Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review: The Most Capable Smartphone On The Planet


During the lead up to the Galaxy Note8 launch, there were a lot of rumours in late 2016 and early 2017 of Samsung abandoning the Note series over the Note7 series debacle, but all were unfounded, after it launched the flagship phablet just on schedule in August, just before IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2017 in Germany.

The Galaxy Note8, which I have been using as primary device for close to two months, comes with top-notch features, beautiful Galaxy S8-inspired Infinity display, dual-camera, a first for Samsung flagship series and more. But, does it live up to the hype? Let's check out.


Display and design:

As said before, the new Galaxy Note8 borrows design language of its smaller cousin Galaxy S8 series but also improves on it.

It flaunts a gorgeous Infinity Display on the front with the screen occupying the maximum landscape with bezels pushed to the tilt on top and the bottom, leaving little space for camera and other companion sensors, whereas the side-screen cascades to the middle of the frame on the right and left sides resulting in the infinity pool like effect, when viewed horizontally.

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On the back, it features a well-blended metallic-case with a glossy glass-cover on top. Most importantly, the company has made small, but necessary changes in terms of the rear camera module and fingerprint sensor positions, which was found wanting in the Galaxy S8 series. It now boasts LED flash and other sensors in between them, creating a small discernible gap between fingerprint scanner and the camera, and to an extent, avoid unintentional touching of the camera lens while trying to use the fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 features primary dual-camera and fingerprint sensor with LED flash and sensors in between themKVN Rohit/IBTimes India

It houses a dedicated slot at bottom edge for S-Pen stylus and single-grille speaker, a mic, Type C port and a 3.5mm audio jack beside it (from right to left).

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Samsung Galaxy S8 with very less space between primary camera and the fingerprint sensorKVN Rohit/ IBTimes India

With so many open gaps/holes at the bottom, users need not worry of water/raindrops entering them, as the Galaxy Note8 boasts IP68 certifications, meaning the device can survive up to 30 minutes close to five feet under water. He/she can take it for a dip in the swimming pool or any freshwater bodies like pond/lake/river, but not salty sea/ocean.

It also features volume rockers and a dedicated Bixby digital assistant button on the left side placed one above the other. Whereas, on the other side, it houses the physical wake button and on top, it has SIM tray and a mic.

As far as the super AMOLED (6.2-inch) display is concerned, it is best in the smartphone industry. It's a delight watching high resolution videos and playing games on the Galaxy Note8 screen and the visually appealing Infinity Display, make the viewing experience more exciting.


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Source : http://www.ibtimes.co.in/samsung-galaxy-note8-review-most-versatile-phone-2017-period-755155

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