Samsung is no doubt the real king of smartphone industry; well-known for their Galaxy series. When we talk about Galaxy, here comes the real giant of this family – Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It’s only two years ago when Samsung started humanizing the Note phones with the release of Note 5 and then we saw an extraordinary hype associated with Note 7 last year. Unfortunately, the Note 7 ended with a misery and a nightmare for Samsung but company has left everything aside and brought even more powerful Note 8 for their dedicated fans.
The Note 8 is equipped with a mighty 6.3″ Quad HD dust and water resistance display having enormous resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. It is actually a Super AMOLED panel that promises punchy colours, but intriguingly, Samsung has flattened it by reducing curvatures slightly as compared to the S8. There’s a Bixby button below the volume keys, like the S8 models. This would help while writing with the S-Pen as it gives you more room.
The Note 8 brings something astonishing under the hood; either a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor having similar octa-core setup along with huge 6 GB of RAM and a trio of internal storage options of 64/128/256 GB. That is not the end as you can even expand storage by using microSD card slot. Although Note 8 comes out of the box with Android Nougat 7.1.1 with TouchWiz but Samsung promises to roll out Android 8 Oreo as quickly as possible (no exact date mentioned so far).
We think that Samsung has played under par for Note 8 as far as camera specs are concerned having no dual camera setup. On paper, the two telephoto and wide-angle lenses come with 12 MP resolution and OIS (on both cameras). The latter comes with a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid auto focus and 2x optical zoom. 4K video is supported and adorned with a dual LED Flash. However, each of the lenses can take photos together and save them separately with Dual Capture mode. You may use Live Focus to readjust focus, while standard bokeh effect completes the listing by being there. The front snapper comes with 8 MP resolution with “Smart Auto Focus” for sharper output.
No Note is complete without the S-Pen and the one allied with the Note 8 comes with a 0.7 mm tip, measuring 5.8 mm in length. The Note series can be credited for making the stylus mainstream again and the new model builds over its predecessors with better sensitivity and advanced modes. Chief among them is the ability to create GIFs based on handwritten messages. Start writing automatically after flinging the S-Pen, and this time you can scribble up to 100 pages on a stint. Option to translate is home.
We are surprised to see a smaller battery of 3300 mAh unit providing power backup to the heavy duty Note 8. However, the battery comes with advanced fast charging (Quick Charge 2.0) in addition to Qi wireless charging (limited to a few markets). Although other manufacturers are touching 5500 mAh mark it seems logical for Samsung being subtle not to repeat the history of Note 7.
Samsung Knox returns to improve security via hardware and software combinations, getting help from the fingerprint, iris and facial recognition. The company has improved the DeX dock-station for the Note 8, which turns any monitor into a full-fledged PC much faster, now. Other than that, you’d find other premium features such as Always-On mode, Mobile HDR Premium, ability to open separate (and even similar) apps side-by-side, and new S-Pen features. And yes, there is a headphone jack for all you folks who worry.
Price and Release Date
The Note 8 has been made available in US and European markets however we expect the official release in Pakistan up to mid-September. If we see the price tags in international markets, it seems that a six-digit figure will be associated with Note 8 in Pakistan. Currently the Note 8 is available in US market with price tag of $930 (~PKR 98,000) whereas the UK market witnesses that of £869 (~PKR 118,000).
|OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz UI|
|Supported Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE (Cat.16)|
|CPU||10 nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
2.3 GHz Quad-Core + 1.7 GHz Quad-Core (Qualcomm)
2.3 GHz Quad-Core + 1.9 GHz Quad-Core (Samsung)
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8895
|Display||6.3″ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) Resolution; 526 ppi|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm|
|Internal Storage||64/128/256 GB|
|Connectivity||USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC/MST, Wi-Fi AC, Headphone Jack|
|Design Features||Fingerprint Scanner, IRIS Scanner, Heart-Rate Monitor, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, S-Pen Stylus with 4,096 pressure levels, 0.7mm Tip|
|Primary Camera||12 MP Wide-Angle f/1.7 + 12 MP Telephoto f/2.4, LED, Dual OIS, 2X Optical Zoom|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/1.7|
|Battery||3,300 mAh with Wireless Charging/Quick Charge 2.0 support|