After months of rumours and a number of leaks, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, the latest in the top-end flagship series after the Note 7, which suffered high-profile problems, including exploding batteries.
Samsung will be hoping that the new device will help reassure customers and build its reputation back up after the Note 7 problems.
The Note 8 is the second flagship device the company will have released this year, following the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – and with those devices currently considered the best on the market by many critics and industry experts, Samsung will have a lot to prove with the Note 8.
In the official unveiling of the phone, Samsung revealed that the Note 8 will be one of the biggest handsets ever produced, with a huge 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,960. It will come with barely any bezels, which is in line with the Galaxy S8's style, and the current trend for smartphones.
The S Pen stylus is a major draw of the Note series of smartphones, and this iteration has seen a significant upgrade. Users can now write on the unlocked screen of their Note 8 and the notes will still be recorded, which could be a significant help to business users on the go.
It will come with an Exynos 8895 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, as well as an SD card slot. Samsung has assured customers that the 3300mAh battery has gone through extensive testing, internally and externally.
The Note 8 will feature full waterproofing, wireless and fast charging, Samsung Pay and a headphone jack, despite many other manufacturers thinking that its day is done.
Its camera is also an upgrade to previous versions, featuring a dual camera on the rear and a 12MP front-facing camera. It even allows users to refocus photos after they have been taken. Wired has said the “the Note 8 takes Samsung's already formidable photography skills up another notch”.
Those who have had early access to the device have received it positively, with Android Authority saying it's “bigger and better where it truly counts”, and Android Central calling the display “just gorgeous”.
Samsung’s premium features, however, come with a premium price, with the Note 8 expected to be priced at around £869, and monthly contract prices yet to be confirmed. The company is expecting big things from the Note 8, so the next few months will be an integral part of the device’s success.