After months of rumour and anticipation, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been launched at an event in New York. The flagship smartphone features a bigger display, dual rear cameras, and Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant
After months of rumour and anticipation, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been launched at an event in New York. The flagship smartphone features a bigger display, dual rear cameras, and Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. It also comes with the S-Pen stylus , which has a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity. The launch of the Galaxy Note 8 comes a few weeks ahead of the Apple’s iPhone 8, which according to reports could be launched sometime in October.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 looks similar to Galaxy S8 smartphone in terms of design, expect the Galaxy Note 8 is more rectangular in shape. The new Samsung Note device sports a glass and metal body and there’s curved glass design on front and rear. The fingerprint scanner is on the back of the device, same as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The high-end smartphone is IP68 certified that makes it dust and water-resistant.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a 6.3-inch ‘Infinity’ display with minimum bezels on the sides. The screen is Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The Galaxy Note 8 features a widescreen 18:5:9 aspect ratio. Samsung has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the Quad HD+ display. The smartphone comes in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue and Maple Gold colour options.
In terms of processing power, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by the same Octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor that we saw on the Galaxy S8. Outside the US, which includes India, the Galaxy Note 8 will ship with Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset. The RAM is 6GB, up from 4GB on its predecessor – Galaxy Note 7. Galaxy Note 8 comes in three ROM variants – one with 64GB storage, another with 128GB storage, and the third one with a 256GB storage. There is also a microSD card for memory expansion.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is backed by a 3300mAh battery, which is bigger than 3000mAh one on Galaxy S8’s, but smaller than 3,500 battery cell in the Galaxy S8+. There’s a USB Type- C port for charging and the device supports wireless charging as well. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ships with a pair of Harmon earphones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports dual rear cameras (12MP + 12MP) with f/1.7 aperture lens, Dual Pixel Technology, and 2x optical zoom support. The front camera is 8MP with f/1.7 aperture lens. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone that has optical image stabilization on both camera sensors. Coming to software, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, though users should expect Android Oreo 8.0 to be release for the premium smartphone in the coming months.
In the US, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at $930 (or approx Rs. 59,561) for the base model, the one with the 64GB storage. Meanwhile, in the UK, the Note 8 is priced at £869 (or approx Rs 71, 171). The phone is up for pre-orders in select markets starting Thursday. The company is yet to announce the price of the Galaxy Note 8 for the Indian market.