Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review and Pros Cons:
Samsung launched its world-renowned phablet, both for good and bad reasons in August 2017, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Most of us were pretty sure that the Note 7 was enough for Samsung to ditch the Note lineup but Galaxy Note 8 rose from the ashes of Note 7, quite literally, ‘ashes’. The big smartphone flaunts a giant and exquisitely beautiful, 6.3-inch Infinity Display, punching a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels, at an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, making a gargantuan pixel density of ~521 PPI. The display never fails to astonish, every time you take a look. There is one thing we would point out that despite the 6.3-inch display, the phone is easier to hold in hand, it has a good form factor and has an ergonomic design.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 follows a similar design language as Its little brother, Samsung Galaxy S8, with a metal unibody design and a curved, edge to edge display, which is noticeably less curved than the Galaxy S8, Samsung reasons that to make more space for use of the S-Pen, the screen is less curved. The display is as saturated as it gets, from 0 to Samsung level, which might get some people irritated for longer durations of views. At a gaze, the display is super vibrant and punchy, probably the best display around, If you love saturated displays.
On the inside, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is same as all other Android flagships of 2017, with Snapdragon 835 at the heart of it, supported by a giant 6GB of RAM. You won’t get any hiccups in performance, whatever you throw at this beast. Total flagship grade performance, that humongous RAM makes multitasking and split screening, a breeze.
The Note 8 is also available in the Exynos version with Exynos 8895 at its core, though in India, you’ll find the Snapdragon only model. The Adreno 540 GPU on the Snapdragon 835 takes all the graphics workloads you can put on it, heads on. The Note 8 is available in 3 versions with 64/128/256 GB of onboard storage, which is also expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is at top of the performance chain, numbers say the same with 177834 benchmark score on the AnTuTu. On the GeekBench, the results are a bit surprising with Samsung Galaxy Note 8, scoring 1877 on single core tests, less than even the LG V30+ and Samsung Galaxy S8+. While on the multi-core tests, Note 8 scores 6552, less than Samsung Galaxy S8+’s 6708.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also reinforces Samsung’s camera prowess with the Note 8, scoring a tremendous 94 on the DxO Mark, equalling iPhone 8 Plus. There’s a dual 12MP + 12MP rear camera setup with one sensor being a f/1.7 one, while the other being f/2.4. Good news is that you get Dual Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Auto Focus and 2X Optical zoom on the primary sensor. The video capabilities of Note 8 are also top class with 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps. The front camera of Note 8 is equally beautiful with an impressive 8MP, f/1.7mm sensor, making a strong mark for low-light selfies.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by Android 7.1.1 out of the box, to which Samsung has promised an Oreo upgrade. That’s the best you can get, right now, a promise of Oreo. Though Samsung has overhauled its UI this year, It's no close to stock Android. The new custom skin is simpler and less clunky than the previous one but still looks a lot loaded and overcooked at times. Personally, we are not a fan.
Coming to probably the most important component for Note 8 - The Redeemer, Battery. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a disaster, we don’t need to tell you more about that. Samsung says they have worked extensively to prevent that from happening ever again. Probably a repercussion of that is a smaller 3300mAH battery, which is severely deficient to power the giant for a full day. If you are a heavy user, carry a charger or a power bank with yourself. The good news is that Note 8 supports fast charging with Quick Charge 2.0 Technology. Alongiwith, all this, it also has wireless charging available out of the box.
One more thing, we would like to point out that the phone is slightly heavy weighing around 195gm. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as of lately with all Samsung flagships is IP68 certified making it complete dust and water resistant. It has an awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor beside the camera sensor. The smartphone is also capable of Samsung’s shallow face recognition feature, which uses Iris scanning, don’t expect the best of security here.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at Rs. 67,900 in India and can be bought from Flipkart or Amazon.
User Reviews of Samsung Galaxy Note 8:
If you would like to read the reviews given by customers who bought this device then check out the links below
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