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The Galaxy Note 8 will devour media like no other Note before it

Published Jul 28th, 2017 6:50AM EDT
Galaxy Note 8 Release Date
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Ever since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note phablet line in 2011, we were repeatedly told that the Note is supposed to enhance mobile productivity, thanks to the built-in stylus and all the stylus-ready UI features and apps. But it looks like Samsung also wants the Note phones to become the best at consuming content, not just creating it.

Samsung revealed during its most recent earnings call that the Galaxy Note 8 will become the best mobile device for multimedia consumption.

“The Galaxy Note series, first launched in 2011, come with a range of multimedia features, including the large-size display, and S Pen, only available with the smartphone models,” a Samsung executive said, according to The Investor. “The Galaxy Note 8 will feature more advanced, richer multimedia functionalities.”

That’s one way of selling the phone which should be a larger version of the Galaxy S8 that Samsung launched earlier this year. If you think about it, the Galaxy S8 is currently the best mobile device for multimedia consumption that Samsung ever made. It’s got an even bigger display than any other Galaxy S or Galaxy Note model.

That said, it’s unclear what these richer multimedia functionalities are supposed to be. How will the Galaxy Note 8 be better at playing Netflix shows than any other phone? Are we looking at built-in Harman sound? Will it display pictures better than any Samsung phone made to date? Will it have more storage for all that multimedia content? We’ll just have to wait for Samsung to tell us more.

One thing is very clear and comes from Samsung’s own earnings announcement. The company expects tough competition in the mobile business for the remainder of the year and plans to spend a bunch of money on marketing the new Note phone.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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