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Samsung takes wraps off Galaxy Note8 phablet

Manny Pham
August 23, 2017

The flagship device will go on sale in September and will retail for £689 prepaid

Korean manufacturer Samsung has today (Aug 23) unveiled the Galaxy Note8 phablet in New York.

The flagship device will go on sale in September and will retail for £689 prepaid. It will be available in blue, black and gold.

Confirmed rangers of the Note8 so far includes: Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

MVNO Sky Mobile claims to offer the Note8 at the lowest monthly price of £38 for customers of Sky TV. It includes 500MB of data, unlimited calls and text.

The unique selling point of the Note8 as is for the Note range is the S Pen, situated inside of the device. Using S Pen customers can draw pictures and send GIFs to each other via Live Message.

S Pen translate allows hovering over text to translate words from up to 71 languages, and instantly converts units and foreign currencies.

The 6.3-inch smartphone has an always-on display with reduced bezels on the side due to the Super AMOLED infinity display. Screen resolution stands at QuadHD+ or 2960×1440 pixels.

Dimensions come at 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and the device weighs 195g. Powering the phablet is a 2.3GHz octa-core processor accompanied by 6GB of RAM.

Internal memory is 64GB and can be expanded via microSD up to 256GB. Straight out of the box the Note8 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat.


For the snapper Samsung has featured a 12 megapixel dual-camera system with wide-angle telephoto lenses and optical image stabilisation for sharper images.

Users can snap a ‘bokeh effect’ picture, where a foreground image is in focus while the background is intentionally blurred. Dual Capture mode can be enabled so two pictures are snapped simultaneously, one standard and the other with a wider angle encompassing more background.

The front-facing camera is eight megapixels and has rapid auto-focus to ensure high picture quality even in low light.

Other features include: fast wireless charging, iris scanner, facial recognition, Samsung Knox security, 3,300mAh battery, NFC reader, CAT 16 network signal speed, fingerprint scanner and IP68 water and dust resistance.





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