Samsung has finally unveiled the much-hyped Galaxy Note8 – and there's plenty in it for us to get excited about.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the smartphone is the fact it has the biggest screen ever on a Note device.
However, it has a narrow body, so it can be comfortably held in just one hand.
The device boasts a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, so you can – in Samsung's words – “see more and scroll less”.
As a result, you have more room to read, watch and draw, making it the “ultimate multitasking smartphone”.
“The Galaxy Note8 is designed for the way consumers lead their lives and lean on technology today,” the manufacturer said.
Another exciting feature of the Galaxy Note8 is a new App Pair feature that lets you create a custom pair of apps on the Edge Panel and launch both at the same time with ease.
As a result, you could dial into a conference call while keeping the agenda displayed in front of you, or maybe message your friend and watch a video simultaneously. The choice is yours!
Enhanced S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 also boasts an enhanced S Pen, making one of the defining features of the Note range even better.
This latest version offers improved pressure sensitivity, a finer tip and features that let users express themselves in a way that's not possible with other smartphones.
For instance, you could share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated Gifs, as sometimes words simply don't convey everything you want to say.
Samsung describes it as a “a whole new way to communicate with the S Pen” and an option that adds “lively and emotional connections that bring your messages to life”.
The S Pen also comes with an exciting Translate feature, so you can hover it over text to translate individual words and entire sentences. This could be hugely valuable to people who are travelling across the globe, or trying to understand a website that's written in a foreign language.
The feature is capable of translating up to 71 languages, while units and foreign currencies can also be converted very easily.
Powerful smartphone camera
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
This lets users capture sharper images and helps to make the camera what Samsung believes is its most powerful yet.
Selfie addicts and people who enjoy video chats will also be excited by the 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera, as it also offers sharp and clear images.
DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile communications division, commented: “We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note for them.
“From the Infinity Display to the enhanced S Pen and a powerful Dual Camera, the Galaxy Note8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.”
Other standout features of the Galaxy Note8 include the digital assistant Bixby, which Samsung says offers a “smarter way to use your phone”, as it “learns from you, improves over time and helps you get more done”.
Users can also take advantage of a fast wireless charging facility, enabling a “quick, convenient charge without having to mess around with ports or wires”.
“The Galaxy Note8 is built on the Galaxy legacy – a collection of unique features and capabilities that, together, have redefined the mobile experience,” Samsung said.
The smartphone will be released in mid-September and will be available in four colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue.