Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched: Specs, price, availability

Posted August 25, 2017

Samsung has finally unveiled the most anticipated smartphone of the year - the Galaxy Note8.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is facing an increasingly competitive minefield varied considerably from its predecessors as the new device could get squeezed by other Android rivals. Also like the S8, the Note 8's fingerprint reader has been relocated from the front of the phone to the right of the rear cameras. Unlike other smartphones with a dual-camera setup, both the sensors on the Galaxy Note 8 feature optical image stabilization. As for the display, Samsung is opting for a 6.3-inch 2960×1440 AMOLED screen. It comes with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio as well. The Galaxy Note 8 comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue colors and will be up for Pre-orders on August 24th.

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The phone has got an update in terms of RAM, which is increased to 6 GB from its predecessor's 4GB. The flagship phablet comes with a 3,300mAh non-removable cell.

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Battery: The Note 8 is backed by a 3300mAh battery unit which can be charged either via the USB Type-C port or wirelessly. The secondary 12MP sensor is a telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4, and it also has support for OIS, as rumoured earlier.

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If you know you want to make the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 your next phone and you want/need it as soon as possible, put in a pre-order. "Another diverting S Pen feature is Live Message, which allows you to share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated GIFs". Interestingly, Samsung did not reveal the price of the smartphone. Major highlights of Note 8 are- bigger infinity display, enhanced S-Pen, and dual camera. Below you can see the two lenses - a standard-angled 12MP shooter and a 12MP tele-lens. It is nearly identical in appearance to the S8, with a sleek edge-type screen sans home button on the front panel. The S-Pen in the Galaxy Note8 now features more sensitivity to pressure and the tip has been made finer as well for a smoother and more real-like use. The phone is also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. The in-house virtual assistance, Bixby is available on all the three smartphones, but it is not yet ideal stay perform on par with Google Assistant or Apple's Siri.