The Galaxy Note 8 vs. the competition: More than just a stylus


Now, the most affordable Galaxy Note 8 variant will ship with 64GB of internal storage, while the remaining two pack in 128GB and 256GB of storage, respectively.

Predictably, the majority of the extra software tweaks added for the Note 8 revolve around the S-Pen.

"But, I will never forget how millions of dedicated Note loyalists stayed with us; so let me express my deepest gratitude".

Samsung is one of the kings of vertical integration, and that means it has a big parts bin to choose from. Note 8 is also equipped with OCTA-core Exynos 8895 and six gigabytes of RAM.

The good news is that the Galaxy Note8 does not disappoint: it has all the right features that you expect from a high-end smartphone and a clear edge over the Galaxy S8, which is unquestionably the best smartphone Samsung sells today.

Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 certified which makes it water and dust resistant. LG took potshots at the Note 8 and its S Pen stylus, saying in one of the videos "there's a reason to break up with you". There's no accounting for tastes - or practicality - but this Note 8 is a lovely piece of engineering. The electronics retailer is offering $150 savings on top of the freebies that are being offered by Samsung with Galaxy Note 8 preorders. With such a large screen, you need more juice. The Galaxy Note 8, because it has nearly no bezels, occupies a much smaller footprint - size as well as girth - in comparison to a regular 6-inch phone.

The other big difference is specific to this generation of Note.

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Samsung has unveiled its highly awaited Galaxy Note 8, which will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, August 24.

The Galaxy Note8 is the first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. That way, you get a 2x optical zoom as well as a useful faux-bokeh. The camera app offers a "Dual Capture" mode that stitches together photos from both cameras and saves them individually.

If you found the S8+ too big, you'll struggle here. Samsung is expanding how much people can write - up to 100 screens full of notes, rather than just one.

Although the Note 8 has some of its own unique features - especially when it comes to the camera and the stylus - this is not a revolutionary iteration. At least there's both wireless and fast-charging onboard - and fingers crossed that there won't be any "exploding" Galaxy Note issues this time around.

It's also going to be cheaper. Samsung said the phone's battery has undergone a "rigorous" 8-Point Battery Safety Check system to ensure they are safe for use. Still, even with freebies to sweeten the deal, it's not going to be an cheap purchase.

How much do you save? That includes buy one, get one free offers through select carriers, and significant price cuts compared to when the smartphone first launched.

As for when the Galaxy Note 8 will actually go on sale, Samsung is planning to launch the phone on September 15th. It looks a lot like the S8, but it's more straight-edged - more businesslike - and the curved screen is steeper to aid S-Pen note-taking.