Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched: Specs, price, availability

And it comes with everything that was expected from it.

Note 8 is backed by a 3300mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging which delivers up to 22 hours of talk time. It will, however, start shipping from Septemeber 15.

Samsung has spent the last 10 months without any Galaxy Note devices to sell following the cancellation of the Note 7. At least on paper, for sure. Samsung on Wednesday (23 August) unveiled the new Note 8 at NY. Not much has changed here compared to older Note devices. The phone has been launched as "Super AMOLED" having a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. In other markets around the world, the Note 8 will run on Samsung's in-house developed Exynos 9 8895 octa-core chipset. The standard model comes with 64 GB of storage on-board, as well as an SD card slot to add additional storage. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel front camera with optical image stabilization.

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And today, you can take your Note nearly anywhere you want with water and dust resistance (IP685) on the device and the S Pen. The 3.5mm audio jack is still there and the smartphone will come bundled with earphones that's finely tuned by AKG.

Another high point is Samsung's first dual-lens camera setup on a smartphone. So, there's a 12MP f/1.7 primary sensor and another 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2X Optical Zoom. A 3,300 mAh battery is packed inside, but just how long that keeps this monster of a phone running for remains to be seen. It supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 via a USB Type C port. Possibly, the Korean maker chose to play safe after the last year's battery debacle.

Samsung totally botched the refresh of its big-screened Note line a year ago, but thankfully, an exploding battery doesn't seem to be among the new Note 8's feature set. The reduction in battery capacity is due to S-Pen placement.

One of the highlights of the Note 8 is its dual camera setup, a first for Samsung. A bigger and near bezel-less display apparently means that you can do more. The fingerprint scanner has been kept on the rear side of the device, same as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Galaxy Note 8 ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, and will get Android 8.0 Oreo update in the coming months. Past leaks suggest that it will be available in eight colour variants - Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray/Violet, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Pink, and Gold colour variants.


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