Samsung have finally revealed their Galaxy Note8 to a packed crowd in New York, on August 23. We have anticipated the launch ever since the success of its predecessors; the Note 4 and Note 5. Samsung’s branch into phablet devices has worked for the Korean giant, with a reported 4.5 million Note 4 devices sold in the first month. We expect a similar reception when the Note8 is released in September.
The rumour mills have been turning, but we can finally announce what prominent features Samsung have unveiled for the Note8.
A first for Samsung
The Note8 is Samsung’s first smartphone to come with a dual camera lens, with two 12MP cameras on the back. The camera will allow users to create depth effects and zoom further, which in turn will create breathtaking photos rivalling those taken by a DSLR camera. The front camera is a modest 8MP which will capture perfect selfies.
The impressive screen size
The Note series is known for their phablet qualities and so they inevitably come with significantly larger displays. The Note8 offers an impressive 6.3 inch display, that surpasses other devices in the series. The Note 4 and 5 came with a 5.7 inch display, so there is an admirable 0.6 inch increase on the predecessor handsets.
Revival of the S Pen
The inception of the S Pen came with the first Note offering from Samsung in 2011. The Note8 features a newly-improved S Pen which has 4,096 levels of press sensitivity and a 0.7mm fine tip which creates more fluid lines for the user. Samsung have also created a new feature known as the ‘Screen Off’ function. This feature allows users to start writing as soon as the pen clears its dock whereas the previous S Pen only worked once users unlocked their screens.
A premium handset with a premium price tag
With premium features comes a premium price tag. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 retails at £868.99, which makes it Samsung’s most expensive smartphone to date.
Despite the steep cost, Mobile Phones Direct offer a trade in service. Using the service, users are able to cut the price of a monthly contract by applying the money they would receive for the trade-in device to their contract.
What do the tech bloggers think?
We’ve asked some of the UK’s top tech bloggers what they would use a Note8 for and here is what they have to say…