When the name Samsung is called, the cerebrum definitely triggers an alarm that a technology giant has been mentioned. In that stead, when the name Samsung Galaxy Note 8 appears, you should brace up for impact. The impact in this sense is not like that seen in the ‘ticking time bomb’ Samsung Galaxy Note 7. We’re well aware of the explosive nature of the Note 7 that led to the smartphone giant retrieving sold smartphone units. Yes, it was a disaster.
This successor to the Note 7 – Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is all explosive. Talk about the infinity display demonstrated by the super 6.3-inch screen display, the improved S-pen, the impeccable Bixby AI and a host of others.
At this juncture, I’ll like us to look closely at the top specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8 KEY SPECS
- 4G: Yes
- AI: Yes, Bixby
- SIM: Dual SIM
- Fingerprint Sensor: Yes (rear-mounted)
- S-pen: Yes
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat OS (upgradeable to Android 8.0 Oreo OS)
- Screen: 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 PPI)
- Storage: 64 / 128 / 256 GB Storage, up to 256 GB memory card support (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Camera: 12 megapixel Dual Rear Camera and 8 MP Front Camera
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core Processor with 6 GB RAM
- Battery: 3.3 Ah Li-Ion battery
- Price – Check Price
Design, Display & Features
If a beauty pageant was to be carried out wherein smartphones are the contestants, the Samsung Note 8 will definitely be a strong contender.
Laying down a sumptuous bezel-less display wrapped back and forth in glass, the smartphone delivers sweet aesthetics.
With a weight of 195 g, the smartphone lines up a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a front-facing iris scanner to beef up its security options.
Smartphone users who are lackadaisical about the handling smartphones can continue their carefree attitude on this device given the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the display.
If you’ve ever walked into a Samsung show room, you’ll be able to relate with me on the illustration that follows: The water-resistant brands from the OEM are showcased in a glass of water and allowed to reach a certain level for a specific period of time. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, its IP68 certification allows it to stay up to 1.5 metres in water for 30 minutes.
A different yet unique blend of brightness and contrast can be enjoyed on the elephantine Super AMOLED 6.3-inch display of the device. In addition, the extremity of clarity and sharpness of the phone’s display is fashioned out by the Quad HD resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels and 521 PPI.
I won’t forget to add that with the aid of the S-pen, a user can write notes, and screenshot small portions of the screen, thereby eliminating the rigor of cropping screenshots.
What’s more, Samsung Pay, the online payment platform straight out of Samsung’s chambers is supported on the device. Additionally, the payment platform has been certified by Visa and MasterCard.
Photography is one of the strong selling points of Samsung smartphones, and this device leaves no stone unturned as well. A dual rear camera setup consisting of 12 MP sensors executes the professional photography. With features such as PDAF, f/1.7 aperture for the first 12 MP camera, f/2.4 aperture for the second camera, LED flash, hotshot images are produced.
Even in the snapping of selfies, a sound 8 MP camera is in motion to delight the snapper. It does so by further implementing an f/1.7 aperture.
Performance X Software
Taking the bull by the horns, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 lines up Samsung’s prestigious Exynos 8995 system-on-chip in the variant for some markets while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC chipset got integrated in the USA and China versions. For the Exynos chipset, an octa-core 2.35 GHz Cortex CPU and the latest Mali-G71 GPU conjoin in action. Whereas an Octa-core 2.35 GHz Kryo CPU and Adreno 540 GPU link up with the Snapdragon SoC.
Like a cold fish in water, the smartphone multitasks easily as a result of the mind-boggling 6 GB RAM on it.
Running smoothly as the smartphone’s software, there is the Android 7.1 Nougat OS that’s upgradeable to the recent Android Oreo OS.
Files as large as 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB can accumulate on the smartphone based on the iteration. Even though the smartphone packs this leviathan storage, it doesn’t affect the hybrid SIM slot that can function as a MicroSD card slot to distend the storage to 256 GB.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 uses a modest 3.3 Ah Li-Ion battery as its source of power. Flash charging speed is a status quo on the device as it dons the Quick Charging 2.0.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Pricing & Availability
Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue and Star Pink are the color variations of the smartphone. The smartphone’s price range falls within the NGN 330,000 – NGN 380,000 region.
- Operating System: Android 7.1 Nougat OS
- Processor: Exynos 8895 Octa-core 2.35 GHz processor / Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core 2.35 GHz Kryo processor
- Colours: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Star Pink
- RAM Storage: 6 GB RAM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
- Display: 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
- Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
- Pixel Density: 521 PPI
- Rear Camera (primary): 12 MP, LED Flash
- Rear Camera Top Features: Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, PDAF
- Front Camera (secondary): 8MP Camera
- Internal Storage: 64 / 128 / 256 GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, Up to 256 GB
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 2100MHz
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- EDGE: Yes
- GPRS: Yes
- HSPA+: No
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 3G: Yes
- 4G: Yes, up to 1024 Mbps
- WLAN: Yes
- Wi-Fi and Hotspot: Yes
- Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
- USB Port: Yes, Type-C 1.0 Reversible connector
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- FM Radio: Yes
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Navigation: Yes
- Maps: Google Maps
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Pedometer: No
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Iris Scanner: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- Voice Control: Yes, Google Voice Control
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: No
- Water Resistant: Yes, up to 1.5 for 30 minutes
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: No
- Battery: 3.3 Ah battery
- Type: Non-removable Li-Ion
- Quick Charging: Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a masterclass edifice from Samsung. Other than its enormous price tag, the smartphone is definitely in a galaxy of its own.