Samsung has gone ahead and released their eight-generation Note device at the media event that took place yesterday. The device now has a much narrower body, a dual-camera at the back with optical-image stabilisation, with 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom on both lenses, the wide angle and telephoto. Alongside this, the device has a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED infinity display with curved sides, similar to those on the S8.
The phone measures in at 162.5mm wide, 74.8mm deep and 8.6mm tall, with a total of 195 grams of weight. The device is purely a sandwich, glass on either side with an aluminium frame in the middle.
The device boasts a 3,300mAh battery, with wireless charging and has fast-charge capabilities.
The dual-lens camera of the device, probably the most powerful smartphone camera made yet, has rapid auto-focus and OIS on both lenses. The wide-angle lens has an aperture of f/1.7 and the telephoto has a f/2.4 aperture which results in better low-light pictures which are much sharper.
And now, the S Pen. The pen now has a much finer tip, with improved pressure sensitivity with 4,096 levels of pressure, as compared to the Apple Pencil which is said to support 1,024 levels of pressure.
The device comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box, boasts iris scanning, facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor. The device also has an IP68 water and dust-resistance rating, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835-chipset, LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB internal memory which can be expanded up to 256GB through the microSD slot.
Note 8 comes preloaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
In terms of biometrics, it supports iris scanning, facial recognition and fingerprint scanning.
IP68 water and dust-resistant, the new Note is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip or a Samsung-made Exynos, depending on the market (both are fabricated on a ten-nanometer processor), and comes with six gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB onboard storage expandable to up to 256 gigabytes via a microSD slot. The device will be offered in a Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue variants. Preorders begin from August 24th.
Verizon claims the device will cost $960 without a contract, or $40 a month for 24 months.
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