Samsung goes big with Galaxy Note 8

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It's a different beast altogether. And today, you can take your Note nearly anywhere you want with water and dust resistance (IP68) on the device and the S Pen.

Both the phone and the S Pen are also water and dust resistant, the Korean firm said. There's 6GB of RAM, either an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 CPU, and 64GB of storage, plus a slot for a microSD card.

The only potential issue with the Note 8's specs will be its slightly small battery. There was also HDR-mode for videos. Huawei's software then melds this monochrome shot with the RGB image from the main camera, and the result is an overall better photo, especially in shadows and highlights. If you preorder the Galaxy Note 8 on August 24 from Best Buy, you will be able to save $150 along with the Samsung freebies. That's why we've pitted the Galaxy Note 8 against the iPhone 8 (Plus), to see whether you should snap up Samsung's flagship while you can, or wait it out for Apple's latest.

The Galaxy Note 7 was a popular phone when it launched previous year.

The Galaxy Note 8 is carved out of glass - Corning's new Gorilla Glass 5 - and metal. Apart from a fingerprint sensor at the back and the Bixby button at the side left, Galaxy Note 8 will have an S-Pen which will be more sensitive and advanced compared to its predecessors.

Amazon India has also featured a similar teaser which suggests that unlike S8, Note 8 will be Amazon's Exclusive and will be available only on Amazon in India. We could definitely imagine ourselves using this on birthdays and maybe to make announcements.

Samsung UK is offering the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 for £869.00. I'll have to compare to my Galaxy S8+ more closely when I get a review unit, but right now, this is almost a carbon copy of the S8's software as far as I can tell. You can also live-translate words simply by dragging over the stylus, which works as advertised during my demo. But, while the iPhone has a dedicated area - atop a chunky lower bezel - to serve the goal, Samsung's phone employs what you can call an invisible solution.

Those who want to continue using their legacy wired headphones without using an adapter won't have to worry about the Note 8, as it will include a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As was to be expected, the Galaxy Note 8 comes replete with a range of snazzy new features, such as its updated version of the S Pen. The same bezel-light "Infinity Display" returns with its 18:9 aspect ratio. Some replacement phones also overheated. They are sent as animated GIF files, so friends without Note 8 phones can read them, too. Last year's Note 7 had to be recalled after dozens spontaneously caught fire because of defective batteries.

But none of that helps at all if your phone doesn't support band 71 - and the Galaxy Note 8 doesn't.

The phablet runs on Android 7.1.1 with company's UI on the top. It comes with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place.

Samsung's mobile communications president DJ Koh said: "We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community".

Design aside, the most noticeable changes are in the Note 8's photo capabilities: It now includes two 12-megapixel color cameras- one wide-angle and one telephoto-that enables a new feature called Live Focus.

The main sensor of the rear camera has an f/1.7 lens, while the telephoto camera comes with an f/2.4 lens. The phone uses USB Type-C for charging and data-syncing.