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Samsung’s new jumbo phone unlocks with iris scanner

New York: You’ll be able to unlock Samsung’s new phone by just looking at it.

The Galaxy Note 7 will come with an iris scanner, which matches patterns in your eyes with what was detected by your phone during setup. It offers an alternative to fingerprint ID, which doesn’t work well when fingers are wet. Of course, the four-digit passcode will still work.

“We challenged our engineers to design a security system that’s convenient and safe at the same time,” said Justin Denison, a senior vice president for product strategy at Samsung. “It took five years to perfect, but it only takes a glance to unlock your phone.”

Samsung isn’t first, though. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 phones had it. Beyond that, the updates in the Note 7 are mostly enhancements, such as a stronger glass screen and more storage 64 gigabytes, or double what Samsung usually offers, plus a slot to add more.

The Note 7 comes with a better camera but it’s the same one that the smaller Galaxy S7 phones got in March, save for interface enhancements to access settings and switch between the front and rear cameras more easily. Samsung had lost its mojo after Apple matched the company on size with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014, but thanks to the popularity of the S7, Samsung just reported its best quarterly financial results in two years. The new Note 7 phone comes weeks before Apple is expected to announce new models. Samsung typically releases its regular-size phones in the spring and jumbo phones in August. This time, Samsung has just one large model, which stays at 5.7 inches.

It will have curved edges a well-liked feature limited to a special “Edge” model before. The Note 7 will be available in the U.S. starting Aug.

19. Prices haven’t been announced. Samsung is also releasing an updated virtual-reality headset with a dedicated home button, a wider field of view and a black interior to improve viewing. The new Gear VR will be available Aug.

19 for $100. A previously announced 360-degree camera called Gear 360 also comes out that day, for $350. As phones mature and innovation slows, VR has been one area in which gadget makers try to entice consumers. As with past Note phones, the Note 7 comes with a stylus.

It expands on a feature that lets you magnify text and images by hovering the pen over it. With the pen, people will have ways to easily create and share GIF animations. The Note 7 also expands on a feature to give sensitive files an additional layer of security. You’ll be asked for an iris scan, fingerprint or passcode to access documents you place in a Secure Folder. This way, if you’re handing the phone to friends to browse pictures, you’re not inadvertently giving them access to confidential work documents.

In previous phones, Samsung’s Private Mode merely hid files and worked only with selected apps.

Samsung says Secure Folder stores sensitive documents and even entire apps in a separate, secure location.

Lenovo applies for single-brand retail license in India

NEW DELHI: Lenovo-Motorola combine has applied for single-brand retail license for opening company-owned showrooms in India as the Chinese company’s mobile sales in the country crossed the one-billion-dollar mark in 2015-16.

The group’s turnover in the year ended March 31, 2016, stood at 1.3 billion dollars, nearly doubling from the $700 million sales in the previous fiscal, said Sudhin Mathur, Director for the Mobile Business Group at Lenovo’s Indian operations. “Sales have been growing at a healthy pace in India and we expect to maintain a strong momentum even during the current fiscal,” Mathur told TOI after launching a new device ‘Vibe K5 Note’. According to numbers collated by industry tracker IDC, Lenovo-Motorola combine sold around 10 million units last fiscal, accounting for nearly 10% share in total smartphone sales of 103 million units.

The company, which also sells laptops in the country, has applied for single-brand retail license for retail as well as e-commerce business. This is under the revised retail guidelines that propose an eight-year relaxation for the 30% local sourcing condition.

Other companies to have applied for the single-brand retail license include Apple and Chinese Leeco. Mathur said smartphone industry sales in India are expected to grow by 30% this year. “We are more optimistic on our business, and expect to grow faster than the industry.” The company’s mobile phones for India are being contract-manufactured by Flextronics which is making them at Sriperumbudur. Lenovo is also looking at having its self-owned facility for phones in the country as it experiences healthy demand in the market, sources said. A decision on this front is expected soon, a source said. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News1 App.

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Samsung launches Rs 9890 Galaxy J2 Pro on Snapdeal

New Delhi: Samsung India on Monday announced the launch of a new addition to its 4G-enabled Galaxy J series of smartphones — Galaxy J2 Pro — which will be available exclusively on e-tailer Snapdeal for Rs 9,890 from July 26. The device is a variant of the recently-launched Galaxy J2 with an enhanced 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. Galaxy J2 Pro has been re-engineered with features like Turbo Speed Technology (TST), which opens apps up to 40 per cent faster than devices with double the RAM.

The device also features Smart Glow, a next-gen colour LED notification system for the convenience of the user. It consists of a first-ever LED notification ring at the back of the smartphone that addresses the growing consumer need of capturing superior selfies.

“Samsung is constantly in the pursuit of bringing meaningful innovation to consumers. The Galaxy J2 Pro with Turbo Speed Technology is designed to provide superior device performance,” said Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India, in a statement.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro is powered by 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor and has 2GB RAM for smoother and seamless multitasking. The phone supports 128GB expandable memory, a battery capacity of 2600 mAh battery and offers the latest Android Marshmallow operating system. The device comes with a 8 mega-pixel rear camera and a 5 mega-pixel front camera.

Both cameras sport an f 2.2 aperture.

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