Samsung launches long-awaited Galaxy Note 8

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 “phablet”, which combines features of smartphones and tablets, in New York as it seeks to mount a renewed challenge to Apple and its forthcoming iPhone 8, and leave behind the exploding batteries debacle in the Note 7.

The latest handset features include dual cameras on the back with improved image capabilities, and a signature “S Pen” for drawing or writing on touch screens.

The Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, has a 6.3 in quad HD+ infinity display with a similar minimal-bezel design to that of the Galaxy S8+, dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back and plenty of biometric security options to choose from, including a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition.

Lee Kyu-Ha, an analyst at NH Investment & Securities said it was “somewhat disappointing” that aside from the dual cameras, the Note 8 had “no significant change” from the Galaxy S8 smartphone.

But the Note 8’s biggest challenge is to displace the memories of the Note 7 that ended in a wholesale recall, leaving fans disappointed and would-be buyers wary of a repeat performance.