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Galaxy Note 8 preview: This could heal those deep wounds

11 September 2017 5

After the last year Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, most of the gadget experts and Samsung fans expect that Samsung might not revive their Galaxy Note branding due to the disastrous ending of ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. However, Samsung came back strongly this year with the Galaxy Note 8. The new flagship phablet is the company's humble return to the giant display smartphones. With in a year design changed significantly.

The new Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung's answer to the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. This year Samsung brought tons of new features with the Galaxy Note 8 including ravishing design, top of the line hardware, first Samsung's flagship with dual rear cameras, improved S PEN Stylus and the slightly smaller battery cell. Like always whenever a new flagship smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how well this device will compete against its rivalries. We already compared the latest Galaxy Note 8 against all its competitors.

Now is the perfect time to have a preview of the latest Galaxy Note 8 to know the device in detail.We are pretty hopeful this preview will give you all info regarding the device in detail, it will be helpful for those who are planning to pre-order or already pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 8. Starting with the design as it is the first thing buyers consider while purchasing a new smartphone.

74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

Without any doubt, the new Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best looking smartphone available in the market. The Note 8 brings iterative design which Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Samsung stuck with the Infinity Display with dual curved edges on the left and right side. The chassis is made up of metal with ultra-thin bezels on the top and bottom edge.

The display and rear side glass are protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0. The rear glass attracts fingerprints so continuous usage will surely put some greasy marks. However, it isn't surprising at all as most of the smartphones with glass rear attracts fingerprints. The device and S Pen Stylus both are IP68 certified which means it can survive under 1.5-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

The dual rear cameras are slightly protruding. The Galaxy Note 8 doesn't have physical buttons but instead, it has the pressure-sensitive home button. The volume controllers and Bixby physical button are placed on the left edge whereas the power button is on the right edge. It has USB Type-C connectivity port and 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output via headphones. The S Pen Stylus slot is on the bottom edge. The SIM card tray is on the top edge.

The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras, heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, and flashlight. It isn't easy to access the rear fingerprint scanner on the go because of its gigantic body. Although the device can be comfortably grabbed single handily but it won't be easy for the user with small hands. However, the good thing is users can activate the one-handed mode which is not activated by default but it will be pretty useful for most of the buyers.

Display

The Galaxy Note 8 is featuring a 6.3-inches display which is significantly larger than its competitor 5.5-inches of iPhone 7 Plus. Samsung removed the chunky bezels from top and bottom to create more space to play. The device aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and its screen resolution is QuadHD+ with 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display pixels density is 522 pixels per inch.

By default power mode, the Galaxy Note 8 showcase photos and apps in FullHD+ with 1080 x 2220 pixels whereas in the power-saving mode it reduces the screen resolution to 720 x 1480 pixels. However, if you want your device to showcase its real strength you have to switch to Performance mode. It features AMOLED display panel which is sharper, better color saturation and deep blacks than traditional LCD panel. No doubt, the dual curved Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best display available in the market.

Hardware

Being the latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 8 features the latest hardware under the hood available in the market. The US variant has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC whereas the rest of the world will receive Exynos 8895 Chipset. Apart from real life test, the smartphone's performance can be checked on benchmark tests as well. On Geekbench 4 single-core test Galaxy Note 8 managed to score 2003 points whereas on the multicore test the results are 6,666 points. The device AnTuTu benchmark results are 171,413 points. The benchmark results showcase the device performance isn't significantly better than the first flagship of the year Galaxy S8 lineup.

The device can easily handle 3D games and multi tasking quite easily without any glitch. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is pretty much capable to be your work and daily routine companion. The Octa-core Chipset on both the devices accompanied with 6GB RAM. The base variant native storage is 64GB which is further expandable using MicroSD card. The top of the line variant has built-in 128GB memory.

Specs Galaxy Note 8
Display 6.3-inches Super AMOLED
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Eynos 8895/Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB
Storage 64/128GB
Rear camera Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1
IP68 Yes
USB Type-C
Colors Midnight Black+ Gold+ Grey+ Blue
Camera

For the first time, Samsung opted a dual camera setup. One of the reasons behind the inclusion of dual camera setup is to differentiate it from the Galaxy S8 lineup. The Galaxy Note 8 primary rear camera is the wide-angle 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The secondary lens is the telescopic 12MP sensor with 2x optical zoom and f/2.4 aperture.

The primary sensor is same Samsung used on the Galaxy S8 lineup. Its results are pretty great with excellent details. Samsung brought a number of modes for regular usage as well as Pro users. Both the sensors have optical image stabilization that's why images won't be blurred if even you capture while moving.

The secondary rear sensor is something exciting for Samsung fans. The focal length of this sensor is double for the primary sensor which allows the user to zoom up to 2x without any effect on the image quality. However, this sensor aperture isn't large as opposed to the primary sensor that's why it will capture less light in low light conditions.

The best thing is if you want to capture solely using Zoom lens, there is a new Live Focus tool which allows the user to focus on the subject while defocusing the background during capturing portraits. On the Galaxy Note 8, the bokeh effect works extremely good. In case if you don't like zoom lens results, you can shift to the primary lens to capture using the trusted sensor which proves it self better than most of its rivals. You can shoot slow-motion videos of HD quality at 240 frames per second. It can record 4K videos. Up front, the selfie capturing sensor is wide angle 8MP module which can easily fit three people in a single shot.

Software

In past, Samsung custom UI layer was much criticized because of its bloatware, ordinary icons, and sluggish speed. Samsung improved drastically in a year or so since the release of Marshmallow based TouchWiz UI. With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung improved the skin further, the amount of bloatware is also reduced and also the company tried to bring light UI experience with slight tweaks to make it unique against it competitors.

This year Samsung announced their own AI assistant Bixby with the Galaxy S8, now it's further refined version is coming with the Galaxy Note 8. It learns commands in English and the best thing is it only listen when you call it using physical Bixby button on the left edge. Most of the tasks Bixby perform are already performed by Google Assistant but it does few more tasks like opening settings, writing status on Facebook and many others. However, still, we have to say Bixby require a long time to be mature enough.

Samsung is also offering a number of customization features, you can choose a number of icon designs, themes. Thanks to its gigantic display, it's fun to use the split-screen feature. The Galaxy Note 8 can be unlocked using facial and iris scanner so you don't have to rely on fingerprint scanner only to unlock your device.

The Galaxy Note 8 iris scanner works quite efficiently but if you wear glasses that won't suit you at all. Also in case of facial recognition, you can't the ad on from what you register. For instance, if you registered without glass, you can't unlock it after wearing glasses.

S-Pen Stylus

The S Pen Stylus is placed in a dedicated slot on the bottom. Its overall writing experience is pretty close to the natural writing. Samsung improved the S Pen pressure sensitivity to 4096 points. Also, Samsung put a special UI layer to get the full benefit of the S Pen. You can take quick notes even when the device is in standby. All you need to do is pull out the S Pen Stylus.

Further features of S Pen can be accessed by simply pressing the physical button of the Pen. It will open a shortcut wheel with a number of options. Now you can also turn your images into animated Gifs. Frequently used apps can also be added to the shortcut wheel. In case if you forgot to pop in your S Pen Stylus, an alarm will sound if S Pen is not docked properly.


Battery life

One of the important aspects where Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might disappoint is its 3,300mAh battery cell. On normal to heavy usage, the device doesn't survive more than a day but instead, the user will have to charge the device by the end of the day. However, the best thing is it charges quickly with in 60 minutes from 0 to 100. So that user who want to take this device during the holiday, you should have a good battery pack alongside with you.

Conclusion

If you are Samsung fan for sure you will be thinking about whether you should go for Galaxy Note 8 or the Galaxy S8 Plus. The difference in price tag is above $100. The Galaxy Note 8 owners will have added the advantage of dual rear cameras, S Pen Stylus over the Galaxy S8 Plus but also they have to satisfy on a smaller battery cell. The Galaxy S8 Plus is more compact and can be used easily single handily.

The Galaxy Note 8 could become your choice if you are looking for a dual rear camera flagship and above all S Pen Stylus is useful for your not. However, you will have to make sure your power-saving mode is always on. Samsung did a commendable job in reviving the Galaxy Note branding but battery issue is once again here but not self-destructive like predecessor but instead this time issue is regarding the battery life.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 8 in the comments section below.

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