The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly start selling on August 24, the day after its official launch in New York City.

It should be obvious that this next-day availability will affect folks in the U.S., where the company will be holding a special press event for unveiling the phone. Honestly, the Galaxy Note 8 has come a long way. From the days of the Note Edge, it was evident that Samsung has something cooking. The phone had a single curved edge that gave users a taste of the future they never knew was coming.

The following year, the company took the dual edge design to the Galaxy S6 family, but it was the 2016 edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 that actually got Samsung in the spotlight. The design of the two phones was quite impressive and it is on them that the Galaxy S8 turned to for inspiration. The case of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not different, where it gets inspiration from the Note 7 and sports quite a number of similarities with the Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8

In fact, you might be forgiven to think that the Galaxy S8+ and Note 8 are one and the same, but the two have a few differences that set them apart. In this regard, we have lined up the 5 reasons to choose the Galaxy Note 8 over the Galaxy S8 or S8+ for that matter.

Software

Up to now, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are still based on Android 7.0 Nougat, the OS that they came with out of the box. In about a week’s time, Google will release the new Android O for the likes of Pixel and Nexus devices, but Samsung hasn’t even updated the S8 family to the newer v7.1.1.

Rather than wait for the OTA update that could take weeks or even months, you’d be better off with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 because it’ll be powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Also, you can expect this device to lead the way when it comes to receiving Android O OTA, but this could take months before rolling out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8



More RAM

It’s true that there’s a Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM, but getting hold of this variant is not a walk in the park. In most markets, you only come across the base model of the phone which has 4GB RAM. This won’t be the case with Samsung Galaxy Note 8, where the phone will have 6GB RAM on the base – or probably all – model (s).

The base storage will be the same at 64GB, but there’s word that Samsung could take the onboard storage all the way to 256GB, which is something you won’t come across on either the Galaxy S8 or S8+.

Dual camera

Over the past two years, Samsung has performed incredibly well in the smartphone camera market. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was given a rating of 88 by DxOMark and given that the latest Galaxy S8 has made some further refinements to this unit, it’s even better in nearly all aspects.

Now, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be taking this camera game to the next level by including a dual-lens setup on the back. Reports claim this camera will carry a 12MP+13MP sensor combination – a package that should deliver some of the best photos ever seen on a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 pen

S Pen

It’s only the Galaxy Note family that has the pleasure of carrying Samsung’s S Pen. With many people’s missing out on what the company had in plan with respect to the Galaxy Note 7, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 should make them even more excited because the S Pen will be much better, but don’t expect any changes to its design language.

Bigger is better

Not everyone out there is a fan of big screen phones, but the design of Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 make these big screen phones such lovely to hold in your hand. There are almost no bezels on the bottom and top of the phone, but none exists on the edges. Samsung’s switch to on-screen buttons and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner has also created room for more display real estate.

The end result of this design change is a phone that feels shockingly smaller than you’d think, yet rocking a massive display size.

The Galaxy Note 8 will be the biggest with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED panel with a QHD resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Despite the mammoth screen size, you might be surprised to see how easy it is to handle the phone even in one hand. Many are already doing it with the Galaxy S8+, which is just 0.1 inches smaller.

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