Samsung knew that its flagship phones need a strong makeover from both design and performance point of view. The company has launched the Galaxy Note 8 that looks a better choice over the other upgrades from the company. The smartphone looks more attractive and premium than its other family members. Galaxy Note 8 comes with an infinity display with the dual rear camera. The company has recently upgraded the phone’s OS to Android 8.1 Oreo. Along with this the phones also comes with more features including adjusting the depth of the images post-capture. On paper, the specifications and features of the phone look much interesting. This made us review the phone and come up with the true Galaxy Note 8 review. During the period of 4 weeks, we have used the phone as the primary smartphone and put it through all the tasks.
The phone is really fast and the dual rear camera is just amazing
The phone was introduced by Samsung in August 2017 and finally released in September. Galaxy Note 8 is available at $929 which is the most expensive no-Apple smartphone, however, the company didn't reveal the total number of the phones it has sold yet.
The phone comes with an aluminum frame that covers the entire body along with adding a decent border. The new Galaxy model is much taller than the previous Note that makes it look like a small tablet instead of a phone. The front and back both are covered with the glass that makes it handle with care in hands. The infinity display of the phones makes the front side a whole display side with an interactive screen. The phone is basically 9m taller than the previous Note. However, the big size is manageable by stretching fingers over the screen. The minimum bezel of the phone contains the sensors at the top and a small chin at the bottom. Galaxy Note 8 is a bit heavy with 195gm in hands due to a large screen and the full metal body. The phone comes with a long 6.3 inches super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, which is the best in the market. The display contains the latest AMOLED technology to deliver the breathtaking full HD resolution. The phones posses the 83.2 percent screen to body ratios along with 18:5:9 aspect ratio. The screen of the Galaxy phone is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is the latest in the market.
The Galaxy phone is quite big with infinity display but it seems like size isn't the problem while operating it as the design has taken care of the size. The dual rear camera is positioned at the back with a fingerprint sensor. The display containing the super AMOLED technology is so powerful that in the dark it seems like you are holding a piece of light in your hand.
In order to break out, the usual specification chain, Samsung goes beyond the normal chipset. The company has embedded an Exynos 8895 Octa for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset to the Galaxy phone for the US and China. The chipset of the phone is coupled with an Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) for USA & China. In order to power up the Galaxy phone with strong hardware, there is a 6GB RAM that is available under three different variants including 32/64/128 GB of internal storage. Along with this, the Galaxy phone comes with the dual SIM support however the MicroSD uses the SIM 2 slot that means the users needs to make a tough decision. The internal storage is expandable up to 400GB using the microSD slot. The rear camera gives the dual lens where the 12MP lens acts as the primary sensor and comprises f/1.7 aperture with dual pixel PDAF and the secondary lens contains the f/2.4 aperture. The camera comes with the number of features like OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama. Galaxy Note 8 also contains an 8MP front camera that comes with f/1.7 aperture and auto HDR mode for capturing the unrivaled selfies.
In order to justify the price and the high-end specification tag, the company has incorporated the Iris scanner for unlocking the phone. The fingerprint sensor is mounted at the back of the camera which is a perfect place for the huge place. Galaxy Note 8 has been given a non-removable 3300mAh Li-Ion battery that works well against the phones requirement of power for the high-end hardware support.
The S pen of the Galaxy series is the most underestimated part that could have been a great support to the smartphone. Most of the people are excited about the S Pen but after buying they won't be able to hold on it for more than a week and soon it just becomes invisible to them. However, the Galaxy Note 8 has changed that things as the company have redefined the use of pen by adding new features that will make it a regularly used part of the phone. The S pen was introduced with the Galaxy Note 7 that already holds features like jotting down the things with white ink on turned off the screen with the pen, GIF capture and translate. However, the Note 8 comes adds the ability of Live Messages and creating animations that can be sent to anyone via GIF.
The latest Note upgrade from Samsung is undoubtedly the best phone from the company till date. Galaxy Note 8 is delicately warped in the premium design with the powerful specs including 6GB RAM which makes it lightning fast and performs every task you throw at it. The company’s first dual rear camera is beyond the expectation works exceptionally well and gives amazing low light images with high-quality videos. However, in order to hold this much of power in your hand, you need to pay a fortune. In addition, the battery didn't last up at least a full day which is disappointing for the users
Where to buy: MSRP $950.00
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.
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