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Is Samsung about to release a Star Wars: The Last Jedi-themed Note 8?

Hollywood’s winter blockbuster season is almost upon us and this year’s slate is dominated by the next installment in a certain sci-fi franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.

As expected, Disney is already lining store shelves with Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise in time for the holidays (really though, who could possibly say no to a Porg cuddly toy?), and now it seems like Samsung is also looking to cash-in on the hype with a limited edition Galaxy Note 8 with exclusive Star Wars-themed features.

The rumor stems from an image shared by Chinese leaker “Ice Universe” which shows a standard-looking Note 8 sporting wallpaper featuring the series’ spherical droid, BB-8. Other than that, there’s very little to go on and the alleged device doesn’t appear to carry any other Star Wars-related branding or design quirks.

While we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to be sure, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see Samsung embracing the ways of the force with a special edition phone, as the South Korean giant has worked with Disney on a number of similar projects in recent years.

Most recently, Samsung released a fairly bland Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Galaxy S8 in China, but its partnership with the House of Mouse was at its best in 2015 with the launch of the stunning Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge.

If there is a Star Wars Note 8 on the horizon I really hope it isn’t as dull as just a regular Note 8 with a bunch of branded wallpapers and ringtones. There’s an S-Pen right there that’s just begging to be turned into a glowing lightsaber. Come on, Samsung.

As the folks at SamMobile note though, the appearance of BB-8 may just have been Samsung’s cheeky way of advertising its new artificial intelligence platform as the logo for Bixby can be spotted alongside the render. Little is know about the system, which appears to be dubbed Galaxy AI UX, early speculation suggests it could make its debut on the Galaxy S9.

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Get a free Gear VR or DeX with a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchase from Samsung

As flagship phone prices continue to inch up, manufacturers are trying to find ways to keep customers opening up their wallets. One common way is to offer a bonus when you purchase your phone. That could be a prepaid card that has a few hundred dollars on it, a microSD card or other accessory, or even a free HD TV

Samsung is back with another promotion when you pick up a Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S8 Active, or Galaxy Note 8 you’ll be eligible for a free DeX Station or Gear VR. There’s always some fine print with promotions like this, so let’s go through it.

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You have to order your device from Samsung.com (links below) or the Shop Samsung app to claim your freebie.  The free gifts will automatically be added to your cart and discounted to $ 0. This means you must decide on which gift you want at the time of purchase. The nice thing about this process is that you don’t have to submit any receipts or proof of purchase like other promotions.

If you return your phone, you’ve got to send your free gift back too. If you don’t, Sammy will charge your original form of payment. This deal can’t be combined with any other promotion and you only have until 11/18/17 to take advantage of it.

If this deal isn’t in your wheelhouse but you want to get a Note 8, T-Mobile has dropped the price by $ 130 and Samsung is offering a $ 200 Samsung Pay promotional credit when you pick up the phone at T-Mobile. You can find out more about the promotion here

What do you think? Is a free Dex Station or Gear VR enough to entice you to buy? Let us know down in the comments.  

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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The flagship battle

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Google just unwrapped its latest flagship and it’s only natural to wonder how it compares to the other big phones of the year. At $ 849 for the Pixel 2 XL, it’s definitely on the pricey side of the smartphone market and for less than $ 100 more, you can nab yourself Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 8.

Both devices have a lot to offer and appeal largely to different types of customers, but how do they stack up? Which device is the best and most worthy of your money? Let’s find out!

The Pixel 2 XL follows the trend of other ultra-premium flagships in 2017, sporting a taller aspect ratio display with smaller bezels. It’s bezels aren’t nearly as small as those on the Note 8, though. The Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch pOLED QHD display with a 2880×1440 pixel resolution. It has front facing speakers at the top and bottom, and slight bezels on either side of the screen.

The Galaxy Note 8 brings a 6.3-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. It’s got a slightly lower pixel density, but the curved screen means it has a similarly-sized overall footprint. The Galaxy Note 8 only has a single speaker at the bottom, but also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which Google left out of the Pixel 2 XL. Google includes a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C adapter in the box, so people with older headphones won’t have to spring for a new pair. The big question here is whether you’d rather have native support for a headphone jack, or dual front facing stereo speakers.

Both devices also support Always-On Display technology. The Galaxy Note 8 Always-On Display features shortcuts to apps, icons for your latest notifications, music controls and the ability to pin a screen off memo from the S-Pen. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 Always-On Display is a little more understated with a fairly standard experience accompanied by the Now playing feature, which allows you to see what song is playing at any given time at a glance.

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As with any flagship smartphone in 2017, the Pixel 2 XL comes with a flagship specs list. This includes being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU, 4 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 8 has the same processing package but increases the RAM to 6 GB and offers 256 GB of storage instead of 128 GB. Both devices also have IP67 dust and water resistance, but the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with other useful extra likes wireless charging and a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

On the back is where you’ll find one of the biggest differences between the two. The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first attempt at the dual camera. It incorporates two 12MP sensors with an f/1.7 aperture on the wide-angle lens, and an f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens. There’s also OIS in both lenses, which is a first for smartphone cameras. You can use the dual cameras to add bokeh to your shots.

The Pixel 2 XL’s front-facing speakers mean its bezels aren’t nearly as thin as the Galaxy Note 8.

The Pixel 2 XL takes a different approach and with it, Google is signaling to the world that a single camera can do the same job as two. The rear camera is a 12.2MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, but the stand out feature is Portrait Mode. While every other smartphone OEM needs two cameras to achieve this, Google is able to achieve this by using one lens, dual pixel cameras, and its powerful machine learning algorithms.

The original Pixel XL had what was arguably the best camera of 2016, and with a record-high DxO Mark score of 98, Google’s new flagships could have the best smartphone cameras ever. Of course, the real proof will come once we put these smartphones head to head so stay tuned for that before the end of the month.

As you might have expected, the Pixel 2 XL runs Android Oreo out of the box, while the Note 8 launched with Nougat and will be updated to Android Marshmallow in the near future. Google’s version of Oreo brings a mostly stock experience, with a redesigned Pixel launcher, notification dots, native picture-in-picture and a whole lot more.

The Pixel 2 XL uses machine learning and dual pixels to achieve bokeh effects with only one lens.

The Pixel 2 is the first Android smartphone with Google Lens, which uses machine learning to give you information about anything you point the camera at. It’s similar to Samsung’s Bixby Vision, but being linked to the world’s largest search engine will probably increase usability. The Pixel 2 XL also comes with the new Active Edge feature that lets you squeeze the edge of the phone, like the HTC U11’s Squeeze feature, as an easy way to launch Google Assistant.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with Samsung’s software experience on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The standout feature of this phone is the S Pen which can be used to jot down notes, create drawings, translate sentences, and more. The S-Pen brings a few tweaks over last year like being able to save screen off memos that are up to 100 pages long, send gif-like live messages, and more.


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Which smartphone would you choose between the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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You can go ahead and add “hard as nails” to the Galaxy Note 8 pros list

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is clearly one of the best smartphones of 2017. It’s packed with premium components, it offers unique and interesting functionality thanks to the inclusion of its S Pen stylus, and it’s also one tough cookie, as a recent JerryRigEverything durability test video has revealed.

The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel is famous for its smartphone stress tests, which puts handsets under a number of different intense circumstances to assess how strong they are. Samsung’s latest premium handset got the treatment yesterday and it stood up well in almost every category.

Particularly noteworthy is the bend test, which has seen many other large screen devices crack under the pressure, but the Galaxy Note 8 gets by unscathed, putting it among the most sturdy handsets to be released this year.

The glass on the front and rear of the Note 8 holds up like most of the competition. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the most recent and strongest version of Corning’s protective coating, and scratches only at Mohs’ hardness scale Level 6 and above. After taking a knife to its camera sensors (also covered by glass), the Note 8 also showed little signs of harm.

The only aspect of the front and rear of the phone to suffer any real damage under the knife was, somewhat unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor, which has been a sticking point for most critics. This is placed in a difficult-to-reach area at the top right of the rear of the device — as on the Galaxy S8 — so it was already out of favor. Still, the video host says that these scratches didn’t interfere with fingerprint sensor’s normal operation: it still worked as intended.

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Though the Note 8 wasn’t subjected to any water-based challenges, the device has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, so here again, it’s technically on par with the rest of the modern flagships (this despite it having an additional hole to house the S Pen).

Overall, it’s positive news for Samsung, especially after the Galaxy Note 7‘s overheating issue last year which eventually sunk the device. Samsung needed to produce a Note 8 that was going to stay out of harm’s way, and it seems to have done just that.

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Note 8 hands-on: Bigger and better where it truly counts

Samsung has bounced back since the problems with its last explosive device (sorry, had to say it), and after reintroducing a nearly bezel-less display as the Infinity Display, version 8 has now arrived for the Note line.

How does one of the most feature-packed smartphone lines ever redeem mistakes of the past? We seek to find out in this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on impressions post.

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It’s easy to think that the Galaxy Note 8 will basically be a Galaxy S8 Plus with an S Pen. And while that isn’t too far from the truth, it’s also a bit too simplistic.

a return to prominence for Samsung

Indeed, what we’re looking at here is not only a return to prominence for Samsung, but a great example of how the company continues to pack just about everything you would want into one smartphone for the masses.

To start, the phone currently comes in four colors: black, grey, gold, and blue. For the US market, however, only the grey and black will be on sale. This is why I went straight for the blue edition in this hands-on, because it is my personal favorite of the bunch and I might not get a chance to use it later.

Let’s get the obvious part out of the way – the phone looks, and feels, a bit big. The screen is very similar to the Galaxy S8 Plus at 6.3 inches. Think about that for a second – the Note line used to be known for its 5.7-inch displays and now they are finding ways of extending it by three quarters of an inch.

The curved Infinity Display definitely helps with handling, though, like the Galaxy S8 Plus, it is still a bit difficult to use in one hand. Overall, the slopes on the sides help to mitigate what we once considered a tablet-sized screen.

the curves have been dialed back a tad

As a result, the display continues the trend of taller and narrower displays, at 18.5:9. The difference here is that the curves have been dialed back a tad, making for a phone that is a bit squarer compared to its Galaxy S8 brethren. It still retains symmetry, but the slopes are significantly steeper and more aggressive. Compared to the Note 7 or the Note Fan Edition (seen below), the phone is slightly taller and slightly thicker, but keeps a familiar profile.

Viewed straight-on, the Note 8 almost looks like a straight slab of black until the screen powers on and your eyes adjust to just how much damn screen there is on the phone.

By far, the most enjoyable part of the Note line for many has been the large screen size, and users are getting more than ever here. As with the S8, the physical home button has been replaced with an equivalent tucked beneath the screen and soft keys. A hard press where the home button should be gives a quick vibration feedback and still performs much like a regular home button. Speaking of buttons, the rest are all where you’d expect, and the Bixby button now finds its way to the Note line.

The Note series has always delivered a significantly more premium experience. Even when compared to the Galaxy S devices, the Note generally tried to have better specifications, and that philosophy definitely returns in the Note 8.

  Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity
2960 x 1440 resolution
521 ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor US: 64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor

Global: 64-bit octa-core (2.3 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) Samsung Exynos 8895, 10 nm processor

Storage 64/128/256 GB
MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear camera
– Main: 12 MP wide-angle AF Dual Pixel sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture, OIS
– 12 MP telephoto AF sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture, OIS

Front camera
– 8 MP AF sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture

Battery 3,300 mAh
Fast charging on wired and wireless
WPC and PMA wireless charging
Water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)
Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
USB Type-C
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Sensors Accelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor
Gyro Sensor
Geomagnetic Sensor
Hall Sensor
Heart Rate Sensor
Proximity Sensor
RGB Light Sensor
Iris Sensor
Pressure Sensor
Software Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Dimensions and weight 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
195 g

There is one obvious spot of discrepancy in the spec sheet, however – the 3,300 mAh battery that is smaller than the one from last year. While we always prefer to see bigger batteries for better longevity, we can also kind of understand the motivation behind this move. And power shouldn’t be far from reach, with fast wired and wireless charging solutions.

6 GB of RAM is the real story here

The Snapdragon 835 keeps the phone as on par as it should be, but 6 GB of RAM is the real story here. This marks the first time that Samsung has gone past 4 GB as a standard feature across all phones, and we’re happy to hear it. More RAM should really help with the daily grind under features like the Edge UX and everything the S Pen can do.

The Edge UX gets one useful update for multitaskers out there – users have told Samsung that due to the large screen, split screen is being utilized a ton. For those users, the Note 8 adds dual app shortcuts called App Pair. These can be created in the home screens or nestled in the Edge panels for easy access, and they open up the two specified applications right away in a split format. Imagine a shortcut to open up the calendar and Gmail to really bolster productivity, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for ultimate chattiness, or YouTube and pretty much anything else, like I probably would do.

Which brings us to the S Pen – the main “extra” for any Note device. Over the years, the S Pen has seen so many new features that it’s hard to list them all. Open up Pen Command and you can see screen capture and edit, note creation, and smart selection. For a bit of fun and passing time, you can use the pen and all of its brushes and pressure sensitivity to do some coloring. Maybe share some of your doodles in the artsy PEN UP social media network, or just use the S Pen much like a mouse for precision pointing, clicking, selecting, and dragging.

Some features have been updated, like text translation that can process whole phrases and sentences now instead of just singular words. And for the real note-taker, the Screen Off Memo that activates from standby can now record a hundred pages of editable notes without the need to unlock the device first.

The main new feature in the S Pen is Live Message, which records the user’s path to writing a short message into an animated GIF. Added effects like sparkles and neon lighting give it more flair, helping to make pleasing GIFs you can send to friends, significant others, or anyone that deserves that little bit of attention. It might not be the most productive addition, but it’s fun and practical, adding to the already large list of S Pen features.

Samsung UI continues to look about as streamlined as ever, finding ways of looking simple despite all that it is capable of

And to the point of software, the Samsung UI continues to look about as streamlined as ever, finding ways of looking simple despite all that it is capable of. The software on the Note 8 looks very similar to the one from the S8, with very few changes in appearance. The updates are happening mainly in Bixby, it seems, where voice commands were finally made available not too long ago. The Note 8, we’re told, will be getting more updates to the assistant and Bixby will continue to evolve. We’ll test Bixby and see how every aspect gets better, from Home to Vision to Voice to Reminders.

Which leads us to the biggest story of the Galaxy Note 8 – the camera. As expected, a dual camera has made it to the Samsung ecosystem, adding that second lens on the back within an obvious black area. This black color is a little jarring, as it’s not blending in with the grey, gold, and blue editions of the phone. It might not be the best look to everyone, but these cameras really pack a punch – 12 MP dual pixel sensors with OIS in both, and one lens is a 2x optical zoom at f/2.4 aperture.

10x digital zoom is possible throughout with some losses in quality, but having OIS as part of the zoom lens is a big deal. Getting far into a shot always makes the jitters and movements more obvious and image stabilization will hopefully mitigate that issue. Zooming simply requires a quick tap on the button in the viewfinder, but another nice touch is a slide added to the shutter button that acts like the zoom on a camcorder – hold it up slightly and it will zoom slowly, or crank it in either direction to make it move faster.

the biggest story of the Galaxy Note 8 – the camera

The interface for the camera has changed to reflect this shift in optical packages – live focus is now a prominently displayed feature. Much like the portrait modes from the iPhone and the OnePlus 5, the Note 8 will use a combination of the zoom lens and software-enabled depth of field to make subjects stand out from the background, resulting in very pleasing portraitures. And yet another nice touch has been added in, as users are able to take these portrait photos and a regular wide photo at the same time, just in case.

We applaud the move to a dual-camera setup, and so far, it seems that Samsung is putting some real thought into its version of the feature. It already benefits from fast focusing dual pixels, the dual OIS, and every other mode that we’ve seen on previous Samsung phones. And this is all alongside the front-facing 8 MP camera that has autofocus and 2K video recording to boast. We’ll be putting all these lenses to the test when we get our hands on our review unit.

And so, there you have it – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Samsung continues to pack in all of the bells and whistles they possibly can in a smartphone. Normally, that would mean a big device overall. But the Note 8 manages to be just slightly larger than its predecessor, but much bigger – and badder – in every other area that truly counts.The screen is a sight to behold, adding a zoom lens gives people more possibilities, and the S Pen remains one of the most useful tools to anyone that bothers to use it, especially for productivity.

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Preorders start on August 28, with the phone going out on September 15. We’re excited to get our hands on the Note 8, as always, and we will be bringing you our full  Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review in the near future, so stay tuned!

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The next iPhone will probably look a lot like the Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 and tenth anniversary iPhone are both heading our way in the latter half of 2017. Both handsets have a lot to prove: iPhones have been becoming stale, and the last Note went down in flames (quite literally). The pressure is on Apple and Samsung to deliver something special this year.

Based on current rumors and speculation, these smartphones might have more in common than just their importance to their respective manufacturers, though. In fact, they may have more in common than the two series ever have before.

Curved screen success

Samsung Display reportedly signed a deal with Apple in 2016 to provide it with 100 million smartphone displays over the next few years. Apple has sourced Samsung for parts many times before, and though you may think that a display won’t clue us into many details about the iPhone’s aesthetic — a display is just a glass panel, after all — it indicates that at least one iPhone 8 variant (of which there may be three in total) could feature a curved screen.

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Samsung has been investing heavily in OLED tech recently, and it is OLED displays, not the LCD displays typically favored by Apple, that can be curved for smartphones. Given that Samsung may be a major supplier of Apple’s iPhone screens and that curved glass is something of a current industry trend, it seems likely that Apple would pursue such a screen for the iPhone 8.

Meanwhile, last year’s Galaxy Note 7 was also curved, as were both of Samsung’s 2017 flagships — the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus — and a couple other S series generations before them. Add to this news of Samsung’s recent OLED investments and it seems clear that the South Korean manufacturer intends to continue producing flagship smartphones in this style.

Home button hop

But it’s not just a curved display that they would have in common. Reports suggest that Apple is going to remove the physical home button of its iPhone 8 too, just as Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 (and ostensibly will again with the Note 8).

These buttons typically take up space on the front of a handset, space that could instead be occupied by the display to offer a better screen-to-body ratio. This is also an industry trend that has been happening for years, but it was only with the Xiaomi Mi MIX, released toward the end of last year, that it became more “mainstream” (the Sharp Aquos Crystal wasn’t particularly popular, after all).

With the removal of the home button on the iPhone 8, and the possibility of a “bezel-less,” curved display, you can picture how these phones stand to have a similar look. They’re also almost guaranteed to have a metal or metal and glass body.

Smaller similarities

There may be a number of less obvious similarities between these handsets too. Both phones will probably make use of a dual rear camera and a similar sensor setup, as well as lack branding or a logo on their front (unlike the Note 7, pictured above, middle). One notable design difference, incidentally, could be in the implementation of a 3.5 mm audio jack on the Galaxy Note 8, and a lack of it on the iPhone 8.

Wrap up

Ultimately, it’s not so much that Apple will make a concerted effort to make the iPhone 8 look like a Samsung phone, or vice versa, as it is that both of these manufacturers are likely to follow current design trends and features which will result in them looking similar.

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It’s the elongation of the home screen and removal of the front fingerprint scanner/home button that stands to bring these devices, and others in future, closer together. At one time, the shape of these home buttons — physical or otherwise — could help to determine the device at a quick glance: I can clearly picture the iPhone’s circle and the Galaxy series’ oval home button in my mind’s eye. With these gone, it could be the shape of the phones that is their biggest differentiator — and that doesn’t leave a great deal of room to maneuver.

For more on the Galaxy Note 8, visit our dedicated rumor round-up article at the link. Give us your thoughts on the potential of these handsets in the comments below.

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Samsung explains how the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner works

The just released Galaxy Note 7 has become the first handset from Samsung to feature iris scanning technology, which could possibly pave the way for the company to do away with other security methods, such as PIN, pattern, simple swipe, and even fingerprint, even if that is quite unlikely.

With iris scanning arriving in the Galaxy Note 7, you don’t need to touch the device to verify your identity and can access the phone by just looking at the screen. Our tests with the iris scanner in the were pretty positive, particularly given the number of times we have seen the same security feature in other devices failing to respond, or proving unreliable.


For the uninitiated, iris scanning uses mathematical pattern recognition of images of the iris – the thin, colored ring of your eye that opens and shuts the pupil to regulate the amount of light reaching the retina. Just like your fingerprints, your iris pattern is also uniquely different and cannot be changed or replicated, making devices with iris scanning technology highly secure.

Now, in a post on its website, Samsung explains the hardware and technology behind its iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 7. According to the company, the device stores your registered iris information as an encrypted code safely in its hardware using its KNOX security platform. Whenever you want to access content, such as a protected app, the device first captures your iris pattern for recognition, extracts and digitizes it, and then proceeds to match it with the encrypted code to provide access. You can be sure that no one else apart from you can access your device in case it is stolen or lost because the Note 7 registers the iris information of only one person.


Samsung has made all this possible by including a dedicated iris camera for recognizing the composition of the user’s eyeballs. The dedicated iris camera uses a special image filter to receive and recognize the reflected images of the irises through an infrared light on the other end of that panel. The light emitted from the Galaxy Note 7’s display allows the scanner to receive data even in low light environments.

Along with iris scanning technology, the Galaxy Note 7 offers a separate Secure Folder for storing private apps and files that can be accessed using your fingerprint, iris scanner, pattern, or PIN. You can use the Secure Folder to keep your private and personal information, like your banking details, completely separate on the device, as well as block access to specific games or content for children. If this sounds familiar to you, that’s because it is similar to Samsung’s KNOX security platform found on its other devices that allows you to manage two different profiles for work and normal usage.

The Note 7 also brings Samsung Pass, a security feature which you can use to log into websites on the Samsung Internet Browser using biometric authentication without having to input your username and password. Samsung now plans to partner with major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citibank and U.S. Bank to allow the integration of its iris scanner into mobile banking apps.
Even as Samsung looks to expand the use of its iris scanning technology, you can be sure that the company is likely to introduce the biometric security feature in other future devices, including its mid-range smartphones.

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Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner in other Samsung smartphones!

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Galaxy Note 7 vs the competition

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is often held up as the pinnacle of phablet devices and now the Galaxy Note 7 has arrived with yet another selection of high-end specifications and new features. While not as heavily contested as the sub-5.5-inch flagship segment, there’s still plenty of consumer demand for large powerful smartphones. So let’s see how the Galaxy Note 7’s specifications stack up against some of the best in the field.

To enter into this contest, handsets much breach the 5.5-inch display mark. I’ve picked out the Nexus 6P, LG V10, Huawei Mate 8, and the Moto X Pure Edition (Style) as four of the best contenders. Those looking for slightly smaller handsets, might also find that the Xperia X5 Premium or the OnePlus 3 worth a look at.

  Galaxy Note 7 Nexus 6P LG V10 Huawei Mate 8 Moto X Style
Display 5.7-inch AMOLED
2560×1440, 518ppi
5.7-inch AMOLED
2560×1440, 518ppi
5.7-inch LCD
2560×1440, 518ppi
6.0-inch LCD
1920×1080, 368ppi
5.7-inch LCD
2560×1440, 518ppi
SoC Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 808 Kirin 950 Snapdragon 808
CPU 2x Kryo @ 2.15GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.6GHz
4x Cortex-A57 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.55GHz
2x Cortex-A57 @ 1.82GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
4x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz
2x Cortex-A57 @ 1.82GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 430 Adreno 418 Mali-T880 MP4 Adreno 418
Memory 64GB UFS 2.0 32 / 64 / 128GB 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB 16 / 32 / 64GB
MicroSD Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Starting as we always do, you’ll instantly notice a lot of similarities in the display section of our table. Most manufacturers seem to have settled on 5.7-inch panels as the sweet spot for larger smartphones, and a 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution offers up a little extra clarity with these big displays. Display clarity will be equal across these models, but some more subtle color and viewing angle differences may be noticeable across the range. The only exception here Huawei’s Mate 8, which opts for a larger 6.0-inch display with a reduced 1080p resolution, which will result in slightly less crisp images. That said, the Mate 8 does cost a bit less.

We’ve started seeing a lot more smartphone manufacturers make use of more vibrant AMOLED panels this year, but the only competitor to match Samsung’s Note 7 display type at this size is the Nexus 6P. Of course, Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED technology offers up some minor color improvements over the 6P’s display. The other three phones on our list opt for LCD technology, which doesn’t quite offer the same pop or deep blacks as AMOLED displays. Samsung has also chosen to only offer its curved dual-edge AMOLED design with this year’s Note 7, which offers a sleek look and some extra software features that you can’t find in any of these rivals.

There’s a lot more diversity on our list when it comes to processing power, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is the first major flagship phablet to make use of Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 820 processor. This processor is the chip of choice for many of 2016’s slightly smaller flagship phones, so you’ll find equal processing power inside the likes of the HTC 10, LG G5, and the Sony Xperia X Performance.


Benchmarks, for what they’re worth, show that Snapdragon 820 is the fastest chip around. However, most of the extra performance come into play thanks to its improved Adreno 530 graphics chip. CPU performance, and therefore day to day tasks, should perform pretty much identically across all of these handsets, although the Snapdragon 808’s lower high performance core count may hurt it in some instances.

Looking at the GPUs, there’s quite a performance gap between the Snapdragon 808’s mid-tier Adreno 418 and the Kirin 950’s Mali-T880 MP4. Gamers will definitely see extra performance from the newer 820 chip, and it even hands in notably more grunt than the Snapdragon 810. Given the very high resolution of these display panels, this GPU will certainly aid the Note 7’s performance and offers a major boost over last year’s Galaxy Note 5 (Exynos 7420).

Rounding off our look at the main processing components is memory. 3 or 4GB of RAM is plenty enough for multitasking, and the Galaxy Note 7 sits at the top of the group, along with the V10 and the more expensive Mate 8 model. The Note 7 only offers one internal storage option of 64GB, but that’s still a typical value across all of these phones and lends itself to plenty of space for pictures, movies and music. Samsung’s choice of fast UFS 2.0 memory might see apps and large files open up a little more quickly than its competitors that use eMMC. If 64GB isn’t enough, all of these phones apart from the Nexus 6P can be supplemented with a microSD card.

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  Galaxy Note 7 Nexus 6P LG V10 Huawei Mate 8 Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)
Cameras 12MP f/1.7 rear with OIS & PDAF
5MP f/1,7 front
12.3MP f/2.0 rear with laser AF
8MP f/2.4 front
16MP f/1.8 rear with OIS & laser AF
Dual 5MP f/2.2 front
16MP f/2.0 rear with OIS & PDAF
8MP f/2.4 front
21MP f/2.0 rear with PDAF
5MP f/2.0 front
Battery 3,500mAh 3,450mAh 3,000mAh (removable) 4,000mAh 3,000mAh
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fast Charge Yes Yes Quick Charge 2.0 Yes Yes
Extras Wireless Charging, Samsung Pay, USB Type-C, IP68 water resistance USB Type-C Secondary display, 32-bit audio, shock resistant IP52 splash resistance
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm
153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm

It’s impossible to judge final camera quality without doing a head to head shootout, but based on the specifications we have a pretty good idea about how the Galaxy Note 7 should perform. The 12 megapixel dual pixel f/1.7 sensor matches the Galaxy S7’s specifications, which was an excellent performer when we last put it to the test.

Opting for larger pixel sizes at the expense of some resolution has also worked out well the the Nexus 6P. Although we were still pleased with the results produced by the more traditional higher resolution LG V10 and Moto X Style cameras too. Video shooters will want to pick from the Note 7, V10 or the Mate 8 as they come equipped with optical image stabilization. The only camera that we were so-so about at review time was the Huawei Mate 8’s. Front facing cameras are more varied still, and Samsung hasn’t opted to catch up with the 8 megapixels offered by the Nexus 6P or the Huawei Mate 8.

Moving into the handsets’ extras, Samsung again shows the industry how to squeeze as many features as possible into a smartphone. Fingerprint scanners, NFC, and some form of fast charging technology have become the standard, and only the Moto X Style drops the fingerprint scanner from the list. Android Pay will work on all of these handsets, thanks to NFC support. However, Samsung Pay is still a cut above thanks to its universally compatible MST technology.

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Samsung also remains the only manufacturer to support two wireless charging standards by default and has also joined other manufacturers by offering a USB Type-C interface with the Note 7. Although above the 5.5-inch size, only the Note 7 and Nexus 6P are on the cutting edge of USB port technology right now. Speaking of power, the Note 7, Mate 8, and the Nexus 6P offer up the largest batteries. There’s little excuse for falling below 3,300mAh in these supersize handsets, and customers  can expect slightly better battery life than the V10 or Moto X Style.

There aren’t many gimmicks to be found in these top-of-the-line models, although some consumers may not find too much use for the secondary display properties of either the Galaxy Note 7’s dual-edge display or the secondary ticker display on the front of the LG V10. Then again, some consumers firmly swear by these features, and Samsung did a good job at refining its Edge software with the S7, which is now available with the Note 7. There’s also some improved stylus support and extra features for those who find this long running Note feature particularly useful. It’s also worth mentioning the Note 7 adds waterproofing to the mix, following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7 series.

Finally, we come to the much more subjective element of design and build. The Mate 8 and Nexus 6P cater well to those who prefer metal build materials, while Samsung has chosen to stick with its slick glass design. The LG V10 is also an interesting option thanks to its shock absorbent casing. Impressively, Samsung has produced a large phone that weighs a bit less than its competitors. The Note 7 is around 10g lighter than its closest rivals and 22g lighter than the hefty LG V10.


Wrap Up

As we have all come to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Note range, the latest edition continues to refine an already well polished experience. The Note 7’s extras continue to help it stand out just a smidgen above the rest of the pack, complete with top-of-the-line hardware that we’ve come to expect. That being said, there are some very competitive pieces of hardware on offer from late last year, which can now be grabbed at very compelling price points. Especially when we consider that Samsung’s hasn’t fundamentally changed anything major since last year’s Note 5.

Of course, the successor to the LG V10 is right around the corner, and it might give the Samsung a run for its money. Do you think that Samsung is still on top of the phablet market with its Galaxy Note 7?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG V10

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Last year, LG announced its brand new V series of smartphones in their latest attempt to capture the premium smartphone market. The first of the series was dubbed the LG V10, and the new flagship gave LG fans a great alternative to the LG G4, complete with a more durable design and it also introduced special features like a fingerprint scanner. The LG V10 has found a modest level of success, but it’s certainly not without competition in the big-screen/premium space.

The most obvious competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which saw a major upgrade in 2015, giving users a more premium design and build quality, though these changes weren’t without some sacrifice. Samsung removed several staple features as a result of the new design, while improving other core features, such as the S-Pen.

Both smartphones are some of the best currently available, but which is the best choice for you? We find out, in this comprehensive look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG V10!



With both smartphones featuring very contrasting designs and build qualities, the choice between the two will be made for a lot of consumers right off the bat based on this aspect. While the Samsung flagship features a dramatic departure from its predecessors, with a larger focus on looks and build quality, LG continues to prioritize functionality, even though the V10 isn’t particularly unattractive either.

As mentioned, the Galaxy Note 5 is very different from previous generations of the series, and like the Galaxy S6, now features a premium metal and glass unibody construction. This is a beautifully-designed smartphone with a premium build quality that matches its high-end nature, and is definitely one of the biggest selling points of this device. However, the new design did result in a couple of previously staple features, namely expandable storage and a removable battery, going by the wayside.


The glass backing has a curve to it along the sides that lets this large smartphone nestle nicely in the palm of your hand, and with its ultra-thin bezels and small top and bottom areas, the handling experience available with the Galaxy Note 5 is certainly more manageable than what is expected from a device featuring a 5.7-inch display. The glass does make the device quite slippery though, and it is also a fingerprint magnet.

On the other hand, the LG V10 sees a design and build quality based on functionality. The device features a metal frame and a backing made of what LG calls “DuraSkin,” and the material not only looks and feels nice, but allows for a lot of grip, which means you don’t have to worry about the phone slipping out of your hands. The back cover of the V10 is also removable, giving you access to the user replaceable battery and microSD card slot, making LG one of the few OEMs to still offer these features.


With its removable back cover and secondary screen above the main display, the LG V10 is taller, thicker, and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but LG has still managed to keep the device as compact as possible, courtesy of its ultra-thin bezels. The handling experience of the Galaxy Note 5 may be better in terms of size, but the LG flagship sees its advantages when it comes to grip. Further, the V10 is MIL-STD-810G certified for shock resistance, and is definitely the more durable of the two smartphones.

Design is one aspect that is entirely dependent on personal preference, but we have to admit that the Galaxy Note 5 is the sleeker and more elegant of the two. That said, the industrial design and build quality of the LG V10 does make for a far more durable smartphone, and ultimately it is your choice as to what aspect is more important to you.



Both smartphones feature 5.7-inch displays with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in similar pixel densities. That said, these displays have their differences because of the differing underlying technologies, with Samsung continuing to bank on Super AMOLED, while the V10 features a IPS LCD panel.


As is expected from Super AMOLED, the display of the Galaxy Note 5 features deep blacks, vibrant, vivid, and saturated colors, and plenty of brightness for comfortable viewing in broad daylight. However, you do have the option to tone down the saturation as well, depending on your personal taste. The display of the LG V10 isn’t bad either though, and really outperforms most other LCD panels out there. However, when pitting the two displays against each other, the more saturated look of the Galaxy Note 5 may be what most users prefer.

Both displays make for a very pleasant viewing experience, but it is worth noting that the Galaxy Note 5 takes better advantage of it’s screen size by decreasing the DPI to 560, to fit more onto the screen. You will notice that icons and words appear larger on the V10 thanks to it’s DPI set at 640, which is a little unfortunate, as things appear to unnecessarily take up much more room on the screen.


Of course, the big news on the display front is the secondary screen that the LG V10 packs, found on top of the primary display, and takes up about 70% of the width of the main screen, with the dual front-facing cameras occupying the rest of the space. This secondary display is a great way for showing notifications without taking away from the main display, and you can also set up app shortcuts for quick and easy access to them. This display also stays on throughout, which means you don’t have to keep turning on the main screen to check your notifications.

Once you get into the habit of using this secondary screen, it can certainly help improve your workflow. That said, while it is an interesting idea, its functionality may not be enough to justify the extra space that it takes up.



Under the hood, the LG V10 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, clocked at 1.82 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 418 GPU and 4 gigabytes of RAM. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with an in-house octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, clocked at 2.1 GHz, and backed by the Mali-T760MP8 GPU, though it also has 4 GB of RAM.

Given the various multi-tasking capabilities both smartphones feature, the overall experience with both is as smooth and snappy as expected, even though the LG V10 does seem to do a better job with RAM management when compared to the Galaxy Note 5. However, the Galaxy Note 5 does provide better performance in terms of load times and frame rates as far as gaming is concerned, but the LG V10 isn’t that far behind.

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32 GB and 64 GB are the available storage options with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but with the lack of expandable storage, users will have to depend on the higher storage iteration to cover their needs. On the other hand, 64 GB is the only option available with the LG V10, and while that should be more than enough for most, you do also get expandable storage via microSD card by up to 200 GB.


Both smartphones feature fingerprint scanners in the touch-type implementation, integrated into the home button up front in the case of the Galaxy Note 5, and in the power button on the back of the LG V10. The different placements have their advantages and disadvantages, and while the Galaxy Note 5 can be unlocked when the device is on a table, the scanner is awkward to reach when holding the phone, in which instance, the position of the reader on the LG V10 is ideal. Both are as fast and reliable as expected, and work equally well.


Both phones comes with single bottom-mounted speakers, and while neither offer fantastic sound quality, the speaker of the LG V10 does get louder, and offers better highs without sounding as tinny as the speaker of the Galaxy Note 5, making for a clearer and brighter sound. When plugging in headphones, the LG V10 is the clear winner, with its support for 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC audio from ESS technology.


Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 does pack some extras in terms of hardware, including the heart rate monitor on the back, and the S-Pen, nestled neatly away into the bottom the right corner. The re-designed S-Pen comes with even more software capabilities this time around, such as Screen-off memo, which is an incredibly useful feature, allowing for a quick and easy way to jot down something on the fly. Other features found when the screen is on include Smart Select, that lets cut out and share any portion of the screen, and Screen Write, which takes screenshots of the current page entirely, for editing, which means scrollable pages on websites are pieced together automatically, resulting in one long image or note.


Both smartphones come with 3,000 mAh batteries, but the Galaxy Note 5 does seem to provide slightly better battery life. It is relatively easy to get a full day of use out of both devices, with the Galaxy Note 5 allowing for up to 4.5 hours of screen-on time, with the LG V10 falling short at around 4 hours. Both smartphones feature fast charging capabilities, so you will be up and running quickly if you are worried about running out of battery. While the Galaxy Note 5 also comes with fast wireless charging, the LG V10 sees its advantage in the fact that the battery is removable, giving users the option to carry around a spare.



Both smartphones retain the cameras from their early 2015 flagship counterparts, with the Galaxy Note 5 coming with a 16 MP rear shooter with a f/1.9 aperture and OIS, while the LG V10 also features a 16 MP rear camera, with a f/1.8 aperture and OIS, along with the additional benefit of a laser-guided auto focus system, that does allow for the V10 camera to focus faster.

Both cameras perform exceptionally well when it comes to outdoor shots, with little difference between the two. The Galaxy Note 5 adds a bit more contrast and color to the images, which does come down to personal preference, but that extra boost from the post processing is quite appealing. However, this does mean that you will lose a lot of information in the darker areas of the photos. Colors are more towards the warmer side as well, while the V10 is a little cooler with less saturated colors, often capturing a more accurate representation of the scene. That doesn’t mean this camera is necessarily better or worse than the Galaxy Note 5, and it all depends on how you’re going to be using these photos.


If you want to quickly snap a beautiful photo without having to tinker with any settings, you’re going to love the vibrant colors, higher contrast, and sharper images on the Galaxy Note 5. However, if you want a more accurate and realistic photo with lots of room for editing, the V10 is going to be your best bet. Both do have manual controls as well, although the V10 has some more flexibility especially when it comes to focus. In low light conditions, the LG V10 is the clear winner, with V10 creating a crisper image with more detail, compared to the almost airbrushed look shots in low light have with the Galaxy Note 5.


In video mode, both cameras take some decent shots, even in 4K, and with OIS, your videos will be a lot smoother than usual, with the Note 5 having a bit more shake. The V10 decides it wants to focus more often than the Galaxy Note 5 though, but when it does, it does it a lot faster with its laser autofocus. However, the V10’s video recording capabilities is in a totally different league than the Note 5 with it’s full manual controls. It’s very similar to the controls in manual photo mode, except with a few new additions, including a stereo sound level to view audio and an audio controller where you can tell the V10 if the audio is coming from behind or in front of the phone, to help with some noise cancellation. We can also control how loud the sound is recorded and there is also a Wind Noise Filter.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 camera samples

The front facing cameras on these devices are great in their own ways. The Galaxy Note 5 has a single wide angle lens that helps with getting everything in the shot, while the V10 has two selfie cams, a wide angled lens, and another that is able to get a closer shot. However, most users would be fine with just one wide angled front facing camera on the V10, while never really using the more standard lens.

LG V10 camera samples

Both cameras are a close match but with the V10 does offer better video quality, video features, a better front facing camera, and more realistic photos that photographers will love. However, the Galaxy Note 5 isn’t far behind at all, and overall, users will be happy with the camera experience regardless of which phone they pick.



Both the LG V10 and Galaxy Note 5 are running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with the latest versions of G UI and TouchWiz respectively. Visually, they appear to be very similar with simplified notification pull downs and quick shortcuts that you can customize. Their settings menus are are grouped into four sections depending on which carrier you have. Some people may not be too fond of how these skins look, and I do prefer the more neutral colors of LG’s skin over Samsung’s bright blue and green colors that can appear a little out of place sometimes.

Galaxy Note 5 screenshots

LG V10 screenshots

The main concern here is how each phone holds up when doing everyday tasks and some more heavy usage. Both are capable of dual-window support which is great, given the big 5.7-inch displays found here. Both phones deliver unique and for the most part, good software experiences, but I’ll lean a little more towards the V10, as it seemed the most reliable in my weeks of testing.

Specs comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Note 5 LG V10
Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display
Quad HD resolution, 518 ppi
Main: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 515 ppi
Secondary: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 515 ppi
Processor 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420
Mali-T760MP8 GPU
1.82 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
Storage 32/64 GB
not expandable
64 GB
expandable via microSD card by up to 200 GB
Camera 16 MP rear camera with OIS
5 MP front-facing camera
16 MP rear camera with OIS
5 MP dual front-facing cameras
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
Software Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
171 grams
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
192 grams


Final thoughts


So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG V10! As mentioned, for most users, the choice between the two will be easy, based primarily on design and build quality. The Galaxy Note 5 features the sleeker and more elegant design, the arguably better display, and those looking for productivity will love the S-Pen and all its capabilities. On the flip side, if durability is a concern, the LG V10 is the device for you, and features like expandable storage and a removable battery are big positives as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 possibly heading to India

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Samsung seemed to have upset a few of its customers when it announced that the Galaxy Note 5 wouldn’t be launching in every region right away, but Indian consumers may be a little luckier. SamMobile has come across some test firmware for an Indian version of the handset with a build date created recently in August.

The build, version number N920GDDU1AOH2 (where H is apparently for August), is said to still be a work in progress for the Galaxy Note 5. However, the fact that development is still ongoing is a promising sign that Samsung may be planning to launch the device in India sometime soon. The country was not mentioned on the official list of launch regions, and Samsung decline to confirm or deny the rumor, so make of this what you will.

A similar work in progress build has previously been spotted for Europe, but it was last updated back in June, suggesting that development has been paused, at least for now. This certainly doesn’t mean that a European launch won’t happen at some point, but it likely won’t take place before any Indian launch.

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Although Samsung’s decision not to globally launch the Note 5 may be infuriating for some potential customers, Samsung apparently misjudged and struggled to meet demand for its smaller S6 Edge display earlier in the year. Perhaps this is Samsung’s way of keeping tighter control over its display supply this time around?

Do you think that the Galaxy Note 5 would go down well in India?

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