Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the new king of Flagships?

Samsung is a household name for most of the world. Being one of the biggest manufacturer of consumer grade electronics, you are never really too far away from a Samsung product of any kind. As a matter of fact the South Korean conglomerate is so vast that many companies actually depend of them for electronic part supplies.

Last year Samsung released their infamous Galaxy Note 7 that was notorious for exploding frequently. Many people were harmed because of it but the fact remains that the Note 7 was one of the most contemporary looking device aesthetic wise that had been launched in recent times. And the main reason for its explosiveness was its compact proportions. The Note 7, even by phablet standards, was quite compact and packed in the entire latest available mobile tech in its seemingly compact dimensions.


So, what about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, has Samsung finally rectified its mistakes that plagued the Note 7 or have they played it safe this time around? Read on to find out.

Design and Display:

The Galaxy Note 8 is probably one of the most beautiful phablets present with us right now. It borrows it basic design from last year’s Note 7 but it is a different device in its own regard. For starters, the hardware button on the front of the device has been done for and as a first the Note 8 comes with on screen buttons for accessibility. Also Samsung has retained its beautiful aluminium craftsmanship keeping a minimalist approach to the whole device. Also the bezels around the screen are thinner than ever and it makes the really compact despite having a very large screen. Now being a phablet it wouldn’t be as comfortable as a standard phone but given its proportions, Samsung finally seems to have cracked the formula for keeping the device as compact as possible while having a large screen. The screen comprises of nearly 90% of the surface of the front facia and Samsung has even retained its curved display that was a key feature on the Note 7.

Coming to the Display, it is 6.3 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1440x2690 which translates to a pixel density of 522ppi. We have to thank Samsung for not falling into the trap of slapping in a 4k display which some of the manufacturers seem to be doing now. I think it’s pointless as the human eye cannot distinguish pixels above a pixel density of 330. Nevertheless the 2k display from Samsung is a real jewel among display’s out there. It has Samsung’s famous Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass v5. This display is one of the best displays in the market at the moment and being an AMOLED panel, it has the deepest black levels among all display’s out there.

Performance:

Samsung has been known to pack in the latest and greatest in all of its flagship devices and the Note 8 is no different. The phone comes with a Samsung Exynos 9 8895 OCTA Core CPU where there are 4 High Performance Mongoose cores clocked at 2.3GHz for heavy tasks and four low power Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. This arrangement of Processors has been in use for some time now and it offers a perfect blend of performance and battery life depending on the type of task that you’re performing.  The CPU also comes with a Mali-G71 MP20 GPU for lifting the graphics intensive tasks for gaming.

Samsung also equipped the phone with a rather generous 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. This memory is not only faster but also more power efficient. So multitasking won’t be a problem on this phone.

Software:

The Phone is likely to come loaded with Android v71.1 (Nougat) and we do have to wonder why Samsung didn’t apply the newer v7.1.2 version of the update. But Samsung’s flagships are supported for some time before the support is given up so we hopefully expect it to get an update to Android O soon.

Other than that Samsung has done extensive work on improving the S-Pen stylus that comes tucked away in the side of the phone. For example, you can now take notes without ever opening the phone lock. Also Samsung has implemented something called the app pairing feature, where you can predefine two apps to run in a multi-window mode at the launch of the app. This can be configured as per the user’s liking however there aren’t a lot of apps that support multi-window at the moment.

Samsung also brings back the much talked about Bigsby assistant with a hardware button back. I’m not quite sure why Samsung made this decision as most users are downloading apps to replace the native functionality of the hardware button and using it for something else.

Camera and Storage:

With the exception of the iPhone, Samsung probably is the only manufacturer that has the best camera in the industry at the moment. The shots from the camera are precise and colours are well balanced, if a tad more saturated than iPhone’s. It has a dual 12Mp+12MP primary camera setup with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). It is also capable of recording 240fps videos at 720p and 4k at 30 fps. Other than that it has a 2x optical zoom and a 10x digital zoom and is capable of continuously taking photos without any lag.

Storage wise it will ship with 6GB of RAM and it’ll be expandable up to 256GB via an SD card so space isn’t going to be a worry for the Note 8.

Battery and Connectivity:

Samsung seems to have played it safe with the battery department this time following the unexpected ordeal of the Galaxy Note 7. This time around it ships with a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery as opposed to the Note 7’s 3500mAh battery. Now this would naturally mean that the battery life is going to bit a bit of a worry for the Note 8, but on the plus side, it won’t hopefully explode every time you put it in your jeans.

Connectivity wise,you’ve practically got all bases covered. It comes with 4G with VOLTE support, 3G and 2G. It also has GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support and Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz with Bluetooth v5.0.

Verdict

Summing up the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is kind of a no brainer. If you wantthe best Android smartphone that money can possibly buy you needn’t look elsewhere. Samsung has clearly learnt a great deal from its Note 7 disaster and the Note 8 is a supreme device in its own limelight. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price in India is Rs.64990, which is definitely high but for something that comes with everything but the space shuttle, you can’t really buy anything else.  
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