REVIEW: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8
South Korean tech heavyweights Samsung have launched the 8th rendition of the flagship in the phablet category, the Galaxy Note 8. After the explosive debacle of it’s predecessor, the Note 7, Samsung had to make amends to gain back the faith of its customers, and they attempt to do so with the launch of the Note 8.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launch
Launched at a whopping price of $1000+, the Note 8 surely appeals to the posh crowd and also to the Note series faithful. It was unveiled on August 23 at the Park Avenue Armory.
The Note series has built a reputation for itself as the phone offering the best of technology available in the Android OS department at the point of launch. For its price, the Note 8 doesn’t disappoint one bit. For many the price is exorbitant, but the best, comes at a price. The colour options are Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue & Star Pink( Taiwan only).
It has an extremely robust build quality as Samsung used their trusty all glass design with aluminium railings on the side. Sure it’s a fingerprint magnet, but it doesn’t pose much of a problem to the user. Samsung have discontinued their physical home button on their flagships this year, and the Note is no different. It has virtual buttons on the front and the hone button is pressure sensitive. It has its usual slot for the S Pen. Samsung has included an Iris scanner for extra security while the fingerprint sensor rocks on the back alongside the dual cameras. It has minimal bezels as it has a 83.2% screen to body ratio. Speakers are on the bottom and it does have a headphone jack. It also has an external memory card slot along with complete water resistance thanks to its IP68 certification. Full marks to Samsung in the build department. 10/10.
In the display department, the Note 8 features a 6.3” Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2960p. It is protected by the Corning Gorilla glass 5. Samsung continued its Infinity Display feature on this phone as well. The display is one of the best right now on any phone. It has the ability to get extremely bright, even under outdoor conditions it doesn’t disappoint. The colours are beautiful and the blacks are pitch black. 9/10.
Coming to the camera, it has to be admitted that this is the best camera on any phone, right now. Samsung has built in dual cameras. The dual cameras are 12 MP (f/1.7 & f/2.4). Both the cameras have optical image stabilization. The photos are crisp, well saturated and the colours don’t feel mechanised giving it a natural feel. Thanks to the OIS, the phone takes good photos even during the night. The front camera has 8MP and takes good selfies. 9/10.
In the software department, the phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and it might be upgraded to Oreo pretty soon. It features a Snapdragon 835 and has an octacore processor. It has a 6GB RAM. Performance wise the phone doesn’t disappoint either as it has enough ability to function without glitch. Gaming was smooth, everyday functionality was smooth, overall minimum to no glitches were experienced. It still runs the TouchWiz UI and provides somewhat of a stock experience. 9/10
The battery life of the phone disappoints. It has a 3300 mAh battery. Decent usage will fetch you around a day’s life, no more. You have the ability to choose between different modes to adjust resolutions thus impacting the battery life. Could have been better. 7/10.
On the whole the Galaxy Note 8 hardly disappoints. But in its price range you’d expect it not to do it either. It has launched in India for a price of roughly Rs.68,000. Is it worth a buy? Surely it won’t disappoint. The user experience is wonderful and it leaves little to be desired. But it doesn’t offer much for its price range. Overall 8/10.