The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been announced amid great anticipation. While the weeks before the phone’s release saw many leaks, we finally know exactly what consumers will get.

Here’s what Samsung revealed about their latest premium handset at their Unpacked event on August 23.

Unprecedented Dual Camera

One of the most interesting features of the Note 8 is the introduction of a dual lens rear camera – the first of Samsung’s devices.

Samsung is definitely not the first to introduce a dual camera – but it does have a unique spin on the technology. The company announced that the Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone to have optical image stabilization (OIS) on both its wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

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Meanwhile Live Focus allows users to adjust the blur and focus in a picture after they’ve captured it – with each lens capturing an image.

“Incorporating Samsung’s best-in-class dual camera, with dual OIS on both lenses, along with new Live Focus and Dual Capture features, the Galaxy Note8 is the ultimate device for taking photos that are crisp, clear and capture special moments in the way users want to remember them,” the company says.

S Pen Improvements

Samsung describes the S Pen as the “heart and soul” of the Note line of phones. The latest version of the pen comes with improved pressure sensitivity.

The company has also introduced a new feature named Live Message. This feature allows you to animate anything you write or draw, while allowing you to add your own notes to messages.

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“By simply tapping the heart-shaped key on the keyboard while composing a message, or activating the function via Air Command, users can handwrite an animated message, create live emojis or use various pen effects such as Sparkle, Glow and Ink to inject a bit of creative fun into their photos,” Samsung says.

It also includes other advanced functionality, such as Smart Select – which allows you to select portions of video clips and even turn these into GIFs. Another interesting feature is the ability to select text in a foreign language and provide a translation.

Note-taking has also been an important aspect of the Note line of devices, so it’s great to hear that Samsung has extended the capability of the Note 8 to make it even more convenient. Users will be able to take notes even when the phone’s screen is asleep.

Other Galaxy Note 8 Specifications

Many of the hardware specs leaked before the event have proven to be true.

The Note 8 includes a 6.3-inch Infinity Edge QHD+ display, a 3 300mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, and a 10nm processor (Snapdragon 835 in US and Exynos 8895 internationally).

The phone also comes with the same IP68 water resistance certification, iris scanning security and fingerprint sensor as the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

The launch of the phone will also introduce more functionality to Samsung Dex and Bixby Voice.

Release Date and Price

Samsung announced that the phone will be available from mid-September in various markets, with the phone’s release planned for September 15.

Pre-orders, however, will open today (August 23).

Carrier pricing for the device varies. T-Mobile is the cheapest place to pick up a Galaxy 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.

The phone has been listed by Best Buy for $929.99.

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