Our team has been keeping an eye on the build up to the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
The phone was finally unveiled yesterday and it will be available for pre-orders today. Those in the U.S. and some parts of Europe can pre-order the Galaxy Note 8, but shipping will kick off on September 15th, which is about three weeks from now, just like it had been rumored.
Even before Samsung unveiled the Note 8, the phone was already out there. The details of the design, specs, features and even pricing had all been speculated and others leaked from internal sources. As it turns out, each one of them was right. Everything that has been out there regarding this phone can now be verified and it’s true this is one hell of a gadget.
The design is all about the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but the Note 8 gets a bigger 6.3-inch Infinity Display screen with a QHD+ resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Under the hood, the phablet ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor for the U.S. and China markets and Exynos 8895 for the rest of the world, just like the S8 and S8+.
One different thing, though, is that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a huge 6GB RAM, 2GB more than the S8 and S8+, although the latter has a 6GB RAM variant available in some markets. In terms of storage, the U.S. market gets the base model of 64GB alongside a microSD card slot that can handle up to 256GB. In other markets across the globe, including Canada, the top-end 128GB and even 256GB variants will be available as well. It’s still early to rule out a future release of the other variants in the country.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes in four color variants, but the U.S. will only get two – Orchid Gray and Midnight Black. The other colors are Maple Gold and Deep Sea Blue, the latter of which many will be dying to have. Samsung has finally entered the dual-lens camera craze, shipping the Note 8 with a dual 12MP camera on the back. This unit is powerful, but not it’s a concept we’ve seen before on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and other phones that have a standard primary lens and a telephoto lens.
What makes Samsung Galaxy Note 8 different is that it adds OIS to the secondary lens, matching what the primary sensor dons. This secondary lens has nearly twice the focal length of the primary sensor and with the help of OIS, this sensor will still capture clear photos in low-light conditions. The sensor has an aperture of f/2.4, which is nothing close to the f/1.7 used on the primary sensor, but OIS will work magic. Speaking of the primary sensor, this one has Dual Pixel autofocus, an aperture of f/1.7, OIS and PDAF. This one takes really awesome photos.
Other specs of the Galaxy Note 8 include a 3300mAh battery unit with support for fast charging both wired and wireless, IP68 dust and water resistance, S Pen, Samsung Pay, 3.5mm audio jack and is powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, which has a newer Samsung Experience 8.5 skin on top.
Now, the big deal is buying the phone. As you can see, the specs and features make this phone a beast, but the price is also the same. In the U.S., the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can be yours for $930 on Best Buy. This is the unlocked model that is compatible with all carriers in the country. The retailer is also offering the Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile versions at the same price as the carriers.
You have a chance to save up to $150 when you pre-order the Galaxy Note 8 on Best Buy, but this applies to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint models. In addition, you’ll get a free 128GB microSD card + wireless charger or a Gear 360-degree cam, all of which come to a total of close to $400. Check out more details on Best Buy.
The full retail price of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on T-Mobile is $930, but you can pay $210 upfront and $30 per month for two years. For those on T-Mobile Jump! On Demand plan, you don’t need any upfront payment, but you pay $39 per month for the same period. Verizon and AT&Tand Sprint are also selling the phone at $960 and $950, respectively. There are also some other goodies alongside these phones, so make sure you check them out. As for Sprint, the deal is much sweeter.
The wireless carrier is offering 50% off the Note 8 on its Sprint Flex lease program and you only pay $20 per month for 18 months. This is just $360, but given the dying popularity of Sprint, not so many will be keen to take this deal. Existing users of the carrier can either pay $720 outright or $40 per month for 18 months, making it the best deal on the market. If you join the Sprint “Galaxy Forever” program, you will be eligible for a new Samsung flagship in a year’s time, which should probably be the Galaxy Note 9.
Note that to take advantage of these deals, you need to pre-order the Note 8, so don’t be surprised if you meet certain changes in the terms after the phone’s September 15th release.
For those who gave up their Galaxy Note 7 handsets when the company discontinued it, you can get the Galaxy Note 8 for a hefty discount that can go all the way up to $425. However, you’ll have to trade in your current phone, which will be assessed and valued to determine what discount you get on the phablet. Note that this only applies to the U.S. market.