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After months of waiting, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8 is here.

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It pops out of a holster bored into the Note 8, just like every S Pen before it.

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This phone, which is aimed at power users, is all about the S Pen stylus.

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The Note 8 is also the first Samsung phone to carry a dual camera, now part of any high-end phone's arsenal of features.

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What can you do with two rear cameras? How about a portrait mode?

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Called Live Focus, Samsung will let you blur the background behind a subject. 

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You can also save and use the full-screen view, so it's like getting two photos for the price of one.

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You'll take photos with two 12-megapixel cameras on the back. One's telephoto, the other wide-angle. Photos are generally excellent. 

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You can launch the camera by double-clicking the power button.

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The S Pen has the same 0.7mm and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as the ill-fated Note 7.

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When you pop out the S Pen, a quick menu appears. Samsung calls this Air Command.

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Screen-off memo lets you write up to 100 pages without unlocking the phone.

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You can handwrite notes whenever the mood strikes.

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The Note 8 comes in maple gold, midnight black, deep sea blue and orchid gray, but not every country will sell every color.

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The phone's glass backing is as glossy and reflective as ever. Beware of fingerprint smudges.

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Wireless charging is now a Samsung standard.

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The same goes for waterproofing. Both the phone body and S Pen can take a dunk; they're rated IP68.

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That fingerprint reader is in an awkward location on the back, to the right of the camera.

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Like the Galaxy S8 phones, the Note 8 has a button to launch the Bixby Voice app.

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A pair of AKG earbuds comes in the box.

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Apart from the S Pen and dual rear camera, the Note 8 is extremely similar to the S8 and S8 Plus.

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Screen sizes: You have the S8 at 5.8 inches, the S8 Plus at 6.2 and the Note 8 at 6.3. There's barely a difference between the last two.

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The Note 8 and S8 Plus side by side.

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Compared to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, the Note 8 is all screen.

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Both phones have two cameras on the back.

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Headset jack? Why, yes, there is.

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The Note 8 has a slim profile.

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Let's see what else you can do.

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Live Message is another new feature. It saves an animated GIF of a message you write.

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You can change the background image, pen styles and ink color.

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The message will replay as an animated GIF on any app that supports GIFs. 

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A look at the Note 8's drawing tools.

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A new feature lets you open two apps with a single tap.

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Called App Pair, you can link two apps that you commonly use together. 

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Press the button, and both apps open in split screen mode.

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Because doodles are fun.

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The Note 8 will work with Samsung's accessories like the Gear 360 camera, the wireless charger and Samsung Gear VR, too.

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You'll find an 8-megapixel camera on the front for taking selfies.

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The high-resolution screen is detailed and bright.

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You can shoot and playback 4K video.

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The Galaxy Note 8 works with the Samsung DeX dock accessory.

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Samsung's Note family has grown through the years.

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The Galaxy Note 8 will cost a bundle, but you'll also be able to buy it with a bundled gift if you preorder.

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Samsung's Note family has come a long way. Here's the Note 8 alongside the very first Note phone.

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Enjoy a few more Galaxy Note 8 photos.

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Is the Note 8 any good? Read everything you need to know in our full Galaxy Note 8 review.

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