The phone world will never be the same with Samsung hitting every ball out of the park. Galaxy Note 8 is here and we can’t control our excitement. Galaxy Note series has single handedly defined the phablet market and no phone comes even close when it comes to functionality, not even the iPhone.
We have longed for this phone since the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Samsung had to bear huge losses due to the exploding batteries of Galaxy Note 7s but they have took a huge turn after that. Samsung has now implemented, what they are calling an eight point battery checking system which ensures the batteries on every Samsung phone that you buy, are safe.
Addressing the battery issue and moving it aside; it is safe to say that all Samsung phones are safe today for normal usage. Apart from the world class battery testing procedure, Samsung has also kept the battery size to 3,300mAh. The battery might not seem that much but the last time around, squeezing in a big battery size into a small battery shell caused all the Galaxy Note 7 phones to explode. Secondly, the stylus covers space on the phone as it is parked inside the phone, so in order to leave space for it the battery size has to be compromised. This does not mean by any chance that the battery capacity will be inadequate. Samsung, with its new UI has a really good battery saving mode that optimizes battery usage for various resource hungry processes. That along with Android 8.0 Oreo, which has battery limiting feature for background apps can really prove this phone to be an endurance monster.
Galaxy Note 8 has a monstrous screen, sizing up to be 6.3 inches. One may think that the phone will take up a lot of space but Samsung has used the same infinity display which they used in the Galaxy S8/8+. This means that the phone will have an amazing screen-to-body ratio of 83%. The phone will be almost the same size as the all practical Galaxy Note 7 but it will have a bigger screen just like Galaxy S8/8+. The phone has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This produces astounding diagonal numbers.
Processor, Graphics, RAM and Storage
Galaxy Note 8 has the same Snapdragon 835 processor which is at the heart of almost all the top flagship phones of this year. On the other variant, Samsung will have its own in-house processor i.e. Exynos 8895. We are huge fans of both processors and as history tells us, both processors will have about the same performance as far as benchmarks are concerned. Both variants will come with a huge 6GB RAM. 6GB will be more than sufficient for extreme multitasking whenever you will be taking out the S-Pen or are using your phone otherwise. Galaxy Note 8 will be coming in 3 storage options starting off with 64GB and going up to 256GB. The phone will have expandable storage on board as well if you want to increase the space regardless of which version you are buying whether it is the 64GB, 128GB or the 256GB version.
In this day and age, it doesn’t matter if you are a shutterbug or not. A camera is just as important as any other feature of the phone. The camera has become the most used piece of hardware in a phone other than the touchscreen. Due to increasing demand, phone manufacturers are putting huge emphasis on cameras and who better is there than Samsung in the smartphone market place. Samsung has been producing excellent cameras and in Galaxy Note 8 they have, for the first time ever, introduced dual cameras. This is Samsung’s first dual-camera phone. There are two lenses on board. One is the wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto shooter with 2X optical zoom. Both lenses support OIS for the clearest picture even in the most demanding conditions. The phone can also take two snaps at once with both cameras, so that you have a normal photo and a wide-angle photo to choose from. The front cam shoots at 8MP with an aperture of f/1.7. The aperture is good enough to give you decent photos in low light. There is also an all new feature called ‘live focus’. This helps you manage how much your subject stands out by blurring the background. You can alter the blur even after you have taken the picture.
You can now pair two apps to launch at once with a single click. This can help you save time. This new form of multitasking will mostly be used for most used apps on your phone. Like if you are driving, you can pair up maps and music app to launch at once from your edge panel or you can also program Bixby to a single word, so that it starts apps which you have programmed it to start when you say ‘driving mode’. Apart from that, the standard split-screen mode is there and with the update of Android 8.0 Oreo, there will also be picture-in-picture feature for apps.
S pen is the heart and soul of Galaxy Note series. The all new S-Pen has a finer tip and greater pressure sensitivity. This allows you to make the most out of your canvas. Now you can take a lot of notes when you activate the memo option on your Galaxy Note 8. While the screen is off, you can take out the S-Pen to take notes. It is now possible to take notes up to a 100 pages without even waking up your phone. There is also a feature of live message. Live message lets you doodle over your saved picture or otherwise while adding effect to your image or text. The message is then saved as a GiF and you can share it on any messaging service like Whatsapp, WeChat and etc. Lastly, there is the translate feature which lets you translate whole sentences when you highlight them with your S-Pen.
S pen is the heart and soul of Galaxy Note series
The DeX feature is now available on Galaxy Note 8 which means if you have purchased the required dock, you will be able to connect your phone to a large monitor all while controlling it with a mouse and a keyboard. DeX feature is faster on Galaxy Note 8.
Samsung has really come back hard with Galaxy Note 8. They have outdone themselves on this occasion. Galaxy Note 8 is our choice for phone of the year due to its amazing features. Let us remind you apart from all the new features we mentioned, rest of the standard useful features will already be present on Galaxy Note 8 which makes it way superior than its competition. What we don’t like about the Galaxy Note 8 is the awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner that takes a stretch to reach and the price. Oh yes! This phone is going to cost you an arm and a leg to buy with prices starting from $1,000. Let us know in the comments section of what you think about Galaxy Note 8.
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