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Samsung Reveals New Gear VR For Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Reveals New Gear VR For Galaxy Note 8

Indeed, it comes down to a matter of millimeters. While the Galaxy S8+ topped out at 6.2-inches, the Note 8 bumps up to 6.3-inches. "Samsung is doing some incredible things with its display and design". The S-Pen will allow users to easily share their drawings.

As with last year's Note 7, everything is waterproof and dustproof including the S Pen, which first appeared on the first Galaxy Note back in 2011.

Samsung DeX: People use their smartphones for everything, and with the improvements in Samsung DeX, I will be using it a lot more on the Note 8 than I did on the Galaxy S8.

So what was there in the S8 is still there, including what we expect will be the Samsung Exynos 8895 in Australia while the U.S. sees the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (both are listed for release, and we usually see the Exynos variation), Category 16 4G LTE with 1Gbps downlink maximum, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, waterproof design, wireless charging, Samsung Knox security, and that massive elongated "Infinity Display" screen that made the S8 to pretty to look at.

There are some differences, mind.

Both the device and the pen are IP68 rated, meaning they are water and dust resistant. You can also live-translate words simply by dragging over the stylus, which works as advertised during my demo.

So what sets the Note 8 apart?

If you're a fan of the Note series, you won't be disappointed.

Former Galaxy Note 7 owners will be able to get up to $425 off the Galaxy Note 8. With such a large screen, you need more juice. The competitive scenario this time is entirely different from previous year when the Galaxy Note 7 debuted. And 3,500mAh is what you'll find in the Galaxy S8 Plus, so there's a 200mAh deficiency for the Note 8 here. Samsung said its the first ever smartphone with two rear cameras that include optical image stabilization on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Bokeh occurs when the background behind a subject is blurred.

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Why might you want the S8+ instead?

At this point, the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2 seem to be a bigger threat to the Galaxy Note 8 sales than LG V30.

On the front, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.

Those who pre-order will be given a convertible wireless charger to charge the phone in either a portrait or landscape position.

It's also going to be cheaper.

It's clear that Samsung continues to push smartphone technology forward with the Note 8. Still, even with freebies to sweeten the deal, it's not going to be an low-priced purchase. The fingerprint scanner, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module which means reaching out to it would still be an ergonomic nightmare. That includes buy one, get one free offers through select carriers, and significant price cuts compared to when the smartphone first launched.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is available in gold and black in the United Kingdom, with grey and blue also available elsewhere.

Improved Edge Panels: While the Edge Panels are useful for many reasons, the addition of App Pair shortcuts is likely to make using two apps on the display at once much more convenient.


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