Samsung unveils their Galaxy Note7 with iris scanning and dual-pixel camera, coming August 19

Samsung hosted its Unpacked 2016 event today, conducted in New York, London, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as being streamed around the world. While there may have been more than one gadget to reveal, the star of the event was clearly the new Galaxy Note 7.

As should be obvious by now, Samsung is skipping the number 6 in the Note lineup, though the reason may not be entirely clear. But let’s dig into the hardware first.

The Galaxy Note 7 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 platform in the US, with an Exynos chipset in the rest of the world and 4GB RAM. It features a 5.7-inch quad HD (2560×1440) curved AMOLED display with a 12MP f/1.7 rear camera and a 5MP f/1.7 front cam. It has 64GB of storage space on the base version, expandable up to 256GB, and a 3500mAh battery with Wireless fast charging support.

It seems like a straight mashup of the Note series’ looks with the S7’s specs, but there’s a lot more going on. The curved display is complemented by a rounded, as well as this being the first smartphone ever to feature Gorilla Glass 5. The device is also IP68 water and dust resistant, meaning you can submerge it in 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the S Pen is waterproof as well, with Samsung claiming you can write even standing in a storm.

The wireless charging support is complemented by a USB Type-C port, which has thankfully been thoughtfully included. Every new Samsung purchase that features Type-C will also come prepackaged with a USB adapter absolutely free.

Another major addition is the new Iris scanner, which lets you unlock your phone, or even a lock a specific folder, using just a glance. There are also a bunch of new S Pen commands, including magnifying the screen, or recording a gif from your screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will hit the stands August 19, with preorders available “in most countries in a few days”. It will be available in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, and the new Blue Coral colour variants. Unfortunately we don’t yet have a confirmed price on the device.

Aside from the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung had a few other devices to reveal as well. There’s an all-new Gear VR headset on the way, with bigger lenses and USB Type-C, as well as micro USB for backward compatibility. Catch all of the devices in detail when we do some in-depth anaysis tomorrow.