7 Cool Fea­tures Sam­sung Brings to the Galaxy Note8


The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note8 was launched on Wednesday at an event in New York and will be available for pre-orders Thursday onwards.

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The device features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED infinity display, dual camera, IP68 certified water and dust resistant design and much more in features as well as specs.

The Galaxy Note8 will go on sale on September 15, 2017.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 will come in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue colors and will run on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box.

Lockscreen Always-on Display Notepad

Note 8 Screen Off Memo

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 adds a new feature to its Always-on display on the lock screen.

Now users can view and edit either a fresh or an existing notepad on the lock screen. This notepad can take inputs on up to 100 pages without the need of unlocking the device.

Dual OIS and Dual Image Capture

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While the other devices in the market sporting a dual camera unit feature only a single lens with OIS, both the sensors on the dual camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 feature OIS. This not only improves the image quality but also video stability.

The dual lens of the Galaxy Note8 work as an independent unit while clicking photos. So the telephoto lens clicks a different image and the wide image lens a different one, giving two perspectives within a single click.

Live Focus

Samsung has taken the DSLR-like ‘Bokeh’ effect a notch up on the Galaxy Note8’s camera. The Bokeh effect helps in focussing on the subject in the foreground while blurring the background.

Using this feature, users can increase or decrease the intensity of the blurriness in real-time. Just slide to increase or decrease the blur. This feature works even after the image has been captured.

Live Message

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The Live Message feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 enables users to customise and animate GIFs, emojis, and photos.

These messages can then be saved on the device in a standard format accepted by all social media or messaging service and shared with the contacts.

Translate with S Pen

Note 8 S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 comes with its signature ‘S Pen’ which is now better designed and more efficient than before. The S pen boasts the same IP68 water and dust resistance and is held at the bottom of the device.

Apart from its many other uses like taking notes, doodling or such creative uses, the S Pen can also be used to highlight text on the screen that needs to be translated.

Bixby Takes Voice Commands and Translates too

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After several months of delays, Samsung’s smart assistant finally started understanding commands in English and that capability was rolled out to more than 200 countries globally earlier this week.

The Galaxy Note8 users will meet a functional Bixby which can follow your commands right from calling your friend to calling a cab to get to your friend and much more.

Similar to other smart assistants on mobile offered by Google and Apple, Bixby integrates machine learning and so it becomes better with time at understanding your preferences and recurring commands.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 will feature Bixby which not only helps you to take a photo or call a cab without touching the screen, it can also translate live via your camera feed.

App Pair

Note 8 App Pair

Given the big screen-size of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, it’s even easier to multitask with the seamless two-apps in one (split) screen ‘App Pair’ feature. The split-screen feature was a part of Android Nougat update.

Going by Samsung’s event launch example, it can be used well while driving as you’ll have better visibility of the Maps as well as easier control over the music player.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Specifications

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  • Display: The Galaxy Note8 comes with a 6.3-inch (18.5:9) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED edge-to-edge infinity display.
  • Processor: The device will be powered by Samsung’s own 10nm octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon 835 processor — depending on the market — which will be supported by Vulkan API gaming.
  • Memory and Storage: The Note8 features 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded by 256GB via a microSD card.
  • Camera: The device sports a dual-lens 12MP (wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4) setup on the rear with dual OIS (optical image stabilization) and an 8MP (f/1.7) camera on the front.
  • Battery: The Note8 is backed by a 3300mAh battery unit which can be charged either via the USB Type-C port or wirelessly.
  • Connectivity: The Galaxy Note8 comes with Bluetooth 5.0, support for WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, LTE Cat. 16, NFC and MST for Samsung Pay.

The Galaxy Note8 features three biometric scanners which can be used as a tool to unlock the device: fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition.

The IP68 certified water and dust resistance allows the Note8 to be submerged into water up till 1.5 meters deep for  30 minutes.

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