The wait is over: Iris-scanning Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hits Middle East
The world’s top Smartphone maker has launched its highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the Middle East region a week after the device’s global premiere.
The South Korean firm’s regional arm, Samsung Gulf Electronics, unveiled its most intelligent Smartphone yet in Dubai on Tuesday (August 9).
A successor to Samsung’s flat-screen Galaxy Note 5, launched last year, the new Smartphone sports a 5.7-inch curved screen display and an iris-scanning camera to enable biometric authentication for enhanced security.
The phone also has a water-resistant body and the S Pen, a stylus that can be used to jot down notes on the screen – even when it is wet or underwater.
“In 2011, we launched and pioneered an all-new category of large screen Smartphones, together with the unique S-Pen. Over the years, each edition of the Note series has reconfirmed Samsung’s vision and commitment for development by improving consumer experience in a simple, productive and distinctive way,” said Tarek Sabbagh, Head of IT and Mobile (IM) Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics.
“With the Galaxy Note7 we have reinvented the large-screen Smartphone segment, with a unique combination of productivity tools, entertainment services and security features. In addition, the Galaxy Note7 powers a robust ecosystem that strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a Smartphone – not just faster but wherever and whenever,” Sabbagh added.
Retailers in the region will start selling the Galaxy Note 7 from August 19 in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx at a price of AED2,999. A 128GB microSD card will be supplied to complement the 64GB of internal memory.
Media reports suggest that the new Smartphone has already broken previous records of Galaxy Smartphones in terms of pre-orders in the company’s home market of South Korea.
“Galaxy Note 7 saw more than 200,000 pre-orders over the past two days, double that of its S7 sibling,” wrote The Korean Herald on Wednesday.
Last week, beating analysts’ estimates, Samsung reported a second-quarter net profit of $5.3 billion, driven by stronger sales of flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Note7 product specifications at a glance: