Samsung Mobile India today launched its much-awaited Galaxy Note 8 phablet. The device has been priced at Rs 67,900 in India and will be available online on Amazon India and the Samsung Shop. Pre-booking starts today and the first devices will be shipped on 21 September. Those who pre-order the device will get a one-time free screen replacement offer as well as a free wireless charger. If you use an HDFC credit card, you can get avail yourself of a cashback of Rs 4,000. A 448 GB Reliance Jio offer is available with orders of the device.
The update to the Note series comes after an usually long wait. Out here in India, the last Note device to enter the market was the Galaxy Note 5 Dual, after which the Note 7 was launched. As you well know by now, the Note 7 was later withdrawn from the market after units around the globe started catching fire. This time around, Samsung comes prepared and apart from the safety aspect, which is a given, there're a ton of new features for fans to play around with.
Under the 3D curved screen on the front lies a massive 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display sporting a resolution of 1440x2960 pixels. Below it sits an Exynos 8895 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz which is paired with 6 GB RAM and is available in 64, 128 and 256 GB internal storage options. The storage can be expanded via a microSD card slot found in the hybrid SIM tray. Cards of up to 256 GB in capacity are supported.
Samsung has gone in for a 12 MP + 12 MP dual rear camera setup. They both feature an f/1.7 aperture and one of them delivers a 2X optical zoom. Samsung has also included dual OIS for both the cameras at the rear. As for the front-facing unit, Samsung has gone in for an 8 MP, f/1.7 aperture unit that also features autofocus.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE bands with a dual SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v 5.0, GPS, NFC and a USB 3.1 Type C port at the bottom.
The device will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold.