Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch: How to watch, features and specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung is scheduled to launch the much-awaited Galaxy Note 8 at the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event in New York at 11 AM EDT on August 23. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is seen with great importance especially in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The launch event will be live streamed on samsung.com/us in addition to Facebook. Moreover, you can also keep track of Twitter for the updates soon after the start of the launch. The upcoming Note 8 is expected to ship with a dual camera mechanism coupled with glass back and bezel-less Infinity display.

Free goodies with pre-order

According to Evan Blass (@evleaks) who works as a mobile reporter with Venturebeat and a popular tipster, the pre-orders for the Note 8 will kick start from August 24. As part of the launch offer, Samsung will bundle either a free 256GB SD card and wireless charger or a free Samsung Gear 360 camera. Furthermore, Blass also suggests that the European customers will be eligible to receive a free DeX dock.

Wide range of colors

In addition to the Midnight Black, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be most likely be available in Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray/Violet and Pink color variants. However, the front panel will be designed in Black irrespective of the rear color. Samsung will also bundle the S Pen with the relevant color of the smartphone.

Dedicated Bixby button

The highlight of the Galaxy Note 8 is that the S Pen will be exclusively designed to enhance touch sensitivity. While the power/lock key will be housed on the right side, the volume rocker will find its place on the left side. Interestingly, the device will include a dedicated Bixby button, which enables you to activate digital voice assistant easily.

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Bezel-less display

Specifications wise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a 6.3-inch QHD (2960×1440, 18.5:9) Infinity display. The handset will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor in the US, while the global variant will be integrated with Exynos 8895 processor. On the internals, the phone will bear a 6GB RAM alongside 64GB expandable internal storage.

Talking about the optics, the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual camera setup comprising of 12MP sensors. Like in the case of the iPhone 7 Plus, the primary camera sensor will ship with a f/1.7 aperture with support for dual-pixel autofocus. The secondary camera will be oriented for telephoto with support for 2x optical zoom and f/2.4 aperture. Samsung will most likely infuse optical image stabilisation (OIS) into both the lens.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Samsung will launch 256GB storage variant of the Note 8 exclusively for customers based in South Korea. With a thickness of 8.5mm, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by a 3300mAh fast charging battery with support for wireless charging. Will Samsung bundle wireless charger kit with the Note 8 product package? Let’s wait and watch.

Price

Even though Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 handset on August 23, the handset will be officially available in retail stores on September 15. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available from $800 for the standard variant and will crank up to $1180 for the premium 128GB model. We will have no other option other than to wait until the official launch of the phone.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com