Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 8 today, offering a larger Infinity Display, a smarter S Pen, and Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera. The new device is Samsung’s latest entry into the Note series, which began back in 2011. According to Samsung market research1, 85% of Note users say they’re proud to show off their Note and recommend it to friends, and 75% say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had. Now might be a good time to grab all of those Samsung accessories that you wanted from Amazon, as company’s scurry to outfit future Note 8 users, and current S8 users.
“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,” said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “From the Infinity Display to the enhanced S Pen, to the powerful Dual Camera, Note8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.”
The first thing that you will notice about the Galaxy Note8 is the size, the Note 8 has the biggest screen ever on a Note device. The screen is a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, that will offer more room for your favorite shows, movies, games, and websites.
With Galaxy Note8, Samsung has made multitasking even easier with the new App Pair feature, which lets users create a custom pairing of most apps on the Edge panel that will simultaneously launch two apps in Multi Window mode. This will allow users to watch a video while messaging their friends or dial into a conference call with the number and agenda in front of you. With the new Note, the enhanced S Pen includes a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity, unlocking new ways to write, draw and interact with the phone and communicate with others.
When communicating via text just isn’t enough, Live Messages allows you to reflect your unique personality and creative vision. With Galaxy Note 8, you can now handwrite a message, add special effects and share it as an animated GIF4 on several popular messaging and social apps. It’s a whole new way to communicate with the S Pen. The Always On Display allows you to stay on top of your notifications without unlocking your phone. With the new Galaxy Note 8, a Screen off memo will allow you to take notes as soon as you take out the S Pen. From there, you can pin a note to the Always On Display, edit them right there and write as many pages as you need—up to 100 pages. For occasions when you travel abroad or come across a website in a foreign language, the improved Translate feature of the S Pen lets you hover over text to quickly translate not only individual words, but entire sentences, into 71 languages and instantly convert units and foreign currencies.
Cameras are usually the big feature in smartphones nowadays, and Samsung is offering the company’s most powerful camera yet in the Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. For more advanced photo taking, the Galaxy Note 8 Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and even after you take the photo. In Dual Capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously—and you can keep both images: One close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background. The wide-angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid auto focus, so you can capture sharp and clear shots even in low-light environments. The Galaxy Note 8 is also equipped with an 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats.
Like phones in the past, the Note 8 will be Water and Dust Resistance, and will offer the popular Fast Wireless Charging feature. The Galaxy Note8 offers the choice of biometric authentication options—including iris and fingerprint scanning, and Samsung Knox offers defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers, with a secure folder that keeps your personal and professional data separate. The phone comes equipped with 6GB RAM, a 10 nm processor, 64GB of storage and expandable memory (up to 256GB8). Samsung DeX, sold separately as an optional accessory, enables a desktop-like experience, powered by your phone and works with the Note 8. You can keep your files on your phone, do your work on the go and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen. You can watch a promotional video from Samsung to get a better look at the new Galaxy Note 8 features.
“We have been closely working with Samsung to make meaningful advancements in the science of smartphone quality and safety evaluation. As a result, the Note8 has successfully completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols. We look forward to maintaining our strategic relationship with Samsung to help ensure device safety for all consumers,” said Sajeev Jesudas, President, UL International.
U.S. Pre-Order and Availability
In the U.S., the Galaxy Note8 will be offered in Midnight Black and Orchid Gray for carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions. AT&T, C Spire, Cricket Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Xfinity Mobile will carry the Galaxy Note8 in stores beginning September 15, 2017. Pre-orders begin on August 24, 2017. In addition, the Galaxy Note8 will be available at Samsung.com, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
Consumers who purchase a Galaxy Note8 between August 24, 2017, and September 24, 2017, get their choice of a free Samsung Gear 360 camera ($229.99 retail value) or a free Galaxy Foundation kit with Samsung 128GB EVO+ memory card and Fast Wireless Charging Convertible ($189.98 retail value). The promotion will last for a limited time and only while supplies last.