Is Samsung ready to put behind the tarnished Galaxy Note 7? It sure thinks so. To much fanfare, enthusiastic executives from the Suwon-headquartered company bolted on stage at a media event in New York on Wednesday to unveil the Galaxy Note 8, its new large-screen flagship smartphone, and its strongest weapon to fight against the upcoming iPhone 8 and Google’s new Pixel phones in the coming weeks.
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There is no word on when the company plans to launch the Galaxy Note 8 in India just yet, though Amazon India seems to be an official partner.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications
Samsung is pulling no punches with its new smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is bigger than ever — literally — sporting a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of screen resolution 2960×1440. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (with some markets getting the Samsung Exynos octa-core variant), 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, and support for microSD card slot, should you need more space. The Galaxy Note 8 is also among the first smartphones to offer Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 connectivity features.
For photography, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a dual-setup “telephoto” 12-megapixel cameras with support for OIS on both lenses – a wide-angle g/1.7 and the other is telephoto f/2.4 with 2x optical zoom. There’s a 8-megapixel camera on the front with focal aperture f/1.7. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device offers IP68 water and dust resistances, and support for wireless charging, a feature that the upcoming iPhone 8 is rumoured to feature as well. The Galaxy Note 8 also supports NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, and offers USB Type-C charging port.
“The dual-camera setup in the Note 8 is clearly intended to compete with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple is likely to move that feature forward this year too, which may leave the Note 8’s feature behind the higher-end iPhone especially,” Jan Dawson, analyst at Jackdaw Research said.
A lot is riding on the Galaxy Note 8, whose predecessor costed the company north of $6 billion, and much brand value.