservative brethren, these humongous devices quickly took root, spawning a loyal following of millions of people.
And now, nearly 5 years later, we're finally up to the sixth successive Note smartphone, confusingly dubbed the Galaxy Note 7—so as to correspond to the Galaxy S7 family. This change in pacing aside, the Note 7 is still remarkably similar to the original Note at the core, but meaner and leaner pretty much across the board.

The stakes couldn't be higher, however. Just last week, Samsung announced its quarterly results, and the Galaxy S7 series were the driving force behind the mobile division's profits. As we approach the end of 2016, and with Apple setting up for an iPhone refresh, it'll soon be a question of whether the Note 7 can carry the expected slack from the aging S7 and S7 edge, and spar, or outdo, the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus. 
The Gold Platinum variant won't be available in the States.
As the barrage of leaked images suggested, the Galaxy Note 7 really is nothing more—and nothing less—than a slightly larger Galaxy S7 edge. Sporting a 5.7-inch, Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560) Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5, the Note 7 is nearly indiscernible from the S7 edge, with the same dual-edge glass—both front and back—and Always On Display. Like it, too, the Note 7 is IP68-certified, and therefore resistant to water and dust-tight. 

Also identical is the layout of the physical buttons, with the two volume keys high up on the left side, while the power button sits towards the center on the right. Samsung's signature, physical Home button, as always, is available up front, hugged by the capacitive keys for Back and Multitask. The one sure way of telling the the new Note 7 from the S7 edge is the S Pen's slot on the bottom, or by sizing them carefully.

The phone will be made available in a number of colors, including Blue Coral, Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Gold Platinum. Depending on the region, a subset of three of these will be made available, with the US in specific getting everything sans Gold. Blue Coral, in particular, caught our eye, though it may come across as a little tacky, what with the frame and various accents painted in gold.

Going back to the screen—traditionally the highlight of the Note series—Samsung is also making some of its TV tech available to the Note 7. More specifically, the open HDR10 standard will be supported, meaning a potentially highly visible improvement in picture quality when watching appropriate titles off Netlix or elsewhere. Main theoretical advantages of HDR10 content include a higher dynamic range—and therefore better contrast—and richer color granularity due to 10 bit color. How well HDR10 really translates onto the screen remains to be seen—but we're definitely interested.

Finally, and because this is likely on the minds of many, the answer is 'No': there isn't a model of the Note 7 with a more conventional, 'flat' screen. 

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