Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gains Telstra Blue Tick certification
Samsung's latest premium phone has gained Telstra's tick of approval for bush use.
Telstra tests for and maintains a list of phones that qualify for its "Blue Tick" scheme. This designation requires that a phone have superior coverage in regional and rural areas where the distances between mobile towers is increased and thus overall coverage can be tougher to maintain. At its Australian media launch for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung announced that, like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 has gained Telstra's Blue Tick certification.
Samsung has also stated that owing to the huge demand for the Note 8, it will ship out pre-ordered phones early, with phones already shipping to early direct and carrier contract pre-order buyers. There's no defined timeline for when you might see your shiny new Galaxy Note 8, however. The Note 8 is already on pre-sale with general availability set for 22 September 2017, which is this Friday, but if you're a Note 8 early adopter, you may find a surprise waiting for you a few days early.
We've already gone hands-on with the Note 8 for an early review, which you can read here and we're working up our full review now. If you're curious about how Telstra tests for Blue Tick compatibility, we've toured Telstra's labs to find out how it's done. You can read about it here.