As expected, Samsung announced their new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. From the above video, you can see that they are going full out on this device. Without dwelling too much into last year’s doomed model, it is nice to see that Samsung simply cut their losses and worked on the next model. Keep in mind that it was nearly a year without a Note device on the market. There were many nay-sayers on the web that didn’t think Samsung could bounce back but they did with the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Here are the specs for the new Note 8:
GALAXY NOTE 8 SPECS
- 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED
- US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- International: Samsung Exynos Octa core
- 64GB (US) / 128GB / 256GB
- microSD expansion
- Back: Dual 12MP cameras with OIS. Wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4
- Front: 8MP f/1.7
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Wireless charging
- NFC and MST for Samsung Pay
- USB Type-C
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- LTE Cat. 16
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
One of the biggest surprises to date is the multiple sizes of the device. Earlier reports claimed that there would only be a single 64GB versions, similar to what they offered with the S8 and S8+, but it seems that they are offering three different levels of memory. Unfortunately, this would only work well if you lived outside of the United States. Remaining within the United States, you are only eligible to get the 64GB version. However, if you have a microSD card, that should be plenty of storage space.
Pre-orders for the device go live today (Thursday, August 24th). If you were one of the unlicky people that had a Note 7, Samsung is attempting to make it up to you. They are offering all former Note 7 customers a trade-in discount up to $425 off the Note 8. Eligible customers can go to Samsung.com when pre-orders go live.
Now, how much the price of the Note 8 will obviously depend on who you get the device from. T-Mobile offers the Samsung Note 8 for $930, while Verizon is a bit higher at $960. If you have a phone that’s in mint condition and manage to get the full $425 discount, you would only have to shell out $505 at T-Mobile or $535 at Verizon for the Note 8.
As we previously mentioned last week, if you pre-order a Note 8 between August 24th and September 24th, you have your choice of either a free Samsung Gear 360 camera or a charging bundle. The charging bundle is the “Galaxy Foundation Kit”, which is priced at $190 and contains a free 128GB EVO+ memory card and wireless charging pad. If you notice, the promotion continues into the actual release timeline of the device, since it is expected to drop on September 15th.
Of course, the biggest question is how much does this sucker cost. It will be expensive. Here is a breakdown of the cost by carrier:
- T-Mobile is the cheapest place to pick up a Note 8, where the phone runs for $930. Alternatively, the carrier is offering the new device for a $210 down payment and $30 monthly installments with T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, or for $0 down and $39 a month for Jump on Demand customers.
- Verizon has the Note 8 for $960, or for $40 a month for 24 months.
- At AT&T, the Note 8 runs for $950, or $31.67 for 30 months on an AT&T Next installment plan.
- Sprint is also selling the Note 8 for $960 at full retail, but is offering a few (somewhat convoluted) deals of its own. If you’re switching to Sprint, you can get a Note 8 with activation of a new line for $20.00 per month through Sprint Flex, as well as the option for upgrading every year with its “Galaxy Forever” offer.
- If you’d like to skip the carrier craziness, you’ll also be able to get an unlocked Note 8 starting at $929.
Again, it is worth nothing that the device (in the US) will only be available in the 64GB version and in either black or gray colors.
If you are one of those people that love their Gear VR headset, it seems you will need to pick up a new one for the Note 8. The last version of this VR headset came out earlier this year when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ dropped. Unfortunately, they didn’t think to take into account for the large screen the Note 8 posses. The headset will cost you $129.99 and it is backwards compatible with all recent Samsung headsets, including S8 and S8+, S7 and S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S6+, and the Note 5.
As preorders open today, this is all the information you truly need to know about the device, as opposed to searching online for various articles. It was a smart decision for Samsung to work the issues of the Note 7 out and move on to the Note 8. What, also, is bold is that they did not listen to the internet and change the Note branding. While the internet believes it was the death of Samsung, one in seven is not completely bad.
However, there better not be any firey sorts of issues. All these Apple-loving websites will be looking for the first report of any issues and will blow completely out of proportion. If Samsung has the same success as they had with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, we could see a banner year for Samsung and would have to make Apple work just a bit harder.