The next iteration of Note is finally upon us. Samsung has officially unveiled their highly anticipated phablet, the Galaxy Note 8, at their Unpacked event in New York. With the wraps finally taken off, let's see what the new Note is all about.
DISPLAY AND PROCESSOR
As reported in earlier leaks, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a massive 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED display that packs in 521 ppi (pixels-per-inch). Like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Note 8 will sport an infinity display that features a screen that goes edge-to-edge and is nearly bezel-less.
Samsung made the Galaxy Note 8 into a very powerful smartphone that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, an Adreno 540 GPU, and comes equipped with a whopping 6GB of RAM. The nice bump in RAM will surely make the Note 8 a multitasking powerhouse. Additionally, it comes pre-loaded with Android Nougat 7.1.1.
CAMERA AND BATTERY
One of the welcome additions to the Note line is a dual-camera configuration. The Galaxy Note 8 will sport dual rear 12-megapixel snappers. One is a telephoto camera with a f/2.4 aperture and the other is a wide angle snapper (the main camera) with a f/1.7 aperture. An 8-megapixel selfie camera, with a f/1.7 aperture, graces the front of the handset.
The Galaxy Note 8 is also the first smartphone to have OIS (optical image stabilization) in both cameras. This mean images should still come out clear when in motion or if the photographer has not so steady hands. The dual camera also supports 2x optical zoom.
To avoid battery exploding problems like last year, Samsung has decided to incorporate a smaller 3300 mAh non-removable battery inside the Galaxy Note 8. Additionally, the phablet is capable of fast charging and fast wireless charging.
App Pair - Allows users to group two apps together that appear as a joint icon on your homescreen or Apps Edge panel. Once clicked, it simultaneously opens up both apps in Multiwindow.
Live Messages - Gives users the ability to draw all over photos, which turns into animated GIFs, when sent in a text message.
Live Focus - Think Bokeh shots. This allows for the background of an image to be blurred out in order to make the focal point of the image stand out more. You can also edit the effect after the photo is taken.
Dual Capture - This feature captures what's going on outside of the main frame, using the secondary lens.
Screen Off Memo - Write down notes or reminders without waking the device and have them pinned to your Always On Display.
Bixby - A dedicated Bixby button is on the left side of the handset. Bixby will give you reminders, learn your routine, translate text using the camera, shop for products when the camera is viewing an object, and much more.
PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will come in four colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Deepsea Blue, and Maple Gold. To start out, US carriers will only carry the Midnight Black and Orchid Gray models. In addition, the phablet will come with 64GB of internal storage (128GB and 256GB models outside the US) with the option to expand it, via microSD, up to 256GB.
The handset retails for $929.99 (up to $960 at some retailers) and comes with a gift. Customers can choose between a free Gear 360 or a free 128GB memory card and a Fast Wireless Charging Convertible charger with the purchase of a Note 8. Previous Note 7 customers can get a massive discount of $425 off the retail price of the phone with select trade-ins. The Note 8 will be released on September 15th.