Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The Android Beast

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched in August 2017 and it’s design is pretty remarkable. This is the most expensive phone Samsung sells. The infinity display makes the phone look very elegant.

After Samsung’s previous phone ended up in failure, the Note 8 is set to dominate the android smartphone market yet again with a premium build.

Specifications

It’a processor varies according to the region it is sold in. For the global market, it features a 1.7 GHz octa-core Exynos 9 Octa 8895 processor and Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. In the US and in China, it is packed with a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor and Adreno 540 GPU. It is packed with 6 GB RAM and 64/128/256 GB of internal storage and it can be expanded using a Micro SD card. It also has Bluetooth 5.0 just like the S8. It also features Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Oreo 8.0 upgrade will be available by early 2018. Even though it is very similar to the S8 Plus, the Note is a kind that distinguishes itself from the rest (Mainly because of the use of the S Pen). It is available in 4 colors for the global market – Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue. The Star Pink version is sold in Taiwan only.

Battery

The Note 8 features a 3300 mAh battery. The biggest downside to this phone is the battery. It is a The phone is a power drainer when it comes to specs. Samsung wasn’t able to balance the battery requirement with the specs requirement but it went all-in with the specs. Although, the battery life will be enhanced with future software updates.

Display

The Note 8 features a 6.3 inch (almost) edge-to-edge display also known as the infinity display. However, it is very similar to the S8 Plus which has a 6.2 inch display. Also, the screen-to-body ratio of this phone is 83.2%. The home button is embedded behind the display at the bottom like the S8 which is similar to the 3D Touch on the iPhone. Samsung has been known to perfect their OLED displays over the years and it has done it again with the Note 8. It has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels with a pixel density of 521 ppi.

Camera

The camera of this phone is a topic up for debate with recent flagships from various mobile companies as this phone has a new second lens at the rear of the phone. The Note 8 features Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF) primary camera with Optical Image Stabilization and auto focus. It is the first phone to have Optical Image Stabilization on both the lenses. In the past, the 2x optical zoom on one of the lenses was filtered using just Electronic Image Stabilization. It records videos in 2160p@30fps, in 1080p@60fps and in 720p@240fps. So, the slo-mo videos taken on this phone are pretty smooth. The Galaxy Note 8 tops Samsung’s already excellent S8 and S8 Plus. It features a 8 MP secondary camera with f/1.7 aperture which records videos in 1440p@30fps.

Overview

The Galaxy Note 8 is a great phone which is one of the best performers in the market. The design is unique and feels as premium as it costs. However, the battery life is pretty average, something you’d expect to be good when you pay about ₹ 68,000 for a phone. As expensive as it is, it an upgrade worth to people who have used a much older version of this phone rather than those who have the most recent predecessors.

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