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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top Features

Here are the top features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the ultra-flagship device from the Korean electronics giant.

Staff   |    Updated: January 21, 2018 2:23 PM IST

Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 8. If we look back at the most recent leaks and renders at this point, we were pretty close to the final design and specifications. But nothing matches the charm of the official announcement, and its accuracy of course. Therefore let us take you through the smartphones five best features.

Do Bigger Things

Since Samsung itself stresses on the screen size the most, with its tagline “Do Bigger Things” for the Galaxy Note 8, we will start with talking about the phablet’s display. Samsung’s Note series has always been about larger displays, but it has gone a step ahead with the Galaxy Note 8, which Samsung says has “the largest screen ever” they put on a Note. The smartphone features a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display. The screen spills over to the edges, and leaves just the slimmest of bezel on the top and bottom end of the phablet’s face.

Dual-camera with dual-OIS

As Samsung says, the “Galaxy Note 8’s camera is twice as better than before, quite literally”. The new Galaxy Note smartphone features a dual-camera setup at the back, which is a pair of 12-megapixel sensor. But what really is the highlight of the camera is that it is the first ever smartphone to feature Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the sensors. Which means, that the camera is able to take clear pictures of moving shots, and take still images even if the photographer’s hand is shaky.

In addition to that, the Galaxy Note 8 also come with a new feature called “Live Focus”. This essentially allows users to take pictures with a bokeh effect, which is when the background is blurred and the subject in the foreground is in focus. But what’s new is that you can adjust the amount of blur before or after the picture is taken.

S Pen is back, and with Live messages

S Pen has always been the heart of all Note devices, and so it is for the Galaxy Note 8 too. With the S Pen, you can write memos on the phone’s lock screen, which is useful for quick reminders or even a shopping list. Another useful feature is the translate function. You can hover the S Pen over a piece of text, and translate it on the fly. Essentially, instead of dragging your finger along on the screen for doodling (especially), you can use the S Pen, like you are scribbling in a diary.

But these feature you always had with Galaxy Note, then what’s really new? It’s the Live messages. Samsung has introduced a new feature called Live messages, which lets you draw with the S Pen and create an animated drawing, which can be converted in a GIF and shared in an instant message.

Samsung Dex is smarter now

Earlier this year, Samsung revealed Dex for the first time. Dex is a docking station for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 which plugs into a monitor, essentially turning it into a PC. When it was launched, there were only a handful of apps, which were able to scale to a larger screen. However, now Samsung has fixed that with Dex Labs, a program that allows the majority of apps to go full-screen when the Galaxy Note 8 is connected to the dock.

Bixby is finally expanding

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 duo, the company debuted its digital voice assistant Bixby. While the assistant created a lot of excitement around it, Samsung sort of killed all of it when the Galaxy S8 duo weren’t entirely ready for the assistant. However, today the assistant has been added to the Galaxy Note 8, and Samsung promises that it is slowly adding new features to Bixby. The Galaxy Note 8 also has a button on the side to activate Bixby. Earlier this week, Samsung also rolled out the feature to make it available in over 200 countries and territories globally.

Take a look at the video to learn about the top features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8!