Samsung today unveiled the next note, the Galaxy Note8 in New York. The phone has got a bigger screen having a 6.33″ Infinity Display for an edge-to-edge writing experience with the S-Pen. The screen – a Super AMOLED with QHD+ resolution – boasts Mobile HDR Premium support, Always on Display functionality and screen off memos. Beyond simple notes, you can send Live messages, which are animated GIFs of your writings or drawings. Both phone and stylus are IP68 waterproof. For people who store their world on their phones, there is even a micro sd card slot for further expanding the base 64GB memory.
This time Samsung has packed the Note8 with a dual-camera setup. It features two 12MP sensors, one behind an f/1.7wide angle lens and the other behind an f/2.4 telephoto lens. Both are optically stabilized, a first among similar setups. Samsung’s first dual camera offers Live Focus, which allows you to adjust the backround blur of a photo either before you hit the shutter key or later on from the gallery.
The front camera is a 8MP sensor with a bright f/1.7 aperture and smart autofocus.
The Galaxy Note8 can run two apps simultaneously, even two copies of the same app. You can even create shortcuts for the apps you use together most of the time, which saves the hassle of opening both the apps one after the another. They will get to share 6GB of RAM and a 10nm chipset with an octa-core processor – either a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, depending on region.
The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat with proprietary Samsung features, Bixby being the main highlight. Samsung wants the digital assistant to be the backbone of its services. The latest Gear VR and DeX workstations are also supported.
You’ll be happy to hear that Samsung kept the 3.5mm audio jack, which is enhanced with AKG audio. Wireless connectivity offers gigabit speeds on two fronts – Cat. 16 LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO.
The new flagship is powered by a 3,300mAh battery, that’s slightly smaller than the S8+ battery. Anyway, you get wireless charging plus fast wired charging over USB-C.
After the note7 fiasco, samsung has taken care of its battery tests and promises that there won’t be any problem with the battery again.
Pre-orders around the world are starting tomorrow, actual sales begin on September 15.