Samsung announces Galaxy Note 8, claims better OIS & Portrait Mode than iPhone 7 Plus

Samsung today officially announced its new flagship Galaxy Note 8 device ahead of Apple’s iPhone 8 and during compared some of the device’s new features directly to iPhone.

The features include Optical Image Stabilization and a new “Live Focus” feature similar to Apple’s Portrait Mode introduced with iOS 10.1 last year. While showing off the new camera software features at today’s event, the company compared them to the iPhone 7 Plus on stage to demonstrate how the Note 8’s camera performs better (as pictured above).

On the Note 8, Live Focus allows users to adjust the blur and focus of the background in photos in real-time and after they are taken:

The Note 8’s specs include a large edge-to-edge 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED 2960×1440 display, dual-cameras, 6GB RAM, and as always, comes with the company’s S-Pen stylus which it says is also new and improved.

Samsung is planning on launching the Note 8 on September 15, right around the time Apple’s iPhone 8 event is expected, and will open up preorders through partners over the next couple days.

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