Samsung will launch its new big-screen Note phablet, aka the Galaxy Note 8, in India on September 12. The Galaxy Note 8 is successor to the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 and was first announced by Samsung at its unpacked event in New York City on August 11. Globally the Note 8 goes on sale from September 15, so ideally Samsung should start selling the phone in India by the end of this month. The company has already started registering consumer interest on its official website.
The Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screen, which means, that much like Samsung’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an edge-to-edge bezel-less display with an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy Note 8 is carved out of glass — Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal. The metallic centerpiece that joins the front and back is virtually non-existent, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. And it’s polished in a way that it gives out the impression that the whole thing is one continuous sheet of glass.
The fingerprint scanner, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module. The home button is, meanwhile, software-based. It is also pressure-sensitive.
The Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen with a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panel. Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 8895 64 bit (10nm-based) processor. The company has, so far, been launching only its Exynos-based Galaxy flagship phones in India, so chances are the Exynos 8895-based Galaxy Note 8 would be coming to India.
The Galaxy Note 8, further, comes with 6 gigs of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based TouchWiz UI — Samsung Experience UX — and supports 4G LTE connectivity.
In addition to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security.
Moving on to cameras, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle+telephoto). This makes it the first Samsung flagship phone to come with a dual-camera feature, similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. While one of the 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) sensor has an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation, the second 12-megapixel sensor comes with an f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilisation to allow for up to 2X optical zoom. The dual camera system, in addition to allowing for wide angle and 2X zoom photos, also comes with a feature called Live Focus that allows for fancy portrait shots, in real time, much like the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode.
On the front, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.
The Galaxy Note 8 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and uses USB Type-C for charging and data-syncing. Fast and wireless charging technologies are also supported out-of-the-box.
Globally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been launched at $930 which roughly translates to Rs 59,561. In India, we can expect it to cost an upwards of Rs 70,000.