Samsung announced Galaxy Note 8 with edge to edge display and best features an Android phone can offer today
Earlier today at its special Unpacked event in NYC Samsung finally took the wraps off of the new Galaxy Note 8. Even though many of us will consider it simply a bigger version of the Galaxy S8, the phablet comes with several surprisingly fresh features its users with fall in love with. Except for an impressive edge-to-edge display with stylus-enabled input, the device offers stunning camera and extremely powerful hardware.
Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 8 designed to be a reliable tool of work and entertainment. Except for enhanced productivity the phablet offers a stunning edge-to-edge display, impressive dual-camera setup and powerful hardware.
Water and dust resistant design and XL display
To start from the key feature of all phablets – namely a display- the Galaxy Note 8 has a panel it can proudly boast about. Following the Galaxy S8’s aesthetics the Note 8 comes dressed in a beautifully-crafted metal and glass body with IP 68 certification hiding a screen similar to the Infinity display found in the Galaxy S8.
Just like the popular today flagship S8, the water and dust resistant Note 8 sports a bezel-less XL display. The 6.3-inch panel is a Super AMOLED unit featuring quad HD+ screen resolution and 521ppi of pixel density, which is a warranty of immersive viewing and gaming experience. Even though both panels – the one featured by the S8 and the one found in the Note 8 – are almost identical, the latter comes with an advantage of a stylus.
The new built-in S Pen allows for even more precise and comfortable input, which makes the Note 8 an irreplaceable work companion for many professionals. Fortunately, the edge-to-edge display doesn’t come at the price of data security, as Samsung equipped its freshest offering in a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Being the company’s productivity-focused device the Galaxy Note 8 arrives with a package of top notch hardware under the hood. It is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8896 chip optionally) that debuted on the board of the S8, but it packs 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM instead of the S8’s 4GB and 64GB,128GB or 256GB storage, depending on market (all models will feature microSD card expansion).
Such processing parameters will surely deliver more than smooth Android 7.1.1 Nougat performance and undisturbed multitasking mode, allowing the device to cope with every scenario. Moreover, kept alive by a 3,300 mAh battery, the handset offers fast charging mode, iris scanner, 8MP selfie snapper and a heart rate monitor.
Switching to optics, the Note 8 is the Samsung’s first device to deliver dual-lens camera setup. The phablet houses not one, but two 12MP shooters, of which one is a f/1.7 lens identical to the one found on the S8+, and the other is a f/2.4 telephoto sensor for taking pictures with 2x optical zoom. Even though we’re a bit disappointed that the Note 8 didn’t debut with a rumored 3x optical zoom, it should be emphasized that unlike on the iPhone 7 Plus, both Note 8’s sensor support OIS, which should result in steadier shoots as you zoom in.
Furthermore, just like the Apple’s latest smartphone, the Note 8 employs dual-lens camera system to let you capture DSLR-level portraits by bringing objects into focus while blurring the backdrop. The technology allows the device’s users to adjust the amount of blur either before shooting or after the image is processed.
Live Messages, Screen Off Memo and DeX
If you liked the Note 7’s animated-GIF-creation tool, you will love “Live Messages”. The new app takes the GIF creation capability to the next level. When you draw or write something on the screen of the Note 8 using the S Pen, the device will animate it and create a GIF you can either send as a massage or save on the device.
Another quite interesting feature available for the Note 8’s users is introduced by the Note 5 and now improved “Screen Off Memo”. The technology allows you to write up to 100 pages of notes directly from the lock screen. In addition, you can now edit the pinned notes, which is a really fast way of keeping your to-do list up to date.
Furthermore, since the Note 8 comes with the well-known DeX tech, the Note 8 delivers a computer-like productivity. Plug the phablet into the dock and you can enhance its functionality by attaching a keyboard, mouse and a monitor. The improved DeX feature allows you to see more apps at once on the screen, run more apps in a larger window or even play games using a keyboard and mouse.
If you’re already tempted by the Note 8’s design and features, you can pre-order it starting tomorrow (August 24th) from a variety of retailers and all major carriers. On September 15th the device is scheduled to hit the store shelves. All early buyers will be additionally granted with a bonus in the form of a new Gear VR headset and controller accessories. In the States there will be only available two of the four color options – Orchid Grey and Black.
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