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Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 7 and a refreshed GearVR

Florence Ion | Aug. 3, 2016
The company debuted the next generation of its famous phablet lineup, but don't expect a big departure from the Galaxy S7. There's also a new GearVR headset to accompany it.

The S-Pen software has also been slightly tweaked with a few new feature offerings. And like the rumors suggested, the Note 7 does let you unlock it with your eyes thanks to a new retina scanner, which is faster than the thumb-to-fingerprint scanner method. You can read the whole scoop on what’s new by checking out our hands-on impressions with the Galaxy Note 7.  

The new GearVR  

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The new GearVR headset is darker and slightly bigger than its predecessor.

Samsung’s GearVR has undergone a makeover. The virtual reality headset now features a handsome dark blue and black color schematic. Samsung said it changed the colors because the white interior of the original GearVR caused a distracting reflection. The headset’s periphery view has also been slightly adjusted from 96 degrees to 101 degrees, and there’s a dedicated button that takes you straight to the GearVR store and library for easy viewing. 

You don’t have to worry about your older Samsung phone not working with the new GearVR, either. The headset now supports USB Type-C, but it comes with a MicroUSB adapter for those wielding older handsets like the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, and Note 5.   

The new Galaxy Note 7 and Gear VR will officially go on sale August 19. There’s no price point available for the Note 7 or Gear VR just yet, but we’ll update this as soon as it’s confirmed. At launch, the Galaxy S7 was only available through carriers in the U.S., with the unlocked model (free of carrier bloatware) landing only about a month ago. There’s no word yet if the Note 7 will initially sell only through carriers or if you’ll be able to buy an unlocked, carrier-free model here in the U.S.

 

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