Notes on the new Samsung
You’ll be able to unlock Samsung’s new phone just by looking at it. The Galaxy Note 7, which was launched in the UAE this week, comes with an iris scanner, which matches patterns in your eyes with what was detected by your phone during set-up. It also offers an alternative to fingerprint ID, which doesn’t work well when fingers are wet. “We challenged our engineers to design a security system that’s convenient and safe at the same time,” said Justin Denison, a senior vice president for product strategy at Samsung. “It took five years to perfect, but it only takes a glance to unlock your phone.” Samsung isn’t first, though. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 phones already have this tech. Beyond that, the updates in the Note 7 are mostly enhancements, such as a stronger glass screen and more storage — 64 gigabytes, or double what Samsung usually offers, plus a slot to add more. The Note 7 comes with a better camera — although it’s the same one that the smaller Galaxy S7 phones got in March, save for interface enhancements to access settings and switch between the front and rear cameras more easily.