Samsung has now launched its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone at its Unpacked Event in New York. And it comes with everything that was expected from it. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be initially available for pre-orders in the US starting August 24 via various carriers. It will, however, start shipping from Septemeber 15. Samsung is expected to launch the Note8 globally soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the Korean maker’s desperate attempt to reincarnate its Note series as the king of phablets. And oh gosh, they have pulled it off well. At least on paper, for sure. The Galaxy Note 8 comes just a year after the infamous Note 7 debacle, which apparently needs no mention. With that said, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was preceded by the highly successful Galaxy S8. Hence, it’s not surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy Note8 draw its design inspiration from the Galaxy S8 and S8+ brothers.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a glass exterior with a metal unibody chassis. The main highlighting feature of the phablet, however, is its huge Infinity Super AMOLED display. It’s a 6.3 inch Quad HD (2,960 x 1,440p) panel with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 8 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa core processor with 6GB RAM. This is complimented by a 64GB internal storage. There are also 128GB and 256GB storage variants. Besides, all variants come with a MicroSD card slot.
With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has finally joined the dual camera bandwagon. The Note8 is apparently Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to come with dual lenses. The rear camera unit in the flagship phablet is a completely new setup. It is composed of one 12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel wide-angle sensor along with another telephoto 12MP f/2.4 unit. Both the rear sensors are equipped with OIS. It’s quite assuring to see Samsung stick to hardware based image stabilisation, and not opt for the gyroscope based EIS stabilization found the Pixel and other current day flagships. The telephoto lens on the Galaxy Note8 is capable of 2X optical and up to 10x digital zoom. There’s also an 8MP AF front camera.
Now, comes the most dreaded feature of the Galaxy Note series, the battery! The flagship phablet comes with a 3,300mAh non-removable cell. It supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 via a USB Type C port. It’s quite a bummer to see Samsung not use the latest Quick Charge 3.0 in a late 2017 phablet. Possibly, the Korean maker decided to play safe after the last year’s battery debacle.
Samsung has made improvements to the S-Pen of the new Galaxy Note 8. For those unaware, the S-Pen is one of the most highlighted features of the Note lineup. The all new S-Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 8 is now waterproof. It essentially means that you can take notes on the new phablet even when you go for a swim. Time for some meetings by the pool, huh? Furthermore, the S-Pen has a finer tip and improved pressure reception. Other features of the Galaxy Note 8 includes an Iris Sensor, rear mounted Fingerprint sensor and support for Samsung’s proprietary DeX.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 with TouchWiz UI on top. It no surprise to see it not run on Android Oreo, however, we can expect Samsung to roll out an update by the end of this year. Additionally, the flagship phablet comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Deepsea Blue and Orchid Gray color variants.