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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8: In pictures

Existing Note owners are in for a big -- quite literally -- upgrade with the launch of the Note 8 on Sept. 15. We go hands-on.

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Topic: Hardware
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is official

Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 in its four available colors: Black, grey, blue, and gold.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Note 8 has a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display. All of those marketing terms equate to a screen that's tall, crisp, and vibrant.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

As with the Galaxy S8 line, the Note 8's display has very little in form of bezels on the sides, with the top and bottom having the bare minimum.

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That's a lot of glass

The back is a giant slab of glass you'll want to put a case on.

Notice the dual-camera setup? Fake bokeh photos are in your future.

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Same awkward fingerprint sensor

There is a fingerprint sensor on the Note 8, and it's still in the awkward spot next to the camera lens. With the larger phone, it's going to be even more of a stretch to use it.

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Yes, it has a Bixby button

A dedicated Bixby button is found on the left side of the phone.

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The S-Pen is improved

The S-Pen is improved over the Note 5, with better pressure sensitivity and a smaller tip.

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And still water resistant

The Note 8 is IP68 certified with or without the S-Pen installed. Meaning, you can drop it in water and not worry about ruining your phone.

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New S-Pen features

Samsung's Drew Blackard shows of new software features set to launch with the Note 8.

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Live Messages

A new S-Pen feature will let you write or draw messages. Live Messages can be sent through text, email, or messengers and are replayed as an animated GIFs.

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App Pair is kinda cool

To take advantage of the larger display, App Pair will let you assign two apps to launch simultaneously in multi-window mode with a tap.

In this photo, the YouTube app and Samsung Internet are an App Pair.

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The current Galaxy lineup

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Note 8.

The Note 8, as you can see, isn't as rounded on the corners and is a tad taller than the S8 Plus.

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The current Galaxy lineup

Another shot of the same three Samsung devices, for comparison.

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iPhone 7 Plus comparison

The Note 8 is also slightly taller than Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, but it has a 6.3-inch display compared to the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 7 Plus.

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iPhone 7 Plus comparison

Big phones aren't going anywhere.

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DeX gets some upgrades

Samsung's DeX platform is also receiving some important updates.

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Gaming!

Gaming is now possible with the Note 8 and DeX, with games forced to go full screen when docked.

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New peripherals

Also, Samsung is adding support for more accessories, such as the MIDI keyboard seen here.

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The Samsung Galaxy ecosystem

Samsung continues to push forward its own ecosystem of devices, apps, and services. In this photo alone, you'll find a smartphone, a VR headset, a 360-degree camera, a smartwatch, and a Wi-Fi router.

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Gear VR support

Speaking of Gear VR, the Note 8 will require a new headset, which will be available at launch.

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Preorder promotion

Those who pre-order the Note 8 can pick between a free Gear 360 or a 128GB microSD card and a fast charging wireless pad.

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