The much awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is finally official after tons of leaks and rumors. The phablet was made official at an event held in New York City which also marked the arrival of the first Samsung smartphone with a dual camera setup.
The Galaxy Note 8 sports a huge 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is the same Infinity display which debuted with the Galaxy S8 earlier this year. The Always on Display feature is still here but there is a new addition called App Pair. This new feature allows you to create a pair of any two apps of your choice and add them to the Edge Panel. Once you have done that, you will be able to launch both paired apps instantly for even faster use of Samsung’s Multi Window functionality.
Like it is the trend with Samsung flagships, it will be available in two variants: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 processor (depending on the market). It is accompanied by 6GB of RAM with an option to choose from 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. All of these three models offer microSD card expansion if you think the native storage is not sufficient enough for you.
In the camera department, it has a 12-megapixel dual rear camera setup where the primary shooter is a Dual Pixel autofocus and wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture. The secondary shooter is a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilization. It is capable of offering up to 2x optical zoom and up to 10x overall zoom. You can even adjust the field of depth before or after clicking a photo for a better Bokeh effect which Samsung is referring as Live Focus feature.
Interestingly, Samsung has introduced a Dual Capture mode which basically lets you click a single shot from both sensors simultaneously. It means you get a close-up shot and a wide angle shot of the same thing in a single attempt.
On the front, you will get an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with f/1.7 aperture.
The Galaxy Note 8’s iconic accessory S Pen stylus has also received a bunch of improvements. It now boasts a finer tip with improvements to pressure sensitivity. It now features all-new Live Messages which basically includes sharing animated GIFs across any platform as long as it supports GIFs.
You can still take notes and jot down anything even when the display is off without any need of waking it up. The real-time translation feature has been improved as well. It is now capable of translating the sentence as soon as you hover the new S Pen over the text with support for up to 71 languages. You can also use it to convert units and currencies on the fly.
The whole package is powered by a 3300mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging support. It will be running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and you can definitely count on Android 8.0 Oreo update in the near future. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, Iris scanner, NFC, IP68 certification for both phablet and S Pen, and USB Type-C port. The latest Galaxy Note features Bixby assistant and supports Samsung DeX functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been launched in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue color options with sales starting mid-September worldwide.