Samsung Galaxy Note 8 announced: Features & Specifications

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now official, and it really is seeking redemption for Note7. Samsung has regained the top spot in the smartphone segment with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Ever since BlackBerry lost its hold Galaxy Note emerged as an alternative to a Business smartphone in the market. The Note series by Samsung is seen as one of the best business phones powered by Android.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the biggest disaster ever in the smartphone industry and Samsung not only suffered a huge financial loss but also lost the trust of the consumers. However, Samsung has bounced back with their latest launches in the S series and only Samsung could have overcome such a disaster. Let’s find out what Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is all about.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

In terms of design, the Note 8 looks a lot like the Galaxy S8 Plus but it comes with a more squared-off frame with the rounded corners. The Note 8 comes wrapped in an aluminum frame with a glossy glass back. The Aluminum frame is polished in the glossy coating which makes it look like the front glass is extended to the back.

The Galaxy Note 8 is taller with a 6.3-inch display and thicker than last years Note 7. The device sports the Infinity Display seen in Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus earlier. The display has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

When we talk about the Hardware Specs, the Galaxy Note is known to pack the top of the market specs and Note 8 is no different. The Galaxy Note 8 has the stylus laden features which are exclusive to Galaxy Note series. The Note 8 will be powered by Snapdragon 835 in US & the other markets will get the Exynos processor which is Samsung’s own production. The device will come with a 6GB RAM and 64/128GB internal storage with a MicroSD card slot.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is fully dust & waterproof with an IP68 rating, supports wireless and fast charging. Backing it up is a 3,300 mAh battery which is smaller than last year’s Note but promises better longevity with Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. Bixby button also gets a place in the Note this time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – App Pairs Source: Android Authority

The Edge UX gets one useful update for multitaskers, the Note 8 adds dual app shortcuts called App Pair. These can be created in the home screens or the Edge panels for easy access, and they open up the two specified applications right away in a split format. Imagine a shortcut to open up the Calendar and Gmail to increase productivity, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for ultimate chatting experience, or YouTube and pretty much anything else.

S-Pen Features

Over the years, the S Pen has seen so many new features that it’s hard to list them all but I have listed a few useful ones below. The Pen Command and you can see screen capture and edit, note creation, and smart selection. Maybe share some of your doodles in the artsy PEN UP social media network, or just use the S Pen much like a mouse for precision pointing, clicking, selecting, and dragging.

Some features have been updated, like text translation that can process whole phrases and sentences now instead of just singular words. And for the real note-taker, the Screen Off Memo that activates from standby can now record a hundred pages of editable notes without the need to unlock the device first.

The main new feature in the S Pen is Live Message, which records the user’s path to writing a short message into an animated GIF. Added effects like sparkles and neon lighting give it more flair, helping to make pleasing GIFs you can send to friends, significant others, or anyone that deserves that little bit of attention. It might not be the most productive addition, but it’s fun and practical, adding to the already large list of S Pen features.

Camera

The Note 8 is the first Samsung device to sport dual camera sensors. The device features a pair of 12MP dual pixel camera sensors with OIS in both, one is a standard lens at f/1.7 and the other is a Telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom at f/2.4 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
First Dual camera by Samsung

The camera app gets a bump to reflect the new dual camera sensors and ‘Live Focus’ mode which is similar to the portrait modes of iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5. The camera packs a punch and it saves the images taken from both the sensors. There is an 8MP sensor at the front which comes with an Autofocus and is capable of recording a 2K video.

Specifications

Let’s have a quick look at the spec sheet of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 :

  • 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521ppi & 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
  • 64-bit Snapdragon 835 in US & Samsung Exynos 8895 for the global market.
  • 6GB RAM with 64/128GB internal storage with a MicroSD card slot expandable up to 256GB.
  • 12MP wide-angle AF Dual Pixel sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture & a 12 MP telephoto AF sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture with OIS at the back. There is an 8MP AF sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture for selfies.
  • 3,300 mAh Non-removable Fast charging battery which also supports wireless charging.
  • IP68 dust & water resistant.
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box.

You can book a Galaxy Note 8 for yourself from here. The device will go on sale on September 15. There is no information on the India release of the device but Samsung will look to release it globally. Samsung is keen to build on the foundation laid by Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus.

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