This announcement was very much anticipated, some may even say a given. Despite that, it is indeed a welcome one. According to a report from Nieuwemobiel, a Samsung spokesperson confirmed , The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have Google Daydream compatibility straight out of the box. In context, the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ had to wait for a software update which came months after the phones’ release in order to have full compatibility.
Rising from the setback caused by the Note 7, and riding the positive press and popularity of the Galaxy S8, Samsung unveiled its flagship Note 8 on 23 August. The phone has become the first Samsung device to feature a dual-camera setup and also has impressive specs, worthy of its flagship title. Add Google’s ARCore announcement to all this, and you have a potentially fierce beast in the palm of your hands.
We believe the Samsung Note 8 will be the most VR-Friendly option, as it provides users the option of choosing from Samsung’s Gear VR headset or the Daydream headset. Better yet, the Daydream View been discounted recently. One Smartphone, Two VR Headsets, two platforms. While I may have had a negative reaction when the news broke that the Note 8 would need a different headset, as the unit is 0.1inch larger than the S8/S8+… It’s really not as big a deal when you truly think about it.
The Note 8, already available on pre-order, comes with 6 GB RAM (LP DDR4) with 64 GB/128 GB storage that is expandable to 256 GB via a microSD card slot. Buyers in the US will be treated to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, while the international model will get a Samsung-made Exynos 8890 chipset. The device packs in two 12 MP cameras with varying lens setups. The front facing camera is an 8 MP AF unit with an f/1.7 aperture.