Samsung is sealing their comeback with the release of the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy S8 hasn’t had an incident, and the Korean giant is eager to prove the Note is equally safe. Both these releases are crucial for the company to regain trust after last year’s debacle with the Note 7. Out of the releases this year, none are more important than the Note 8. The fate of Samsung’s already humbled reputation is riding on the success of this release. Fortunately, at first glance it seems that Samsung created a truly amazing smartphone.
Even though critics are still holding their breath, it appears that Samsung learned their lesson with last year’s catastrophe. They went out of their way to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself. Instead of simply trashing the Note, they went the extra mile to create something special for loyal fans.
Their new multi-point battery safety check appears to ensure that their new round of phones aren’t ticking time bombs. The Galaxy Note 8 is a testament of their hard work, so it can’t be ignored. It appears to be one of the best smartphones of 2017, so let’s see if it’s worth the premium price.
Examining the Galaxy Note 8
The Note 8 may be eerily similar to the Galaxy S8 Plus, but there are some key differences. Clocking in at 6.3 inches, the display is slightly larger than the 6.2-inch screen of the S8 Plus. The corners are more squared off, and there’s less curvature on the front edges. Another difference is the weight, since the Note 8 packs 195 grams. Apart from that, this is hands down one of the sexiest designs we have seen on a smartphone.
While the design is seductive, the interior of this phone is equally impressive. The Note 8 is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Users can augment the storage with microSD, which provides practically unlimited memory. The Note 8 is equipped with Android 7.1.1, which provides the same seamless experience enjoyed with the S8.
All eyes are on the battery, so Samsung decided to play it safe. They stuck with a 3300mAh that has passed their rigorous new screening process. We will undoubtedly have to wait until the next model before Samsung gets bold enough to try something bigger.
One of the best enhancements Samsung made was equipping the Note 8 with a dual camera. It has two 12-megapixel cameras that both offer optical image stabilization. This is the first ever of its kind, so it provides a slew of improved features. Armed with two cameras, the Note doesn’t have to default to the regular camera in low light conditions. This allows it to utilize its telephoto camera more often, which provides higher quality photos. The dual camera also comes with new software, so there’s countless tweaks that can be made to photos.
The S Pen is largely the same as what was found in the ill-fated Note 7. Fortunately, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It has the same brilliant levels of pressure sensitivity and boasts water resistant features. While those cornerstone features remain the same, there are a few perks with this new model. Users can take up to 100 pages of notes while in the Screen Off Memo mode. There’s also Live Messages features where hand written messages or drawings can be sent. The Translate features allows users to highlight blocks of text and translate it into 71 different languages.
Overall Samsung did an amazing job with the Galaxy Note 8. They successfully created a jaw dropping design that’s backed up with enough premium features. It’s everything phablet lovers clamor for, so as long as it avoids unforeseen disasters this phone has stolen the show. Retailing at $929, the only drawback to this brilliant smartphone is the price. Hopefully this changes overtime, but for now users have to make the investment to get their hands on this phone.