Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Flagship Phone
Note 8 (launched in August 2017). The phone comes with a 6.30-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2960 pixels. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price in India starts from Rs. 67,900.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by 1.7GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 processor, it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage and expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 and powered by a 3300mAh non-removable battery. It measures 162.50 x 74.80 x 8.60 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 195.00 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, Headphones, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, and Barometer.
Founded back in 1969 as Samsung Electric Industries, Suwon, South Korea-headquartered Samsung Electronics today makes everything from televisions to semiconductors. It released its first Android smartphone in 2009 and credited with the launch of the first Android tablet back in 2010. The company is among the biggest players in the smartphone market in the world. It has recently developed smartphones running Tizen OS, as an alternative to its Android-based smartphones.
Galaxy Note 8 – Screen
At 2960 x 1440 pixels (‘WQHD+’, 522ppi), the 6.3-inch panel certainly isn’t left wanting when it comes to resolution. Trouble is, you’ll rarely see that many pixels being put to good use. In its default ‘optimised’ power state, the Galaxy Note 8 only renders apps and photos at 2220 x 1080 pixels (‘FHD+’, 392ppi), and 1480 x 720 pixels (‘HD+’, 261ppi) when in power-saving mode. It’s only when you switch on Performance mode, to the detriment of battery life, that the Note 8 actually fires on all cylinders and pixels.
To many users, this will be confusing. Why have so many pixels when you’re not going to be using them to their full effect? When in FHD+ mode, 2.3 million dots are being dealt with by 4.2 million physical pixels, which seems like a waste. Indeed, only serving up FHD+ saves processing power, but doesn’t save any power from the screen itself.
Complexity aside, even when in its standard mode, the screen is stonkingly good. When it needs to, it can rise to an eye-searingly bright 1200 nits. For for the uninitiated, a good laptop screen will get to about 300 nits and a top-end HDR TV will generally get to around 1000 nits. That’s unbelievably bright, although it’s hard to verify because even with automatic brightness switched off the screen refuses to go beyond 340 nits under normal conditions. I suspect you’ll only ever get to 1200 nits when watching HDR compatible content from YouTube and Netflix, both of which look fantastic.
The AMOLED display manages clean whites, rich colors and only a hint of motion blur when scrolling through text. There’s a slight blue tinge if you view the phone off-center. The two sloping edges lose some brightness and clarity, which is a bit disappointing, if not surprising.
With the screen turned up to its full WQHD+ resolution, the text is super sharp and crisp, as are high-resolution photos. But, I’ll be honest, you’d be hard-pressed to spot the difference in everyday use. I suppose this conclusion sort of justifies Samsung’s decision to disable the full resolution by default. That doesn’t change its super-expensive screen is waste most of the time.
Because of the odd aspect ratio, you have to explicitly set each app you open to being stretched to the full length of the screen. So far I’ve had no problems with this. The only other downside is that most online videos are in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Which means your video will have black bars either side of it, or you can stretch and crop the video so it fills the screen. Some widescreen movies actually benefit from the latter, but you’ll need to decide on a video-by-video basis.
One final function of note is the always-on screen. Because AMOLED pixels are self-lighting (they only consume power when they’re not black Unlike conventional LCDs that are always on). You have the option of keeping the display on with a black and white clock, battery information and media buttons.
This is great until you check out Samsung’s power options and realize that having it on can decrease battery life by over an hour a day. What’s more, it doesn’t seem to turn off even when the phone is in your pocket, wasting even more precious energy. It’s a great feature on Samsung’s other phones, but when battery capacity is so tight, it’s the first thing you should turn off.
What is Note 8?
Some thought the Note 8 might never happen. After the successful launch and subsequent disastrous recall and discontinuation of the Note 7. Which still gets name-checked on some airlines as a banned object, you’d have forgiven Samsung for dropping the Note name and starting again.
The Note 8 is Samsung’s humble return to the phablet market – plus a big rival to the iPhone 8 and 8 plus – in many ways, this phone is a huge success. With a gorgeous design, incredible 6.3-inch screen, great software and excellent stylus, there’s very little not to like here note 8.
This phone’s battery life might not be long enough for heavy users.
- Review Price: £869
- 6.3-inch quad-HD+ AMOLED HDR display
- Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895
- 6GB RAM, 64GB storage
- 3300 mAh battery, Wireless, and fast charging
- Android 7.1.1
- 12-megapixel dual camera: 1x telephoto (f/2.4, OIS) and 1x regular wide-angle (f1.7, OIS)
- 8-megapixel (f1.7) selfie camera
- IP68-certified waterproof
- Colours: Midnight Black (UK), Maple Gold (UK), Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
- S-Pen with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity
- USB Type-C charging port
- Bixby AI digital assistant
- 8MP front camera