Available for pre-order today is Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8, the follow up to the infamous Note 7 that had the nasty defect of occasionally exploding due to a faulty battery.
The Note 8, unveiled Wednesday, carries a starting price of about $930, depending on the carrier. Actual sales start on September 15.
Samsung goes beyond just replacing the battery on its latest smartphone; it added a dual camera, which is a new feature for a Samsung phone, according to Engadget. The cameras are both rated at 12-megapixels and both have optical image stabilization, supposedly a first in a smartphone.
The Note 8 also adds Samsung’s voice assistant called Bixby.
Samsung gave the Note 8 an “Infinity” screen. Because it’s nearly bezel free, the screen is a large 6.3 inches (compared to 5.7 inches in the Note 7). Like the 7, it offers Quad HD Super AMOLED resolution.
The Note series is distinguished by its use of a stylus pen and the Note 8 gets a new S Pen with a finer tip with more sensitivity so it can better draw and write. It has a new Live Message feature and improved translation capability, said Samsung.
The phone also lets you launch two apps at once as shown in the picture above. And you can set the phone to pair two apps to launch together with one tap.
The Note 8 comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB configurations
Watch a 3 minute video on the Note 8 here.
See Samsung’s description here.
See also The Verge