Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date, news and features

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has officially launched and pre-orders have opened up in the US, confirming the weeks of rumors about its curved design, 5.7-inch display, top-of-the-line specs and S Pen stylus.

The Note 7 acts a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it takes the flagship's 5.5-inch curved display that debuted in March and stretches it out to the Note's trademark 5.7 inches and includes an S Pen.

This makes the Note 7 bigger and heavier than the S7 Edge, but it's actually slimmer than last year's Note 5. Yet it has returning features like a microSD card slot and IP68 waterproof rating, both missing from the Note 5. There's also a new iris scanner that's turning heads.

All of this is a big deal for the UK and Europe – the S Pen upgrade to the Galaxy Note 4 is long overdue. Samsung didn't launch the Galaxy Note 5 outside of the US and a few other countries.

Just don't call it the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. The Galaxy Note 7 has more to do with the Galaxy S7 series and is prepping itself for the ultimate comparison with next month's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Watch our Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands on video review

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