Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 Plus: the weigh

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 Plus: the weigh

Samsung is expanding how much people can write - up to 100 screens full of notes, rather than just one.

Samsung has spent the last 10 months without any Galaxy Note devices to sell following the cancellation of the Note 7.

Before delving into my hands-on first impressions, here are the key facts you need to know about Samsung's latest phablet.

Beyond safety concerns, Samsung's Note 8 will face stiff competition from the newest version of the iPhone, which is expected this fall.

The back of this phone is home to the most significant change to Samsung's product portfolio - a dual camera. The Galaxy Note 8 is a bit larger than the Galaxy S8 Plus, as it comes with a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, compared to the Galaxy S8 Plus' 6.2-inch panel of the same variety.

Why might you want the S8+ instead?

The device has an 18.5:9 display. That's okay, there's another Note 8 deal dubbed "the Galaxy Foundation kit". Samsung has kinda fixed this with the Note; it's within its own "frame" beside the camera. The phone uses USB Type-C for charging and data-syncing.

Both the device and the pen are IP68 rated, meaning they are water and dust resistant. The Galaxy Note 8 is pretty much what everyone expected, as the aforementioned leaks managed to reveal most of the details regarding this smartphone. Now considering the hardware and screen size, it sounds small.

S-Pen is an important element and a signature feature in the Note series. I'm not sure it will be any different this time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 Plus: the weigh
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 Plus: the weigh

The stylus, moreover, allows users to take notes even when the screen is turned off, and the device is capable of a hundred pages of such memos.

The Note 8 has numerous same features that already exist on Samsung's phones like the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Among the other features announced at the Unpacked launch was the continued presence of a headphone jack, and app pairing, a feature that allows you to launch share a split screen of your two favourite apps. After many of its competitors have adopted dual-camera systems, Samsung is finally joining with two 12MP sensors on the back of this phone.

You can apply effects like bokeh either before you take the shot or after in the gallery; it's all very clever. The second sensor really helps here.

Payment technologies are also here, too, with both Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Stripe Technology (MST), giving you what comes across as essentially the whole package.

Like the Galaxy S8, the Note 8 is also running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. Time will tell whether the device is as fast as the specs suggest, but Samsung's software has been gradually and constantly improving so we have high hopes. Just with an extra lens, obviously. The Note8 has a 3300mAh battery, which, thanks to having to make room for the S-Pen, is a downgrade from the S8+'s 3500mAh battery.

If you love the S Pen then there are some cool new enhancements - and it's as with other Notes it's with using the S Pen for deep productivity that the Note 8 really sings.

Those who pre-order will be given a convertible wireless charger to charge the phone in either a portrait or landscape position. Samsung is all set to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 today. That's not to say the Note 8 isn't an exciting phone, because it is. Samsung isn't necessarily saying the camera with be 'better', but it does seem to offer greater versatility.

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