Samsung is unveiling its Galaxy Note 8 right now - tune into the live stream at the top of this page and read on below for full details on the new handset.

When is the Note 8 launch?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launch took place at 4pm BST on Wednesday 23 August.

You can buy the Note 8 here. Note that it will be a lot cheaper in the long run if you buy it SIM-free.

Was there a Note 8 live stream?

Yes - and it is ongoing. We have embedded the live stream at the top of this page.

What should I expect from the Galaxy Note 8?

The Galaxy Note 8 is available to pre-order from Samsung and partners today and goes on sale on 15 September, when it will cost £869 SIM-free. Anyone who pre-orders the Galaxy Note 8 will get a free DeX docking station worth £139.

The Note 8 is the first Samsung flagship to feature a dual-camera, combining a 12Mp wide-angle lens with a 12Mp telephoto lens. There's 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, and dual optical image stabilisation. Samsung says it is its best ever phone camera.

Also differentiating the Note 8 from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is Samsung's S Pen stylus, and it has been enhanced for 2017. It now has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity, supports Live message (animated texts and drawings) and direct interaction with the Note 8's Always-on display with Screen off memo, and can translate entire sentences in up to 71 languages.

The Note series has always been Samsung's largest phone family in terms of physical dimensions, and it continues that trend with the implementation of a 6.3in Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display - as seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus but larger.

Other specifications include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (plus microSD support), and a 3,300mAh battery that supports fast wired- and wireless charging. Of course there's also Samsung's own Bixby assistant, for which the English version of Bixby Voice became available just in time yesterday.

You can read more about the Galaxy Note 8 in our in-depth news article, or get our first impressions in our Galaxy Note 8 review

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