The year is 2017 and our usual stellar smartphone lineup seems to be missing a very important piece, the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note series has been missing a worthy successor since 2015, which is when Samsung had launched the Galaxy Note 5.
Samsung skipped the Galaxy Note 6 (a strategic want) and had released the Note 7 last year. Alas, it met a very fiery death, literally even after Samsung's repeated attempts to fix the issue.
The Note fanboys out there in the world were really crestfallen with the news of the Note 7’s battery catching fire spreading like wildfire. Samsung is now trying to undo the pain that it had caused last year with the Galaxy Note 8, a mammoth 6.3 inch beast of a device.
The Note 8 draws heavily from its younger cousin , the Galaxy 8, in terms of design. The infinity display takes up most of the space on the front with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are next to non existent. The general form factor is a little boxy compared to the Galaxy 8.
Hardware under the hood
The specs of the Note 8 are in line with what one would expect from a premium flagship device. The standard two versions are to be launched, one with an Exynos 8895 octa core chipset (4X2.3GHz & 4X1.7GHz) and the other with the Snapdragon 835 octa core chipset (4X2.35GHz & 4X1.9GHz).
Supporting this in its cause is 6GB of RAM to make sure that no process ever even stutters. Onboard storage will come in three versions, i.e., 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB along with the capability to be expanded by 256 GB via a microSD card.
Power backup is provided by a 3350 mAh battery. The size of the battery is rather small compared to that its peers, but maybe Samsung is being cautious after last year.
The whole gamut of Samsung mastery has been maintained to the T, along with the standard IP68 water and dust resistance certification and biometric security options.
This is where Samsung has taken the longest stride. The Note 8 comes with dual sensors at the back. There is the standard primary 12MP f1.7 sensor along with a secondary 12MP f2.4 sensor with a longer focal length. The secondary lens has 2X zoom capability over the primary.
This puts it in the same ballpark as the iPhone 7 plus. Where Samsung does manage to differentiate itself and stay ahead of Apple is that both its sensors are equipped with OIS (optical image stabilization).
The other improvement is that of the Samsung Live Focus mode. This mode utilizes some electronic trickery and shoots with both the lenses, giving the user the option to set the blur and sharpness manually by choice.
Tricks & Treats
The Note 8 comes with 100 pages in the Screen off memo mode which turns the screen into a chalkboard. One can now even turn one's drawings into GIFs directly. Samsung's in built translation has taken a step further with entire sentences being deciphered instead of just single words.
How much is it going to cost?
The Galaxy Note 8 is to retail at an astronomical 929.99 USD for the base version (unlocked). It's up for preorder from August 24, with the first shipments to start on September 15. The phone will come in two colours - Black and Orchid Gray.