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Check out our Galaxy Note 7 hands-on video!

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There's a lot more to this phone than just a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 7 is a killer phone, and it's coming to many parts of the world in the next few weeks. To get you in the mood, here's our hands-on preview video for you to watch — anytime, anywhere.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on preview

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on preview

Can Samsung excite Note fans with a phone that's essentially a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen? Find out in our first look at the new Galaxy Note 7.

By all accounts, Samsung has a hit on its hands with the one-two punch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The same great phone platform, available in two different sizes to cover a wider potential audience. It's a proven strategy — in fact the past three Samsung launches have involved pairs of phones: one flat, one curved.

That's about to change. The Galaxy Note 7 is launching alone, unaccompanied by a stylus-free option — and we're also skipping the Note 6 and jumping straight to 7. There's a good reason for that: the Galaxy Note 7 shares the same core specs and functionality found today on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — down to the individual components, camera and screen quality.

Once highly differentiated and in a tier of its own, it might seem like the Note is now just another Galaxy phone. (The 5.5-inch S7 edge surely has a lot to do with that.) But rest assured there are many important new additions in both hardware and software that help this Note shine in its own right. Read on to learn more, in our full hands-on preview.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 availability: When and where you'll be able to buy it!

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Galaxy Note 7

The latest Note handset will go on sale later this month in the United States, and early September in Europe.

Samsung has just dropped the first availability details for its new Galaxy Note 7, letting eager fans know when and where they'll be able to get their hands on the newly announced Note.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung admits it 'disappointed Note fans' by skipping Note 5 release in Europe

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Samsung Europe CMO acknowledges fan campaign to bring Note 7's predecessor to Europe.

With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Europe, it's only natural that the company might address its predecessor's absence from that market. That subject was tackled head-on at the London Unpacked event today, where Samsung Europe CMO David Lowes admitted that the company had disappointed fans by skipping a European launch for the Galaxy Note 5, and instead offering the Galaxy S6 edge+ in European countries.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung to offer free Gear Fit 2 or 256GB microSD with Galaxy Note 7 purchases

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Samsung has announced that it will be offering a free Gear Fit 2 or 256GB microSD card with Galaxy Note 7 purchases for a limited time. In addition, the company will also offer $20 in rewards when using Samsung Pay for a qualifying purchase. These promotions are nothing new for Samsung, the company has been offering freebies like the Gear VR with most of its recent phone announcements.

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3 weeks ago

The Galaxy Note 7 is the first phone with Gorilla Glass 5

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Gorilla Glass 5 makes its debut on the Galaxy Note 7

Even better resistance to cracking from drops awaits you on the Note 7.

Just a few weeks after announcing the technology, Corning's latest Gorilla Glass 5 will make its retail debut on the brand new Galaxy Note 7. Gorilla Glass 5 takes all of the strength and clarity of the previous version and adds a major boost to the strength of the glass when it comes to breaking on impact from drops.

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3 weeks ago

The Galaxy Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating

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The Galaxy Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating

The Galaxy Note 7 won't be afraid of the water, and that's great for everyone.

The Galaxy Note 7 shares a common platform with the Galaxy S7 edge, and that means bringing over one of its best features: an IP68 water resistance rating. This is a first for the Note line, and it's a feature that you can't see but you're extremely happy to have when your phone faces unexpected contact with water.

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3 weeks ago

In pictures: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Galaxy Note 7

Behold Samsung's latest stylus-toting handset, the Galaxy Note 7! We've got all the hands-on photos you could possibly want.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the pinnacle of Samsung's smartphone lineup for 2016, building upon the solid foundations of the Galaxy S7 with new S Pen features, iris-scanning security and USB Type-C. You'll want to check out our extensive preview for in-depth coverage.

But if you prefer to look at pretty pictures, we've also got you covered. Check down below for our full Galaxy Note 7 photo gallery!

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3 weeks ago

The Galaxy Note 7's S Pen can't go in backwards

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At last, the saga is done for good.

After what turned out to be a large phenomenon of people putting their Note 5's S Pen in backwards, rendering some of its functions useless, Samsung has made the necessary adjustments to make sure the same doesn't happen with the Galaxy Note 7.

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3 weeks ago

What you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner

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A brand new feature is immediately exciting, but we're tempering our expectations for daily use.

With all of the Note 7's similarities to the Galaxy S7 edge, one big feature that sets it apart is its much-rumored iris scanner — something that seems extremely sci-fi but in reality isn't all that complicated. In fact, we've seen phones for well over a year now use iris scanners, though they haven't exactly been the highest end or widely purchased models: phones like the Alcatel Idol 3, ZTE Grand S3 and Lumia 950/950XL, for example.

The Note 7's iris scanner uses two distinct pieces of hardware — a specialized camera, which is separate from the front-facing selfie camera, and an infrared light to the left of it. When the phone wants to recognize your irises (and yes, it prefers to see both eyes), the infrared light shines into your eyes and the camera reads the pattern of your irises. Because the light is infrared you don't perceive it when you're looking at it (like "laser" autofocus for cameras), and it also gives the camera a better ability to see your eyes in a variety of situations. The iris scanner is set up to work through glasses, as I saw demonstrated several times. This is one feature that's going to take days or weeks of use to see how it actually performs, but in quick testing it worked as advertised.

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3 weeks ago

Here are all four colors of the Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

What colors does the Galaxy Note 7 come in?

Since Samsung moved to its new metal-and-glass design with the Galaxy S6, the company has dome some really great work with colors. And while not every color has come to every area around the world, things are improving a bit with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7. There are four colors available of the new phone, and we're going to have access to three of them in the U.S. as well.

Here's a look at all four colors of the Galaxy Note 7, with a little bit of explanation behind how they look in the real world.

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3 weeks ago

With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung finally moves to USB-C

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With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung finally moves to USB-C

A generation later than expected, USB-C arrives on Samsung phones.

After bundles of speculation (and coinciding disappointment) surrounding the use of USB-C on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge earlier this year, Samsung has finally made the jump to the latest USB-C standard on the Galaxy Note 7. In the transition Samsung has kept its "Fast Charge" technology available, which lets you quickly charge up the battery with compatible chargers (including Quick Charge 2.0 devices).

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specs

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So, what's inside the Galaxy Note 7? Essentially a Galaxy S7 edge.

Well, it turns out the Galaxy Note 7 specs are nearly identical to the Galaxy S7 edge — and that makes sense as soon as you look at these two phones. The Note 7 is built on the same basic platform, with very few differences. We're looking at the same processor, RAM, cameras and features — you'll only find small differences in screen size and glass, storage and battery capacity.

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3 weeks ago

Galaxy Note 7 liveblog: Live from Samsung Unpacked NYC at 11 a.m. ET Aug 2!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 event

What will we see in the latest Galaxy Note from Samsung?

Samsung has already stepped over the rumor mill to announce the official Galaxy Note 7 name, but aside from that we don't yet know all of the details of the company's latest big handset. For all of that, we'll be in New York City to witness the Samsung Unpacked event — and since we're there, we'll be covering it with a complete liveblog.

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3 weeks ago

Google Apps' new Android notifications for device activations are better than emails

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Google Apps is rolling out a new feature to Android accounts that sends direct notifications to users when a new device is activated. This additional security feature has been found to be more effective than sending out emails.

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