Form meets functionality: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • The Note 8 comes with the world’s best display packaging with a 6.3inches Super AMOLED panel. It is hands down the best display you’ll see not only in a smartphone but anywhere else
- Yankee Maharjan
With a generation obsessed with sharing their moments, the phone in our pocket should also act as a capable video recorder. This is where the Note 8 shines the best

Oct 3, 2017-The future of smartphone design is really on the edge, and is becoming more and more borderless. For those unsure about innovation in smartphone space, Samsung finally has the answer—a phone so good that it brings you joy just by looking at it. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is finally here in Nepal and it’s exciting. First, because it’s the first from the Note series, after the Note 5, to be launched here and more importantly, because it arguably is the best android phone in the world right now.  That quality comes at a price though—just a shade north of one lakh!

The Galaxy Note 8’s aesthetic is the perfect unity of metal and glass. The aluminum frame in the middle bridges the glass panels from front and back, giving it a perfectly seamless look. Unlike the S8, the Note 8 has opted for a boxier body with sharp edges, which gives it a robust look, weighing in at 195grams. With thin side-bezels, reaching from side-to-side is easy but with the elongated 18:9 aspect ratio, it gets hard to reach the top. But Samsung’s baked-in, one-handed mode proves to be a feasible solution to this. The elongated form factor also makes it difficult to reach the fingerprint sensor placed uncomfortably at the top. So most of the time, you’ll end up using the Iris scanner on board, which is nothing really to complain about.

The Note 8 comes with the world’s best display packaging with a 6.3inches Super AMOLED panel, which is HRD 10 compliant. It is hands down the best display you’ll see not only in a smartphone but anywhere else. With 1200 nits of brightness you can use the phone even in the harshest of daylight. The big display resembles a canvas where you can freely jot down your thoughts in the form of notes and sketches with the S Pen. Although the display is great for rich multimedia experience, the bottom-firing speakers are only average. So, you might want to couple the phone with some great wired or wireless headphones.

The phone also offers the very best in terms of hardware specifications. Powering the device is the Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8995 chipset which is both powerful and power-efficient compared to the Snapdragon 835 counterpart. It offers 2 GB extra RAM than that of S8, at a massive 6 GB. For a phone made to multitask effortlessly, the extra RAM sure comes handy. Samsung also offers app-pairing, where you can setup two apps that you often open side by side. You have access to these app pairs right from the edge panels. High-end gaming or running any heavy apps simultaneously is a walk in the park for Note 8. It’s definitely a device made for those that have much to do!

The feature highlight of Note 8 is the dual 12MP camera which is a first of its kind for Samsung. The primary lens carries f/1.7 aperture with PDAF and the assisting telephoto lens comes with f/2.4 aperture which provides 2x optical zoom. Typical of Samsung, the camera offers the best dynamic range, although not natural, the images have high saturation and vibrancy, and details are on point. With dual cameras, it can now zoom into subjects up to 2x optically without any loss in quality. You can also take a normal photo and switch between the zoomed and normal modes. The second camera also helps in calculating the depth to shoot Bokeh images, and allows you to adjust the blur after capturing the image. Up front, Note 8 offers an 8MP selfie camera which provides well lighted and detailed images. 

With a generation obsessed with sharing their moments, the phone in our pocket should also act as a capable video recorder. This is where the Note 8 shines the best. It can shoot 4K videos at 30fps both from back and front camera, and like images, the colours are really sharp and vibrant and the details are well preserved. What’s even better is that both the lenses provide OpticalImage Stabilization, making the videos more consistent. Stabilisation along with wide f/1.7 aperture assists well in low-light scenarios. 

What makes Note a Note is its S Pen. The S Pen on Note 8 is now IP68 water and dust resistant like the phone itself. The Note 8 takes note-taking on a smartphone to a whole new level. The infinite screen off note is available as soon as you take the S Pen out of the phone. Other new addition includes screen gif and quick translation of texts. The S pen can be really handy for artists and business professionals who want to get creative right on their phone or take important notes on the go. For an average Joe, you really have to put your mind into what you really want to make use of the S Pen.

 With the inclusion of S Pen and the dual camera, the phone has very little space to cram in battery, so it has substantially less 3300mAh battery than the S8 Plus(3500mAh). 

With the world’s brightest display pushing all its pixels and the powerful chipset handling all the tasks at hand, the battery life of the Note 8 is justifiably average. It does, however, come with fast charging and wireless fast charging.

The Galaxy Note 8 is undoubtedly a great phone but it’s pricey as well. If you put all the specifications of Note 8, minus the Dual Camera and S Pen, then what’s left is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus—which is 15 percent cheaper than the Note 8. The Galaxy S8 Plus is no compromise over the Note 8 as it comes with a similar display panel, processor, identical primary camera and a larger battery.

Note 8 is available at Rs 102,000 for pre-booking with which you can get a free wireless charger, 8 months breakage insurance, and 16GB Free Ncell Data.

 

Pros: 

  • Best display in a smartphone (bright up to 1200 nits)
  • Premium design
  • Latest hardware offerings
  • A great camera 
  • S Pen features

Cons: 

  • High Price tag compared to any other premium android phones
  • Fingerprint sensor positioning
  • Heavy 
  • Average battery life
  • Quick Charge 2.0 (Latest 4.0)

Published: 03-10-2017 08:19

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