The Samsung Note 8 launched today at the much-hyped Unpacked event in New York. The South Korean brand kicked off proceedings with Samsung Mobile President DJ Koh paying tribute to Note loyalists, the Note 7 fiasco and how fans kept their faith with the brand over a period of time.
Next came the launch of the beast itself: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Samsung Note 8: Specifications
|Display||6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2,960×1,440 (521ppi)|
|Camera||Rear: Dual camera with dual Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
– Wide-angle lens: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, f/1.7, OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP AF, f/2.4, OIS
– 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
Front: 8MP AF, F1.7
|Body||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm, 195g, IP68 water- and dust-proof
(S Pen: 5.8 x 4.2 x 108.3mm, 2.8g, IP68)
|Processing Power||Qualcomm as well as Exynos processors
Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor
Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor
|Memory||6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB/128GB/256GB|
|SIM Card||Single: one Nano SIM and one microSD slot (up to 256GB)
Dual: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one microSD slot (up to 256GB)
Wireless Charging compatible
Fast Charging compatible with QC 2.0
|Network||LTE Cat. 16|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth v 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
|Sensors||Accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, heart rate sensor, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, iris sensor, pressure sensor|
|Security||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
Biometric Lock Types: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition
Samsung Note 8: Camera
The Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone to have two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. You will be able to control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode as well as after you’ve taken the photo.
Another new mode is Dual Capture where both rear cameras take a picture simultaneously and allow you to save both images. One will be a close-up shot from the telephoto lens and the other a wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.
The wide-angle lens has a dual pixel sensor with rapid auto focus but it looks like the zoom lens doesn’t come with the dual pixel technology.
The front snapper on the Note 8 comes with a 8MP smart auto focus.
Samsung Note 8: S Pen
The S Pen is back and its a lot of what was already there in the Note 7 and a few updates such as colouring and live messages. Here’s Samsung’s little infographic for whats new on the smart stylus.
Samsung Note 8: Availability and Pricing
The Galaxy Note 8 will be available starting mid-September (No confirmation for the UAE yet) and will be offered in midnight black, orchid gray, maple gold and deep sea blue.