After a long wait, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4/5 successor has arrived. Europeans for some strange reasons didn’t get their hands on the Note 5 and we all know how the Note 7 lived a shorter product life than it deserved. So in a way, a few of us Note lovers have been stuck with three-year-old Notes, looking at some poor S-Pen-less S7 edges and S8s to fill the void.
Samsung has finally unleashed its Note 8 and It’s one of the best looking and most capable mobiles on the market, but its size might be a problem for some consumers. The new Note looks fantastic. In terms of design, Samsung hit the nail on the head with the S8 and S8+ that came out earlier this year, and they have rightly chosen not to mess around with the formula.
The front of the Note 8 is dominated by glass, with the curved “Infinity” screen stretching almost from the very top edge to the very bottom edge of the phone. I’m still not convinced a curved screen offers any practical advantages over a flat screen, but it contributes to a stunning look, which we fully expect rival phone manufacturers to imitate in the very near future.
The metal frame still gives you something meaty to get your mitts around, and the skinny 18:9 aspect ratio screen means you don’t need the hands of a giant to grip it even with the whopping 6.3 inch AMOLED panel squeezed in there. A lot of features have been ported across from the Galaxy S8, including the digital home button, with the screen taking up so much space, there’s no room for a fingerprint sensor up front. It gets moved to the back, right next to those dual cameras. There’s the smallest of bumps to let you know you’re fondling the fingerprint sensor and not the camera lenses, but it’s still awkward to reach. Maybe even more so here because of the sheer size of the phone. Samsung is clearly hoping you’ll use iris or face recognition instead.
The whole thing is water-resistant, you still get a 3.5mm headphone jack, and there’s USB-C charging at the bottom. It’s still basically the full package.
The best thing about this device has to be the camera. The dual-camera system provides the most compelling reason to invest in the Note 8, even though Samsung is late to the technology (Huawei, LG, and Apple got there first).
Samsung may be late to the dual-camera game, but it seems to have put that extra time to good use. The Note 8 is the first major Galaxy handset to sport two rear cameras, with a setup that includes twin 12-megapixel sensors, one with wide-angle lens and one with telephoto. This is arguably the most useful of all the Note 8’s new features, which include a refined S Pen, updated software, improved display and a smaller footprint. It’s quite clear that Samsung has a camera setup excellent enough to make iPhone owners consider switching. We haven’t gotten enough information concerning the snapchat camera which I am sure a lot of people would be interested in. Once we get our hands on the device, you will be updated.
The two cameras of the note 8 provide a resolution of 12 megapixels each but they also both use optical image stabilization, an important extra that can make the difference between a blurry shot and something worthy of social media. The Note 8 is the first smartphone to do this. The difference with the Note 8’s take on the technology is you can change your photography decisions after the fact. If you decide you shouldn’t have zoomed in on your subject, you can tap an icon to reveal the wider view and save that image instead. It’s a much more forgiving approach to digital photography, and could mean you miss fewer moments.
The Galaxy Note 7’s biggest problem, of course, wasn’t revealed in reviews. The phone’s problem was that it exploded. Samsung seems to have genuinely moved on past that, though. . According to Samsung reps, the company has further enhanced its testing by putting the Note 8’s batteries through a new UL regime invented for this device. Battery conservatism might also be why the Note 8 has a smaller battery than you’d otherwise expect—a non-removable 3,300mAh cell. That’s smaller than the Galaxy S8+’s 3,500mAh battery, and the S8+ is a smaller phone. The difference, Samsung pointed out, is that the Note 8 has to fit an S Pen into its narrow body. Samsung promises “all-day” battery life, but we’ll have to see about that.
Internally, the Note 8 is very similar to the Galaxy S8. Inside, you’ll find a 10nm CPU, the second of Samsung’s flagships using such a processor. There’s also 6GB of RAM for heavyweight multitasking, and 64GB of onboard storage, expandable by up to 256GB via microSD. As with some previous Samsung handsets, the processor comes in two flavours depending on your region. US owners get the latest Qualcomm processor (in this case, a Snapdragon 835), while Europeans are treated to Samsung’s own Exynos 8835 chip. In the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s own chip proved to be a smidge quicker than Qualcomm’s, and I’d expect that to hold here too. We’ll have to wait until launch to fully test and confirm it for sure, though.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price is big, just like it’s epic 6.3-inch display size. Alright, let’s rip off the Band-Aid: The Galaxy Note 8 price in the US unlocked is $929(N343,000), and it then varies by carrier. Now we can say that, purchasing this phablet in Nigeria will cost way more than N400,000 (Massive rip-off) but who knows, maybe there is still some good left in some of these Nigerian stores.
It goes on presale August 24, plus an unlocked version compatible with all carriers, on September 15. If you buy the phone on presale, you can get either a wireless charging pad and a 128GB microSD card, or a Gear 360 camera, bundled in free. Angry Views will give you a more in-depth review when we get our hands on it.
Processor Octa-core 2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 8895 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Screen size .3in
Screen resolution 2,960 x 1,440
Screen type Super AMOLED
Front camera 8-megapixel
Rear camera 12-megapixel f/1.7, 12-megapixel f/2.4
Storage (free) 64GB
Memory card slot (supplied) mcroSD
Wi-Fi WI-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wireless data 4G
Dimensions 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
Operating system Android 7.1.1
Battery size 3,300mAh