Samsung skips 6, unveils Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)
The Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)

Samsung has pulled a Microsoft and skipped a number in its flagship product, going straight from five to seven.

The Korean company has announced the Galaxy Note 7 at an event in New York, skipping over the number six just like Microsoft's Windows went straight from version eight to 10.

The Galaxy Note 7 hits shelves on August 19, with preorders starting today.

It'll have similar specs to Samsung's S7 Edge, with 4GB of RAM, wireless charging and a 12-megapixel camera. It'll be water-resistant too, but have double the internal storage - 64GB - and a stronger 3500mAh battery.

The 5.7-inch screen will have a 2560x1440 pixel display, and its SD card slot will handle cards up to 256MB in size.

Samsung skips 6, unveils Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)

Where the Galaxy Note 7 really differs from its Edge cousin though is new features, including a USB-C connection, a stylus and an iris scanner.

Samsung says the iris scanner is more secure than fingerprint scanners found on phones made by its rivals, such as the iPhone. The iris scanner can also be used to lock certain files on the Galaxy Note 7, keeping them secure and walled off from the rest of the phone's data.

The stylus can also be used to make GIFs, translate text and magnify the screen.

Samsung skips 6, unveils Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)

The Galaxy Note 7 will ship with Android 6, but Samsung says it'll upgrade them to Android 7 when it's made available.

As for skipping the number six, the company says it was to align its range numbers into a single, more marketable family.

The Galaxy Note 7 will retail for about $1599.

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