Samsung today launched the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at an event in New York. This is the first smartphone in the Note lineup that the company has launched after the Galaxy Note 7 which was globally recalled due to the battery problem. This is a big day for the company as the new Galaxy Note 8 will decide whether or not the Note lineup will be able to rise again. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the company’s flagship smartphone for the year 2017 and will go up against devices like the Nokia 8, Apple iPhone 8, Essential Phone, amongst others. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is available in three variants, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of on-board storage, while maintaining the same amount of RAM across the board.
Design wise the device looks extremely premium and is built out of the same materials as the Samsung Galaxy S8+. On the back, you get a dual camera setup along with the fingerprint sensor in the same position as the Samsung Galaxy S8. The company has provided a 3.5mm jack which most companies these days are trying to remove and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. On the front, the company has provided its own infinity display measuring 6.3 inches similar in looks to the one in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with a resolution of 2960×1440. The main star of the show was the S-Pen, which Samsung says will help people further expand their creativity and productivity.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, the same display which we came to really like during our Samsung Galaxy S8+ Display Review. It runs on Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system with Samsung’s proprietary skin on top of it. The device comes in three variants, differing only in the internal storage they offer. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired 6GB of RAM for the US variant while India will most likely get the Exynos 8895 powered Note 8. All of this is backed by a 3300 mAh battery, capable of fast charging through both wired and wireless means. Samsung is offering the smartphone in three storage variants, with 64GB, 128GB & 256GB of on-board storage. Don’t worry, the microSD card slot is still there on the phone and will allow you to grow the internal storage up to 256GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a dual camera setup on the back featuring a 12-megapixel pair. One camera shoots wide angle shots with an aperture of f/1.7 while the second is a 2x telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with Dual Optical Image Stabilization, which Samsung claims is a world first. The camera offers a Live Focus mode that allows you to adjust the bokeh on the fly, along with the ability to adjust the bokeh even after the photo has been taken, something that we have already seen on several mid-range smartphones. On the front, the device features an 8-megapixel selfie shooter, with smart autofocus. The front camera is also capable of shooting 4K video natively, making it one of the very few in the market capable of this feat.
Availability and Price
As of now, Samsung has only announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will go on sale in the U.S. on 15 September 2017, although, pre-orders will commence 24 August onwards. We don’t have word on pricing or global availability yet, but we will update this post the minute those details come out. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 does come in four colours; Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue.