Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note8
The phablet was launched last week.
Last week, Samsung announced the details of the much-anticipated Galaxy Note8 - and people seem to be impressed.
After the controversy surrounding the recall of all Note7 devices, due to over-heating (and explosive) batteries, Samsung is taking no chances with the new model.
The company has said that the Note8 has gone through a series of stringent device and battery safety checks, so customers don’t need to worry about a repeat of what happened with its predecessor.
What features does the Samsung Galaxy Note8 have?
The screen and appearance
The new ‘phablet’ weighs 195g, and comes with Samsung’s now well-known Infinity display, as well as the largest screen ever on a Note device, at 6.3-inches.
The device comes in midnight black, orchid grey, deepsea blue, or maple gold - but the colour you can get will depend on where you buy it, as ‘international’ customers get different options to those in the US.
The device has a dual 12MP camera, and an 8MP front camera.
It comes with 2x optical zoom, and it has image stabilisation, which means that even when you zoom in, you can get steady shots.
The Galaxy Note8’s camera also has impressive low-light capabilities, so you can get decent photos, even when it’s dark.
According to Samsung, the ‘high-performing 10nm mobile processor and 6GB RAM’ make things run smoothly on the Galaxy Note8.
The device runs on the Samsung Experience O.S., which is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and has a nano-SIM slot, as well as a USB C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The device has resolution of 2,960 x 1440, which is similar to other recent Samsung handsets. It’s also HDR compatible, which is great news for anyone who likes to watch Netflix in HD while they’re on the move.
What else is new?
The Galaxy Note8 comes with a new ‘S Pen’, which allows users to draw their own emojis, taking quick notes in meetings, or write a message on a photo and send it as a handwritten note.
How can I order the Samsung Galaxy Note8?
The new handset isn’t available until 15th September, but most networks are already taking pre-orders.
You can pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, with a deposit of just €50 required.
The full price of the device will depend on which network and plan you go for, but the cheapest device price available through Carphone Warehouse is on the 24-month Vodafone Red Connect Super plan. With this plan, the device costs €199, but the monthly plan cost is high, coming in at €80.
You could also look at buying the phone outright and opting for a SIM-free mobile plan. Although the handset is likely to be significantly more expensive, if you do have the cash to do this, you’ll likely save in the long-term.