On Wednesday, Galaxy Note8 was unveiled, positioning the oversized handset as the ideal choice for the new generation. The new Android-powered device’s larger Infinity Display features nearly bezel-less full-frontal glass and an edge-to-edge screen. The phone features 6 GB of RAM, an Octa Core 2.36-GHz Quad + 1.7-GHz Quad 10nm processor, 65 GB of storage, and expandable memory.
The S Pen allows users to send handwritten notes and even create animated GIF files from videos which is a true step up from traditional text messaging.
It comes with an improved S Pen that will allow users to communicate in personal ways. The Galaxy Note8 is both water- and dust-resistant, and it supports fast wireless charging.
The S Pen is more than a stylus, as it features a 0.7mm tip that is far more precise that the styluses that were used with Palm and other devices a decade ago. It also is truly connected to the device. It has 4,096 levels of pressure, and thus can respond to the touch of the pen tip more accurately. It has eraser functionality as well.
Another touted improvement in the Galaxy Note8 is its Always On Display, which allows users to receive and read notifications without unlocking the device.
The unlocked handset will retail for US$929.
Its key features include the three cameras and large display. The phone is the first handset to feature two 12-MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). These cameras offer both wide-angle and telephoto lenses, which give users greater control of the depth of field. Users can adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode, as well as after a photo is taken. The wide-angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid autofocus functionality, capturing sharp images in low-light conditions.
The camera further offers a Dual Capture mode: Both cameras are utilized to take two photos simultaneously — one a close-up using the telephoto lens, and the other a wide-angle shot of the same subject.
In addition to the dual rear cameras, the Galaxy Note8 has an 8-MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera that can be used for video chats as well as selfies.