Samsung Galaxy Note 7 front panel leaked: open your eyes wide for an iris scan

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is rumored to make its official appearance in just about a month at a big event that is allegedly scheduled for August 2nd, but this does not mean that Samsung will be able to keep it a secret until then.

After a few leaks that revealed the Galaxy Note 7 specs and design, we are now seeing what is said to be the front cover glass of the Note 7, leaked by the reliable @OnLeaks and there are two important things to talk about.

Yes, it's a dual-curved design like the Galaxy S7 Edge, and true, it will indeed feature an iris scanner as an alternative to the fingerprints and also secure method to unlock your phone by just looking at it. 

Just like our fingers come with a unique pattern that is scanned for a secure unlock, the same way our iris contains a unique pattern that front-facing cameras on the Note 7 will recognize and unlock the phone securely. We have seen Windows Phone devices already use an iris scanner, so it's not a completely new concept, but on those devices we found scanning to happen only at a set distance and not as fast and accurate as a fingerprint scanner. The challenge for Samsung is to improve on those early iris scan implementations with a faster and more reliable iris scan on the Galaxy Note 7.


What about the rest of the specs of the Galaxy Note 7? Here's what rumors say so far:

  • Interface: Android 6 Marshmallow with new Grace UX
  • Display: 5.7" or 5.8" Quad HD Super AMOLED
  • SoC: Snapdragon 820 for US, Exynos 8893 for rest of world
  • RAM: 6GB LPDDR4
  • Camera: 12MP main cam, 5MP selfie shooter
  • Storage: 64GB UFS 2.0, supports microSD card expansion
  • Battery: 3,600mAh or 4,000mAh
  • Extra features: Dual edge screen, IP68 water protection, New S-Pen, USB-C
Finally, do keep in mind that - as reliable as this leak seems - nothing is official until Samsung confirms it and this should happen soon, at the official Galaxy Note 7 reveal.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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81 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's beautiful. Though I would prefer a flat surface for note taking. How I wish the Note series won't get stuck on 5.7 inch screen.

11. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

A 6" screen with the same footprint as the Note 5 would be perfect in my eyes. This will still have a great screen-to-body ratio, though. At least they got rid of the Samsung logo up top!

21. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

6" would be to big, JMO I also don't mind the Samsung logo.

53. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

6" display in the footprint of the Note 5 sounds great. You might had missed when he mention for the Note 7 to be the size of the Note 5, but with a 6" display. For this to happen Samsung would have to make the top and bottom bezels smaller. Meaning that the home button would have to go or make it small enough where the finger print scanner might have to be moved.

70. oister85 unregistered

5'7 is already big enough, 6 inch screen phone is ridiculous.

77. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Totally agree with the 6" screen idea. I upgraded from a Note 4 to an S7 Edge and I find the S7 Edge screen a little too small. The 5.5" S7 Edge has a significantly smaller footprint than the 5.7" Note 4 and even the 5.5" LG G3 I had for a short while. Samsung can totally pull off having a 6" Edge screen in the same footprint as the Note 4 or 5. I really hope that's what they do and if they do, I'll upgrade once again.

30. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Curve is the best, no edges like the rest I do wish the top and bottom bezels were smaller. Maybe Samsung can copy the goat Sony and place the finger print scanner on the side of the phone and remove the bottom bezel all together. You cant complain tho. The iPhone is still living in 2011 with their giant top and bottom bezels lol disgusting and people claim to like their non waterproof design? terrible. If they dont change quick there going to the pits

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

5.7 edged screen is like a 5.3 to 5.5 max you loose so much space ( good example is S7 edge ) Also no cases protect the screen well enuf. Edge phone are a gimmick.. All what you can do on S7 edge can be done on any other phone using apps. I have multitasking thats give me quite similar feature to the edge UI.

54. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dude, give it a rest! You are on every Samsung article bashing their products while glorifying HTC products, and recently Moto phones as well. Like seriously, how much do you get paid for your services?

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 31058; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just don't buy one dude, but why bash it? It's not even out yet.

74. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Ya seriously how can someone judge something that's not here, but some hate the curve screen and flat?? Uhhh it needs a damn screen lol right? Heck I'll take the note 7 curved or flat, but it's gotta have the S pen!! I'm sure it will..... My wallet is ready for the Sammy note 7!!

90. darkkjedii

Posts: 31058; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My wallet is ready, but it had better he damn good. It'll take a lot to get me to sell my Note 5. I've also very curious about the 7+, as I think Apple is gonna shock us, and release a big time phone. I may be wrong, but I've got the cash for both, if they're worth leaving my 5, and 6+

115. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Ya I don't blame you, I'd hold that note 5 till your sure you like the note 7, i looked at the note 5 today and wow it's such a bright brilliant screen and is a lot smoother scrolling than the iPhone was, i hope the iPhone 7 pro or plus has the same screen feel, this may sound crazy i wish the iPhone plus models has a s pen like thing??

116. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

That s pen was fun playing pacman on the note too lol i was stuck playing for 30 mins lol

118. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Hate to say, I'm passing on iPhone 7 pro this year, only reason I'm thinking the only new will be just 256 gb the blue and duel camera and more than likely the UI layout will be the same boring iPhone it's just a thing Apple i think they are doing like they did when the plus models came in iOS 8..

2. Zackd44

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

How will the iris scanner be different than the face unlock in terms of practicality? It seems like this will be a step back from the fingerprint scanner

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its safer, and they didnt force you to use it.. if u think FPscanner is safe enough, then just use FPscanner and ignore that iris scanner

9. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Check on youtube how well and fast windows hello on the Surface Pro 4/surface book works then you'll change your opinion on practicality. It even works in the dark, its a very well implemented feature

13. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Credit should be given to MrElectrifyer for posting this video in another article. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMdVHDqJsEs

34. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Incredible isn't it!

76. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Yeah! Especially when it's pitch black and the only light in the room is the Surface.

80. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I own the surface and I blow people's minds when I unlock my surface in class without a password. Never thought I'd say this but it's the one tech feature that's gotten me a date :D

81. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I instantly thought of this video after reading that lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ

36. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Much different. 2 p

37. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Much different. Two people cannot have same iris. They are as unique as finger print. Iris cannot be copied so they are indeed safer than finger prints.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

How its unlock the phone with your Iris? Ah right its register it before and then scan it again. Cannot be copied? same as fingerprint its can. Just use very high resolution picture of someone eye and there you go.

47. Cdowd85

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It may also require you to blink which can't be done on a piece of paper

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But can easily be done on a high resolution movie. Nothing perfect.

108. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

Don't reply to him, he is here just to bash anything non-apple. A little above he is complaining about the edge of the screen.

71. Griver

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

No you can NOT since I read some articles that the iris scanner is not an ordinary camera that take picture of your iris it containe infra red it scans even blood vessels in your eye so it's safer than face recognition or fps

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