Today, Spetember 15th, is the day the Note 8 will start shipping to the various retailers. What I have noticed since the announcement of this device is that it has been getting a lot of hate. Is it justified? Let’s find out.
Display: 6.3” 1440×2960 Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (HDR 10 Compliant)
Battery: 3300 mAh ( Non Removable)
OS: Android 7.1.1, planned upgrade to Android 8.0
Chipset: Snapdragon 835 (US/China) Exynos 8895 Octa (Global)
RAM: 6 GB
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 256 GB
Camera: Dual 12 MP Optically Stabilized (both), 8 MP Selfie camera
Sensors: Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Barometer, Heart Rate.
Colours: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue, Star Pink (Taiwan only)
Special Feature: S-Pen
The design of the Note 8 is quite similar to the S8. It has the same Infinity Display, rear mounted fingerprint scanner and the Bixby button. The placement of the fingerprint scanner is a surprise as it received a lot of criticism on the S8. Apart from that, the Note 8 sports Samsung’s first dual camera setup and they came strong this year, by using optically stabilized lens in both cameras. The bezels are a bit smaller and the screen, just a bit bigger than the S8 Plus (by 0.1 inches). It would have been a perfect design had we not seen it on the S8 before. Since this phone is made of glass and metal, be prepared for fingerprints, however you can wash it off since it is IP-68 water and dust resistant.
Much of the software of this device will be similar to the S8 but it does have some tricks up its sleeve via the S-Pen, which is a reason why the Note series is so attractive to many. The S-Pen has had some improvements in its Note taking capabilities and the new live message which allows you to draw a gif and send it via WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter or any of your favourite social media.
There is also the scrolling screenshot, which lets you scroll down on a page to take longer screenshot pictures. This is done by way of the S-Pen. Of course all of this takes place on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with the Samsung Experience. As with all Galaxy devices, the Note 8 will have the Android O update, though it may not be as soon as one would expect, it is better to wait since Google will have to work out some bugs. Galaxy flagships are guaranteed two major updates and security patches for up to 4 years.
The camera from this phone is simply outstanding. There are many filters and modes which take advantage of the light in the surroundings to capture the perfect picture and it is great in low light as well. Dynamic range and auto focus works the way you would expect it to work and then some, and can even produce excellent dynamic range when taking photos in the twilight for example. There is also live focus, which allows you to adjust the amount of blur you want in your selective focus picture as well as the ability to switch between the two lens, one wide angle and one telephoto. With two optically stabilized cameras, videos on the Note 8 will hardly have any stutters when videoing. Sound quality is also excellent and voices and sound are recorded crystal clear.
Surprisingly, the Note 8 actually packs 3300 mAh battery, which is smaller than the S8’s battery, which will lead to some disappointments, as the Note series is known for its huge batteries. However the Note 8 can last throughout a day and average Screen on Time is around 5 hours with the battery as a whole lasting throughout the day. This is on par with the S8 and with Android Oreo promising to improve battery life significantly, these numbers will just improve.
The performance from the Note 8 is nothing but perfection. Even with the presence of bloaware the Note 8 just blazes through daily tasks and handles rendering and gaming with ease. It has excellent memory management so no need to worry about closing apps to save RAM, which is 6 GB.
Samsung is the leader of the world when it comes to smartphone innovation and the Galaxy Note 8 may be the pinnacle of smart phone innovation. There is not much to complain about the Note 8 and may very well be the closest thing to perfection smartphone wise, with its big AMOLED display, memory card slot, big battery, fast charging and more. However the Note series is not for everyone, not just price wise but feature wise as well. The main difference between this and the S8 and S8 Plus is the S-Pen. With the price of the S8 dropping, it may be up to the buyer if the S-Pen is what you want or the S8.