Samsung launches Galaxy Note 8 in the Philippines: specs, price, availability

MANILA, Philippines - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd officially launched their latest flagship device, the newest iteration of the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 8, on Thursday, August 24 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

 Samsung launches Galaxy Note 8 in the Philippines
Meet the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
With the new phablet, Samsung wants its consumers to 'do bigger things' as the Galaxy Note 8 offers exciting features such as enhanced S Pen, dual-lens smartphone camera, larger Infinity Display, among others.

“It is the unwavering loyalty of the Note community that has inspired and driven us to develop and design the new Galaxy Note,” said Rhinn Piczon, Business Unit head for IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation. “From the intelligent S Pen to the ultimate Dual Camera, the Galaxy Note8 lets people do bigger things than they ever thought possible.”

Samsung Philippines executives during the local launch of Galaxy Note8.
Samsung Philippines executives during the local launch of Galaxy Note8.
The enhanced S Pen unlocks entirely new ways to write, draw, and interact with the phone and communicate with friends. Users can now share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated GIFs (AGIF).

Intelligent S-Pen Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Always On Display allows Galaxy users to stay on top of their notifications without unlocking their phone. And with the Galaxy Note8, it’s even more powerful. Screen off memo allows you to take up to one-hundred pages of notes as soon as you remove the S Pen, pin notes and make edits directly on the Always-On Display.

For overseas travels or when you come across a website in a foreign language, the improved S Pen Translate feature lets you hover over text to quickly translate not only individual words, but entire sentences in up to 71 languages, and instantly convert units and foreign currencies.

The Galaxy Note8 is equipped with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens. The Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and after you take the photo.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Dual Camera

In Dual Capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously and allow you to save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.

The wide-angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid Auto Focus, so you can capture sharper, clearer shots even in low-light environments. The Galaxy Note8 is also equipped with an industry-leading 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats.

The Note 8 has a narrow body for more comfortable grip. It has 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display lets you see more and scroll less.

Galaxy Note 8 Infinity Display

The big-screen smartphone also has these unique features: water and dust resistance (IP68), fast wirelesss charging, security (fingerprint scanning, biometri authentication), powerful performance (6 GB RAM, expandable memory up to 256 GB) and desktop experience through Samsung DeX.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 official specs:

  • 6.3-inch 18.5:9 Super AMOLED Infinity Display @ 2960 x 1440 px, 522ppi
  • 2.4GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 8895 chip
  • Mali-G71 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
  • expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
  • 12MP f/1.7 DualPixel +12MP f/2.4 TelePhoto dual rear cameras: OIS, Dual Tone LED Flash
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Iris Scanner
  • Face Recognition Scanner
  • USB Type-C
  • IP68 Dust and Water Resistance
  • S-Pen
  • Samsung Bixby AI
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
  • 3300mAh battery (nonremovable)
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (dimensions)
  • 149g (weight)

The Korean giant has promised not to repeat the fate of the Note predecessor through its 8-Point Battery Safety Check—the most rigorous in the industry.

"We have been closely working with Samsung to make meaningful advancements in the science of smartphone quality and safety evaluation. As a result, the Galaxy Note8 has successfully completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols. We look forward to maintaining our strategic relationship with Samsung to help ensure device safety for all consumers,” said Sajeev Jesudas, President, UL International, a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions.

The Galaxy Note8 will be available for pre-order starting September 8 until September 17 at Samsung Experience Store, authorized dealers and online store like Lazada. Samsung offers free AKG speaker worth Php7,990 during the preorder period.

pre-order Samsung Galaxy Note 8

It will be offered in Midnight Black and Maple Gold. As reported, units will be available by September 29. Though the official price is not yet revealed, some reliable sources said Note 8 will be priced at P 49,990.

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