Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unveiled In New York


Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Yesterday the president of Samsung Mobile Communications D J Koh, presented the Galaxy Note 8 to the world in an impressive fanfare and stage presentation. Clearly still reeling from the PR disaster of the exploding Note 7 and on the rebound from the successful Galaxy S8 launch, expectations were high. This is the first product presentation I’ve ever watched and I have to say that it was an impressive spectacle.

Using very clever graphics and back drops, where even the floor came alive, the Note 8 seemed to burst from the auditorium and when D J Koh took one of the devices from his jacket pocket, naturally there was a massive applause. Still not quite on the evangelical scale of Steve Jobs’ almost mythical product reveals, the entire presentation was slick, expensive looking and definitely geared towards the legions of loyal Note fans.

The impressive specifications of the Note 8 were never in doubt and when the 6Gb of RAM, 6.3″ Super Amoled Infinity screen and dual rear cameras were confirmed, a huge round of applause erupted from the audience. For the moment, this is the most powerful flagship smart phone  on the market with a price tag to match. But clearly Samsung was eager to put the Note 7 disaster behind them and I’ve no doubt that, with such a loyal following of Note supporters, they’ve succeeded.

Here’s a full list of specifications to feast your eyes on:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Spec Comparison

Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+ Galaxy Note 8
Software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 64-bit 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 64-bit 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 64-bit 10nm
Display 5.8″ Infinity Super AMOLED Quad HD+ (2960×1440, 571ppi) 6.2″ Infinity Super AMOLED Quad HD+ (2960×1440, 529ppi) 6.3″ Infinity Super AMOLED Quad HD+
(2960×1440, 521ppi)
Battery 3000mAh
Fast Charge (wired and wireless)
3500mAh
Fast Charge (wired and wireless)
3300mAh
Fast Charge (wired and wireless)
Memory Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 256GB
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 256GB
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB, microSD support up to 256GB
RAM: 6GB RAM
Camera Rear: 12MP f/1.7
Front: 8MP f/1.7
Rear: 12MP f/1.7
Front: 8MP f/1.7
Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS
Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.7, OIS
Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS
2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
Front: 8MP F1.7
Size 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
152g
159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm
173g
162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
195g
Water Resistance IP68 IP68 IP68
Ports USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone
Connectivity WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE
GPS
NFC
MST
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE
GPS
NFC
MST
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE
GPS
NFC
MST
Other Fingerprint reader
Iris Scanner
Fingerprint reader
Iris Scanner
Fingerprint reader
Iris Scanner
Colors Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, Deepsea Blue

It’s an expensive device with prices in the US being $929, UK £869 and Australia AU$1499 for the sim-free unlocked versions.

I’m lucky enough to own a Galaxy S8 and although the Note 8 specs are particularly drool-worthy, I have to say that the new device won’t be tempting me away from the S8 for the moment. Not because I’m not impressed; far from it, I am. But because the S8 is practically the same phone as the Note 8 and for the time-being it still has the birthday wow factor and is at the top of my list of shiny things.


Now, if only Samsung weren’t so sluggish with their software updates…

About the Author

Marc Thomas

Marc is an avid traveler, motorcyclist, entrepreneur, and gamer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His interest in computers and technology began in the early 1990's when he was introduced by a friend to a Zenith Data Systems computer running DOS. In the years following he has experienced all versions of the Windows operating system, built hundreds of systems, and fixed many more for his customers.

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