Samsung has confirmed that it will officially launch its new Galaxy Note device on August 2nd. The main event will be in New York at 11:00 a.m., with simultaneous launch events planned for 12:00 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro and 4:00 p.m. in London.
The announcement confirm previous speculation about the launch date, and also concerning the branding of the new device, which Samsung calls the Galaxy Note7. Logicians will note that Samsung’s branding is skipping a number, jumping from the previous Galaxy Note 5 to the Note7. (Grammarians may also take issue with the lack of spacing.) In a statement announcing the new device, Samsung explained that “the Galaxy Note7 will complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio,” adding that the branding “will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung”.
Industry watchers have also speculated that the new Galaxy Note device will feature an iris scanner, but on this topic Samsung is still keeping tight-lipped, eschewing the topic of biometrics altogether. It’s fair to expect that the device will feature fingerprint scanning at the very least, given its presence on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and it’s quite possible that Samsung has gone a step further to keep up with competitors like Microsoft, which brought iris scanning to its Lumia smartphones.