With the great failure of the Note 7 last year, Samsung hopes to make a comeback with its newly released Galaxy Note 8. Released just a few hours ago, the phone does seem to be promising on paper. Here is all you need to know about the phone.
The phone is somewhat a mix of the rectangular edges seen in previous Note phones and the Infinity Display seen on the recently released S8 and S8+. The Note 8 features a 6.3 inch AMOLED screen with a Quad-HD display (2560X1440 pixels). The phone has a pixel density of 522 and has curved edges on both the sides just like the Note 7. It weighs 195 grams, which is quite heavy (22 grams more than the S8, 40 grams more than the OnePlus 5). The phone has very thin bezels. The screen-to-body ratio has not been officially announced but calculations prove it to be more than the S8. In my personal opinion, the design on this phone really beautiful and the big screen size is compensated by the reduced body-to-screen ratio.
The phone comes with either Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 or the Snapdragon 835. It packs 6 Gigabytes of RAM and sadly has only a 64 Gigabyte storage option. However, the phone does support expandable storage up to 2 TB through its hybrid SIM slot. The phone packs a 3300 mAh battery over the last 3500 mAh one on the Note 7 for all the right reasons. Samsung has ensured people that the device has gone through various steps to ensure protection and to prevent malfunction. With no reports of any S8s exploding, Samsung seems to be safe this year. Just like the S8, the fingerprint sensor is located on the back. The phone can be charged using USB-C and also supports wireless charging.
For the Note 8, Samsung has gone for a dual camera setup with two 12 megapixel sensors at the back. The phone has an 8 megapixel front sensor but Samsung didn’t seem to market it as much in the launch event. The dual-cameras though, allow a variety of features. Samsung claims that the phone is excellent in low light Seen on other phones such as the LG G6, the phone has a wide angle lens which allows a wider range. However, the Note 8 can also offers a portrait mode (seen on the iPhone 7+, the OnePlus 5 and many others) which blurs out the background using real-time software. Moreover, the camera also allows the user change the focus of the image after it is clicked. This feature was seen on the Honor 6X. The phone allows 2X Optical Zoom too. The camera also has Optical Image Stabilization and supports 4K video recording at 30 fps. With these much features, the camera does seem impressive. Samsung has merged different technologies seen on different phones and implemented them into their phone.
The phone runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1. Over the past year, Samsung has changed the way it has dealt with software and made quite less interfering. TouchWiz now has less bloatware. However, the Note 8’s software shows all its magic when you whip out the S Pen. It allows navigating through the phone and using it so seamless. Samsung continues to provide more and more software features to integrate with the S Pen, all while making the software better with each update. The phone is definitely going to get the next 2 major Android updates, if we go by what Samsung has done with past flagships.
Features on the Note 8
The Note series had always been big on features. The S Pen integration, edge gestures are known to be first (and only) seen in this series. The S Pen is now 0.7 mm thick with 4096 levels of pressure. Samsung’s new AI assistant, Bixby, will also be ready for use with the phone out of the box. While it is very unpolished and is not as good as compared to Siri or Google Assistant, it is still strong in some areas and will become a worthy competitor to the same if Samsung constantly improves on it. The phone and S Pen are IP68 resistant. The phone has the older Samsung features such as the Always-On-Display, a memo on the lock screen, split screen multitasking, full sentence translation and currency conversion and many more. The Note 8 is compatible with the Samsung DeX which allows one to use the phone as a whole desktop. The features also look quite impressive on paper.
Price and Availability
The phone will be available in 4 colors: Deepsea Blue, Maple Gold, Midnight Black and Orchid Grey. However, the gold and blue colors wont be available at the launch in the US. Although, Samsung is expected to introduce a new color along the line. The phone is going to be priced at $950 with AT&T, $930 with T-Mobile and $960 with Verizon. Samsung will provide $425 trade-in discount to former Note 7 owners who are willing to buy the Note 8. Pre-orders with the phone will contain a Gear 360 Bundle for free. It will be available for purchase from 15th September.
In my opinion, the phone does look good for heavy users and it is feature packed. Only real life tests can further allow users to see how good the phone actually is. What do you like/hate about the phone? Comment down below!
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