Oh, and no, it’s not that Galaxy Note 8 from 2013 It’s a new one.
Samsung isn’t pulling the rug out from anyone here, but instead opting to perfect and refine the Galaxy S8+ with the key Note features everyone looks forward to every year.
The Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM paired with different octa-core processors depending on region, and a 3,300mAh battery. There are a few different variants for storage and SIM card slots, too, offering up to 256GB models and a single and dual SIM model. All your other standard features are here, too, including waterproofing, the S-Pen, NFC and MST for Android Pay and Samsung Pay, plus a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, and the iris scanner that was present on this year’s earlier Samsung phones.
The camera is probably the biggest upgrade to the Note 8, and Samsung will be offering their first flagship dual-camera system. It uses two 12-megapixel rear cameras, one of which is a wide-angle lens, and the other is a telephoto lens. Both have powerful optical image stabilization to aid low-light and action shots, regardless of the situation you’re using the camera in.
It’s not all hardware, though; Samsung has baked in some fantastic camera features here, like a Live Focus feature that will allow users to adjust the depth of field of a photo after you take the shot. Other Note 8 users can do the same if you send them the photo, too.
Dual Capture mode will use both lenses to snap a picture that’s an up-close shot from the telephoto lens and a separate picture that captures everything with the wide-angle lens so you never miss anything. That wide angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor that will handle the heavy lifting of quickly focusing on a subject, like what we’ve seen in previous Samsung phones.
There are other software features that have been enhanced throughout the phone, including some improved multitasking functionality, new S-Pen features, and Samsung DeX support. It’s more of a “tock” than a “tick,” but the refinements are all very solid additions to Samsung’s already-great 2017 phones.
Samsung isn’t ignoring the elephant in the room, either. They’ve rigorously tested the battery in the device with their new 8-point battery safety check, so I don’t think we’ll have to worry about anything going wrong this time.
The Galaxy Note 8 comes in midnight black, orchid gray, maple gold, deep sea blue and will be available in mid-September.