Samsung today introduced the successor to its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 from last year, the new Galaxy Note 8. The company says the phablet has been designed for people “who want to do bigger things”. It shares a lot in common with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in terms of the hardware inside, but there are a few significant differences as well.
The front of the Galaxy Note 8 is dominated by a large 6.3-inch dual-curved Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 1440 x 2960 Quad HD+ resolution and a pixel density of 521 pixels per inch. In the US, the phablet will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.35 GHz. In other markets around the world, the Note 8 will run on Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 9 8895 octa-core chipset. While the processing prowess is identical to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 offers superior multitasking performance thanks to being equipped with 6GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Note 8 will come in three capacities – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Samsung claims the Galaxy Note 8 packs the best smartphone camera that it has produced yet. It is the first Samsung flagship smartphone to feature dual cameras at the rear. The primary sensor offers 12MP resolution and integrates Dual Pixel autofocus technology. It is paired with an f/1.7 wide-angle lens. The secondary 12MP sensor is paired with an f/2.4 aperture Telephoto lens that allows the phablet to deliver 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom. Unlike other smartphones with a dual-camera setup, both the sensors on the Galaxy Note 8 feature optical image stabilization. For selfies, the smartphone packs an 8MP front-facing camera coupled with a bright f/1.7 aperture lens.
Connectivity wise, the Galaxy Note 8 offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, VHT80, MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, MST, GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, and 4G LTE Cat.16. Biometric authentication types supported include fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, and facial recognition. Keeping the lights on is a 3300mAh capacity battery with wired, as well as wireless fast charging over WPC and PMA standards.
The Galaxy Note 8’s S Pen comes with a finer tip and offers improved pressure sensitivity as well. Live Message lets you share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated GIFs, bringing your messages to life. Just like the Galaxy Note 5 and the Note 7, you can take notes even with the screen off. However, Galaxy Note 8 adds the ability to pin screen off memos to the Always On Display and then edit them on the Always On Display. The S Pen Translate too has been improved to translate entire sentences in up to 71 languages.
Rest of the key features of the Galaxy Note 8 include an IP68 certification, AKG-tuned earphones, dedicated hardware button for Bixby, heart rate monitor, and enhanced DeX capabilities. The Galaxy Note 8 will be available for pre-order in the US starting August 24th, i.e. tomorrow. Most leading carriers in the US are expected to begin shipping the phablet September 15th onwards. In most other markets around the world, the Galaxy Note 8 is set to go on sale mid-September onwards in Deep Sea Blue, Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, and Maple Gold colors.