×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Samsung’s New Note 8 Is a Plus-Sized Phone With a Premium Price Tag

Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy Note 8 phone at a press event in New York Tuesday, showing off a premium phone with a price tag to match: The successor to last year’s disastrous Note 7 comes with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, powerful innards and a dual camera as well as an improved S-Pen stylus. It will cost $930 or more, depending on carrier and configuration.

The Note 8’s 6.3-inch display comes with a 2960 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 521 ppi, all of which goes to say that you’ll be able to enjoy videos in close to 4K and read websites without having to scroll a whole lot at all. Much like the iPhone 7, the Note 8 also has a dual camera, using a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. This makes it possible to pick the area of focus, and blur out the rest, even after the photo has been taken, and should generally result in better-looking pictures.

Key to the Galaxy Note line has always been the added stylus, or S-Pen, as Samsung likes to call it. The company claims to have improved the pressure sensitivity of the pen this time around. The Note 8 also offers wireless charging, water resistance, iris and fingerprint scanning as security mechanisms and more.

All of this is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM, which should make for a snappy experience even when multi-tasking. The standard model comes with 64 GB of storage on-board, as well as an SD card slot to add additional storage. 128 GB and 256 GB models are also available, but will cost even more.

Speaking of costs: T-Mobile will be selling the Note 8 with 64 GB of storage for $930. The same phone costs $960 at Verizon, and $940 at AT&T. Pre-orders for the device begin on August 24, and it will ship and arrive in stores on September 15. Samsung is also offering a promotion for consumers who pre-order before 9/24, rewarding them with either a free Gear 360 camera or a wireless charging kit and a SD card.

For Samsung, the Note 8 represents not only a chance to compete with Apple’s plus-sized iPhone, but also a way to redeem itself for the Note 7. That phone was recalled, and ultimately discontinued, after batteries kept catching on fire. To make up for the debacle, Samsung is also offering previous Note 7 owners a discount of up to $425 if they trade in their current phone for a Note 8.

More Digital

  • YouTube logo

    YouTube Denies Report That It's Exiting Scripted Dramas, Comedies

    YouTube claims it is not pulling up stakes from original entertainment — denying a report by Bloomberg over the weekend that the Google-owned video service was cancelling plans for “high-end dramas and comedies” and had stopped taking pitches for “expensive” scripted shows. In a statement, a rep said, “YouTube denies the report” and cited its [...]

  • Apple to Launch New Apple TV

    This Is What Apple's New TV Service Will Actually Look Like

    Apple unveiled its much-anticipated video service at a press event in Cupertino Monday, promising a range of originals via its forthcoming Apple TV+ service as well as easy access to third-party video subscription services. But while many of the big names attached to Apple’s video efforts were known beforehand, one significant detail wasn’t: How are [...]

  • Apple Announces Gaming Subscription Service

    Apple Announces Gaming Subscription Service Apple Arcade

    Apple detailed its long-rumored gaming subscription service during a special event it held in Cupertino, California Monday. Apple Arcade is the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and living room, the company said. With a single subscription, you get access to more than 100 new and exclusive games. The games won’t be on [...]

  • Apple News Announcement

    Apple Unveils $9.99 News Subscription Service Dubbed Apple News+

    Apple unveiled a news subscription service called Apple News+ at its services event in Cupertino, Calif. Monday. The $9.99 service gives paying subscribers access to over 300 magazines as well as select newspapers and premium digital news services. “We believe in the power of journalism and the impact it will have on your lives,” said [...]

  • Katie Drummond - Vice Digital

    Vice Names Katie Drummond Senior VP of Digital

    Katie Drummond, who has worked as an editor in digital media and publishing for a decade, joined Vice Media as senior vice president of Vice Digital. Drummond comes on board to take over many of the duties of Ciel Hunter, who left Vice in January as global head of content for Vice Digital after more [...]

  • Apple Event: How to Watch Live-Stream

    How to Live-Stream Today's Apple Event

    Monday is the coming-out party for Apple’s Hollywood ambitions: After years of trademark secrecy about its plans to stream into video entertainment, the tech giant is set to pull back the curtain at a media event. The live program kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, on Monday, March 25, from the [...]

  • Google Stadia Is a Net Neutrality

    Google Stadia Is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

    At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content