Here Comes The Galaxy Note 8 Phablet
Fans of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series have had a tough year. 2016’s Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to give Apple’s iPhone 7 devices a run for their money, instead the embattled phablet had to go through a couple of product recalls before getting discontinued for good (and along the way, inspired tons of memes and jokes).
Still, Samsung bravely marches on with the formal unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8 (via a media event held in New York City this week), and it appears that the South Korean tech giant is well on its way to a full recovery (at least in terms of reputation), which it started with the mega success of its other flagship devices (the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus) announced back in March early this year.
So what do we get with the new Galaxy Note 8? Perhaps one of the most notable new things is the upgrade in size -- the latest Galaxy Note offering comes with a 6.3 inch screen, specifically an almost bezel-less AMOLED Infinity Display (similar to the one on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus) with a quad HD plus resolution of 2,960 by 1,440 pixels and one that curves to the sides.
Previous Galaxy Note releases have already rocked generous 5.7 inch screens, but with a 6.3 inch display, the Galaxy Note 8 takes screen real estate to new heights. Moreover, the bigger the screen, the more useful the device is for productivity purposes. The phablet already has an S Pen, and couple that with App Pair (a feature that lets users launch a pair of mobile apps simultaneously), then you get a device that facilitates multi-tasking. Another interesting feature of the Galaxy Note 8 includes Live Messages, which can transform the user’s handwritten notes into animated GIFs, which can easily be shared on messaging or social media platforms.
Now for the camera -- the Galaxy Note 8 is armed with a dual camera configuration that delivers the Galaxy S8’s 12 megapixel f/1.7 wide angle sensor and a new 12 megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera. As for the front side camera, users get the 8 megapixel camera on the Galaxy S8 (with auto focus).
In terms of hardware specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 shares the same chip set (either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895) as the Galaxy S8, plus an IP68 rating for water proofing and dust resistance. The 6 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) is a nice improvement on the Galaxy S8’s 4 gigabytes.
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