Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Finally Unleashed
After the blowing-up of Note 7 last year, Samsung unleashes Galaxy Note 8 on Wednesday, with the hopes of burying its “explosive” predecessor in the past, or completely erase it from users’ memories, by offering a truckload of things phone users can do with its latest Note unit.
The new Samsung phone was launched at the firm’s Samsung Unpacked event in New York. There have been leaks and speculations about the features of the new Samsung phone circulating around the smartphone users’ crowd, and the specs and features have been finally confirmed in the said event.
Features and Specs
The phone sports a 6.3-inch, 2960x1440 nearly bezel-free infinity display screen, which makes it an inch larger than an iPhone 7 Plus, and essentially similar to the Galaxy S8 Plus, another widely bought Samsung phone. It runs Samsung Exynos 8895 processor, along with 6 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of internal storage, and there’s also an SD card slot built in it. It also scores Mobile HDR Premium support, like the Galaxy S8 series, which gives it an HD TV quality. It has Samsung’s now-standard Always-On functionality.
Moreover, it features a multitasking mode that allows users to use two apps at a time. It can also be turned into a computer with monitor, keyboard, and mouse support since it can be used with Samsung’s DeX accessory.
Note 8’s operating system is Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and it sports quite plenty of biometric security options, such as fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, and facial recognition.
A very material difference between Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus is the stylus. The new stylus is said to have more sensitivity and a slightly finer tip, which goes well with the phone’s larger screen. It also features a load of productivity tools—anything from screen drawing and instant translation to animated gif and emoji creation.
The back of the phone also received a significant change, as Samsung decided to give the phone a dual-sensor camera—a feature which rivals like LG, Huawei, and Apple have already equipped their various phones with.
Both sensors are 12 megapixels (one with a telephoto lens, and the other with a regular lens), and for the first time in the market, both sensors use optical image stabilization (OIS), which is designed to remove blur and camera shake.
Ben Wood, the head of research at CSS Insight, suggested that although Samsung took one step ahead of Apple by blessing both of its Note 8’s dual-sensor with image stabilization, he didn’t see any indications that Samsung plans to support augmented reality feature, a prominent feature he expects on the next iPhone that Apple is expected to release in September.
It also brags a new Live Focus feature which enables selective blur during or after capturing photos.
The battery, which has been the primary problem in last year’s Note 7 debacle, is rated at 3,300mAh, and supports both wireless and fast-wired charging using a type C USB. The battery is said to have gone through internal and external testing, along with some work by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL), an American safety consulting and certification company.
Sajeev Jesudas, UL’s president, said that Note 8 passed a “rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols.”
South Korea’s Samsung hopes that Galaxy Note 8‘s launch can make buyers and would-be buyers forget last year’s Note 7 explosive debacle, which ended in a wholesale recall of the said model and made users disappointed.
Samsung mobile’s president, DJ Koh, stated that the firm appreciates “the relentless passion of the Note community,” and labeled them as the company’s constant inspiration.
“The Galaxy Note 8 lets people do things they never thought were possible,” Koh added.
“It’s a testament to Samsung’s stubbornness and determination that the launch of the Note 8 cements its position as the leading Android smartphone maker, drawing a clear line under the Note 7 problems,” Ben Wood said.
The new phone is available for pre-order from today, and it reportedly costs £869. Shipping will be on September 15.
Wood spoke of the timing of Note 8’s launch, and suggested that by launching the model now, Samsung will get the oxygen of publicity ahead of Apple’s iPhone 8 release.
“Samsung will be hoping that a trio of competitive high-end products – the Note 8, S8 and S8+ -- will appeal to anyone looking for a new Android phone. Furthermore, these devices are certainly good enough to turn the heads of a few iPhone owners who fancy trying a different device,” Wood added.
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