Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 8 in New York on Wednesday, its new large-screen flagship smartphone, that could compete with the likes of iPhone 8 and new Google Pixel phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available for pre-orders in select markets starting Thursday is priced between $930 (roughly Rs. 59,500) on AT&T and $960 on (roughly Rs. 61,500) on Verizon. The phone come in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue colours. Launch dates for India are yet to be revealed.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of resolution 1440×2960. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, packs 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note also offers Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 connectivity features.
In the optics, the Galaxy Note 8 has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilisation (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. There’s an f/1.7 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone also sports a 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device offers IP68 water and dust resistances, along with wireless charging, similar to what could be coming with the new iPhone. The Galaxy Note 8 also supports NFC and MST for Samsung Pay and features a USB Type-C port.
“The dual-camera setup in the Note 8 is clearly intended to compete with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple is likely to move that feature forward this year too, which may leave the Note 8’s feature behind the higher-end iPhone especially,” Jan Dawson, analyst at Jackdaw Research said.
The phone’s body is carved out of glass — Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal. The Galaxy Note 8 is not as curvaceous as the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.
The fingerprint scanner lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module. It sits directly next to the LED flash.
Samsung built its own virtual assistant called Bixby that responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Bixby voice is still not available in India.
“At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung had said while announcing Bixby earlier in the year.
“Bixby’s voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, allowing millions of consumers to experience a smarter way to interact with their phones,” Samsung said on Wednesday while announcing the Galaxy Note 8.