Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 series is finally launching in the Indian market. And this is a big one for the South-Korean firm — not only because the Note series now has a 6.3-inch display or a price tag of Rs 67,900, but also because this marks the return of the Note series in India after nearly two years. After all, Galaxy Note 5 launched in 2015 and, while the Note 7 was technically announced for India, it never actually hit the store shelves.
With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung is hoping to woo back its dedicated Note fanbase that loves the phone for its big display, the efficient Stylus, and, yes, powerful battery life. But does the Note 8 deliver this time and is it worth the price tag?
he Galaxy Note 7 introduced many an industry-firsts back in the day. It came with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back. It was, in fact, the first Note-series device to come with dust and water-resistant capabilities. Samsung was also able to IP68 certify the included S Pen. Base storage started at 64 gigs, and the Note 7 also supported expandable storage of up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. It came with a Quad-HD screen resolution and allowed users to manually change the screen’s resolution to HD and Full-HD as well, to conserve battery. There was also HDR-mode for videos. On the camera front, it came with a 12-megapixel ‘dual-pixel’ rear (with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation) and a 5-megapixel front shooter combo.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price in India is Rs. 67,900, and the smartphone has been launched in its 64GB inbuilt storage variant. It will be available in its Maple Gold and Midnight Black colour variants. The smartphone is now available for pre-bookings in India, and will start shipping to users from September 21 – which is when it also becomes available. Early buyers will also get a free wireless charger bundled with the smartphone, as well as a one-time screen replacement.
The smartphone will be available to by via select Samsung retail stores, the Samsung online store, as well as Amazon India. The phone will be bundled with a free clear case, and AKG-tuned headphones. A special festive offer of Rs. 4,000 cashback for HDFC credit card users was also announced. Samsung also detailed an up to 448GB additional Reliance Jio data offer (over 8 months, with Jio Prime membership complimentary) for Galaxy Note 8 buyers. The company unveiled a Samsung Upgrade Program offer, where buyers can exchange their old Galaxy Note smartphones for additional discounts.