Samsung Takes the Leap to Dual Camera Sensors with the Galaxy Note8
The Samsung Galaxy Note is arguably the company’s more note-able device. It brings together the productivity of the proprietary S Pen and the large display of its phablet form factor. Being the pioneers of the phablet form factor, Samsung has since been actively innovating – albeit incrementally – with every iteration of the Note series.
That said, the big blue behemoth faced a huge setback with last year’s Galaxy Note7. The smartphone, while popular proved to be a little too big for its body. Samsung was unabashed about owning up – even at the launch of their new iteration of their champion phablet.
However, the focus of this article is the new Samsung Galaxy Note8. The new device brings the form factor of the S8+ and marries it with productivity powerhouse that is the S-Pen. The Galaxy Note8 will come with a large 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels with a pixel density of 521 pixels per inch (ppi). The Note8 will be running on the first 10nm processor from Samsung, the Exynos 8895. This will be supported by a whopping 6GB of RAM and either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of built in storage. The Galaxy Note8 carries forward Samsung’s big “unboxed” infinity display which we first saw in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship earlier this year. It also brings the 18.5:9 aspect ratio which Samsung seems to be championing since introducing the S8.
Of course, the mainstay of the Galaxy Note8 is the S-Pen which brings with it a suite of features that seasoned Note users have come to love and can’t live without. While the overall design of the S-Pen remains the same, Samsung has managed to stuff even more features into the small, but essential component of the Galaxy Note lineup. The S-Pen which will be coming with the Galaxy Note8 will come with a finer, 0.7mm tip with 4096 levels of sensitivity which will allow more precise writing and sketching. In addition to this, the S-Pen will be IP68 certified allowing you to take notes underwater if needed. Of course, the software features of the S-Pen also gets a boost with enhanced features like the extended screen off memo which has been updated to allow for up to 100 pages, improved translate and convert features and better smart select. Samsung also introduces new features such as the live message feature where you can send GIFs/videos of your writing trails for a more interactive messaging experience. In addition, PEN.up is bringing a new colouring feature which will allow users to colour in their favourite designs on the platform.
In addition to the software features, the new Galaxy Note8 comes with a brand new dual camera sensor setup on the main camera. The Note8 is Samsung’s first ever entry to sport dual cameras. The dual 12-megapixel setup comes with a wide angle lens and telephoto lens. Both of which come with optical image stabilisation (OIS). Of course, the dual camera setup also means that you’ll be able to take those much sought after photo with bokeh. Samsung implements their “live focus” feature a little differently taking two simultaneous pictures on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. The selfie camera on the other hand is a an 8-megapixel Smart Auto focus camera sensor.
Other than that, the Note8 brings DeX compatibility and also the IP68 water resistance which has now become a staple feature for all Samsung flagships.
Malaysian Galaxy Note fans can expect preorders to happen from 5th to 10th September. With official retail sales to happen shortly after. In the U.S., expect to see the device on shelves starting September 15.