South Korean conglomerate Samsung has just launched Galaxy Note 8 at an event in New York, USA. The Galaxy Note 8 continues the trend of a curved display with minimal bezels, but this time around, Samsung has used a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display.
It is worth noting that Galaxy Note 8 is the first phone from Samsung to feature a dual-camera setup. Iris scanner which debuted on Note 7 along with fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and screen locks are the options available to secure the device.
S Pen with improved functionality enhances the productivity of the phone. S Pen Stylus brought some new nifty features to the table: you can take 100-page notes straight from Screen off mode, Live messages in GIF format, etc. One of the intriguing software features on Note 8 is dual app launch from the App Edge shortcuts. For example, you can pair WhatsApp and FB Messanger and create a shortcut icon for the pair in the APP Edge. Thankfully Samsung didn’t ditch 3.5mm audio jack on Note 8.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440 pixels) SUPER AMOLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the top. The Note 8 comes with IP68 certification, meaning that it is water and dust resistant. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with Grace UX UI on the top.
An octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) along with Adreno 540 GPU or an octa-core Exynos 8895 paired with Mali-G71 GPU powers this device. It packs 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card upto 256GB.
In the camera department, it houses a dual-camera setup that consists of one 12MP wide-angle camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS paired with another 12MP camera with telephoto lens, f/24 aperture, and OIS. The telephoto camera lets you perform 2x optical lossless zoom and up to 10x digital zoom. Samsung included a handy camera feature that allows you to adjust the amount of blur while taking the photo rather than adjusting it later. On the front, it featured an 8MP camera with f/1.7 aperture.
A non-removable 3300 mAh battery with support to fast charging and wireless charging fuels this device. Connectivity options include dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, etc. Sensors on board include Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, and SpO2.
Price and Availability
Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders on major US carriers will start from tomorrow at a price of $950. It is available in blue, gold, black, and gray color options. Samsung is offering either a Samsung Gear 360 camera or a charging bundle of a 128GB microSD card and wireless charging pad for customers who pre-order.