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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Old Wine in New Bottle

After several months of rumors, speculations and reports, Samsung finally unveiled its Galaxy Note 8 at the Unpacked event on Aug. 23. Samsung’s new handset features a design that’s nearly similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It also comes with the same operating system—Android Nougat—and runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as its predecessors. However, the Galaxy Note 8 is also different in a few ways, such as an included enhanced S Pen stylus, bigger screen and a new dual-lens camera. 

Following are the Galaxy Note 8’s features and also a comparison between the Galaxy S8 line as well as its real competitor, Apple’s iPhone.

Old Wine in New Bottle

The Galaxy Note 8 derived its design cues from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The latest Note 8’s screen almost entirely covers the device’s face and curves on either side, providing more viewing area than a flat panel. Also, the fingerprint sensor is located on the rear next to the cameras.

Powerful Processor

The Galaxy Note 8 powered with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the identical chip found in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and it has 6GB of onboard memory. The processor and the memory together should deliver a decent user experience.

Why There is no Android O

Android Oreo, the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system, isn't included in the Galaxy Note 8. Rather, the phone will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Galaxy Note 8 will also run on the Samsung software skin, providing access to the company’s many apps like Galaxy S line.

A Dual-Camera

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first phone from Samsung to feature a dual-camera array on the rear panel. One camera is a wide-angle 12-megapixel dual-pixel lens, and the second is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for more dynamic pictures. The camera has 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

Big Storage

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with 64GB of storage, and models with 128GB and 256GB will also be available. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 8 has a microSD card slot that supports for a card capacity of up to 256GB.

The S Pen Gets Attention

As expected, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with the S Pen stylus, which has been enhanced with a finer tip and better pressure sensitivity. There’s also an enhanced S Pen for Business that has additional features such as the ability to annotate documents and photos and take secret notes when the screen is off.


The Galaxy Note 8’s 3,300mAh battery pack supports wireless charging and will last up 22 hours during continuous talk time, Samsung claims. Galaxy Note 8 battery is safe since new process test and ensure its proper functionality.

New Security Features

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with bunch of latest security features, such as a fingerprint sensor on back of the device near its rear-facing camera. Also included is an iris scanner for those preferring that biometric option. The Galaxy Note 8 also support facial recognition.

A Galaxy Note 7 Trade-in

Galaxy Note 7 owners can trade in their current smartphone for an up to $425 discount on the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung said the trade-in is available only to former Galaxy Note 7 owners who purchase the Galaxy Note 8 on

Price and Availability

Samsung accepting preorders for the Galaxy Note 8 starting Aug. 24, and release is scheduled for Sept. 15. The device is available unlocked and can run on any carrier network. Pricing will vary depending on the carrier, with Verizon charging $960 and T-Mobile charging $930 for the device. But in general, users should expect to pay around $950.

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