Galaxy Note 8

Samsung unveils dual-camera Note 8 with 6.3″ display, water-resistant S Pen & more

Samsung at today's media event officially announced an eighth-generation Note with a water-resistant S Pen stylus, a narrower body, a dual-camera setup with optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom (or 10x digital zoom) on both wide angle and telephoto lenses, a 6.3-inch (without accounting for the rounded corners) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio that's curved on the sides like on Galaxy S8 and more.

Samsung working on dual-camera Note 8, launch event planned for August

Intent on continuing the premium Note brand, Samsung is working on an eighth-generation Note with a dual-lens camera on the back, like iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger screen. The upcoming phone should be formally announced at a media event in New York City in August, Reuters reported today.

Sources familiar with the matter have described the next Note as being “marginally larger” than the 6.2-inch version of Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphone.

The Note 8 event should be held in the second half of August, ahead of Apple's presumed iPhone 8 event the following month. Last year, Samsung held the Note 7 event a bit earlier than usual in an effort to divert attention from Apple's iPhone 7 announcement.

Watchers have speculated that Samsung, in its desire to beat Apple, made the decision to launch Note 7 earlier than usual. But the South Korean conglomerate shot itself in the foot because the issues with the device's battery have gone unnoticed with its quality assurance teams, which were not given enough time to properly test the device.

Is reviving the ill-fated Note brand a wise move on Samsun's part? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

Why I loathe an iPhablet

Talk of an Apple phablet dates back to March 2012 when a pretty credible Japanese blog mentioned an unreleased iOS device with a five-inch 1,600-by-960 Retina screen which may or may not be the 4.8-inch iPhone 6 some analysts see coming in 2014.

The phablet, I'm sure you know, was popularized against all odds by Samsung of South Korea, its jumbo-sized Galaxy Note devices selling millions of units (ten million as of August 2012).

Just yesterday, the company released its latest iPad mini contender, the eight-inch Galaxy Note. In addition to the S-Pen, an IR blaster and a quad core processor, Samsung's baby outsmarts the iPad mini with its ability to make phone calls over cellular networks. The question is, would you dare use such a giant 'cell phone' - and I'm using the term loosely - in public?

Samsung takes aim at iPad mini with new Galaxy Note 8.0

It looks like the rumors were true. Samsung sent out a press release last night announcing the launch of its new Galaxy Note 8.0. The 8-inch tablet is clearly aimed right at the iPad mini, which has done very well thus far for Apple.

And it certainly came prepared to play. As expected, the slate features a 1280×800 (720p) display—just a hair better than the mini—a quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, and oh yeah, it makes phone calls. More details after the break...

Samsung to take on Apple with mini Galaxy Note

Samsung of South Korea will later this month take another crack at dethroning the tablet leader Apple by going after the Cupertino firm's iPad mini, a 7.9-inch mini tablet computer released on November 2, 2012 and starting at $320 for the Wi-Fi only version with sixteen gigabytes of storage.

The new Note reportedly has a 720p (1,280-by-800) Super Clear LCD screen measuring eight inches diagonally and comes with Samsung's trademark S-Pen. Hardware specifications allegedly aren't that special as Samsung is possibly using cheaper components in order to undercut the iPad mini on price...