New Delhi: Samsung has launched the newest addition to its top-of-the-line Note series – the Galaxy Note 8, in India.
The Galaxy Note 8 takes cues from the company’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, both of which debuted earlier this year, and adds more features that makes the phablet much better than its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at Rs 67,900, and will go on sale on September 21. Those interested can pre-book the device from September 12 across selected retail stores and also online exclusively on Samsung Shop and Amazon India.
It will available in two colour options: Midnight Black and Maple Gold. As part of the introductory offer, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users can get a one-time screen replacement, and a free convertible wireless charger. There’s a special launch offer of Rs 4,000 cash back for HDFC Credit Card users as well.
The company also announced a ‘Samsung Upgrade’ program offer, where buyers can exchange their old smartphones for the Galaxy Note 8. In addition, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users will get a Double Data offer on Jio, under which they can get up to 448 GB of extra 4G data over 8 months, as well as complimentary Jio Prime Membership.
The Galaxy Note 8 comes the same curved screen found on the Galaxy S8 series and made it even bigger at 6.3-inches. This is Samsung’s largest ever screen on a Note device ever. The company likes to call it an “Infinity Display”, as it completely dominates the front of the display. The screen has a Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) resolution, and the phone includes the same 18:5:9 aspect ratio found on the Galaxy S8s series.
Samsung has also revamped the phone’s design, however, the Galaxy Note 8 is still a very heavy device. You will also find the S-Pen stylus tucked inside the base of the phone. The company says the S-Pen is more accurate and features a waterproof design. In terms of CPU, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by an Exynos 8895 processor, which is as efficient as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
RAM, however, has been increased to 6GB (the Galaxy Note 7 featured 4GB RAM). The phone is backed by a smaller 3300mAh battery.
Samsung is only bringing the Galaxy Note 8 with 64GB storage. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion. The Note 8 also has IP68 water resistance, Iris scanner, a headphone jack, and support for wireless charging. The South Korean company said the Bixby voice capabilities for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be rolled out in the next few weeks.
On the camera front, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a dual-camera setup, akin to Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The Galaxy Note 8 essentially uses two 12MP shooters, one of which offers f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom feature. The secondary lens has an aperture of f/1.7 , and both benefit from Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
There’s an 8-megapixel camera in the front on the Galaxy Note 8. The flagship phone comes with Live Focus, a feature that uses both cameras to create depth-of-field bokeh effects.
Samsung has made the Galaxy Note 8 official in India, the same day when Apple plans to launch three new iPhones in Cupertino, California.
The tech giant is anticipated to launch the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the alleged iPhone X with a bezel-less display. The latter smartphone is said to cost as high as $1000 (or approx Rs 65,000).