[Updated on September 15, 2017 at 08:55] D-Day has arrived for Galaxy Note 8, which is finally hitting stores on September 15 in the United States, but also in France. The Korean smartphone giant hopes that the commercial launch will be a success for the company despite the high price of the phone, which in France exceeds the symbolic 1,000 euro mark. The version with 64 gigabytes of memory is sold for 1,009 euros. It remains to be seen whether these pious wishes will come true, after the presentation in fanfare on September 12 of Apple’s two new smartphones, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. For the apple brand remains Samsung’s main competitor in the high-end device segment.
Pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 have reached record levels, with two days to go until the device is actually released in France. The high price of the Korean manufacturer’s new smartphone didn’t seem to discourage fans of the brand. 650,000 pre-orders were registered on September 13, 2.5 times more than for the Galaxy Note 7 over the same period.
With its Galaxy Note 8, Samsung hopes to capture a large share of the high-end smartphone market. It remains to be seen whether customers will be seduced by the brand’s new flagship rather than by the iPhone 8, which should be unveiled in September. To ensure fan favour, Samsung has packed the device with the latest technology, including a dual camera and a multifunction pen, which will be presented in detail on 23 August during the Unpacked 2017 conference in New York City. As a result, a high price of 1009 euros in France, which may discourage some buyers… Here are the main information to remember from the event and the video presentation of the phone published by Samsung Mobile on its YouTube channel :
- Price: the Galaxy Note 8 is sold 1009 euros
- Release date: the smartphone is already available for pre-order and will be marketed in France by September 15.
- Screen size: diagonal 6.3 inches
- Camera: dual 12 megapixel rear view camera, wide-angle aperture and 2x optical zoom
- Technical data: OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Snapdragon 835 or Exynos8895 chip, 6 GB RAM
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been available for pre-order since August 23rd, the day it was officially introduced to the public at the Unpacked 2017 conference. Some Note fans bought their new toy as soon as the event was over. In France, the smartphone can be ordered on the Darty, Fnac or Boulanger website. It will be marketed in France from 15 September.
At the beginning of the show, organised by Samsung at the end of August to present its new device, the company broadcast an emotional video that retraced the history of the Galaxy Note range. In particular, she returned to the unfortunate episode of the explosive drums of Galaxy Note 7, thanking her fans for not giving up the brand.
Samsung did not directly mention the price at which it sells its device during the Unpacked 2017 presentation conference, and for good reason: the smartphone is sold in France at a price of 1009 euros. The group thus exceeds the symbolic bar of 1000 euros in our country and takes the risk of creating a psychological barrier to the purchase of its phone for some of the potential buyers. In the USA, on the other hand, the device is sold for $929.
The company hopes to make its latest product a bestseller. Samsung Mobile’s President, DJ Koh, indicated during the presentation of Galaxy Note 8 that more than 10 million units would be available for sale by the end of 2017. In order to sell as many parts as possible, the manager probably relies in part on partnerships with mobile operators. They will integrate the acquisition of the phablette into their monthly package, thus spreading the payment of the phone for the end customer over several months.
Samsung’s new phantom phone features a dual rear camera with two 12-megapixel sensors. It is twice as effective as previous versions of the device, says Susanne de Silva, the group’s product strategy director. The first lens allows for wide angle images and is ideal for taking snapshots or landscape films. The second has a 2x optical zoom for close-ups. Both sensors are equipped with an image stabilization tool to prevent unintentional blurring. With this equipment, amateur photographers will be able to easily capture scenes by giving their shots a bokeh effect, i.e. an artistic blur in the background. Samsung is not the first manufacturer to equip its smartphone with this dual sensor : Apple had done it before with its iPhone 7 Plus, but also HTC and Huawei.
The Galaxy Note 8 is the largest phonebook ever created by Samsung, with a 6.3-inch (16-centimetre) screen. Samsung has communicated with a big slogan – do bigger things – about the giant size of its latest baby, but the difference with the calibre of the Samsung S8 plus, introduced in March 2017, is minimal: the Note 8 is only 0.1 inch larger (or 0.2 centimetres). This giant screen was created so that audiences can watch movies or play video games by literally diving into the image,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president of product strategy at Unpacked 2017. Future smartphone users will be able to draw more easily on the device with their stylus. As on the S8 and S8 plus, the display is an infinity display. Its edges are curved.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s stylus, the SPen, is integrated into the bottom of the phone. Just press it lightly to get it out and use it. The SPen has new features compared to its previous version, marketed with Galaxy Note 7. In particular, he is able to translate written sentences live. Simply drag and drop the foreign language content onto the phone’s screen. A bubble then appears with the text translated into English, explains Susanne de Silva at Samsung. The SPen can also convert currencies if requested to do so by the owner. The device is connected to an AI software developed by the manufacturer. The company has created a community space for artist users of its pen, called Penup. They can post on the platform the drawings made on their smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 8 is equipped with Bixby, Samsung’s intelligent assistant, which was launched in France on August 22, 2017, but only in its English and Korean versions. This AI allows you to create scenarios with the phonebook. By simply saying good night to Bixby, the phone can switch to airplane mode and automatically activate a filter to counteract the effects on sleep of the blue light emitted by the screen,” says Jonathan Wong, one of the group’s senior executives. Samsung announces a partnership between Bixby and Spotify for Unpacked 2017. Future owners of Galaxy Note 8 will be able to launch songs vocally on Spotify via the Voice Wizard. New alliances will be presented in October during Samsung’s Developer Conference. The development of the Chinese version of Bixby Voice, the voice version of the wizard, is 90% complete. The tool will be launched in China in the wake of the marketing of Note 8.
The Galaxy Note 8 is a concentrate of technology. Its main technical characteristics are as follows:
- OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Memory: 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (can be expanded to 128 or 256 GB)
- Battery: 3300 milliamps
- Display: diagonal of 6.3 inches (16 centimeters), Quad HD definition (2560 x 1440 pixels)
- Network: Category 16 LTE (may be different depending on countries and operators)
- Contactless payment: NFC, STD
- Chip: Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895
- 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
The phone will be delivered with the Samsung DeX (contraction of desktop experience). A docking station that allows you to connect a computer screen and mouse to the smartphone, so you can work in computer mode. This equipment will be marketed in a choice of four colours: black, grey, blue and gold.