By now we’ve all heard and seen that the older Note  caused some problems with their exploding handsets due to overheating batteries. There are even signs at the airport saying you can’t take them onto air planes. The whole fiasco resulted in Samsung recalling the handset and losing a bunch of cash. But that hasn’t stopped them, because the Samsung Note 8 has been announced.

So looking at the new handset, we know it’s going to be one of the larger phones on the market with its new 6.3″ Infinity display. It’ll be great for your multitasking needs.

Design wise it’s pretty recognisable, taking off from where the Samsung Note 7 took off. It has also taken some influence from the new S8 Edge, with things like the thin bezels and the new dual camera setup on the back for zooming and wide angle shots. One lens is a 2x optical while the other is a wide angle lens. There’s a new live view where you can add blur, giving you that wonderful bokeh effect on your portrait photos.

Bixby is back, which is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Siri. Ask it a question, use it to understand what something on the screen means while web browsing and ask Bixby to remind you about upcoming events in your calendar.

The S-Pen has had some new improvements in terms of note taking… literally. You can take notes while the screen is locked, use it to edit photos, and even create your own GIFs from the pen too.

The Samsung Note 8 is not going to be cheap either. Although it’s still in its pre-order stage through various phone vendors like O2 and Vodafone, pricing still remains a mystery. But to buy it outright, I’m thinking it’s going to cost around £800, there or there abouts.

Below is the specification that came directly from Samsung

Display 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960×1440 (521ppi)
*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings
Camera Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.7, OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS
– 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoomFront: 8MP AF, F1.7
Body 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm, 195g, IP68
(S Pen: 5.8 x 4.2 x 108.3mm, 2.8g, IP68)
*Carrying an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. Based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes
AP Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor
Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Memory 6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB/128GB/256GB
*May differ by market and mobile operator*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.
SIM Card Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 256GB)
Hybrid: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 256GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Battery 3,300mAh
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMAFast Charging compatible with QC 2.0
OS Android 7.1.1
Network LTE Cat. 16
*May differ by market and mobile operator
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM,
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*) 
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
Payment NFC, MST
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Authentication Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition
Audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

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