Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched in India: Here’s all you need to know

South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung finally launched its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone in India. The Galaxy Note 8 is a first device of the company to sport a dual rear camera setup. The phablet comes with the same Infinity display which is present in the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and comes with a stylus called S Pen. Here’s all that you need to know about Samsung’s new big-screen phone.

Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes in a 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with a price tag of Rs 67,900. The device comes in Classic Midnight Black and Metal Gray colour options. The company has announced that the device will be available online on Amazon and offline on all the Samsung authorised retail stores. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is up for pre-booking starting today and will go on sale from September 21.

Launch offers
The company has also announced some interesting launch offers with the Galaxy Note 8. The customers who pre-book the device will get wireless charger free and one-time screen replacement guarantee. There’s also an Rs 4,000 cashback offer for HDFC credit card holders. The company has also introduced an exchange programme Samsung Galaxy Note in association with Cashify app. Under this programme, users of the older-generation Galaxy Note smartphones will get a discount on the purchase of Galaxy Note 8.
The company is also offering data worth 448GB on Reliance Jio network on the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity’ display with 2960×1440. The device runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat update and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with the company’s home-brewed Bixby digital assistant, rival to Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana. The company claims that Bixby can do much more than its rivals, including being able to handle any smartphone-related task that is managed by touch. The voice assistant will initially be integrated with Samsung’s native applications including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings. The company has incorporated a dedicated button for the virtual assistant and users can also say ‘Hey Bixby’ to launch the app. The Bixby capability will roll out in India starting September 30 for both Note 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

The pahblet offers 6GB of RAM and comes in 64GB storage variant, which can be expanded further by adding a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first device of the company to sport a dual rear camera setup. The rear camera includes two 12MP sensors, while the first one is a wide angled lens with f/1.7 aperture, the secondary camera includes a telephoto zoom lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front is home to an 8MP selfie shooter with f/1.7 aperture.

 The company claims that both the cameras at the rear end come with Optical Image Stabiliser. The camera also has a Dual Capture mode wherein both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously. Moreover, the users can save both the images: One close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that show the entire background.
The device comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor, facial recognition and iris scanner along with this it also offers support for Samsung Pay, which was launched by the company earlier this year.
The phablet is backed by a 3,300 mAh battery and supports wireless fast charging. In terms of connectivity, the device offers 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS and Wi-Fi.
Coming to the stylus, the Samsung this time has introduced an ‘enhanced’ S Pen, which will enable the users to take notes in Screen off memo or quickly annotate documents and photos. This time the S Pen comes with a finer tip and is also more pressure sensitive. The company has also introduced Live Messages that lets you handwrite a message, add special effects and share it as an animated GIF.

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