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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: kick off, unpacked

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hits the USA on August 19, pre-orders kick off tomorrow

The hottest flagship of the hottest season is now official and the wait for its release has now begun. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sure sounds superb with its cool design, an HDR sAMOLED screen, and powerful processor. It’s also water-proof and the S-Pen can work underwater.

Now, about that US availability. All major carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will offer the Galaxy Note7. The pre-orders open tomorrow – August 3, and the phablet will be officially out on August 19.

AT&T is offering a 30-month contract on AT&T Next Every Year for $29.34 or if you want just 24-months then it’s $36.67. Pre-orders start tomorrow, stores will pick up the Note7 on August 19. You can get a Gear S2 with NumberSync for $0.99. There’s no word on a SIM-free price, though.

T-Mobile does have one – $850. Or you could go down the on-contract path for $70 down and $32.50 a month for 24 months. You have a choice of freebies – the usual Gear Fit2 or 256GB microSD card, but with the magenta carrier you can also pick a year of Netflix. Pre-orders start this evening (9:01PM Pacific time), but the proper launch will not be until August 28.

U.S. Cellular is offering 20, 24 and 30 month contracts, 12 if you trade in an old device. For the 30 month contract, the monthly payment is $27.80. Pre-orders start in a couple of days (August 4) and the launch is on August 19. You can grab a free Gear Fit2 or a 256GB microSD card.

Note that the freebies are available even if you get a Galaxy S7 edge instead. We’re waiting on Verizon and Sprint to reveal their pricing info.

Of course, a plethora of retailers will be selling the Galaxy Note7, too. All Samsung Experience Stores, Best Buy stores, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, Target and select Walmart stores are among the retailers to offer the Note7.

The USA market will be getting the Snapdragon 820-powered Note 7, and it will be available in three different flavors – Blue Coral, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx. You bet freebies are in order, and while Samsung isn’t as generous as it was with the Galaxy S7 series, it’s still quite enough.

Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note7 get Unpacked here

The time has finally come to put a lid on all those leaks, and finally see the Galaxy Note 7 go official. Samsung’s Unpacked event in New York is starting in mere minutes, and the next-gen phablet is the star of the show.

There isn’t much Samsung can surprise us with, as most of the details have already gone public one way or another. It’s the event that we’re more interested in then, and it won’t be easy to top the Galaxy S7/S7 edge unveiling in Barcelona this spring. That’s precisely what we expect to happen, though.

For the less lucky folks that can’t attend in person, Samsung’s prepared the next best thing – a livestream. You have a couple of options to tap into that, and the most obvious one is your PC – the stream is down below and will go live once the event goes under way.

If you have a VR headset (like Google Cardboard) you can view the 360° stream instead for a first-person experience. This also works without a headset, the YouTube app can use your phone’s accelerometer to let you look around.

Alternatively, if you own a Gear VR headset you can head over to the Oculus Store, download and install the Unpacked 360 View app, and launch it when the time comes. We know, it’s not the first time a product announcement takes place in VR, but it’s a cool option to have nonetheless.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 unveiled with a 5.7″ curved screen, IP68 rating

Riding on a wave of rumors and hype, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has landed. The new flagship will help Samsung venture deeper into several market segments.

The Note7 is tough. It’s the first Note to be waterproofed – IP68 rating certifies it for depths beyond 1m. The phone’s metal frame is sandwiched between two symmetrically curved sheets of Gorilla Glass 5. The new Blue Coral option paints the metal and accents in gold, the rest in blue.

The Note7 has an amazing screen. Samsung kept to the 5.7″ Super AMOLED formula but curved it on both sides like an edge phone. It has QHD resolution, naturally, but is among the first mobile displays to feature HDR support – a feature borrowed from 4K TVs that allows the screen to show more colors and scenes with very high contrast.

The S Pen promises a ballpoint pen-like experience. The stylus can leave notes on the Always on screen. And it can write underwater! Other new features include a text magnifying glass, a translate tool, even a GIF creator.

The Note7 is secure. It adds an iris scanner to its arsenal of biometric sensors. Soon, it will be able to replace the fingerprint reader as the way to secure Samsung Pay, Knox and your personal files (hidden in the Secure folder). You can still use the fingerprint reader, of course. Both will be available to third-party apps through Samsung Pass.

The Note7 is Samsung’s first with USB Type-C. The port supports On The Go and quick charging. There’s wireless quick charging too, to fill the 3,500mAh battery in a hurry (yes, its 100mAh smaller than the S7 edge battery).

The 12MP dual-pixel camera from the Galaxy S7 is back. It features a bright f/1.7 aperture and OIS and can record 2160p video. On the front is a 5MP selfie camera, again borrowed from the S7.

The Note7 is powerful. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset or an Exynos 8890 (depends on region), has 4GB of RAM (the 6GB rumor fizzled out) and 64GB storage. You get a microSD slot, but UFS cards are not supported. There’s no word on a 128GB version yet.

Samsung polished its Android 6.0 Marshmallow customizations for the Note7. A bit awkward that it just ahead of the Android 7.0 Nougat launch.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will go on pre-order tomorrow, August 3. Sales officially start on August 19, at least in the US. All major carriers will offer the phone, plus many retailers. More launch info here.

Unlike the S7, the Note 7 will not be bundled with a free Gear VR, but for a limited time, you can score a free Gear Fit 2 smart band or a 256GB microSD card. More info on launch day freebies here.

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