The Samsungs Note 8 has been officially announced with all the specifications and its shaping up again to be leader in the phablet market.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10nm mobile processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion up to 256GB.
- 6.3″ Infinity Display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
- 14% wider viewing area compared to Galaxy Note 4.
- Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display: bright colours, black colours are dark and saturation makes images stand out.
- Display is HDR (High Dynamic Range) ready. HDR gives content higher contrast, wider dynamic range, makes blacks deeper and whites more white. Colours look more vibrant.
- Two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, one wide angle and second 2x optical zoom telephoto lens. Both cameras are with OIS (optical image stabilisation). Selfie camera is 8-megapixel.
- Note 8 has similar feature to iPhone 7 Portrait Mode and it’s called Live Focus, to make background blur. The effect can be adjusted in real time and after taking a picture using a slider.
- S Pen is 0.7mm and supports 4096 pressure levels, full sentence translations, both the flagship and stylus are rated IP68 that means water and dust resistance.
- Wireless charging charges from 0 to 49 percent in 30 minutes. The Note 8 features a 3,300mAh battery and charges via the USB Type-C port.
With a special pre-order price of £869 you can claim a free docking station from Samsung, so expect similar deals in the high street stores for those that move first.
If you are living abroad you can enjoy the Note 8 in black, blue, gold and grey colour schemes, but unfortunately only the black and gold options are available in the UK.
The phone itself is a serious upgrade on previous phablets and the usability of the cameras will make or break how well this one is received. Let’s hope Samsung have learned from their mistakes and the quality control and safety checking have been rigorous enough to stop them blowing up.