Last month, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 at the Unpacked event held in New York. It is the successor to fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 which the company pulled out of the market after several battery explosions. Today, the company has launched its latest flagship smartphone in the Indian variant for Rs. 67,900. It will be sold through offline retail stores, Samsung e-store, and Amazon India online store starting September 21st. As an introductory offer, the company is offering one-time screen replacement and fast charging wireless charger for free.
It comes in Midnight Black and Maple Gold color options. The Galaxy Note 8 features an Aluminum frame with 2.5D curved glass on the front and rear. It sports a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display with Quad HD+ resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. This is also the first Galaxy Note smartphone to use the Infinity display that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Unlike the U.S variant, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Note 8 comes powered by the in-house Exynos 8895 octa-core processor coupled with Mali G71 MP20 GPU and 6GB of RAM.
There is 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a MicroSD card slot. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the customized Samsung Experience skin on top. The device comes with a hybrid slot where the user can opt for a secondary SIM or the MicroSD card. In the camera department, there is a 12MP dual rear cameras with dual OIS and dual pixel technology. It can offer up to 2X optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom. For selfies, there is an 8MP auto focus camera on the front with f/1.7 aperture and wide-angle lens.
It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is smaller than the 3,500mAh provided with the Galaxy Note 7. The device supports fast charging with both the wired and wireless chargers. Both the handset and the S Pen are IP68 certified making them water and dust resistant. The fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor are placed on the rear of the device. It can also be unlocked via the IRIS scanner placed on the front of the device. On the connectivity front, the device includes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port.
The Galaxy Note 8 measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm and weighs 195 grams. Later today, Apple will be unveiling its latest iPhones which are expected to be the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X special edition. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!