Samsung Electronics Co Ltd a new Galaxy Note smartphone with a curved screen and iris-recognition technology on Wednesday.
Samsung, the world’s top smartphone maker, witnessed its January-June mobile profit jump 49% from a year earlier, thanks to robust sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 devices as well as a line-up overhaul that ditched unpopular models for fewer but more attractive new mid-to-low tier products.
This South Korean firm is betting the new big-screen device — the Galaxy Note 7 – that will help sustain its mobile business revival through the second half.
Samsung is using a 5.7-inch, curved screen display for the Galaxy Note 7. The new device employs a similar design to the Galaxy S series, but offers a larger screen and functions involving a pen accessory. Grip on the device was also improved to make it easier to be used with one hand.
The company didn’t disclose the pricing of its newly launched device, but said sales will begin in a first group of markets on August 19 without saying exactly where.
Researcher Strategy Analytics said the curved-screen Galaxy S7 edge was the world’s best-selling Android smartphone during the first half of this year. Samsung hopes the new curved-screen Note phone will enjoy a similar appeal.
The Note 7 also features an iris scanner, allowing users to unlock the device through the recognition of their eyes – the first such application for a Samsung smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 7 will also be compatible with Samsung Pay, a mobile payments service that competes with Apple Pay, among others, which Samsung hopes will help boost margins for its devices and set its products apart from other Android phones.
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