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Rumor check: Everything we think we know about the Galaxy Note 7

Florence Ion | June 24, 2016
We round up the latest rumors on Samsung's next phone-tablet hybrid device.

There have also been rumblings that, like the Galaxy S7 family, the Note 7 will feature IP68 water- and dust-resistance , which should keep It safe in up to five feet of water for a maximum of 30 minutes. And if USB Type-C compatibility is true, it’s likely the Note 7’s 4,000mAh battery pack will support QuickCharge 3.0 and fast wireless charging, too.

An iris scanner?

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Samsung has apparently trademarked the terms “Galaxy Iris” and “Galaxy Eyeprint,” which lends some credence to the idea that iris scanning is on its way.

The Galaxy Note 7 could feature an iris scanner in place of, or in addition to, Samsung’s existing fingerprint scanner. That would enable you to simply stare at the screen or front-facing camera to unlock the phone, rather than pressing and holding on the Home button. It sounds far-fetched, but it’s entirely likely given Samsung’s history with eye-tracking technology and its latest tablet release in India.

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An apparent snippet of an order form shows that Samsung’s ordered the parts to make iris scanning happen.

There’s also an order form floating around the Android blog network that shows Samsung has ordered the appropriate parts for the technology. However, there’s no guarantee those parts will show up in the Note 7.

Coming August 2

Notorious leaker Evan Blass and SamMobile have both reported that the Galaxy Note 7 will debut on August 2 in New York City, though no official invitations have been sent out by Samsung just yet.

 

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