Samsung today launched the Galaxy Note 8 in India, at an event held in New Delhi. The latest flagship from Samsung succeeds the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, featuring a huge 6.3-inch display and a full suite of high-end specifications. Samsung has also added a dual camera setup for the first time in one of its flagship devices, keeping up with the market trends.
The Galaxy Note 8 bears a price tag of Rs. 67,900. It is available for pre-orders starting today and will go on sale from September 21. It will be available on Amazon India, Samsung e-store and authorized offline retailers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications
This year in the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has used a bigger 6.3 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a screen resolution of 2960 X 1440 pixels, 522 PPI and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with the latest version of Grace UX on top. Samsung has added some new S-Pen features and improved upon the existing ones with the latest version of its custom skin.
In terms of design, the smartphone does not stray far from the this year’s S8. It also comes with IP68 certification which technically makes it dust and water resistant.
Powering this phablet is an octa-core Exynos 8895 processor with Mali G71 MP20 GPU. This is coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of UFS storage. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 8 also supports UFS microSD cards up to 256GB.
The camera duties are handled by a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens in a dual camera setup with Optical Image Stabilization on both the units. The wide angle lens comes with aperture f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixel size, 77-degree field of view. The telephoto lens is backed with f/2.4, 2x optical zoom up to 10x digital zoom. The camera is equipped with a number of modes that include food mode, live focus, pro mode, panorama and slow motion.
This is the first time that Samsung has come up with a dual camera setup in a flagship, a setup which is quite similar to the LG’s G-Series. On the front, there is an 8MP camera with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and wide-angle lens.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC, MST and hybrid dual-SIM. In terms of security, the Note 8 comes with Iris Scanner, Facial Recognition and Fingerprint Sensor located at the backside.
Pricing and Availability
Samsung has priced the Galaxy Note 8 at Rs. 67,900. It will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold color options. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available on Amazon India, Samsung online store and authorized retailers starting from September 21. The device is currently available for pre-booking.
Additional offers include a Rs. 4,000 cash back on using HDFC Credit cards. Samsung has also entered into a partnership with Reliance Jio, so Jio users on the Galaxy Note 8 will get double data offer. Apart from this, those who pre-order the device will get a one-time screen replacement and a free wireless charger.
The Galaxy Note 8 is undeniably big, and most users may not prefer a phone hard to operate and manage, which include styluses. It does come with plenty of good features – anyone who was disappointed with the Note 7 will likely appreciate these improvements. Let’s see how it takes on the upcoming iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X from Apple.