We never thought this day would come, but it’s finally here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is about to break cover at an event in New York City and you can watch the live event right from the comfort of your living room or office.
The phone has been in the rumors for months now and in fact, just about everything is already in the public domain. The launch date is finally here, with some reports suggesting that the phone will be open for pre-orders as early as today, although shipping may kick off next month.
So, should you buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8? This is the question that many are probably asking their other self, but coming up with the perfect answer can be a little bit tricky, especially if you haven’t been following the build up to the phone’s launch.
If you loved the Galaxy Note 7, you probably have been left with a huge void in your pocket since 2016, when the phone was officially discontinued by the company. What makes Note fans such a unique group is the fact that they think of the Note devices as more than just a phone with a big screen. With this in mind, this group can never find any other suitable alternative to another Note device other than a new and better Note handset. Well, this is what Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is set to give you – a phone that is better than its predecessor, but still based on the same lines.
Still, there’s that group that only buys the Galaxy Note series due to the big screen and battery size, yet they rarely or even never use the S Pen. This is the group that is somehow asking the question of whether to buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or not. Look at the Galaxy S8+, for instance. The phone has all that such users need – a big screen, powerful specs and a huge battery. But are these all that you get with the Note 8?
Coming from a Galaxy Note device, you’ll feel there is something missing on this Galaxy S8+ phone. The software is right, but the S Pen is not there. It gets even better with the Galaxy Note 8, where the phone is expected to come with much more powerful specs than the S8 and S8+. Although the same Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor will be used, the Note 8 gets a bigger 6GB RAM as well as a high-end storage variant of 256GB. Of course, the base model will be 64GB with room to expand it via a microSD card.
If you have been dreaming of a dual-lens camera on a Samsung phone, the Galaxy Note 8 is exactly what you’ve been waiting for all these years. Numerous leaks have revealed that this phone will ship with a dual camera setup on the back, making it the first ever Sammy device to do so. For those who want an even bigger display screen, the Note 8 will give you a reported 6.4-inch unit that keeps the same characteristics as the S8 and S8+ – an Infinity Display, QHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
There’s word that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will debut with an upgraded Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and although disappointing, it’s better to have the rumored 3300mAh battery unit – smaller than the 3500mAh used on the S8+ – than have a bigger battery and end up with a similar case as the Galaxy Note 7.
With all these goodies, you might be wondering what the Galaxy Note 8 will cost. Well, according to reports, the phone will be valued at £869 for the base model. This is a UK price tag and is for the SIM-free version, which means those in other parts of Europe might be required to part with about €900 – an equivalent of about $1000.
This is not so different from what previous reports have suggested – that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the most expensive phone from the South Korean company to date. This won’t be cheap, which brings us back to our original question – is the Galaxy Note 8 worth buying?
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