Since the beginning, the big honking screens on Galaxy Note phones have been their most memorable characteristic. But as the rest of the smartphone world caught onto the jumbo display trend and screen sizes from various makers started to converge around six-inch displays, the throne on which Samsung’s Note phones lorded over lesser devices just didn’t have the same kind of sway. So now, the question is: What’s the purpose of a big arse flagship handset in 2018, especially one that starts at pearl-clutching price of $1,499?
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After checking it out briefly when it first announced, I was prepared to hate the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Sporting outdated specs similar to last year's Galaxy Note 8 (except with 2GB less of RAM and worse cameras), no fingerprint reader, and a price tag starting at nearly $1000 (and that's not including its keyboard dock), the Tab S4's underlying components just didn't make sense. And for all that, what was Samsung offering in return? A slightly larger screen with slightly smaller bezels and Samsung's Dex software instead of Chrome OS?
It's been a year since Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note7 worldwide, and the company is hoping to finally put that misstep to bed -- with the best smartphone it's ever made.
Enter the Note8, with a mix of old and new: a massive 6.3-inch Infinity Display, a brand new dual-lens camera with wide-angle and telephoto sensors, and that inimitable S-Pen stylus supercharged with brand new software.
The Samsung Dex is a tiny new smartphone dock that wades carefully toward a world in which smartphones serve as our primary computers. It's about the size of a hockey puck, and when the Galaxy S8, a monitor, and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are connected, the Dex turns the phone into a surprisingly functional desktop. The idea is that instead of lugging a laptop around everywhere, you might just take your phone and drop it into a dock at home, the office, and so on.