Today, Friday 22 September, is also the day you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Note8. Replacing and improving on the departed Note7 – and we’re very confident that there will be no battery issues this time around – this could well be the best business person’s smart phone ever.
It features a 6.3 inch “Infinity” display with a Quad HD+ resolution of 1440 by 2960 pixels, it uses Samsung’s stunning AMOLED screen technology. Much of your interaction with the screen will be by using the included S Pen. Samsung says that it has a “finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity” compared to the Note5.
The phone packs two 12 megapixel cameras, one wide angle, one telephoto. With fast Dual Pixel autofocus, they have f/1.7 and f/2.4 (for the telephoto) sensitivity and optical image stabilisation.
Storage is 64GB and the user can slip in a microSD card of up to 256GB for more storage. It charges wirelessly.
Out and about, the phone supports LTE Cat 16, for up to 1Gbps downloads. And in case you drop it somewhere you shouldn’t, the phone has an IP68 rating, making it safe from a metre and a half of immersion.
Given the demise of the Note7, Samsung is stressing safety: “Samsung continues to uphold its commitment to lead the industry in battery safety. The Galaxy Note8’s battery has undergone Samsung’s 8-Point Battery Safety Check—the most rigorous in the industry.”
Price: $1499. Colours: Gold, Midnight Black and Maple.
Finally, if you buy one before the end of October, you get “Samsung’s Screen Assure” program for free. That means one free screen repair for the first year of ownership.