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The Galaxy Note 8 has 4 unique featuresSamsung's new Galaxy Note 8 puts its stylus to good use.
[MUSIC] Remember last year's exploding Galaxy Note 7? Well, Samsung hopes to wipe those memories away with its new phone for power users, the Galaxy Note 8. And it plans to do that by introducing top notch tech and tricks that you can't see on any other phone, using the dual cameras on the back, this is a first for Samsung, and the Note's trademark Stylus [MUSIC] The Note 8's two 12 megapixel cameras have a portrait mode that artfully blurs the background. This isn't new, it's on phones like the iPhone 7 Plus, but what is new is that the Note 8 goes a step further, and it also saves a wide-angle version of the image, so you get two shots for the price of one. And then there's the S-Pen stylus, which you use to write, draw, and navigate around. The Note 8 lets you write yourself a note on the home screen, this is called off-screen memo. And you can also pin it to the home screen without ever unlocking the phone. If you remember this from the Note 7 before it was recalled, what's different is that you can now make this up to 100 sheets long. You can also use the stylus to create an animated GIF of a picture or a word that you can then share with your friends and any app that supports GIFs, including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Look, it's not essential, but it's pretty fun. Finally, if you like using two apps at the same time, say, YouTube and Google Maps Then you can ramp up your multitasking by pairing the two together. You start from the app edge tab on the side of the screen. That's not all that the Galaxy Note 8 is plying you with. It's also got an eight mega pixel selfie camera with the usual filters, and a high resolution 6.3 inch screen. There are curving sides with barely a bezzle, and Samsung's Bixby voice assistant that you launch with that button on the side. The whole phone is water and dust resistant too. Even the S-pen. There's wireless charging, fast charging through USBC port. A powerful processor, and a headphone jack that comes with a pair of AKG ear buds in the box. Now the Galaxy Note 8, runs Android NuGet version 7.1.1, but Samsung says it will upgrade it to the latest version later on. All of this sounds good, but the biggest red flag for the note 8 is that the fingerprint reader is just like the galaxy s8. To the far edge of the camera array. The note is a big phone which makes this placement very awkward to the unpracticed finger. On the other hand, the iris scanner on the front is another alternative. If you own the note 7 wich was a really beautiful phone, then the note 8 looks and feels very familiar But the battery on this model is actually smaller, which is good if it makes the Note 8 less susceptible to exploding. However, apart from the addition of a second camera on the back and this year's new stylus tricks, the Note 8 doesn't seem to push too many boundaries, especially compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. [MUSIC] But, from what we've seen so far, it has all the ingredients to be Samsung's most powerful, capable phone, for 2017. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]