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Samsung Galaxy Note8 Features & Price

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Features & Price

Samsung has just launched the Galaxy Note 8, one of the most eagerly expected smartphones of the year.

It’s the follow-up to the Note 7, the world’s most infamous smartphone, which had to be recalled twice after models started catching fire. It was, of course, eventually obsolete.

Samsung, therefore, has a lot more riding on its new device than usual. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Here is the Samsung Galaxy Note8 Official Introduction Video:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design and Display

The Note 8 features the same “all-screen” design as the S8 and S8+, which came out earlier this year. It’s an eye-catching, striking look that makes most other phones on the market look old.

It also makes rival handsets look small. The Note 8 has a monstrous 6.3-inch, Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen. For context, the iPhone 7 Plus – currently the biggest version of the iPhone – features a 5.5-inch display.

Thanks to its really thin bezels, the Note 8 is actually very compact considering its screen size, but still measures in at a finger-stretching 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm. Once again, for context, the iPhone 7 Plus is 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm.

Its screen is also curved, which give it added visual appeal and it’s available in a range of attractive color schemes: black, blue, grey and gold. Unfortunately, the blue and grey versions aren’t available to UK consumers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Features

The Note 8 comes with a lot of bells and whistles, including a microSD card slot, which you can use to boost the 64GB of onboard storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, iris- and face-scanning tech and even a headphone jack

It’s also IP68-rated, which means it’s resistant to dust and water.

Under the hood is an octa-core processor paired with 6GB of RAM, which makes it a very dominant handset indeed, ideal for multi-tasking and heavy use.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Software

It runs Android 7.7.1 Nougat – it’s almost certain to obtain the Android 8.0 Oreo update in the near future – but it isn’t a pure version of the operating system. Samsung has added a number of extra features, some of which are designed to help you take full advantage of that massive screen.

App Pair, for instance, lets you group two apps together and open them both at the same time with a single tap of your finger. They appear in a split-screen view, allowing you to do things like watch a YouTube video and look at directions on Maps at the same time, for example.

Google Assistant is on board too, living alongside Bixby, Samsung’s own virtual assistant that’s only just launched appropriately in the UK.

Unfortunately, Samsung has also included bloatware in the form of its own versions of some of Google’s most popular apps, including a browser and an email service most people are unlikely to ever use.

S-Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note8 S-Pen
Samsung Galaxy Note8 S-Pen

The Note brand’s trademark feature is the S-Pen, a stylus that’s designed to help you get work done. If you’ve got small hands, it can also make the enormous Note 8 easier to handle.

Samsung says the new S-Pen – which is also water- and dust-resistant – is more pressure-sensitive and has a finer tip than older versions. You can use it to write and draw on the Note 8’s screen, and you can slot it into a special hole in the phone’s bottom edge when you don’t need it.

One of its most useful features is the ability to write notes without turning on the Note 8’s screen first, and pin them to the lock screen. It’s ideal for writing and maintaining shopping lists, for instance.

It also lets you hover over text to translate it.

Camera

A major talking point for the Note 8 is its dual camera setup. It combines a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f2.4 aperture with a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with an f1.7 aperture.

Samsung has included optical image stabilization and a feature called Live Focus, which lets you tinker with depth of field and adjust bokeh both within the camera app and after you’ve taken a photo.

We’ve seen something similar with the Huawei P10, but it’s still a fun new addition that many users will likely experiment with.

On the front of the phone, meanwhile, is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an f1.7 aperture.

Battery

Battery issues were to blame for the remarkable downfall of the Note 7, and in truth there’s no way of knowing whether or not the Note 8 will be totally safe until it’s been on the market for a while.

The S8 and S8+, which followed the Note 7, haven’t suffered from any battery issues and Samsung has talked up its new eight-point battery safety process repeatedly.

The company will have taken the utmost amount of care to ensure everything works as it should, and it would be hugely, hugely surprising to see it repeat the same mistakes.

The Note 8 features a 3,300mAh battery, which you can recharge via the USB Type-C port.

Price and Release Date

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released on 15 September, just after Apple unveils its newest batch of iPhones, but it’s available to pre-order right now.

It costs a whopping $1113.00 – the S8 and S8+ were available for $882.00 and $997.00 at launch – which is a lot of money to pay for a smartphone.

However, the Note 8 is shaping up as one of the best around.

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3 Comments

  1. Note 8 looks very business-like. I wasn’t expecting the more-squared corners making it look more like a Sony mobile, but I guess that’s more functional. I am glad that there are less curve on the screen, which makes it better for watching videos.

    The best part is the screen off memos and I would use that all the time.
    The S-Pen edge apps wheel is very cool. I had hands on with Bixby on S8. Its just too cool, but needs improvement against Google and Siri.

  2. Its such a great post to share and full of information about the features of the new flagship the galaxy note 8 .It has amazing features samsung has provided and all the details and all making people crave for buying the beast.

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