1Galaxy Note 8 Arrives Boasting Dual-Lens Camera, Better Security
After months of speculation, rumors and reports, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note 8 at the Unpacked event in New York City Aug. 23. Samsung’s latest handset features a design that’s nearly identical to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It also runs on the same operating system—Android Nougat—and runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as its predecessors. But the Galaxy Note 8 is different in a few ways, such as an included enhanced S Pen stylus, bigger screen and, perhaps most importantly, a new dual-lens camera. This eWEEK slide show digs into the Galaxy Note 8’s features and discuss how it compares to the Galaxy S8 line as well as its chief competitor, Apple’s iPhone.
2A Familiar Design
3Serious Power Inside
4Users Won’t Find Oreo
5A Dual-Camera First
6No Storage Concerns
7The S Pen Gets a Boost
As expected, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with the S Pen stylus, which has been enhanced with a finer tip and better pressure sensitivity. There’s also an enhanced S Pen for Business that has additional features such as the ability to annotate documents and photos and take secret notes when the screen is off.
8Some Notes on the Battery
9A Bunch of Security Features
10A Galaxy Note 7 Surprise
Samsung isn’t turning its back on Galaxy Note 7 owners with the Galaxy Note 8. Galaxy Note 7 owners can turn in their current smartphone for an up to $425 discount on the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung said the trade-in is available only to former Galaxy Note 7 owners who purchase the Galaxy Note 8 on Samsung.com.
11Pricing and Availability Notes
Samsung will accept preorders for the Galaxy Note 8 starting Aug. 24, and release is scheduled for Sept. 15. The device is available unlocked and can run on any carrier network. Pricing will vary depending on the carrier, with Verizon charging $960 and T-Mobile charging $930 for the device. But in general, users should expect to pay around $950.