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Samsung Takes Wraps Off Of Bigger, Better Galaxy Note 8

It’s the most expensive Galaxy Note ever

Samsung has officially announced the oft leaked and highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 in their unpacked event in New York today. The Galaxy Note 8 follows last year’s disastrous model that was pulled off the shelves because of battery fears.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (US, Europe), Exynos 8895 processor (Asia, rest of the world)
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 6.3-inch Quad HD+ resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio,  2960 x 1440 resolution display, Gorilla Glass 5
  • 12-megapixel twin rear camera with Dual Pixel tech, wide-angle camera with f/1.7 aperture lens, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom lens with f/2.4 aperture lens with OIS, PDAF
  • 8-megpixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • 64GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth,  GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprints scanner, facial recognition tech, iris scanner, USB Type-C, NFC, Wireless charging
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz UI
  • Php 49,990

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone to have dual cameras on the rear, sporting twin 12-megapixel shooters, with the primary camera having an f1/.7 aperture lens while the secondary camera has a 2x optical zoom lens with a f/2.4 aperture. Unlike other dual-camera phones in the market, the Note 8’s twin 12-megapixel rear cameras both have optical image stabilization built-in, as well as PDAF – a first for any smartphone.

The Galaxy Note 8 still uses Samsung’s Infinity Display, the Korean company’s term for their edge-to-edge panel that was first used on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch, Quad HD+ resolution display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio which allows the phone to have the physical size of a 5.5-inch phone despite having a 6.3-inch display. The phone still retains IP68 rating of its older siblings, and adds the same rating to its S-Pen. 

The Galaxy Note 8, much like the S8 and S8+ will come in two processor flavors, which will vary depending on where you live: Europe and the US gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 variant, while Asia and the rest of the world get Samsung’s home-grown Exynos 8895 octa-core processor. The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s first flagship with 6GB of RAM, though it’ll only come with 64GB of storage which can further be expanded via microSD up to 256GB.

Samsung’s put a 3300mAh battery in the Note 8 which is less compared to the Galaxy S8+, probably so to not tempt fate and replicate the battery problems that the Note 7 had.

In the Philippines, the Galaxy Note 8 will be priced at Php 49,990, making it one of the most expensive Android flagship smartphones to be released by any company in the Philippines. Pre-orders will open in the first week of September, with pre-order customers receiving a wireless Bluetooth AKG speaker worth 7K with their order.

 

Check out our articles for the Galaxy Note 8 Coverage:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Quick Review: Samsung Crushes It

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Five Awesome Features of the Galaxy Note 8

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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