Samsung Galaxy J7+ to Sport Dual Camera Setup, Facial Recognition, Bixby Support: Report

Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Note 8 was the first for the company to sport a dual rear camera setup and going by recent reports it looks like the company is working on its second smartphone with dual cameras. Samsung has appears to have confirmed a Galaxy J7+ mid-range smartphone is in the works that will sport a dual camera setup and the Bixby assistant, among other things, according to a report out of Thailand.

The Samsung Galaxy J7+ has been detailed by ThaiMobileCenter, which cites Samsung, as a mid-range smartphone that is an upgrade over the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017). It is said to feature a vertical dual camera setup on the back comprising of a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. Samsung will reportedly also be bringing the Galaxy Note 8’s Live Focus feature to the Galaxy J7+ for Bokeh shots. The front will see a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ to Sport Dual Camera Setup, Facial Recognition, Bixby Support: ReportThe report details that the Galaxy J7+ will feature a metal unibody design similar to the Galaxy J7 (2017). However, going by the images posted, the Galaxy J7+ looks to feature straight antenna lines on the back rather than the curved ones seen on Galaxy J7. It will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display. The handset will be powered by a octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. It will be offered with 32GB of internal storage, which will be expandable up to 256GB.

Apart from the cameras, the Galaxy J7+ will also support Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby, a fingerprint sensor likely embedded in the home button, and facial recognition. It is interesting to see Samsung bringing face recognition technology to the mid-range category with phones like Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Max and now the Galaxy J7+. The upcoming smartphone will support dual-SIM and will pack a 3000mAh battery.

As of now there’s no word on when the Galaxy J7+ will be launched, but the report mentions that it will be available in Black, Gold, and Pink colour options when it launches in Thailand.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With 6.3-Inch AMOLED Display Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

Is Samsung ready to put behind the disastrous Galaxy Note 7? It sure thinks so. To much fanfare, enthusiastic executives from the Suwon-headquartered company bolted on stage at a media event in New York on Wednesday to unveil the Galaxy Note 8, its new large-screen flagship smartphone, and its strongest weapon to fight the rumoured iPhone 8 and new Google Pixel phones.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – which comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue colours – will be available for pre-orders in select markets starting Thursday and will start shipping on September 15. In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 base variant is priced between $930 (roughly Rs. 59,500) on AT&T and $960 on (roughly Rs. 61,500) on Verizon.

Those who pre-order the smartphone will be able to avail a Gear 360 camera or a charging bundle at no price, and Samsung is also said to be offering Galaxy Note 7 customers discounts in a bid to encourage them to purchase the Note 8.

There is no word on when the company plans to launch the Galaxy Note 8 in India just yet, though Amazon India seems to be an official partner.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications

Samsung is pulling no punches with its new smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is bigger than ever – literally – sporting a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of resolution 1440×2960. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (with some markets getting the Samsung Exynos octa-core variant), packs 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, and support for microSD card slot, should you need more space. The Galaxy Note also offers Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 connectivity features.

For photography, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilisation (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. There’s an f/1.7 8-megapixel camera on the front. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device offers IP68 water and dust resistances, and support for wireless charging, a feature that the upcoming iPhone 8 is rumoured to feature as well. The Galaxy Note 8 also supports NFC and MST for Samsung Pay and features a USB Type-C port.

“The dual-camera setup in the Note 8 is clearly intended to compete with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple is likely to move that feature forward this year too, which may leave the Note 8’s feature behind the higher-end iPhone especially,” Jan Dawson, analyst at Jackdaw Research said.

Then, of course, is the signature S-Pen accessory, which the company says will enable people to communicate in “more personal ways” than ever with the Always On-display powered Galaxy Note 8. Samsung has also introduced Live Messages, that will allow people to go beyond texting in their communication with friends. With the S-Pen, users will be able to handwrite a message, add special effects and share it as an animated GIF via several popular messaging and social apps.

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A lot is riding on the Galaxy Note 8, whose predecessor cost the company about $5.3 billion (roughly Rs. 35,433 crores), not to mention the lost brand value.

“The Note 8 is an important release for the company for several reasons. While it is a smaller contributor to Samsung’s revenue than the S8, it is a strong differentiator,” Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research told Gadgets 360. “It will represent a major leap forward for Note 5 users. Samsung has detailed the steps it has taken to ensure battery safety and it can point to the S8 as evidence that it is back on track.”