26-10-2017 Haider Ali Khan
Samsung has begun where it had left after the success of their flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The South-Korean technology giant has yet again brought its next flagship called the Galaxy Note 8, extending its Note series after the debacle which have had happened with Note 7. It has all the reasons to be happy and smiling once again as the Note 8 is getting some rave reviews across the different geographies where it has been launched. It was launched in India on the day when its immediate competitor Apple was launching its range of products in US. I wasn’t that amazed with the first look as I have been using S8 and it’s more or less on the same lines when it comes to design. But this does not mean that the phone isn’t amazing, it is. In one word it could be said that the Galaxy Note 8 is an extension of S8 with more features such as dual rear lens and advanced S Pen.
74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm | 195g | Android,7.1.1 (Nougat) | 6.3 / 2960 x 1440 | 6GB RAM, 64GB | 3300 mAh | 12MP, 8MP | Dual Nano-SIM
Now, you have to admit that love at first sight happens and it’s true with Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The 6.3-inches of display with a very thin bezel looks stunning especially while checking the photos which you have clicked with this phone. The edges of this phone reminded of infinity with the curves it has. On the left of the phone there are volume rocker and the Bixby launcher, the power button is on the right side of the phone. On the top it has got the hybrid SIM tray and on the bottom of the device there are audio jack, USB port, speaker grille and S Pen cabinet. The back of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is shinier and glossy glass surface which adds to the rich premium looks of the phone. The glass back allows wireless charging. The Note 8 is water resistant to IP68 standards, which can withstand 1.5 meters of submersion.
The screen as the Samsung calls it ‘Infinity screen’ literally proves it worth and the mammoth size of it really looks gorgeous and beautiful, especially when the screen is on always on mode, in hands at night. It is going to sway the attention and perspective towards Samsung. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back in the same row along with the camera and the flash. But, you might end up touching the lens more often than not while trying to unlock the device. I didn’t like the placing of fingerprint scanner as was the case with S8. Samsung should have thought on this while designing. It also has the face recognition to go with that. There’s also a sensitive home button icon built on the bottom of the screen. With 195grams of weight the phone doesn’t bother you either, whether in hand or in pocket.
The display is just next to infinity when you compare it to smartphones and not tablets. The company has stretched an inch more as compared to S8 and now many more OEMs have started following this trend such as Micromax. The massive 6.3-inch of display gives the amazing viewing experience, whether you’re watching movies or playing games. The curved edges make it look more astonishing. You can swipe use the right edge of the phone for customization of your favorite apps and contacts.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a Quad HD Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2960X1440 pixels with 521 pixels per inch (ppi).The screen has the ratio of 18:5:9 which give perfect video viewing experience without the black bars. The games are going to get more exciting with this device. The screen is certainly its USP combined with S Pen and dual rear lens.
The Note 8 is the first phone to come with Bluetooth 5.0, which gives a better range and the ability to deliver audio to two different Bluetooth devices at the simultaneously. It also supports Samsung DeX, a dock which can help turning the phone into a PC with the help of a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Samsung Galaxy S8 will also come with Samsung Pay support that means you can actually pay using your mobile phone at almost all card accepting shops. It does perform the entire task with Andoid 7.1.1, Exynos 8895 and ample storage. The Note 8 has increased the ease of use with its S Pen which is making a comeback in the Note devices. It also comes preembedded with Samsung Pay for digital transactions. The smartphone also comes with one time screen replacement warranty as well.
The Galaxy Note 8 sports two 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 and f/2.4, with fast focus, 2x optical zoom, PDAF, dual tone LED flash and autofocus, images are perfectly exposed with the lens. The camera also has features such as Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/ smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama mode to name a few. The dual lens produces some of the excellent and brilliantly exposed images.
The selfie lens is of 8MP with f/1.7, optical image stabilization, and it does shoots 4K videos. The cameras work perfectly fine in sync with the phone and give some stunning shots, particularly the night shots. The image does not pixilate on zooming either to an extent. I have zero doubt that this phone will disappoint any of the selfie-lover or any amateur photographer.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs on the same platform, i.e, Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor with 10nm processor which is equivalent to Snapdragon 835 which they have used in S8. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded also via microSD cardupto 256GB. The performance of the device is simply unmatched. It delivers on all parameters of multitasking, thus making it a perfect device in the town right now. We have had played high graphics games to check the output and the results were brilliant.
The Note 8 is Android Nougat 7.1.1 compatible and everything is at ease with Note 8. Despite using multiple windows simultaneously the phone responded smoothly and in quick time.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets power from a 3,300 mAh battery, which is enough for the large screen device to last for a day, easily. Being a Super AMOLED phone it tends to last longer than the usual. While the idea behind 3,300 mAh cell could be the company wanted it to look sleek and lightweight at the same time, though it’s enough for a normal user like me. What I liked in battery is that Samsung has overcome the problem of heating with Note 8 like it used to be in S8. I have used the device for quite long in one go but it does not showed any signs of heating.
The phone clearly emerges as a winner at the moment. With high end specs and stunning features the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 wins the heart in every domain. The only problem it might face is the price which is Rs 67,900, but,it’s not a mass product either and the company would expect a good sale from this marvelous product during the festive season in India. Certainly! It’s going to change the fortune for Samsung and its Note series, worldwide despite of tough competition with its arch rival Apple’s new launches.