Taking Apple head on, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 in New Delhi as Apple unfurls its next big device, expected to be the iPhone 8/iPhone X, at the Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino, California.
According to dealer sources, Samsung has also sent invites to outstation media, without naming the event, and speculation is rife that the invitation is for Samsung's latest flagship device. Samsung was aware of the iPhone launch but was confident enough to launch on the same day owing to its strong leadership position in India, the sources told IANS.
According to the market research firm GFK, Samsung is the top brand in India with 43 per cent market share in the smartphone segment. Samsung launched Galaxy Note 8 in South Korea in August. The device comes with the "Bixby" intelligent assistant, is water and dust resistant and houses an iris scanner.
Similar to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 also sports an "Infinity Display" with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The 6.3-inch screen is Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has beaten the Galaxy S8 to claim the best smartphone display crown, according to DisplayMate. The Note 8's Super AMOLED display has been tested to achieve peak brightness of 1200 nits. Futher, the Galaxy Note 8 sports a 64-bit Exynos 8895 Octa-core processor chipset with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Galaxy Note 8 of course comes with Samsung’s proprietary S-Pen, and the company has also added some new features to the stylus.
This is Samsung's first smartphone to feature dual camera set-up at the rear with portrait mode and dual optical image stabilisation (OIS). The 8MP front camera also comes with optical image stabilisation. The "S Pen" stylus with Galaxy Note 8 comes with a latency of less than 50 milliseconds.
As per a new report, the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be priced at 1.09 million won ($962) in South Korea hinting at a 56K plus price point for when the phone arrives in India. The 64GB variant of the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a factory price of 1.09 million won, while the 256GB edition is expected to be priced at 1.25 million won, reports Korean news agency Yonhap.
With inputs from Digit NewsDesk