Samsung, yesterday, 23rd August 2017, unveiled its latest flagship smartphone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, designed for those who want to do bigger and better things on the go.
After last years fiasco with the Note 7 and it’s batteries catching fire.
Straight away there is talk that Samsung are offering this latest device in at a discount for Note 7 owners, a very wise if not cautious move.
Despite the size of this new device it will fit comfortably in the palm of one hand and the S Pen enables users to communicate in more personal ways.
Speaking at the launch of the Note 8, DJ Koh president of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said:
We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note for them. From the Infinity Display to the enhanced S Pen and a powerful Dual Camera, the Galaxy Note 8 lets people do things they never thought possible.
Do a lot more with the never-ending display
The Galaxy Note 8 has certainly had some improvements since it’s predecessor with the largest screen we’ve ever seen in the note series, measuring in at 6.3-inch Quad HD + Super AMOLED Infinity Display lets you see more and scroll a lot less.
The enhanced screen size gives you the ability to read, watch, draw and play more, making this the ultimate smartphone for multitasking.
Users can still take advantage of running multiple window applications, like they have done on previous versions.
However with the Galaxy Note 8 that functionality is taken to a whole new level with a new App Pair feature. Which creates a custom pair of apps that can be launched directly from the Edge Panel.
Communication evolved with the S Pen
One of the signature features of the Note series is its enhanced S Pen which is always a bit of a curve ball over the competition.
The S Pen when combined with the Note 8 opens up an entirely new world of communication and allows users to express their personality through Live Message and you can even create animated text and drawings that are supported by GIFs. A brand new way to communicate with your friends and colleagues.
Keeping on top all those tweets, emails and Facebook notifications can become a bit of a bind, however with the Galaxy Note 8’s Always on Display you will be able to keep on top of them without having the need to unlock your phone.
Finally, and this is a nice little feature, you will be able to pin notes to always remind you to pick up that missed delivery or flowers from the store.
For those who are travelling abroad the all new S Pen can even translate websites written in a foreign language into your own native language very quickly for up to 71 different languages as well as instantly converting foreign currencies.
Samsung have always been one of the companies that set the standard when it comes to cameras.
Taking that pedigree and combining it with their mobile experience has allowed them to deliver the worlds first smartphone with two 12MP rear facing cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
In more simple terms whether you’re exploring a city or running around with the kids in the park, OIS will enable you to capture sharper memories for you to enjoy for years to come.
The front facing camera is a little disappointing coming in at 8MP with Smart Auto Focus, however it is still regarded as an industry leader in its class.
As well as these variations you can also expect all the normal features that come from having a Note, minus the self exploding battery which have been put through Samsung’s 8 Point Battery Safety Check, one of the, if not the, most rigorous in the industry.
Users of the new Galaxy Note 8 can expect to receive IP68 water and dust protection certification meaning you can take the device anywhere without much problem. We certainly wouldn’t recommend you drop this device.
Faster Wireless charging as standard, improvements in security, and performance enhancements which includes 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor and expandable memory up to 256GB.
We absolutely love this.
Samsung Dex enables users to gain a desktop experience without having to hunk around a laptop or netbook. Simply plug-in into the dock and enjoy the experience of the Note 8 on a large screen. You can expect to be assisted by Bixby, Samsung’s AI system that learns from you and improves over time helping to increase productivity.
Overall there has been some nice improvements from Samsung, however it is whether the mistakes made on the Galaxy Note 7 battery have been learned from which will determine its success.
The Galaxy Note 8 will be available from mid-September and will be offered in a choice of colours including Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue.