A mere clone of Samsung Galaxy S8 with almost similar specs but a go-to phone for those who hated giving back their Note 7. A great phone for multi-tasker, as it is a highly powerful device; which has an overwhelmingly impressive and large screen and a boosted dual camera. But it is sure of a thing that it cost a fortune! Know more about it in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-on Review.
What We Like?
- Powerful phone
- Gorgeous Infinity Display
- Strong camera with optical image stabilization
- Handy S Pen features
- IP68 water resistant
What We Don’t?
- Poor fingerprint sensor placement
- No Android 8.0 Oreo
- Very Expensive
Highlights Of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-on Review:
- This incredibly ravishing looking phablet will impress you right at first glance. Though you might remember about your fear of battery explosion followed by the last year’s fiscal. But this time the company has ensured that they won’t be such incident again. However, when you hold this master piece in your hand, there are chances that you even get over that debacle in few seconds.
- However, regarding design this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has got so much similar to its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S8; And if you put both the handsets together, you will notice the same edge-to-edge Infinity Display; which comes with no bezel at all. While keeping the frame reasonably small; the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 took the lead in size; as it is 6.3-inch while Samsung S8 is 6.2-inch.
- Remarkably, the phone has got everything meets the requirements of today’s high-end and powerful phone with its robust performance and top of the notch innards. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands on review will shed light on the power and high-end processor and other specs.
- One thing that disappoints me is that Android Orea does not run this newly hatched phablet. Instead, Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) runs this beauty, but I was expecting to get it with Android Orea as it is the latest version of Android, and so is Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
- Also, there is no microSD card in Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but the storage that this phablet offers is quite enough; for the US it is 64GB. And the company will launch 128GB and 256GB versions for the international market.
- The TouchWiz user interface of Samsung is layered over Android that has prettied it up. The interface is quite smooth to use and does not feel sluggish while swiping over. Moreover, Multitasking has given a clear priority. Which is one of the significant features that the company has baked in its App Pair?
- When it comes to S Pen; you will get to know in Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review that it is no different than what we have seen with Samsung Galaxy Note 7. However, the features it has got are with the important refinements and it feels easy to use it over the phablet.
- As far as the battery is concerned, it comes totally safe. The company has made sure this time not to repeat what caused last year’s debacle. This time it has kept lighter battery that makes room in the phone’s cavity.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review will also let you know about the dual lens camera this latest phone is packed with. Keeping the company’s trend alive; the Note 8 has some really alluring feature in its camera.
- How can we forget to talk about the diva of voice assistants; the Samsung Bixby? The good news is, Bixby is available right from the launch. So, brace yourself to say Hello to Bixby with all its top class features.
- One more disenchanting thing is the placement of Fingerprint scanner. However, it is worth noting that we got to face the same issue with its predecessor too. Still, the company seems persistent about it.
It is time to get over the and forgive Samsung for what happened last year with Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and welcome the all good Samsung Galaxy Note 8 wholeheartedly. The very first look of this ravishing phablet with a beautiful stylus was enough to make me go for it. The screen with no bezel and curved edges further spell magic on me.
When I dig deep into its specifications and performance, I found it a massively powered phone with stronger innards and a good level of refinements in every aspect. Though, few things turned me off. But the overall device is something to go for it. Wait! Do not blindfold yourself to my advice if you own Samsung Galaxy S8 already. It is because the phone has got so many similarities with the previous flagship smartphone of Samsung except a few minor things. In this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-on review, we are going to know what are those things in details.
Specifications Of Samsung Galaxy Note 8:
Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
Announced: 2017, August
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in)
Weight: 195 g (6.88 oz)
Build: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual standby)
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 6.3 inches (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (~521 ppi pixel density)
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display
– Grace UX UI
OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset: Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – USA & China
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA & China
GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
Adreno 540 – USA & China
Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal: 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM
Primary: Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF), OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features: 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size @ 26 mm
1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size @ 52 mm
Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack: Yes
– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
– Samsung Desktop Experience support
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
Talk time: Up to 22 h (3G)
Music play: Up to 74 h
Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
About 1000 EUR
If you do not believe in the notion, “the larger, the better” then you may struggle here. It is because Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is quite a larger phone to carry in your hand; even larger than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. However, the iPhone 7 Plus can be the phone of this year that can match this Note 8 in terms of size and larger screen.
Screen And Display:
The stunningly designed QHD+ AMOLED gives a soothing effect to your eyes while using this large screen phablet. The perfect black is all that is needed to make it best for the viewers of Netflix and YouTube; also scrolling through pictures. The slightly strange 18.5:9 aspect ratio is weird at first, but it can be fitted by stretching videos and apps to fit it so that it won’t detract from anything. Like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Note 8 is HDR certified by the 4K Alliance, but the actual amount of HDR content around is still slim.
Following iPhone 7 and other phone’s dual-camera bandwagon; the mobile giant has also dabbled into dual lens camera. The Samsung Note 8 features two 12-megapixel cameras — both with optical image stabilization (OIS). However, its primary lens has a wide-angle, with a f/1.7 aperture; whereas the other telephoto lens has a f/2.4 aperture.
Furthermore, there is a Live Focus mode that is quite a similar to Portrait mode in iPhone 7 Plus. It enables you to capture a photo of any focused subject with a blur effect on the surrounding. However, the Live Focus mode is in a way better than Apple’s implementation; because it allows you to control the amount of blur effect before or after taking the picture.
The dual camera mode allows you to capture a close-up picture and a wide-angle picture simultaneously; so that you do not have to choose between the two modes at a time.
The fanatics of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are the most inquisitive about the battery. Whether or not this time the company has made a safe battery that won’t catch fire. And when the specs of this powerful phablet go out, and we got to know that this time the company has incorporated a smaller. Which raises questions by the fans whether or not this smaller battery could run a highly powerful phone with the top-notch level of specs.
Moreover, many analysts criticize the size of battery 3300mAh power seems too small to handle the power this high-end phone needs to have.
The phone has almost similar specs, the huge amount of storage, more RAM, a powerful CPU (either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895) and quite a broad range of robust functionalities; but battery size is smaller than Samsung S8 which can be an issue!
As far as safety measures are concerned, this time the company did not leave any end unclosed and made all the efforts to provide a safe and better battery in order to avoid the incident happened previously.
How can we not talk about the iconic S Pen in our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review? It is the key factor that makes the Note 8 special among other flagship phones of the South Korean giant. You will be happy to know that the latest version of S Pen comes with Note 8 is better than ever before. With 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, perfect weight and, a more flexible tip adds shine to it.
The company is once again successful in giving us a feeling that we are writing on paper; so smooth. But in fact, it is rubber on the glass; it is closer than ever before and the most accurate one.
Say Hello To Bixby:
Our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review calls this latest phablet the first ever phone to get the Samsung Bixby right from its launch. That means you do not have to wait months to get the update of Bixby functionality, unlike Samsung Galaxy S8.
Moreover, you will have all the features of Bixby; offering a broad range of ways to interact with your phone. You can get the physical press the Bixby button and get the ball rolling with any task you want it to perform. The demo has shown has that this Samsung’s very own voice assistant Bixby performs just so well and it is incredibly accurate and powerful to be a voice assistant one can expect to be in Samsung’s flagship Note iteration.
Biometric Placement Glitch Is Persistent:
The disappointment we had when we got the fingerprint scanner on the rear in Samsung Galaxy S8; does remain persistent this time also. The fans were expecting that this annoying placement of biometric would be resolved in Samsung Galaxy Note 8. But the company seems to stand by its stance; which is very annoying.
In my opinion, Samsung did not do much to make the Note 8 stand out because it seems a mere copy or a sensible combination of its previous iteration without a boom. Basically, it is just a beefed-up version of Samsung S8 and S8 Plus with the same specs and high-end innards.
However, its excessive power may lure some lot of users who are looking for 64GB RAM and the latest CPU in the market.
Should I Buy It?
Our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review must have answered it in a better way, but I would suggest if you already own a Samsung Galaxy S8 series then you don’t need to spend a fortune on this Note 8. However, if you are an admirer of a larger screen and loves to use S Pen, then this could be your go-to phone.