Last nights (23rd August) Samsung Unpacked event unveiled the newest edition in their smartphone range, the long awaited Galaxy Note8.
You would think after their disastrous run with the Note7 and their exploding batteries last year, that it would have signalled the end for them. Now the pressure is on for Samsung to deliver a device that really does excel above all the others on the market.
So what can we expect?
Galaxy Note8 Features
Screen & Design
Well, for starters, The Galaxy Note8 comes with the biggest screen ever on a Note device, a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display allowing you to see more and scroll less, and giving more room to watch, read and draw on your smartphone.
The innovation of the Galaxy Note8’s design makes possible the 6.3″ Infinity Display and it still fits comfortably in your hand.
- Infinity Display: a near bezel-less, full-frontal glass, edge-to-edge screen.
- Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
- Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corner
The Galaxy Note8 is designed for you to use with ease and simplicity. The beautiful curves and seamless body are engineered to offer you a comfortable grip and more space for you to write freely with the S Pen. The fingerprint scanner is virtually flush with the back, and the Home button is embedded underneath the Infinity Display to stay invisible until you need it. It’s the beginning of a seamless experience.
Whether you’re going through your social media feed or writing a recipe in Samsung Notes, you see more and do more with less scrolling on the tall 18.5:9 display ratio.
Take crisp and clear shots with the Galaxy Note8’s dual camera. Its telephoto camera has 2x optical zoom to let you zoom in clearly. And both cameras have optical image stabilisation (OIS) to produce photos that come out beautifully steady even with camera shake.
Get the focus you want before you press the shutter button. Live focus lets you take beautiful bokeh* shots where you make your subject stand out. And if you’re not entirely satisfied, you always have the option to adjust the level of background blur afterwards.
*In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.
Snap outside the frame
While you’re focused on taking a Live focus photo, Dual Capture photographs what’s happening outside the frame. That way you get to enjoy the moments you might have otherwise missed.
The Note8’s camera has also been optimised to take quality photos in dark surroundings. The wide-angle camera captures more light with its large 1.4µm pixels and bright F1.7 lens, while focusing fast and accurately thanks to the Dual Pixel Sensor.
It also sports an 8mp front facing camera, giving you high quality selfies or group shots worth sharing.
Playing visually rich games or switching between apps is a breeze. The 10nm mobile processor works with the 6GB RAM to make it happen fast and seamlessly.
Browse the web, download files, and stream videos with speed and ease. The Galaxy Note8 supports both gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi, meaning that it’s built to give you superior connection speed by tapping into network speeds that can go as high as 1 gigabit per second.
Games heavy with graphics feel light on the Galaxy Note8 because it supports Vulkan API. With Vulkan making fast connections between computing and graphics, what you get is beautifully smooth performance that doesn’t drain your battery as much.
Your phone contains your life and things that keep you going, from photos and videos to music, apps, and files. With the Galaxy Note8, you hardly need to delete anything to make space for new content because it has a memory that’s expandable by up to 256GB via microSD card. (Sold separately of course)
With the dual SIM option on your phone, you have the freedom to keep two lines open, a personal line and a work line. You could also have one for calling and text and the other for data, or choose to use a local SIM card when you’re abroad. With dual SIM, the choice is yours.
When it’s time to charge your phone, you don’t have to worry about cords. Simply put it down because the Galaxy Note8 charges wirelessly.
If you get splashed or caught in the rain, you can carry on using your Galaxy Note8 because it’s water and dust resistant.
Unlocking with your eyes, your face, or a press of your finger gives you the freedom to focus on things that really matter. And with Samsung Knox protecting your biometric data as well as safeguarding what’s on your phone, you have peace of mind.
Whats in the box?
Needless to say, Samsung really have managed to climb their way back to the top of the Smartphone leaderboard. What could have potentially been a disasterous turn of events last year, has allowed them to come back swinging with a phone more powerful than you could ever imagine. Kudos, Samsung.
We’ll leave you with this from Samsung themselves:
See the bigger picture and communicate in a whole new way. With the Galaxy Note 8 in your hand, bigger things are just waiting to happen.
Thinking of getting a Galaxy Note8? Get yourself a MicroSD card now to avoid disappointment.