With the latest flagship, Samsung Galaxy Note 8; the company has aimed to make a comeback in its Note lineup; after what happened with Note 7(let’s not recall all that). It is a perfect combo of beauty and performance; that is topped with a touch of class. However, it is quite a hefty expense to get your hands on. The beautiful display that pumps out ravishingly lush colors and immersive deep black. It offers faster 6GB of RAM performance and two outstanding rear cameras. We have shed some light on the details of its features and specs in our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review.
What We Like?
- Premium glass and metal build
- Gorgeous and large display
- Improved S Pen features
- Excellent camera quality
- microSD expansion
- IP68 certified
- Fluid performance
What We Don’t?
- Most expensive Galaxy Note to date
- Phone is very tall
- Fingerprint sensor still awkwardly placed
Highlights Of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review
Display And Design:
- 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display’ redefines the Note aspect and feel
- But it’s 9mm more outlandish than any Note smartphone – it’s the new huge
- Water-resistant up to 1.5m (5ft) for 30 minutes
- The best color, Deep Sea Blue, won’t start right away
- No substantial home button denotes a rear fingerprint sensor
- It’s moreover from the camera vs. the, S8 and S8 Plus sensor
- Iris scanner and face unlock are cheap replacements
The S Pen:
- Simple to sign papers and write straight on screenshots
- Note-taking grows with available off-screen memos
- Live Messages, GIF Capture, add fun to this potency tool
- Impossible to slow down thanks to the new 6GB of RAM
- The Snapdragon 835 chip is fast. The Exynos chip is faster
- 64GB, but includes a microSD card slot for extra storage
- Bixby could be better than Siri and Assistant, but isn’t
- It can fully execute commands, substituting the need for touch
- The biggest problem? It’ll have trouble knowing you
- Bixby 2.0 is on the way, Samsung announced in October
- Two 12MP cameras with optical image stabilization best iPhone 7 Plus
- We relished its 2x optical zoom for telephoto pictures, portrait photos
- Its 4K video quality and OIS are great, but LG allows more powers
- Smaller 3,300mAh battery has Samsung going conventional
- All-day battery life, but drains faster and charges slower
The three key distinctions between Samsung’s Galaxy Note line and the Galaxy S series are a more angular shape; the inclusion of the S Pen stylus, and a bigger screen. With the new Galaxy Note 8; there’s another feature that gives it the edge against this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: Dual cameras.
Is It Safe?
We spent a week with it for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review; and we’ve yet to go into any obstacles with the battery. Now that doesn’t mean it’s free from deficits; but an independent review organization, UL Consumer; said the “Note 8 had completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols.”
Samsung also created an eight-point battery safety check; which was first employed on the Galaxy S8. It includes putting the batteries through austere tests; from charging, discharging, and X-Rays, to stability tests and visual inspections.
So, we declare it in our Samsung Galaxy 8 review; that its batteries are likely among the safest smartphone batteries you can purchase this year — Samsung doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice.
- 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED
- US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- International: Samsung Exynos Octa core
- 64GB (US) / 128GB / 256GB
- microSD expansion
- Back: Dual 12MP cameras with OIS. Wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4
- Front: 8MP f/1.7
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Wireless charging
- NFC and MST for Samsung Pay
- USB Type-C
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- LTE Cat. 16
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
On the surface, the Galaxy Note 8 presents a very intimate design; that we’ve grown used to from Samsung over the past couple of years. Glass is the chief material of selection stuffing up the complete front and back; and a durable metal case sheathing around the outline keeps it all together. One point that you’ll mark that is quite distinct from last year’s Note 7 or the more popular Galaxy S8 is; that the body is much more square and pointed. Even the dual bent display is less proclaimed this time around.
Instead of a perfectly uniform taper between the metal and glass all the way around; the Note 8 has a much more well-defined severance between the glass and metal and the bottoms are much flatter; supplying a phone that’s typically slick a lot more grip. Of course, the biggest impediment with any smartphone made predominantly of glass or any glistening materials is how apt it is to fingerprints. Depending on the shade; it may be more or less noticeable; but you’ll still want to have a sweeping cloth nearby if you need your phone seeming primitive at all times.
The only other significant cosmetic design modification; I noticed while writing Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review; is that the camera is housed on the back is black instead of being color coordinated with the body of the phone. On the black version it combines in seamlessly; but on any other color you’ll get a visor-like look which seems pretty fashionable to my eyes; but it’s a design preference that not everyone is going to relish.
At 2960 x 1440 pixels (‘WQHD+,’ 522ppi), the 6.3-inch panel unquestionably isn’t left wanting when it comes to resolution. The trouble is, you’ll rarely see that many pixels being put to great use. In its default ‘optimised’ power case, the Galaxy Note 8 only provides apps and photos at 2220 x 1080 pixels (‘FHD+,’ 392ppi), and 1480 x 720 pixels (‘HD+,’ 261ppi) when in power-saving mode. It’s only when you switch to Performance mode, to the loss of battery life, that the Note 8 fires on all cylinders and pixels. Read on our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review to know more about it.
The Galaxy Note 8 is the fastest and firmest Samsung smartphone you can buy; credits to its souped-up interior specs, including the all-new 6GB of RAM and latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. In the UK and other regions it’s even faster, courtesy of Samsung’s Exynos chipsets.
We couldn’t stall this phone down if we attempted – and we did try. Running Geekbench software, the Note 8 CPU averaged a 6,524 multi-core score under regular use.
We couldn’t even go below the 6,000 mark when pulling it down by downloading a ludicrous number of apps, running Google Maps and pumping music in the background all at the same time (6,164 was the lowest we hit).
This is much speedier than our S8 Plus tests, which eventually did break the 6,000 barriers, but under ideal conditions.
All of this is outstanding news for multitaskers and power-users who want to fully take benefit of this S Pen-equipped device and check the productivity advantages of the plug-and-play DeX docking station. And while the Note 8 arrives with just the one storage option – 64GB of internal storage – it incorporates a microSD card slot for augmentation. Our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review thinks it does not lack in any way productivity-wise.
Apparently, we can’t talk about the Note 8 without specifying the S Pen; after all, this is the trademark feature that represents the Galaxy Note line. The original hardware of the S Pen itself persists nearly alike to last year. It highlights the same clickable top; a 0.7 mm ballpoint-sized tip; and over 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. The significant modifications to the S Pen are really within the accompanying software features; which we will fall into in the software portion of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review.
Other hardware on the Note 8 covers pretty much everything that you would want except for the kitchenette sink. There’s a microSD card slot for extra storage should you demand more than what the phone allows internally (a 128 GB and 256 GB version were announced, but at launch, we’re only seeing the 64 GB base model).
Fast wireless charging abilities, Bluetooth 5 and gigabit LTE support are all on board, and an IP68 certification implies it is dust and water resistant and can resist submersion in up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
For all you headphone jack fanatics out there, you’ll be very glad to know that the Note 8 still has one as Samsung is one of the few smartphone makers left that is preferring to keep this feature intact. At least for now.
The fingerprint sensor is now imperceptibly more recessed making it simpler to spot by feel and Samsung repositioned the camera flash and heart rate monitor to sit in between the cameras and fingerprint sensor providing you more opportunity for misunderstanding when approaching for the fingerprint sensor.
The Galaxy Note line has always granted an imperceptibly twitched version of the software ascertained in the Galaxy S flagship and with the Galaxy Note 8; the practice is mainly the same as that seen on the Galaxy S8 with a few fundamental changes. The latest productivity device delivers the now-familiar S Pen menu that pops up whenever you disconnect the pen (or when you click the button while hovering over the screen). With it comes a refinement in the features of Samsung’s stylus.
The most fabulous new feature is Live Message, which allows you record the pen strokes of writing a short message, turning it into an animated GIF. Appended effects like sparkles and neon illumination add more flair, and the impact is delightful GIFs that you can convey to friends and anyone else. It’s not specifically productive, but it’s fun and useful and lets you score personality to your daily communication.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera is the best on any phone we’ve tested while writing Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review for three purposes: it takes clear, colorful photos, has a brilliant new bokeh (background blur) effect, and it anchors you up with an easy-to-use, yet full-featured camera app.
Having two rear cameras makes a world of diversity for bokeh-rich ‘Live Focus’ photos. This is Samsung’s response to the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode. It too blears photo backgrounds, which diminishes photobombing intrusions and makes your significant subject stand out. Don’t fret though; it keeps both the zoomed-in Live Focus photo and a full primary photo by default, which is a unique and welcome touch.
What’s changed is that Samsung allows you set the depth of field blur. A bokeh slider bar is exposed when you’re capturing the photo, and it doesn’t go away after you’ve clicked the picture. Having more authority over this background blur effect further highlights the potential of two cameras.
Samsung’s telephoto lens is also high-grade. Its second rear camera’s 2x optical zoom gains from optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS means the inner lens shifts to pay for your trembling hands, and it’s something the iPhone’s telephoto camera needs. The Note 8 makes great gaits in lessening photographer’s remorse.
We’ve discussed how safe the battery is, but how long does it last? With a 3,300mAh battery size, the Note 8 will likely last you around a full day of use. For light usage, we completed a day with around 40 percent by 7 p.m. With medium to heavy use, we usually ended with 30 percent or less by 6 p.m; when testing it for our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review.
The good thing is the Note 8 supports Samsung’s Adaptive fast charging technology. Our phone for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review went from 40 percent to 92 percent in under an hour. If you’re a supporter of wireless charging; you’ll be delighted to know it’s supported.
Price And Availability:
Samsung gives a standard limited warranty that guards your device against manufacturing flaws one year from the date of purchase. It does not protect damage from water or random drops.
The Note 8 will cost a whopping $930 unlocked, and it’s available for pre-order from all major carriers, and retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon. It hits shelves on September 15.
Our Point Of View:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best big phone you can purchase. For once, it’s more than just the size of the screen and the power of the S Pen that count. It also takes superior telephoto and bokeh-rich photos with its new dual-lens array, and it clocks in faster with 6GB of RAM.
There a cost to pay, however. It’s a taller phone with a steeper price tag. It needs a lot of finger-stretching to approach the outer edges of the screen and costs more money than any other Note phone. You’re also only receiving all-day battery life that’s weaker than expected, probably thanks to last year’s recall. It’s smaller, shall we say, Note-worthy.
The Note 8 is Samsung’s big phone homecoming, its dual-lens camera debut and its 6GB of RAM premier wrapped into one. It makes quite an entrance. Let’s just hope it doesn’t make another quick exit. So, it was all from Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review; let us know your views in the comment section below.