Samsung launched the much anticipated Galaxy Note 8 in an event in New York. The event began with a nostalgic memory of Note 7 and how the debacle inspired Samsung to be better. After the notoriety of Note 7 last year, its successor had a lot of responsibility on its shoulders. Let’s see the intricate details of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Design and Display:
Design of the Galaxy Note 8 adapts vastly from the previously launched Galaxy S8. It seems just like a taller and broader S8 in terms of design with very thin bezels surrounding the display vertically. The phone comes in four different colours: Deep Sea Blue, Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, and Maple Gold. One of the design flaws in the phone is the position of fingerprint scanner, it’s beside the cameras and given the size of the phone, the scanner is difficult to reach.
The Galaxy Note 8 houses what Samsung calls the “Infinity Display,” similar to what the S8 possesses. It has a 6.3-inch Quad-HD display which covers almost the entire front face of the phone. The display ratio in the Note 8 is 18.5:9, analogous to the S8. The AMOLED screen on the phone will ensure a sharp image quality.
Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 certified which makes it water and dust resistant. Even the S-Pen which comes along the phone is water resistant.
Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first dual rear camera smartphone. The brand claims that the 12MP dual cameras in Note 8 are twice as good as the previous Note. The dual camera setup features a wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.7 and another telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The telephoto lens can provide up to 2x optical zoom.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the world’s first smartphone to come with Optical Image Stabilization in both the cameras.
A new feature known as Live Focus has been introduced with the phone. This feature will let you adjust the focus and blur in real time while you click portrait pictures. Moreover, your phone will save two versions of the picture, one with a bokeh effect and another normal version.
Software, Performance and Battery:
Blazing fast performance is one of the cornerstone features of the Note 8. To ensure cutting edge performance, the phone packs in the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. This processor features only in the phones sold in US though. For international markets, Samsung offers the Exynos Octa-core processor which is comparable to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of performance.
For seamless performance and heavy multi-tasking, the Note 8 packs in 6GB of RAM. On the software front, Samsung now lets you pair two frequently used apps and launch them together with a single tap. Such features ensure even faster multi-tasking. Note 8 comes with three variants of internal storage: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Along with this, a microSD slot for expandable storage is provided as well.
Samsung gave a peek into how Bixby can perform deeply integrated tasks with multiple function levels and they seemed very impressive. It will be interesting to see how Bixby develops and competes with other popular assistants out there.
Earlier, it was being speculated that the Note 8 might come with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box but it’s announced that the phone will run on Android 7.1 Nougat. However, an Oreo update can be expected soon.
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 3300mAh battery which can be wirelessly charged. For a phone this size, the battery could have been better.
S-Pen is an important element and a signature feature in the Note series. Samsung has taken considerable efforts to improve the S-Pen which comes with the Note 8.
A cool feature which the brand showcased is the ability to translate foreign language text on your Note 8’s screen by simply hovering over it. The same can be done for foreign currency rates. The S-Pen can also be used creatively in messaging apps. Users can now create pictures and gifs with the help of S-Pen.
The hardware of the stylus has been improved as well, it now comes with a finer tip and better precision. There are many functions which can be conveniently performed with the S-Pen.
Connectivity options include NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, a USB Type-C for file transfers, charging and other purposes. Fortunately, the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t skipped. The phone also has Bluetooth 5.0, LTE Cat. 16, Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac for wireless connections.
Pricing and Availability:
Price of the Galaxy Note 8 will be soon revealed by carriers in international markets. In India, Amazon will be among the official launch partners and price for the Indian market will be revealed soon as well. The phone will be available starting September 15th. Interestingly, this might be during the upcoming iPhone launch by Apple.
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