The wait for Samsung’s “next big thing” is over. Today the South Korean company announced the Galaxy Note 8, the newest flagship phone in its stable to feature an eye-popping AMOLED Infinity Display. And of course, it also comes with native support for the S-Pen Stylus that makes it very unlike any other smartphone on the market. Not counting older Note models, of course
The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch display packed in a body that’s only 8.6mm thin. And with its built-in S-Pen Stylus that’s only about half as thick at 4.2mm, it weighs 195g. The screen offers a native resolution of 2960×1440 pixels or a pixel density of 521 PPI, but by default it’s set to show a screen resolution of Full HD+. This can be changed to Quad HD+ or WQHD+ in the Settings.
The S-Pen, which has a pen tip diameter of 0.7mm, is built with IP68 dust- and water-resistance, support for 4096 pressure levels, a number of Samsung exclusive features like Magnify, Glance, Sceen off memo, and Samsung Notes, and even has Bixby Vision integration.
Meanwhile, the back of the Galaxy Note 8 is adorned with a dual camera setup: it uses a combination of a telephoto camera and a wide-angle camera, in the form of two separate 12MP auto-focus sensors, each one with different pixel sizes, sensor sizes, and field of view. The front holds an 8MP auto-focus camera with f/1.7 aperture, so you can expect a similar kind of quality and performance to current Samsung flagships like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy J7 Pro.
As for the Note 8’s other features, these include the following:
- 4K video recording at 30 fps
- Full HD video recording at 60 fps
- VDIS or Video Digital Image Stabilization
- Slo-mo video support for 720p at 240 fps
- Face detection
- 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 64/128/256GB storage options
- Octa-core processor configurations @ 10nm
- LTE Cat.16
- Wi-Fi ac (Dual-band)
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE
- USB Type
- GPS with GLONASS
- Dual SIM option
- Ultra High Quality (UHQ) audio
- 3300mAh battery
- Fast Charging on wired and wireless charger
- Iris sensor
- Bixby key
- Samsung Knox
- Samsung Pay
- Always-on Display
- Edge Display
- Samsung Themes
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS
- Free AKG bundled earphones
Now assuming the Galaxy Note 8 holds itself together after it flies off the shelf when it becomes available, it has the potential to become one of the the year’s top Android smartphones. That’s based on the specs and features alone.
But what about the price? Samsung Philippines still hasn’t released official price info yet, but from what we’ve gathered, the base model is going to cost Php 49,990. We are awaiting further updates for confirmation. Available colors are Midnight Black, Deepsea Blue, Orchid Gray, and Maple Gold. Check back here for info on pre-orders and the local release date.SOURCE