Samsung launches Note 8

Last year was a tough one for Samsung. Following the success of its Galaxy S7, the tech giant released its phablet, the Note 7, in hopes for a similar outcome. However, the Note 7 was plagued by battery explosions, and the company suffered, both in terms of cost and reputation, as it conducted a total recall.

So far, 2017 has been a promising year for the company. The Galaxy S8 has been critically acclaimed and it seems the company may have been able to brush off the Note 7 disaster this year, as many anticipated the wait for its successor, the Note 8.

Unveiling the device at its latest Unpacked event, here’s what Samsung revealed about the Note 8:

Features

Before the issues with the battery, the Note 7 had the potential to be one of the best phones from last year. And it seems like the Note 8 could be among the top devices this year.

Screen

The screen is one of the Note’s biggest features, but the Note 8 is only just larger than the S8 Plus’s 6.2-in screen, with its 6.3-in Super AMOLED Infinity Display. The company has maintained its commitment to keep bezels to a minimum, creating the impression that the front of the phone is nearly all-screen. The device has a QHD+ (2960 x 1440) resolution, producing a pixel density of 521ppi, and has a widescreen aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

Stylus pen

Housed inside the device’s body is the S-Pen. As well as improving the pressure sensitivity and giving the pen a finer tip, the Note 8 enables readers to use the standby screen as a notepad, with the notes written on the lock screen recorded.

Iris scanner

Much like the S8, the Note 8 will provide users with an alternative way to unlock their phone if they don’t like the fingerprint scanner, with an iris scanner that enables a handset to be unlocked by looking at the device.

Dual camera

The Note 8 is the company’s first handset to boast dual cameras on the rear, consisting of a 12MP telephoto lens and a 12MP wide-angle lens.

These lenses can be used individually or can work together to produce enhanced clarity, provide a 2x optical zoom, optical image stabilisation, and they offer the background blur effect.

The device also has an 8MP camera on the front.

Wireless charging

Perhaps to avoid the same issues as last year, the Note 8 does not have the biggest battery, despite it being the company’s biggest phone with the biggest screen. However, the battery is fast charging and has wireless charging. (Although it must be noted that the wireless charging pad will have to be bought separately.)

Bixby

People are getting used to voice assistants. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that Samsung wanted to get in on the action.

Its voice assistant Bixby will be available on the device, and can be activated through voice control. To wake up, it responds to the phrase “Hi, Bixby” or when the user holds down the button dedicated to Bixby on the side of the phablet.

Following the launch of the Note 8, the tech giant also launched Bixby throughout the UK on Tuesday.

Release date

The device, which was available to pre-order in the UK from 23 August, will be released on 15 September.

Cost

As a phablet, the Note 8 was always going to cost more than the S8 and the S8 Plus. In the UK, the handset will cost you around £869.

 

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