Watch how fast the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner unlocks the phone; 4GB of RAM confirmed

Last week, we showed you leaked images that revealed the inclusion of an iris scanner on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. According to the directions listed on one screenshot, the user's eyes must be focused inside two circles that appear on the screen, 10 to 14 inches away from the display. Today, a video was discovered that apparently shows the iris scanner unlocking the phone.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will also feature a fingerprint scanner, looking at the video you can see how quickly the iris scanner can unlock the device. Besides the video, we've also embedded some pictures of the Galaxy Note 7 receiving the latest Android security update. You might notice that the phablet is sporting the yet-to-be introduced Grace UX. The latter is expected to debut on the Galaxy Note 7, and we showed you a video of it in use late last month.

One of the photos reveals that 4GB of RAM will be on the phone. Earlier rumors called for the device to come with 6GB of RAM, but subsequent benchmark tests showed only 4GB of the sweet stuff inside the unit. The heavily anticipated Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be unveiled on August 2nd during the next Samsung Unpacked event.  The event will take place in New York City.

source: ShivasharmaNallaikkumaran via Playfuldroid

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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



1. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"4Gb!? Oh, uh.. No 6Gb!! Oh, uh.. Such a deal breaker!"

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? How. What do you need 6GB of RAM for if 4GB is enough?

18. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Just saying..

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't watch biased speed tests. Everyone doesn't use their phone the same. The facts show the One Plus actually has worse memory management than the Galaxy has. Even the last update didn't fix it or the battery drain issue. I don't have to have more RAM if it isn't a true benefit. My Note 5 runs just fine with 4Gb. Would it be faster with 6GB? It depends on how aggressive memory management is. How much faster does it really need to be. When I launch an app, it already takes just a coupe milliseconds.

44. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Biased? lol We KNOW you're biased, no doubt there at all so I guess we should just ignore everything you post.

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can ignore whatever you like. NOT A DEALBREAKER!

53. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Seriously man? What's biased about that comparison? He put both phones through the same work load and the OnePlus 3 was the fastest, what's hard to accept in that? "I don't have to have more RAM if it isn't a true benefit" No offence man, but you're starting to sound like them die-hard apple fans. Contouring to limitations and claiming "it's enough". That's what they were saying about 1GB RAM, and now 2GB RAM.

59. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I will explain. This particular tester in the video, I and many other have busted him cheating in the tests. Speed test like this can easily be dupe, by picking app you know work better on one platform or phone model. Example. I watch several speed test by him and other with the iPhoen for example vs the S6/S7. They all choose certain apps which also include Temple Run and I forget the other. But theer are app which before the S7 and Samsung new ram management, were know to restart when you go back to them. So in several test where the S6/Not34/5 for example was ahead, they lsot ground when the test came to those 2 or 3 apps which were know to restart on the Galaxy. So I stop watching those because they are biased. Because some OEM use a more aggressive ram management, which in the case of Samsung, there device have far more features If Samsung let's say used Apple's version of ram management, the Samsung device would use far more battery-life and die in a 1/2 day. The only tests I watch are those where default settings are being use like camera tests. I prefer to only watch test done by SuperSAF TV on YouTube. They have always been fair. I don't care what device wins, as long as they are fair because none of the test will ever effect my buying decision. I don't care about benchmarks or speed tests because every person isn't goin to install the exact same apps, or have the exact same amount of data in their devices, so thus the speed tests are not real world. Example, my Note only has 5GB of empty space. I know my phone is probably going to be a bit slower than if I took a stock Note 5 out the box and tested them against each other. Also we all know Touch Wiz device don't perform the same as a device running stock Android. So I don't need to see a test that just shows me what I already know. To me its dumb. Speed test don't prove anything to me. I expect that a phone with slightly beter software or hardware will perform better in some respects. But that in't always the case. The One Plus for example, is not pulling the same weight as the Galaxy S7. So it should be faster. If it isn't then the One Plus has an issue. I still will take the S7. I like Samsung's features. I don't like stock Android. if I wanted a featureless phone, I would never buy a phone with stock Android. I would just get an iPhone.

85. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I would understand your concern of him being biased if it were apps on different platforms being compared. However, in this case, it's all Android and that's as fair as it can be when it comes to speed tests. I don't like stock Android either, it's almost as pitifully limtied as stock iOS; I simply would never use such device. However, Samsung's RAM management and features shouldn't get in the way of running apps from the Play Store. If it does, it's just something they should consider optimizing in their software. What the speed test shows is merely which will handle apps faster. I definitely wouldn't base all my buying decision on that alone, but knowing how it performs compared to competition is always welcome by me. I'd use this information in conjunction with information on how versatile its software is in making purchase decisions.

62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013 No bias. Just a fair comparison of the iPhone 6s, S7and the new One Plus. Its not s sped test. Because in a speed test all you have to do is include one or 2 apps which have an advantage on the phone you want to make look better. Any test that is easy to cheat I don't watch. Though camera tests can be cheated as we have seen PA do, you can still see the opinions of more sources.

87. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That was a camera comparison, and as the reviewers stated, that's all down to personal preference, which will always be subjective, and thus bias. It's not much different from PA, it's just 2 people giving their opinions on photos instead of 1. I'd still prefer a blind camera comparison over any of those. Having thousands of opinions agreeing to one point is more satisfying than merely a few individuals.

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never said more RAM isn't beneficial...did I? NOPE! I said I don't want more RAM if it isn't going to be a real benefit. Real as in, with Samsung aggressive ram management, 6GB wouldn't provide any more benefit, because it would be locked own and prevented from taking advantage of more ram being there. It may as well not have it. It like Windows XP 32Bit. It was only capable of handling up to 3GB of RAM. So adding more like 4GB or more, would not matter without using the 64GB version. You will just be adding more RAM, and the poor ram management would see it and not use it properly for its true benefit. In fact, test of Windows XP with more than 3GB of ram, showed it performed worse than systems that had up to 3GB.

86. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed, that'll be useless RAM.

63. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's about multitasking, not just speed. 6GB RAM is great for VR and for caching apps.

36. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

You really can't see the irony?? Quotes, uh oh... not obvious that I'm laughing at those who requested constantly 6gb?? Truth is that I'm expecting too much from visitors of PA.. This site is going down day by day.. Sad!

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

4GB is enough to handle lots of tasks, having 6GB will enable even more multitasking (if properly utilized). It's no deal breaker, but RAM is similar to battery; the more you can have and utilize without any major drawbacks, the better.

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes that is true. But again, each phone manufacturer uses different ram management. Facts have show Samsung has the most aggressive ram management do to the S and Note having the TouchWiz features. I saw the video the guy linked before. The S7 was right on par even with 4GG of RAM. The only benefit the One Plus had was the extra 2GB gave it more speed with the app that did the rendering. This is where the RAM didn't really give it the honest edge. The honest edge in this case really went to the fact the SnapDragon has a better GPU vs the GPU that Samsung uses with the Exynos. The Mali isn't as powerful with graphics as the SnapDragon with Adreno. If you look at that video, you ill see the S7 took and additional almost 15 seconds of time rendering. If you deduct that time fro its over all time, the One Plus would have only finish 3-5 second faster than the S7 Exynos. Try the same test with the SnapDragon S7. But the tester won't. Because e picked the S7 he knew the One Plus could beat. That is biased. Its so easy to dupe a speed test. That is I don't watch them. The best and proper speed test is to use the stock preinstalled apps that all phones come with. If they do that in this case, the S7 would win even with the One Plus having 6GB of RAM. Let's see the exact same test with the SnapDragon version of the S7 and see how the test goes. Again the test was to easy to dupe. Pick one of to apps where one phone has an advantage. In this example, the SnapDragon having a better GPU one in the part of the test where its better at. In the other part at the beginning, the S7 actually came back from behind and past the One Plus. which means the 6GB of ram really isn't an advantage it only won because of that GPU render app. Take that app out and it would have been a tie or the s7 would have won. It fact if you deduct the extra second it took the S7 to render in that one app, you will see the gap would have been closer, proving that the 6GB of RAM was no advantage.

106. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Nice try but what you've just stated is a truck load of bulls**t! First off, the exynos variant of the S7 in the speed test was the previous best android smartphone before the One+3 beat it and it's the subscribers of the channel that specifically requested the test. To say somehow the snapdragon S7 variant which we know as a better graphics processor should have been considered is nonsensical. Again here you go trying to spin and defend the fact that the next note isn't shipping with 6gb ram because "it doesn't need 6gb ram!". Then you'll come around next year when Samsung implements 6gm ram and praise them for the innovation and great accomplishments! You are no different from the archetype iSheep you love to hate.

79. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's all about the battery, if they offer 6gb and it uses all of that, the battery will go down big time, only got to look at the oneplus3 to see that

84. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I agree with that, the OnePlus 3 is a perfect example. However, they could avoid that by giving a bigger or denser battery instead of going the excess thinnovation route like OnePlus did...

75. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

How much are get paid to wash Samsung underwater??? Lol.. I just saw the amount of writing you have done on behalf of Samsung. It's very amusing and kind of stupid. Adios

92. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

The bigger the better right? while it's true 4gb was plenty and for daily usage, i think most people won't need it. But again we are atlking about Note series here, i'm expecting it to be something big and better than Samsung S series like all previous gen. I'm sure it'll be a great phone, but if the upgrade isn't worth it i probably end up buying S7 Edge and save some bucks.

101. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

for samsung..they need more GB for touchwiz

6. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 702; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Horrible Iris Scanner Implementation. 1) The girl has to Wake up the device by pushing a button 2) The girl has to go to the unlock screen 3) Iris Scanner starts to operate What is the advantage of the Iris Scanner compared to a Finger Print Reader integrated in the Home Botton of the device? By using the Finger Print reader, the girl could unlock the device with step 1 from above only.

13. Unordinary unregistered

With Samsungs updates fingerprint scanners, they arent a problem anymore, and are nice and fast. Seems like iris scanning is just another unlock method, and will be nice, but not useful.

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I already discussed this with AlikMalix before. It definitely wouldn't make sense to use it instead of the fingerprint scanner merely for unlocking your device, as your finger will already be on the home button to turn it on, so, might as well use the fingerprint scanner. Where it'll make sense in a phone with a physical home button + fingerprint reader is as a fast, convenient yet still secure 2-factor authentication. Be it at the lockscreen, for individual apps, or for website logins (authentication for your password manager). On the other hand, even though not likely with Samsung, if the phone only has capacitive or on-screen buttons (like my OnePlus One), it'll make sense as a complete fingerprint reader alternative; double tap to wake and it begins scanning. You could always set it to go directly to the pinpad when you wake it, that's always been an option. Past the lockscreen, it'll make sense for every other place where authentication is required. Instead of readjusting your hand, just keep looking at the device as you're already doing...

32. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

More secure/less easily bypassed.

90. Unordinary unregistered

Thats not what you were saying about Touch ID. All I remember was butthurt. Lllolllll

96. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You remember no such thing from me. I said I had reservations about my fingerprints being stored, and I still do. But that's all I ever said.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, no! She has to wake the phone by pushing a button! (Exactly like if using a fingerprint).

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