A true re-design of not only the Note series but the entire field of smartphone themselves. From the top-to-bottom and corner-to-corner, the front camera and the rear, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a big update and a hallmark of true design. The powerful 6GB of RAM and superior dual-lens camera, are both features that have since been passed on to the S9 Plus. The 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display’ of the Note 8 makes working with the S pen a breeze, the extra size not harming the phone too much. Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s most powerful phone that makes use of a stylus pen, the designers still got the fingerprint sensor wrong. Located at the back of the device and slightly off-center, it is an annoying flaw in an otherwise textbook design.
Display and Design
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has really set out to maximize the dual curved edge and almost bezel-less Infinity Display, giving the Note 8 a more tablet than phone feel. Although it does look really impressive, it is an additional 9mm taller than the previous Note and weighs in at 195g. The Galaxy Note 8 has a maximum brightness of 3K resolution with Mobile HDR Premium, as well as a wider color gamut, making it difficult for other to effectively compete on the same level. A little heavier in the hand, the Galaxy Note 8 need to handle with care. The Note 8 being entirely wrapped in glass around an aluminum frame means that dropping it is going to be a bad idea.
At its launch, the Galaxy Note 8 came in a selection of Midnight Black or Orchid grey and has only recently seen the release of the Deep Sea Blue that is now available in the US. The sound coming from the Galaxy Note 8 is not really anything impressive, still boasting bottom-firing speakers, they do leave room for some improvement.
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The S Pen’s New Tricks
If you choose to stick with using the S pen in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it’s going to prove to be worth your while. Signing PDF documents without even having to leave the email app is great for those on the move and using the phone as it should be used. With over 4,096 level of pressure sensitivity, the S Pen is ideal for taking notes or sketching a quick doodle. The Galaxy Note 8’s S Pen features new additions, such as the GIF capture and Translate, which may be a first for new Note 8 users.
Is the Battery Safe?
On the back of the devastating recall of the Samsung Note 7 due to its battery issues, it only stands to reason that people are a little skeptical about the Note *’s battery. To ensure that the Note 8 in no way repeats the battery flaws of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has:
- Instituted an 8-point battery safety check
- Reduced both the size and capacity of the battery, down from 3,50mAh to 3,300mAh
- Decided to partner with an independent certification organization, UL, to show their endorsement of the Galaxy Note 8
You can still get the all-day battery experience form the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with the use of their power-saving software, even pushing it to 24-hours if you lucky.
The shock factor comes standard with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s camera, capturing clear and colorful pictures, loaded to the brim with cool apps and features, including the bokeh (background blurring) effect. This is where the Note 8’s two rear cameras really get to show off their stuff, the bokeh slide bar allowing you to adjust the depth of your field of blur. The second rear lens on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 2 x optical zoom that benefits immensely from the optical image stabilization (OIS), moving the internal lens to compensate for your unsteady hands.
If you can handle the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, then it may just be the right phone for you. The large screen, dual-lens camera, and powerful internal workings really make taking and editing photo fun and easy, while the 6GB of RAM is sure to be powerful enough for even the heaviest of users. A court reporter in Seattle, WA used only this phone to record the White House interview with Donald Trump.