After every leaks and rumors that we’ve got along the way, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is finally here. Yes, the notion that Samsung may not been able to take the Galaxy Note’s reputation back after what happened to the device that came before it can finally rest in peace as Samsung made itself clear that one mistake does not mean the fall of everything.
The new Galaxy Note8 will look at lot familiar, that’s true as it does follow the very same design that the Galaxy S8 series comes with. We’ll be hearing customers thinking that the Galaxy Note8 is just the Galaxy S8 with an S Pen, though they might have a point but what the new phablet have that’s different from Samsung’s primary flagship besides the S Pen is the promise that it comes with more productivity features, better imaging tech, better design that’s never been on any devices in the market.
The Galaxy Note8 is sleeker and more mature in terms of design implementation, it’s got a large 6.3-inch super AMOLED screen with what Samsung coined as Infinity display with a dual-edge screen which gives a virtually bezel less display and has been the default standard of Samsung flagships as of late. It’s body and frame is all metal that is sandwich by two glass panels from both the front and back. These Glass panels are Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and is scratch resistant, in addition that, the new handset comes with IP68 certification and by that, it means that the new Galaxy Note8 is fully water and dust resistant that it can withstand up to 1.5 meters underwater for about 30 minutes.
While the screen is bigger, it does however poses some rendering problems with some apps, that’s because since the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy Note8 too comes with a non-standard 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio but as time progresses and apps are becoming aware of such screen real estate means some apps are already scaling down to fit or perhaps have their updates to support it.
What makes the Galaxy Note series powerful is the inclusion of the S Pen, over the years, Samsung gradually made the S Pen more functionally useful with better toolset and features and with this iteration of the Phablet, it only means another new feature is added to the table. With the S Pen, users can easily take down notes on the go even when the device is at its Always-On Display (AOD) mode, make instant text and word translations and check the currency on the fly. The S Pen is also made even more sensitive than ever with its improved and finer tip together and with its IP68 certification, users will be able to jot down notes even when the screen is wet.
Talking about cameras, the Galaxy Note8 comes with an 8 Megapixel front camera that is able to take photos and videos in high resolution, it also comes with an f/1.7 Aperture so it gathers the greatest amount of light possible from the environment to make the subject clearer and visible even in low light.
Moving on further to the back, the Galaxy Note8 is the first Samsung flagship to be equipped with dual camera sensors. These sensors are a pair of the 12 Megapixel camera sensors with what being a telephoto camera which enables users to zoom in twice without sacrificing the image quality. The second sensor has a wide-angle lens to take more subjects into the frame and has a dual-pixel sensor together with an f/1.7 Aperture that takes in more light for a better and clearer photos even in low light situation.
The Galaxy Note8’s dual camera module is also the world’s first with dual OIS mechanism which takes superb photo’s that virtually eliminates those blurry photos that we usually get with all other competing devices. And besides taking crystal clear photos, the dual OIS also works with video recording for an ever clear shots.
Together with the dual camera module, Samsung unfortunately still puts the fingerprint sensor near the camera module but this time, the LED flash together with the heart rate sensor middles the two modules which at least alleviated the concerns expressed by Galaxy S8 owners of accidental tapping the camera when trying to access the fingerprint sensor. However if one would use the heart rate sensor, it’s undoubtedly impossible not to touch the camera during operation.
What powers the device one may ask, that would depend on someone’s location though, In Asia and parts of Europe, The Galaxy Note8 will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset while in the US and China, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 powers the handset with both on a 10nm process. What comes to both variants though is its 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Samsung is also set to release and even higher storage capacity variants with 128GB or even a 256GB versions of the handset but that presumably region dependent.
If one needs more space for storage, the Galaxy Note8 supports microSD cards of up to 256GB through a dedicated slot for the single-SIM model or on the SIM-2 slot for dual-SIM variants.
Keeping up a true-rated speed coming, the Galaxy Note8 is equipped with a Gigabit LTE+ supported and Gigabit Wi-Fi for seamless online experience support. But for backward compatibility’s sake, the handset also supports 2G/GSM and 3G/HSPA+ wireless networks, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Other connectivity features includes Bluetooth 5.0, GPS with all GPS standards support, there’s the NFC which is one of the prime requirements for Samsung Pay to work. Finally a USB-C support which made its debut from last year’s recalled Galaxy Note 7.
The rest of the specs of the new Galaxy Note8 are enormous, from its hardware to the software and the UI experience, Samsung has come a long way to have finally deliver a truly advance device that one could call a true flagship device.
Some features that are remarkable for the Galaxy Note8 includes security related features such as its iris scanner, fingerprint scanner and facial recognition features, those features are hardware driven, when it comes to software, the Galaxy Note8 primarily comes with Samsung Knox security one of the most secured security platform for Android, and there’s also the built-in Android OS security features that makes up the rest of keeping the Galaxy Note8 safe and secure no matter what transactions that users make.
For the first time since the birth of the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note8 will be the first of its kind to omit the physical Home button on the front, and just like the Galaxy S8, the new phablet will rely solely on its unique on-screen navigation system along with the rest of the Grace UI aesthetics that we loved with the Galaxy S8.
With Bixby as a mainstay for new Samsung devices, the Galaxy Note8 comes with a dedicated button on the side to launch the digital assistant on the demand.
The Galaxy Note8 didn’t just open new opportunities but help refine them as well, its sleek design and the latest features that enables us to do whatever we wanted to do, help us be more creative and just make anything possible.
The Galaxy Note8 is available for pre-order starting today with a price tag £870 in the UK, while the rest of Europe is priced at around €999. Pre-ordered units will be shipping with Samsung DeX Docking station and will be initially available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold color variants.
In Asia, Samsung is said to price the new Galaxy Note8 for round $940 but here in the Philippines, Samsung officially priced the new handset for 49,990Php with a 7,000Php worth of speaker as a freebie. With the price of the handset for the Philippine market, this makes the Galaxy Note8 as the most expensive smartphone in the country which has already past the $1000 mark.
In the US, Samsung’s official price for the Galaxy Note8 starts at $929 and up to $1000 and that depends on the carrier but keep in mind that customers can also get their hands on the new Galaxy Note8 when signing up for Carrier service contract of plans for as low at $35 a month for a span of 30 months at most.