Samsung has unveiled one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year. Under its unique Note series, which pioneered the ‘phablet’ segment, the Korean brand has unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 Mobile. The Korean company has a two-pronged strategy, which has worked wonders for years. The Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series phones are released in tandem to lure away the buyers from the iPhone.
Like most Samsung flagship phones, the Note 8 is IP 68 certified. In simple words, it is water and dust resistant proof. The phone features a 6.3-inch OLED screen. It builds upon Samsung’s bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ technology introduced on the Galaxy S8. We must admit that those slightly curved screens look quite futuristic. Something that no other manufacturer has managed to pull off so far. Another highlight is the OLED panel, which offers vibrant colours and deep blacks. Because of this, Samsung’s flagship always had an edge over Apple’s LCD equipped iPhones. Little wonder then, the Cupertino-company is now opting for OLED screens for the next iPhone.
With 3840×2160 pixels at play, you won’t encounter pixelation. Of course, unless you into VR (Virtual Reality) applications, which requires the 4K screen for the best experience. However, considering that many Note 7 that exploded last year, we advise against sticking this phone to your eyes.
In terms of the screen, the Note 8 hardly bigger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+. What separates it from its sibling though is the smart stylus S-Pen. As we all know, it is quite a handy tool for note-taking and doodling.
The Galaxy Note also marks Samsung’s first attempt at the dual-lens camera. Hard to believe, but Samsung was quite late to the dual camera party as many manufacturers including Xiaomi, Huawei, HTC, Apple, and Nokia have already embraced this technology. The phone offers a 12-megapixel dual camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). This tech ensures better low-light shots and stabilised videos. For selfies, Samsung has gone with an 8-megapixel camera.
Much like the Galaxy S8, the Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US. For rest of the world including India, the Note 8 will be equipped with Samsung’s in-house Exynos Octa core SoC (System on Chip). The phone has 6 GB RAM. It will be available in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB internal storage variants. Samsung has also retained a microSD card slot. The 3300 mAh battery promises long battery life. Let us hope that it won’t explode like its predecessor.
This is an important release for Samsung as the company tries to make things right after the Note 7 fiasco. Every phone brand anticipates an ‘explosive launch’, but in Note 8’s case things turned out to be literal. Following early rave reviews and runaway success, people started complaining about the Note 7’s explosive batteries. In countries such as Korea, Taiwan, China, and the US, many users were injured due to the phone’s self-destructive nature. After a number of smoking rooms and cancelled flights, the Galaxy Note 7 mobile was discontinued for good. It is believed that the mad race to achieve a long battery life and slim body lead to this disaster
Without throwing much jargon, we would like to explain that the front and back of these batteries make up for the cathode (positive terminal) and its anode (negative terminal). In incredibly thin phones including the Note 7, a slight flex or excess pressure applied during the manufacturing process can cause a contact between cathode and anode leading to a short circuit.
As far as the software is concerned, the phone offers Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The rest of the features are as follows:
Water and dust resistant (IP68) body.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset / Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset.
6 GB RAM and 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB internal storage.
Hybrid card slot that felicitates either a secondary SIM or a memory card.
12-megapixel dual-camera with OIS.
8-megapixel front-facing camera.
4G VoLTE support, dual channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS.
3300 mAh battery with fast charging.
Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor as well as heart rate monitor
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available on pre-orders from tomorrow in the US. The shipping is expected to commence from 24th of September. Rest of the world will follow “soon”. You can choose from colours such as Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea. As of this writing, there’s no word on its pricing.