Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note 8 To Take on Apple’s Upcoming iPhone 8

Samsung at today’s media event officially announced an eighth-generation Note with a water-resistant S Pen stylus, a narrower body, a dual-camera setup with optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom (or 10x digital zoom) on both wide angle and telephoto lenses, a 6.3-inch (without accounting for the rounded corners) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio that’s curved on the sides like on Galaxy S8 and more.

At the front, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch QHD+ Infinity Display. The display is just a wee bit bigger than the panel used by Samsung on the Galaxy S8+. The lack of bezels surrounding the 18.5:9 aspect ratio display makes it an absolute gem to look at.
Internally, the Galaxy Note is powered by a Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 chip running at 2.45GHz. This is paired with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi ac connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Samsung Pay, GPS, USB-C with fast charging, wireless fast charging, and a 3300mAh battery.

The traditional Note S-Pen is also here and it has not seen any upgrade when compared to the Galaxy Note 7 from last year. This means you are still looking at 4,096 pressure points and a 0.7mm tip. Samsung, however, has improved its software to take better advantage of it. This includes an improved translation feature, a more advanced Always On Display on which you can pin and edit notes, and more.

“We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note for them,” said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

What about the battery ?

The new Note packs in a 3,300mAh cell. It supports wireless charging compatible with the WPC and PMA standards and has fast-charging compatible with QC 2.0.

The Galaxy Note 8 goes up for pre-orders across major carriers in the United States in Midnight Black and Orchid Gray colors from August 24th. It will start hitting the retail stores from September 15th. As a bonus for orders placed between August 24th and September 24th, Samsung is bundling a free Gear 360 camera or a Galaxy Foundation Kit consisting of a 128GB microSD card and a fast wireless charger.


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