Samsung has officially unveiled the long-rumored Galaxy Note 8 at the Unpacked event held today in New York. The company is offering the best possible combination of features and specifications on any smartphone with this all-new Galaxy Note 8. After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the Galaxy Note 8 will surely be the best thing to be offered to those who love the smartphones with large displays. On the design front, the Galaxy Note 8 looks similar to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but without losing the popular Galaxy Note features. While the S Pen on the Galaxy Note devices also brings a ton of additional features, the new Galaxy Note 8 also got the in-house Bixby AI and DeX station support.
The S Pen is also IP68 certified and comes detect up to 4096 pressure levels. Samsung added the new features like ‘Live Message’ and ‘Coloring’ to the S Pen. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an Aluminum frame with curved glass on the front and rear. It sports a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED infinity display that offers Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) resolution with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. While the U.S and Korean markets get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 powered Galaxy Note 8, the other markets will get the in-house Exynos 8895 backed device. There is 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256 storage options.
It also offers a hybrid SIM slot where the user can add up to 256GB MicroSD card instead of the secondary SIM. With the IP68 certification, the device is also water and dust resistant. It runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Samsung has finally brought a major update to its primary camera with the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. It is the first Samsung smartphone to feature dual camera setup. It got a 12MP standard sensor along with 12MP wide-angle sensor. The device offers dual OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual tone LED flash, 2X optical zoom, and up to 10X digital zoom.
For selfies, there is an 8MP auto focus front facing camera with f/1.7 aperture as seen on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Coming to the battery life, there is a 3,300mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging via wired and wireless charging. It also supports Samsung Pay with the included NFC and MST technologies. The fingerprint sensor is still placed on the rear of the device that might be even more difficult to reach than on the Galaxy S8 devices. Along with the fingerprint sensor and dual cameras, the large black strip on the rear also holds the dedicated heart rate sensor.
The IRIS sensor introduced with the Galaxy Note 7 is also available on this device. It measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm and weighs 195 grams. Connectivity options include Cat.16 LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, ANT+, GPS, Glonass, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port. The Samsung DeX allow the Galaxy Note 8 users to get more productivity by making the device to offer desktop experience by connecting monitor, keyboard, and mouse with the DeX station. As leaked earlier, the smartphone will be available in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue color options.
While the device will go on sale globally starting mid-September, the pre-orders will be begin from the tomorrow in few markets including the U.S and South Korea. The unlocked Galaxy Note 8 is said to cost $930/£869/€1,000 which is much higher than the launch price of the Galaxy Note 7. Once there is an official information, we will update the local pricing of the device in the markets like India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.