Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S Pen: all new features

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with an improved S Pen that has a finer tip, better sensitivity and a few neat new software tricks up its sleeve.

Rounding up all the new features of the magical S Pen, Samsung tells users how to take their Note 8 productivity to the next level.

Starting from the Air Command center that is displayed automatically when you pop out the S Pen and going through all the neat little features - including the expanded Screen Off memo - you can learn all about the S Pen in a nutshell in the below infographic by Samsung.

Here are the highlights:

  • Air Command: an easy-to-access menu that pops up whenever you take out the S Pen, or when you press the button on the S Pen while you hover over the screen.
  • Translate and Convert: hover over text to translate not just individual words, but whole sentences into 71 languages
  • Smart Select: use the S Pen to select and share animated GIFs
  • Live Message: create and share animated GIF messages with the S Pen
  • Magnify: hover the S Pen to take a closer look at something
  • Screen off memo: quickly jot down or edit notes pinned to the Always-On display
  • Coloring: the Note 8 comes with PENUP, the social network for S Pen-created art, pre-loaded. It features coloring books that are fun

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung Experience UI



17. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

why they put coloring as a new feature? i mean the previous note can do coloring too since beginning of note series

9. Xilam unregistered

I love these features. All of them are great use of he s-pen. Do you guys think the hovering features are improved since older Note - I found those to create frequent accidental inputs. Darkkjedii, you used many Note phones (I think). Do you see improvements for the hovering features? For the record I didn't have a chance to try it on Note 7.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It looks to be quite a bit improved, but I gotta get it into my hands to be sure. The S-Pen on the Note 7, was nearly perfect.

11. Xilam unregistered

So you know what I'm talking about then? Reminiscent of Note 5 and older, of course. If/when you do get one, find me on here - let me know if it's easier to navigate with s-pen hovering feature. (Screw the trolls and fanboys, you know? Say it how it is) I want to get it when prices drop to much more affordable or wait for a killer deal like BOGO and get one with someone who can afford the payments. I just want this phone so bad now that I've seen the presentation - it's more the way Apple does their phones - pass on gimmicky crap, improve hardware and features we need and already love, and clean up the UI where necessary - sounds perfect for me! Apple is too late to the screen to body ratio game to get my interest back - gotta reward companies that do strive to be first with trends - screen to body ratio was way overdue and LG and Samsung were first!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I sure will. I'll give you my honest opinion on it. Won't hold back.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Being able to hover over and open drop down menus on web pages was one of the things that initially sold me on the Note 2. So many great things about the pen have kept me coming back.

15. Xilam unregistered

The reason it's important to me is that I really like 3D Touch in iOS and it's features. (I know I sound like a fanboy). Hover for sub-menu in earlier Samsung phones were not so good. This is a bit of a workaround partially for what 3D Touch does in iOS. Also, is there any 3rd party app support for s-pen features?

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The next big thing!

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The art of bitçhslapping the competitors

5. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm hoping theywill bring the live messages to the s8+ however i think i will get this tho, in black.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Game over.

3. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

I want Android to have default stylus support.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Thing is the stylus technology here comes from Wacom and requires an additional layer in the screen and added costs. We will probably never see this kind of stylus support added to stock Android. It would be great if at least one manufacturer would bother to add this kind of stylus support to a device they made, so someone could actually compete with the Note.

16. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And what would you do if your stylus gets stuck or its lost? You scared of using your finger as controls for your phone?

2. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I have the S8 + , and i really want to switch!!

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

because you have the s8+, you can wait until you see it in person and then decide for yourself. I have the Note 5 and Im going to do that


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Tomorrow will not come soon enough.... Getting it straight from the horses mouth tomorrow. What time will pre order's begin..... 12:00am

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