Following plenty of leaks and rumors, the newest addition to Samsung’s smartphone lineup is officially official. As expected, the Galaxy Note 8 crams a lot of features and specifications under a thin design, bringing the Infinity Display that premiered with the Galaxy S8 to a bigger design. The S Pen is getting a bit more advanced, too, which should be good news for fans of the phablet series.
First, the bare essentials. The Galaxy Note 8 boasts a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display with a resolution of 2960×1440 (with 521 ppi). As usual, the processor in the phone will vary depending on the market, with one either being an octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) chipset, or the other being an octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad). Both are 64-bit processors. In the United States, the Note 8 will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
The Galaxy Note 8 will boast 6GB of RAM, and there will be variants with either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of built-in storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well. The battery measures in at 3300mAh and it supports wireless charging as well as supports Fast Charging with Quick Charge 2.0. The Galaxy Note8 is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, it has a fingerprint reader, and it also supports iris scanning and facial recognition.
And, finally, there are a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back. One is a wide-angle 12MP Dual Pixel shooter with F1.7 and optical image stabilization. The other is a telephoto 12MP shooter with F2.4 and optical image stabilization. The telephoto lens also supports 2X optical zoom and up to 10X digital zoom. Around front there is an 8MP front-facing camera with AF and F1.7.
The Galaxy Note 8 is IP68-rated water and dust resistant, and apparently so is the S Pen, which means you can write on the display even when it’s wet.
As far as features go, there are more than a few. Some of the more noteworthy features include an ability to send animated texts or drawings to devices that support animated GIFs. This means you can animate something with the S Pen and quickly send it off to a friend. The Galaxy Note 8 supports the Always On Display functionality where owners can write on the display with the S Pen and take up to 100 pages of notes in this fashion. Owners will be able to pin a note to the Always On Display, too, and annotate as they see fit.
The S Pen features a translate feature. So the Galaxy Note 8 owner can hover over some text on the phablet’s display and translate it. This feature supports 71 languages out of the gate, and it can also convert units and currencies.
Finally, the Galaxy Note 8 supports Samsung DeX, which enables a desktop-like experience powered by the phone itself courtesy of a sold-separately accessory. Of course, Samsung’s Bixby feature is present, too, with a Bixby button on the side of the device for good measure.
Samsung has confirmed the handset will go on sale on September 15th and that it will be available in Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, Deepsea Blue, and Midnight Black. It doesn’t look like Maple Gold or Deepsea Blue will be available in the United States at launch, though.
Are you planning on picking one up?