The wait is over. The one true ‘Note’- Samsung Note 8 – with dual cameras and the signature S-Pen stylus is now out in all its glory. Note-series has a vast loyal user base, one that has been waiting for the new Note upgrade for 2 years now, and Samsung obviously wouldn’t want to disappoint. Here is all that makes Galaxy Note 8 the best Samsung phone this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications: Everything You Need To Know
- Display: 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels), AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5, HDR Premium
- Processor: Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64GB/128GB/ 256GB(microSD card)
- Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
- Primary Camera: f/1.7 12MP wide angle lens + f/2.412MP telephoto lens with LED Flash, aperture
- Selfie Camera: 8MP, F/1.7 aperture
- Battery: 3,300 mAh, fast charging, wireless charging
- Others: 4G VoLTE, ViLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, Iris scanner, Fingerprint sensor, IP68 water and dust resistant, USB Type C
- Samsung Pay, Samsung Dex support
- Samsung Note 8 Price is $930 (approx. Rs 59,950)
Top 8 Galaxy Note 8 Features You Should Know
Samsung Note 8 Infinity Display
Samsung’s infinity display won many hearts when it was first exposed to scrutiny with the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus earlier this year. The S8 looked perfectly stunning and a large share of that credit goes to the immersive Infinity display. And it obviously has made its way to the Note 8.
That same refined design with same 18.5:9 aspect ratio display now induces a ‘wow’ feeling when we look the Samsung Note 8. It flaunts a curved 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels which on a first impression looks stunning from every angle.
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The Note 8 screen is slightly bigger than S8+ (review) screen size. The 18:9 aspect ratio display runs edge-to edge and covers most of the fascia.
Samsung Note 8 Dual Rear Cameras With Dual OIS
The dual cameras on the rear are the biggest differentiating factor when compared to S8/S8+. Samsung’s previous flagship phones certainly offer one of the best smartphone cameras and now the extra sensor will further sweeten the pot. Samsung is using a 12-megapixel sensor wide angle lens along with a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor to achieve a 2X optical zoom feature. Both the lenses are equipped with optical image stabilization that ensures clear stills even when you are on the move.
Samsung also came up with an innovative mode called “Live Focus”. This basically lets users capture the image with a blurry background (bokeh), while the subject remains perfectly in focus. That’s not all, post capturing the image, it allows a user to change the intensity of the blur as per his liking.
Bixby Voice will work straight out of the box
This is not entirely new (or exciting). Bixby, Samsung’s smart AI assistant, was present in the Galaxy S8 but it didn’t accept voice commands. However, Bixby voice assistance works on the Note S8 out of the box. At present, it supports US English and Korean and soon it will support more languages.
The Samsung Note 8 also has a dedicated Bixby button and it can be triggered by pressing the Bixby key or by saying “Hi Bixby”.
Samsung Note 8 S Pen and Live Messages
One of the major difference between the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series is S Pen. the S pen has evolved over the years and has become leaner and precise. This year too it has managed to find ways to make it more useful.
Samsung has introduced some new capabilities in the S Pen and one of them is that now user can write notes even when the phone screen is in a locked state. In this Memo mode, users can store up to 100 pages of notes.
It translation feature has been improved. Now just hover over the text to select and translate. S Pen offers instant translations in 71 languages as of now.
Another interesting addition to the S-pen features list is Live messages which is similar to Apple’s iMessage. With the help of S-pan, user can write a message or draw a picture to create a Live Message which can be sent across to anyone.
Our first encounter with the Samsung Dex happened last year. Since then, Samsung has improved its docking station which now supports lot more apps. Samsung in its launch presentation gave us a live demo by making a live video call from a phone that carrying it forward to the PC via Dex. Furthermore, they also demonstrated its prowess by sharing its Dex screen with the video call recipient while running Adobe Lightroom on the same system.
Samsung Note 8 App Pair
The Samsung Note 8 boasts of a powerful hardware that can run any app on the planet. With this powerful hardware at its disposal, Samsung introduced a new feature called App Pair which allows a user to pick two apps that s/he can run two apps on a single screen at the same time. These apps will be pinned to the edge screen and can be launched with a single tap.
The Note 8 Battery Goes Thorugh 8 Point Safety Check
Samsung’s own probe result found the Note 7 battery at the fault. Since that debacle, Samsung has been extremely diligent with its safety and quality check process. According to the company claims, Each battery that comes fitted in the Galaxy Note 8 under goes stringent 8-point safety check. It houses a 3300mAh battery that supports wireless charging and quick charging. Furthermore, UL – an independent safety science company, also certified the Note 8 battery as safe.