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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands on Preview

New York–––The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced last Wednesday at a press event in New York City. The smartphone is an incremental move in Samsung’s phablet line, including many features already seen on previous models, such as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7. However, it does introduce some new features, such as camera, storage and memory upgrades, among others.

The Galaxy Note 8 introduces to Samsung’s premium line, a dual camera set up, featuring a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, both with optical image stabilization. The device includes new camera features, including Live Focus, which uses the individual lenses to create a depth of focus effect in images.

The Galaxy Note 8 includes the line’s signature S-Pen stylus, which supports 4096 pressure levels and several new Note-specific features.

A new S-Pen feature, Live Message allows Galaxy Note 8 users to create active text to add a flare to messages.

The Galaxy Note 8 feature’s a 3,300mAh battery. Samsung confirmed it intentionally made the device’s battery smaller than the 3,500mAh batteries on devices, such as the Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S8+. The company notes that its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Samsung Exynos 8895) processor is efficient enough to make up for the lack of onboard power capacity.

Reports indicate that Samsung will offer former Galaxy Note 7 users a discount of up to $425 when trading in a device for the Galaxy Note 8. However, the deal has several stipulations, including consumers having to prove they previously owned a Galaxy Note 7 handset.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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