Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-On
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be living up to everyone’s wildest dreams. It’s going to have an OLED edgeless screen, a stylus support, and a quick chip. The phablet is rather long for an easy one-hand control. Usually, we text with our thumb but with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 it is a tricky thing to do. Anyway, you need both of your hands to use the stylus on this phone. The S-Pen is tucked into the casing next to the USB Type-C socket on the bottom. The Samsung brand stylus comes inside the box. It was very kind of the Korean phone-makers to include the Stylus with the phone. The designers want us to use the S-Pen as often as possible. They implemented an always-on display to write on, and all you have to do is to pull out the stylus and write a note or a message. The lines you draw can also be sent as a GIF. It adds some personal flavor to your chats, doesn’t it?
We also hope, the display won’t be easily breakable. If it ends up being too fragile it might be easy to break when taking the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 apart. Since the fingerprint sensor moved to the back panel, one should be very careful to not damage the sensor’s cable.
The battery is placed dead-center and the vibrating motor is in the bottom right corner. The battery is weaker than that of the Galaxy Note 7, but the reduction of its capacity is determined by fire hazards. The layout revision and downgrade of power source are to ensure the phone safety for users.
As for the communication units, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 shares some of them with iPhones. These include: a Avago AFEM-9053 power amplification module, and a Qualcomm PM8986 PMIC Gigabit module.
The teardown performed by iFixit also confirmed the optical image stabilization system. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports four cameras, two rear and two front ones. They all feature little magnets that help to make various effects while taking pictures.
For instance, the bokeh effect or Live Focus. The Live Focus button switches to the telephoto lens, and adds a slider to adjust the amount of blur applied to the background. While Life Focus is still on, a user can activate Dual Capture to enhance image options. In Dual Capture mode the phone saves two photos with each press of the shutter button. The second picture is taken with a wide-angle camera.
Another nice touch from the Korean phone creators is that they didn’t pull the plug on any sockets. The USB Type-C and the 3.5 mm jack remain and they are modular! If any damage occurs, they can be removed and replaced.
All considered, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 i think, has every right to claim the title as “flagship phone of the year. “
- Announced: August, 2017.
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE.
- Modules installed: Qualcomm WTR5975 RF transceiver, Avago AFEM-9053 power amplification module, Skyworks 77365 quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplification module, Qualcomm PM8986 PMIC, Murata KM7628048 Wi-Fi module
SIM Factor: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by).
- Dimensions: 6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in.
- Weight: 6.88 oz.
- Body Protection: IP68 certified, dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes.
- Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
- Size: 6.3 inches (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio).
- Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (~521 ppi pixel density).
- Multitouch: Yes.
- Stylus support: Yes, S-Pen from the box.
- Design: edgeless.
- Features: HDR10 compliant, 3D Touch (home button only), always-on display.
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
- OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), Grace UX UI.
- Chipset: Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA, Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – USA & China.
- CPU EMEA: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz).
- CPU Snapdragon: Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo).
- GPU EMEA: Mali-G71 MP20.
- GPU Snapdragon: Adreno 540.
- Internal Memory: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB; 6 GB RAM.
- Extendable Memory: Card slot (a dedicated slot for single SIM models, SIM-2 slot for dual SIM models).
- Card type supported: microSD, up to 256 GB.
- Back camera: primary 12 MP, f/1.7& f/2.4, OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash.
- Features: 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size @ 26 mm. 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size @ 52 mm.
- Geo-tagging: simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama.
- Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
- Front camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR.
- Sound Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones.
- Loudspeaker: Yes.
- 3.5mm jack: Yes.
- Audio features: 32-bit/384kHz audio; active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
- Connectivity: WLAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE.
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO.
- NFC: Yes.
- Wireless Payment: Samsung Pay.
- Radio: No.
- USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
- Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2.
- Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM.
- Browser: HTML5.
- Java: No.
- Preinstalled softwares: MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player, photo/video editor, document viewer.
- Peripheral support: Samsung Desktop Experience (the dock comes at extra cost), ANT+
- Voice Control: S-Voice natural language commands and dictation.
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery.
- Fast Battery Charging: Quick Charge 2.0.
- Wireless Charging: Qi/PMA (market dependent)
- Talk time: Up to 22 h (3G)
- Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
- Price: $875.
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Samsung Galaxy Note8: Official Introduction [Video]
Video uploaded by Samsung Mobile on August 23, 2017