Tech giant Samsung has finally released its new flagship phablet - the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - and as expected, this super-sized, super-powered smartphone is packed with impressive features.

Ready to share the crown as one of the finest phones on the market, we take a look to see what makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so special.

Innovative Galaxy Note 8 Design

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a stunning handset, but who would expect any less from Samsung? Initially available in midnight black and maple gold, this flagship phablet has symmetric curves, a narrow 8.6mm body and weighs in at just 195g.

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Both the front and back of the Galaxy Note 8 are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, as well as being rated IP68 dustproof and waterproof. Able to withstand dips and dunks up to a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes, the Galaxy Note8 is sturdy and life proof despite its elegant exterior.

Galaxy Note 8 Infinity Display

Samsung's biggest device yet, the Galaxy Note 8 boasts an incredible 6.3-inch OLED Infinity Display. With an ultra widescreen aspect ratio, the entire front of the device has been transformed. This offers an eye-poppingly cinematic experience when viewing movies, as well as creating space to do even more with the S-Pen.

Samsung have also chosen to remove the Note's signature oval-shaped home button to create a true edge-to-edge experience, but the fingerprint scanner can still be found on the back of the device. As for the home button, this is now embedded, appearing only when you need it.

With its large display, the Galaxy Note 8 makes multitasking easier than ever. Turning on Multi Window mode will enable users to view two apps at the same time, and with App Pair your favourite app duos will open simultaneously with one tap.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S-Pen

Messaging has never been more personal thanks to the S-Pen, which is full of artistic potential. You can now add handwritten messages on top of photos, create GIFs with Smart Select and draw your very own emojis - meaning you'll finally have one for every occasion.

The S-Pen's new features shine in Samsung Notes too. Whether you use Samsung Notes for organising your workload, bullet journaling or for drawing, the S-Pen takes note-taking to a whole new level. Choose from different brushes, pens and colours, and create your own digital masterpiece. Adding mark-ups and annotations to articles is also a breeze.

Let's not forget that the S-Pen works brilliantly with the Galaxy Note 8's Always On Display. Need to jot down a quick shopping list? Just start writing on the screen, then save it straight to Samsung Notes or keep it live on the front of the device until you're finished using it.

Galaxy Note 8 Dual Camera

The Galaxy Note 8 has two 12MP rear cameras, helping users to capture the finest details and create bokeh-style photos by manually adjusting the depth of field blur. You can even edit after you've taken the shot, offering more control than before.

This flagship phablet is brilliant at taking high-quality snaps in lower light too, and the telephoto lens features a 2x optical zoom. Also on board, there's a dual LED flash and optical image stabilisation ensures clear photos without any motion blur.

Videos can be captured in stunning 4K, helping users to create memories or unleash their creativity without having to reach for a professional camera. As for the front-facing camera, it comes in at 8MP and with a bright f.17 lens, smart auto-focus and auto HDR technology, taking the perfect selfie has never been easier.

Discover Samsung DeX

Enjoy a desktop-like experience with your Note 8 thanks to Samsung DeX. Plug your device into a DeX Station (which also charges your new Note wirelessly), and start using your favourite apps on a bigger screen.

Multi-tasking is easier than ever on a monitor, so make the most of keyboard shortcuts and enjoy being able to drag and drop files and images with one simple click. Budding gamers can even play smartphone-only games directly on their desktop, and emails, messages and calls can all be answered on-screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Power

6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 835 processor work seamlessly to deliver an ultra-fast performance. Multitasking smooth, simple and even quicker than the Galaxy S8 Plus. For keen gamers, you'll find Samsung's added Vulkan API support too, meaning you can play graphics-heavy games without sucking the life out of your battery.

Also on board, you'll find Samsung's intelligent PA, Bixby, Android Nougat, 64GB of storage which is expandable to 256GB and a long-lasting battery that delivers up to 22 hours of talk time on 3G.

Transfer files with Smart Switch

Thanks to Samsung's Smart Switch, transferring contacts, photos, music and more from your old phone onto your new Galaxy Note 8 is both fast and easy.

For USB transfers, you can simply plug in and go. Just select exactly what you'd like to download onto your new device and Smart Switch technology will do the rest for you. Wireless transfers are also available, and can even be completed from iOS. And for a PC/Mac transfer, just download the Smart Switch app onto your computer and make sure you have the correct USB cables.

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