Samsung has launched its much-awaited Galaxy Note 8 at New York. But wait, didn’t this phone launch earlier this year?
That’s the bombshell feeling you might feel after reading the title. Well, you read it right. Last Wednesday at 11 a.m. (ET) Samsung introduced its new flagship device with many new features including a huge 6.3-inch ‘infinity display’ and will be up for sale globally very shortly from 15th of September. The price of it in the US unlocked is $929, and in the UK starts at £869.
The past few months have been mortifying for Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was perhaps the most famous Samsung Smartphone in 2016- up until it began with the horrific symptom to explore and catch fire. A few weeks later, it was recalled and then discontinued. This led the company to an unprecedented call off of its flagship device. The recall process & consequent to resulting investigation drag the company’s name in the mud for several months. Memes were created all over the internet and even it was declared as a federal crime to bring a Galaxy Note 7 into an aircraft. It turned out to be a sour end to what appeared to be a good year for this South Korean tech giant.
But now Samsung is more than ready to move past this dark debacle to something unprecedented. The company kicked off its recovery with Galaxy S8 and S8+. Both of them were released back in April of this year i.e.; 2017 & now it aspires with gallant confidence to recoup the recovery with the smartest phone, Galaxy Note 8! Here we’ve enumerated 10 new features that one needs to know before buying this flagship device.
1. 6.3-inch Infinity display:
If you expected a larger display for Note 8 than the S8+, you might be disappointed! The Note 8 features only a slightly larger display than the Galaxy S8+. A 6.3 inches one versus 6.2 inches one on the S8+ and it uses the same Super AMOLED technology as well as the same 18.5 by 9 taller aspect ratio and Quad HD plus resolution. What it does change, though, is the curve towards the edges. It is now steeper with more flat space, which works better with the S-Pen.
2. Dual camera with Live Focus portrait mode:
The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone with the dual camera setup and the secondary camera comes with a telephoto lens that allows users to take DSLR like portrait pictures with a blurry background. Samsung calls this effect Live Focus. It even claimed on stage that, Galaxy Note 8 offers more flexibility than Apple’s iPhone 7+ portrait mode, as you can adjust the level of background blur. You can do this before you capture the image and afterwards which gives one the complete control over ones photograph.
3. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both rear cameras:
Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone ever to have Optical Image Stabilization(OIS) in both rear cameras. In smartphone industry, Samsung is the first company to introduce the OIS for the secondary telephoto lens. We have seen OIS in wide angle cameras for quite a while, but this is the first time that we get to see it on a telephoto lens. The benefits are obvious. A telephoto lens is particularly sensitive to handshakes and amplifies them which results in blurry photos and videos. OIS can fix a lot of that. Samsung showed a comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus’s telephoto camera in a video and the difference was drastically in favor of the Note 8.
4. New S-Pen features:
The S-Pen is one of the main reasons to get a Galaxy Note phone. The new S-Pen has 0.7 mm (down from 1.6mm on the Note 5) tip, which means the S-Pen is now more precise than ever before and this allows for drawing and writing with great accuracy. In addition to that the S-Pen now supports 4,096 level of pressure sensitivity that will also help one to improve one’s drawing experience.
Samsung introduced Screen off Memo with the Note 7, a functionality that allows its users to take notes on a locked screen. As soon as one take out the S-Pen, one can add as many as 100 pages to screen off memo and one can easily pin a note to the Always on Display for quick access.
S-Pen’s other new features are animated GIFs, translate and magnify. One can use S-Pen to crop part of an image with great accuracy but one can also use it to draw a response that one can send on a social network as a GIF. When one travels abroad or come across a website in a foreign language, the improved translate feature of S-Pen lets it hover over text to quickly translate the entire sentences into 71 different languages and that too instantly!
5. Fingerprint scanner:
The fingerprint scanner is still annoyingly placed off center, next to rear cameras as it was in S8 series. It is a bit hard to reach the spot. It would have been a lot easier to have it properly centered and within actual reach.
6. Snapdragon 835 in the US, Exynos else here:
This is an area which is no different to the S8 models. Samsung has said the Note 8 is powered by a 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor so in the UK people will get the Exynos 8895 processor. Other markets such as the US and China are likely to get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 instead. Both chips are made on the newest and most power-efficient 10nm architecture. There’s 64GB of internal storage, which is upgradeable up to 256GB. The Note 8 also ships with 6GB of RAM.
7. Battery Life:
Having a S-Pen means having less space for battery and the Galaxy Note 8 features a 3,300 mA battery, a cell smaller than the 3,500 mA one on the S8+. The Note 8 will last 12 hours on 3G, while the S8+ last 13 hours. The Note 8 last 13 hours on LTE vs15 hours for the S8+ and the Wi-Fi battery life of the Note 8 is 14 hours vs 15 hours on the S8+.
Samsung stated that the Note 8 has gone through its rigorous quality control testing (including an eight point battery check) so Samsung’s new batteries are likely to be even safer. On a more Positive note, the phone supports fast wireless charging.
8. AKG Earbuds and 3 Months of Free Google Play Music:
Note 8 buyers will get a AKG headphone, 3.5mm audio jack is still here. Kudo to Samsung for not moving the headphone jack! On its website, Samsung adds that the AKG earphones are packed with 11Φ woofers and 8Φ tweeters. “Good music deserves to be heard through good earphones,” the company announced. Samsung is also throwing in 3 months of Google Play Music to make sure “you can put those earphones to good use by listening to over 40 million songs.”
9. Color variation:
The Galaxy Note 8 will be in a choice of four colors worldwide: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue and Maple Gold colors. In the US, though, only the first two: the black and the gray will be available. Both of these colors will have a black font side. Sorry, US buyers, you won’t get blue or gold colors at launch; one will get ones choice of black and gray.
10. Desktop experience:
One of the things Samsung is trying to promote in its phones is the DeX desktop experience. The device comes with the following connections:
> USB 2.0 x2
This should be everything one needs to connect the DeX up as workstations, with a mouse, keyboard and monitor slotted into USB and HDI ports. Not all apps are compatible, and Samsung is working with most qualified developers to increase the range of options, but many of the most popular services can be used with Samsung DeX. This includes all of Microsoft’s Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) as well as Skype. Google’s cloud-based tools, including Drive and Photos, make the cut. As do Adobe’s range of software. Elsewhere there are games, such as The Tribez, and Lineage2 Revolution. Samsung DeX users can also access the Google Play Store to install additional apps but these are only available whenDeX will be used using the dock. Either way, if you love the novelty of using your phone as a computer and like being on the cutting edge you’ll probably want a DeX Station for your Note 8.
Regardless of these features, there is so much to like about the Note 8 and it’s going to be proved soon to be the best phone in the market right now. We tried to enlist the best features of this new smartest kind in town!If you like this, please share this with your friends, like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.
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