The time has come to unveil one of the most hyped flagship phones of the year. After the unfortunate launch of the Note7, Samsung have stepped up their game to ensure that their flagships are the very best and second to none.
We will be following their Unpacked event in New York today closely to give you all the information you need to know about their new device.
Samsung have opted for a repeat of the new Galaxy S8 design for the Galaxy Note 8. This is quite a drastic departure from the Galaxy Note 7 aesthetic, but the response to the new design has been positive so far, so really it was a no brainer.
With the Galaxy S7, Samsung introduced what it’s calling an ‘Infinity Display’. This means that the front of the phone has redesigned, with the Home button moved to the back of the handset. The curved ‘Edge’-style edge-to-edge display is retained, but the top and bottom part of the bezel are much slimmer. Importantly, the ‘Infinity Display’ also means that much more screen can be packed into the same size body. The Note8 is no different with an impressive display, measuring in at 6.3".
The Note8 retains the IP68-certified waterproof design we’ve seen on both the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S8. This means the phone has been tested underwater at depths of 1.5meters for 30 minutes – and lived to tell the tale.
The Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 both used Quad HD screens – that’s 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. But the Galaxy S8 saw a move to QHD+, which means you’re getting 2,960 x 1,440 pixels. The Note8 has the same 2960 x 1440 pixels. Along with the screen size and the Infinity Display, the Note8 screen looks too good to be true.
When it comes to performance the Note8 will have either Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64-bit, 10nm processor or Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64-bit, 10nm processor, depending on which carrier you go with. Put simply, you’ll be getting a chip built on Samsung’s highly efficient 10nm manufacturing process, which means it is more powerful and less power-hungry.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual camera module and include two lenses on the phablet. It's not a huge surprise, as the feature was even rumored for the earlier Galaxy S8. We’ve already seen such a feature on the iPhone 7 Plus, the Huawei P10, and the LG G6. For video, the Note8 can record at 4k at 30fps, 1080p HD at 30 or 60fps, or 720p HD at 30fps. It also supports slow motion video at 720p at 240 fps.
So, what's new?
- 6.3" Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2960 x 1440), 521 ppi
- S Pen support
- Improved iris sensor
- Screen embedded fingerprint scanner
- Built-in 'Bixby' AI assistant
- Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64-bit, 10nm processor or Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64-bit, 10nm, 6GB RAM
- 12MP dual Optimized Image Stabilization rear-facing cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
- USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- IP68 certification
- 64/128/256GB built-in storage, microSD expansion
- 3,300mAh battery
- Fast charging, wireless charging support
- Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray and Deepsea Blue color options.
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