Samsung took the veil off the Note8 today their latest flagship. A follow up to the literal dumpster fire the Note7 turned out to be last year. Samsung has already won back some goodwill with mostly positive reviews of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ good sales numbers. Similarly to how flying after a plane crash is the safest time to fly. Samsung has surely doubled if not tripled checked the Note8 models this year to avoid any mishaps like last year.
The Note8 features the infinity display coming in at 6.3 inches with rounded corners using the usual QHD Super AMOLED screen from Samsung. It is slightly larger than the Galaxy S8+ with its 6.2-inch screen and uses the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This gives the Note8 the largest screen to date, while also being thinner and easier to hold one handed.
Inside the Note8 packs the same Snapdragon 835 and 64GB of storage found in the S8 models along with a microSD card slot for more storage, while packing an additional 2GB of RAM bringing it to a total of 6GB. The Note8 also includes an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and is IP68 water and dust resistant. Like Samsung’s current flagships, the front and back of the Note8 are glass with a metal frame which makes it possible to take advantage of fast wireless charging.
The battery is one area where instead of matching or exceeding the S8 models it is actually smaller, coming in at 3300mAh compared to the 3500mAh found in the S8+. Perhaps Samsung is just playing it safe this year after the explosive Note7 fiasco or maybe they just simply needed a place to fit the S-Pen.
Speaking of the S-Pen, it is now improved with a finer tip and greater sensitivity. The always on display has also been updated to allow you to take up to 100 pages of notes with the screen off once the S-Pen has been removed. The enhancements haven’t stopped there, you can also pin notes to the always on display and edit them all without having to unlock your phone. The translate feature uses the S-Pen to quickly hover over text on websites and translates for up to 71 different languages. While the Live Message feature lets you create animated gifs out of your notes to share with friends. With the Note8 Samsung has made using the S-Pen quicker, easier, more useful than ever before.
Besides the S-Pen the biggest way the Note8 sets itself apart from the S8+ is the dual camera setup on the back. Samsung has finally made the jump to dual cameras making use of a wide angle and telephoto combo. The wide angle camera is the same fantastic camera found on the S8 models with a 12MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, and their dual pixel technology. While the secondary lens offers a 2X optical zoom telephoto camera with a 12MP sensor, a smaller f/2.4 aperture, and optical image stabilization.
To take advantage of the dual camera setup on the back Samsung now provides some additional camera modes. Live focus mode offers you the control to adjust the focus before or after taking the photo. Dual capture mode allows both cameras to take a photo at once giving you a wide angle and close up view. While on the front the Note8 has an 8MP f/1.7 front-facing camera with Smart Auto Focus for all of your selfie and video chatting needs.
Now that you know what the Note8 has to offer if you’re looking to get your hands on one you can start shopping tomorrow. On Thursday August 24th pre-orders will begin and here is who is carrying it and what deals there are to be had. Initially, the Note8 will only be available in Midnight Black and Orchid Gray. There is no word when or if Deepsea Blue and Maple Gold will make their way to the US.
AT&T customers can take advantage of these offers when they buy any of the latest Galaxy smartphones such as the S8, S8+, S8 Active, or the new Note8. First up is $500 towards a Samsung TV when you also sign up for DIRECTV. If you purchase on AT&T Next and add DIRECTV you can get a $750 credit for a second Samsung Galaxy device. You can also add one of Samsung’s Gear S2 watches for 99 cents or Gear S3 for $49.99 when you purchase through AT&T Next. Last but not least if you trade in an eligible smartphone you can receive up to $200 in credits.
Customers switching to Sprint will get 50 percent off the lease price and pay just $20.00 per month with $0 down with 18 Sprint Flex payments. If you decide to go with their Galaxy Forever program after 12 Sprint Flex payments you can upgrade to the latest Galaxy phone.
T-Mobile is offering the Note8 for $210 down and $30 a month on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, or $0 down and $39 a month on JUMP! on Demand.
Verizon is offering the Note8 starting at $40 a month for 24 months on Verizon device payment. With deals for $100 off the Gear S3 with purchase of either the Note8 or Galaxy S8/S8+ with two-year activation plan. Additionally, you can save $50 on the Samsung Power Bundle which includes the Wireless Charging Stand, Portable Power Pack and car charger for just $99.99.
If purchased before September 24th Samsung is also offering up two promotions. With the choice of a free Gear 360 camera or a Galaxy Foundation kit including a 128GB EVO+ microSD card and Fast Wireless Charger.Source: AT&T Source: Sprint Source: T-Mobile Source: Verizon Source: Samsung