South Korea firm hopes to get rid of sad memories of the ‘exploding’ Note 7
Galaxy Note 8 launched in New York with new dual-camera system
The company’s most important big smartphone also comes with a massive ‘infinity display’
NEW YORK, U.S. - South Korea’s Samsung made its first big move to do away with the memories of its ‘exploding’ Note 7 from last year as it launched its new Galaxy Note 8.
Unveiling the product, much about it already being known thanks to leaks, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8, which comes with dual cameras, a massive infinity display.
The stylus-equipped big smartphone flagship also vows to have made amends to its fire-prone predecessor.
With the Note 8, Samsung is hoping to win back the dominant position it held in the so-called “phablet” category.
The company invented the category in 2011, with it’s original Galaxy Note, featuring the same winning formula that made its predecessors a success.
It ruled the market until last year’s Note 7 debacle.
According to the company, the Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, has a 6.3in quad HD+ infinity display with a minimal-bezel design similar to that of the Galaxy S8+, dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back and plenty of biometric security options to choose from.
It also includes a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and facial recognition.
President of Samsung mobile, DJ Koh said, “We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note for them. From the Infinity Display to the smarter S Pen and the most powerful Dual Camera, the Galaxy Note 8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.”
Meanwhile, Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, said, “It’s a testament to Samsung’s stubbornness and determination that the launch of the Note 8 cements its position as the leading Android smartphone maker, drawing a clear line under the Note 7 problems.”
With the Note 8, Samsung is pushing independent safety testing firm UL International as its quality assurance step.
According to Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL International, the Note 8 passed a “rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols.”
Samsung said that the Note 8 has a display that is 0.1in bigger than large-screened Galaxy S8+.
It has a slightly less rounded profile, which makes using the stylus easier on the curved edges of the screen.
Further, the stylus slots in the bottom when not in use and features a collection of productivity tools that launch when pulled out.
Samsung has added that the Note 8 also supports the company’s DeX accessory that turns the smartphone into a computer with monitor, keyboard and mouse support.
It helps in multi-tasking using two apps side-by-side on the smartphone.
The Note 8 has two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, one with a telephoto-like two-times zoom and the other with a more traditional wide-angle lens.
In a statement, Wood said, “Having image stabilisation on both lenses takes Samsung one step ahead of Apple, but at present there don’t appear to be any plans to support augmented reality features – something we expect to feature prominently on the next iPhone.”
He added, “By launching the Note 8 now, Samsung gets the oxygen of publicity ahead of Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 8. Samsung will be hoping that a trio of competitive high-end products – the Note 8, S8 and S8+ – will appeal to anyone looking for a new Android phone. Furthermore, these devices are certainly good enough to turn the heads of a few iPhone owners who fancy a trying a different device.”
It will have 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 5.0 and will come in black and gold in the U.K., with grey and blue colour variants in other regions.
With shipping set to begin on September 15, the phone will cost 869 pounds ($1,120).
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