Samsung has kicked off pre-orders for its newly launched Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, weeks ahead of its official release slated for September 15.
The S. Korean-based tech giant has started taking pre-orders for a handful of countries, including United States and Britain, while it is expected to open pre-order window on Sept. 7 in its home market, reported news agency Yonhap. The pre-order date for the Indian market is yet unknown. However, the phone is expected to get released in India in early October.
Samsung hasn’t officially disclosed the price of the Galaxy Note 8 model. But the price tag is expected to hover above $1000.
In America, the 64GB model of Galaxy Note 8 is being sold for $929 (approx Rs 60,000) including taxes, according to industry sources.
The actual production cost of the Galaxy Note 8 is estimated at $350 (approx. Rs 23,000).
Despite, Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung Electronics statement, “the company will try to set the price of the Galaxy Note 8 below 1 million won ($887),” and “he does not wish to make the device too expensive for users,” Note 8 seems to hold a higher price tag in major markets.
To recall, Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch AMOLED quad HD display with 2960 x 1440 pixel resolution, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/ Exynos octa core SoC, backed by 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for microSD card. On the photography front, the Galaxy Note 8 boasts a dual camera setup with two 12MP sensors — one wide angle lens and one telephoto lens and an 8MP selfie shooter. The phablet runs on Android 7.1.1 with company’s UI on the top. The Galaxy Note 8 has a dedicated button for Samsung’s virtual voice assistant Bixby. The Galaxy Note 8 draws power from a 3300mAh battery and is IP68 certified water and dust resistant. Connectivity on the smartphone includes NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, and offers USB Type-C charging port.