Both of the handsets were also expected to come with the yet unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which is designed to handle Qualcomm's complex 3D facial recognition technology.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, meanwhile, are stuck on LCD.
"[Phil] Schiller had to initially talk up the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as representing the best iPhones ever", Cybart writes of the phones' announcement in a brief today. While dual-lens configurations are now a relatively common sight on high-end smartphones, the Note 8 is one of the only devices to use optical image stabilisation on both lenses.
Who says only the iPhone gets this much attention?
For a company trying to reinvigorate consumer excitement for what has become an annual more-of-the-same iPhone launch event, a new phone that is noticeably more powerful, does more than before and improves productivity could just do the trick.
Sure, individual importers can always open and activate region-locked Note 8s, but it's an additional barrier to entry which prevents mass distribution of Samsung phones outside of their intended area.
There's no doubt that when we compare iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8, we are comparing three of the top devices on the market. This has been the dream of science fiction writers for decades. No one wants a repeat of the Note 7 debacle, but that decision is still going to have an impact on users. Minimum OS requirement is Android 7.0 Nougat. Heck, Qualcomm's CPU has recently been even adapted to Windows 10.
The latest ad from the Sammy stable focuses on the Live Messaging feature of the Galaxy Note 8. A few tweaks aside, it follows the same stale design blueprint as the iPhone 6, released in 2014. But they do lack some photo features available on more premium models.
"By launching the Note 8 now, Samsung gets the oxygen of publicity ahead of Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 8". Actually, it's Samsung that supplies the OLED displays for the iPhone X.
Earlier in April, Samsung offered Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus through a similar scheme in Iran via four online shops, namely DigiKala, HamahangIT, Parsamtel and MicroTel. However many people find the iPhones overpriced given the features it bears. AR Kit on iOS 11 will lead to an era of new AR enabled applications.
Apple's new iPhone X is special. Samsung Knox7 provides defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers and with Secure Folder, keeps your personal and professional data separate. Leaked specs will not tell you this. It has flashy upgrades, facial recognition and animated emoji, all in celebration of the iPhone's 10th anniversary.
Last year Samsung also patented a foldable device design which led to a stream of rumors with people claiming Samsung would release a foldable device in 2017.
Apple also unveiled an updated smartwatch and an upgraded streaming video system for 4K high-definition television.
Apple says refurbished phones include a new battery and outer shell, and have a one-year warranty. The technology is still being perfected to decrease distortion and increase pixel count in areas of curvature. In fact, this isn't restricted to Apple's iPhone. It hasn't been confirmed exactly what variants the other regions will be getting, however.