Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Preview

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Preview

So what better time for rival Samsung to tease that it might finally be nearing the point of outing something rather different: A smartphone with a foldable screen - encouraging consumers who might be thinking of shelling out serious bucks for Apple's new glass slabs to think twice. Today, in an event held in New Delhi, the company launched the phone for the Indian market. Other features of the Galaxy Note 8 includes an Iris Sensor, rear mounted Fingerprint sensor and support for Samsung's proprietary DeX. The device is now available for pre-booking. So, it could be that the phone will get above budget level price.

It is not clear when Samsung's voice-controlled speaker, which will likely use the South Korean company's Bixby voice assistant, will be unveiled. The company also offers their praise of Samsung for introducing iris scanning within its phones (Samsung Galaxy S8). The display is AMOLED which ensures sharp image quality. The Galaxy Note 8 is offered in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colors. The phone is also IP67 rated for water and dust resistance. The Note8 is apparently Samsung's first flagship smartphone to come with dual lenses.

The Galaxy Note 8 features two 12-megapixel cameras on the back that both feature Optical Image Stabilisation. The telephoto lens comes loaded with aperture f/2.4, 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom. On the software front, Samsung now lets you pair two frequently used apps and launch them together with a single tap. For multi tasking goal, the Oreo update will offer picture-in-picture feature.

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However, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a lower internal memory of 64GB, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, which is Rs 2,000 lower, comes with double the amount of memory at 128GB. The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with the latest version of Grace UX on top.

It comes with the S-Pen, just like all the Note devices.

In terms of connectivity and network features, the device supports 4G LTE with VoLte with dual band WiFi support (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) with NFC, GPS, and A-GPS. Fortunately, the 3.5mm headphone jack isn't skipped.

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The phone's stylus is the one feature that also sets the Note 8 apart from the crowd. 16, Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac for wireless connections. The phone carries a price-tag of Rs. 67,900. It will be available on Amazon India, Samsung e-store and authorized offline retailers.

Mr Dong-jin revealed Samsung's ambitious plans during a media day for Galaxy Note 8 in Seoul today. Not only did it damage Samsung's brand value globally, it also resulted in a number of recalls resulting in billions of dollars of losses for the company. If you pre-order the device, you will also receive a free wireless charger. A discount of Rs 4,000 will be provided to users purchasing the device using the HDFC Credit Card.

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