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Samsung's comeback phablet

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BY DEANDRA MORRISON
Online reporter
morrisond@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 05, 2017



Start the fanfare, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here!

Set to hit stores in less than two weeks, the well anticipated Note 8 was launched on August 23 in New York and streamed live for everyone to see what the new phablet would bring after the embarrassing defect of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, which, according to Samsung, had caught fire because of battery irregularities.

Moving forward, Samsung has packed a number of features into the Note 8, which goes on sale in the US and Korea on September 15 and will be available in Jamaica on September 29.

The tech giant took a conservative approach to the Note 8, reducing its battery capacity by six per cent, but vowed that it would still be enough for all- day use with efficiencies from better software.

Other features include animated messages, dual cameras on the back, with improved image capabilities and expanded note-taking with its signature stylus, the “S Pen”.

The Note 8 handset also boasts what Samsung dubbed “infinity” screens, which span edge-to-edge on the handsets, to enhance the viewing of video or help to juggle multiple tasks.

Additionally, Samsung introduced Bixby, a virtual assistant to the Note 8. it's nothing new but a worthy competitor to artificial intelligence in handsets powered by Apple or Google-backed Android software.

The new device is water and dust resistant and has wireless charging capabilities.

DigITasked people what they thought about Samsung's new gadget and here's what some of them had to say:

Hackeem Dawkins, 23

“In my opinion, the note 8 is a great phone, but it just seems like a larger S8+. The camera so far looks stunning. I believe it will have the best camera for 2017. I also believe they got it right this year, so we won't have a similar experience with the Note 7.”

Whitney Clarke, 24

“The dual camera is a nice touch but the fingerprint sensor and me ago fight. It (the sensor) higher than the Harvey flood waters.”

Shawn Barnaby, 25

“I'm a big Note fan! The software is the same, but my favourite feature is the Dual Camera. even though I don't like taking pictures I think it's a great feature. However, I realised the phone has gotten bigger, and even though I have big hands and it's fine for me, it might be a tad bit big for people with smaller hands another issue I have is with the finger print sensor being so high at the back but I'm guessing the iris scanner at the front makes up for that. “

Keith McDonald, 71

“The quality of Samsung phones has always been good, and the Note 8 seems to be a winner, I had the chance of holding one (a Note smartphone) the other day, and if I could afford it I would definitely buy one.”

Mikhail Grant, 22

“Even with the new battery, there is some hesitancy on my part because of the reputation of the old one. I am a fan of the two cameras at the back and the quality of them. The price, on the other hand, is rather high. Overall the specs of the phone are great. But I feel Samsung has reached its limits at the moment and they need to come with something new, something we've never ever seen them or any other phone do before.”

It seems that some people love the new and enhanced features, while others want more and still have their hang- ups about Samsung's mishap.

However, IM Open Market Sales Terry Weech assured DigIT during an interview that the devices are safe, and have been sent to other technology companies outside of Samsung for testing.

“An X-ray is taken of each and every device we make. we also make test and re test the devices. The note 8 is made for fast charging, wireless charging and the battery is high capacity at 3300MHz that will power a very powerful device,” he said.

Weech also informed that, “the Note 8 will be priced under US$1,000, but as you know, in some countries there are associated fees and taxes when importing. But outside of that, we can be assured that the price of the device itself is under US$1,000.”

Let's hope the Samsung Note 8 is the final reset for the Samsung brand and lives up to Android Authority code name “Great”.

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