Samsung Note 8: Review
Hoping to the extinguish the controversy of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung have rigorously tested and refined the Galaxy Note 8 before launching it on the 15th of September 2017. With its predecessor making headlines for the wrong reasons, the Note 8 is starting to make headlines for the right ones.
Looking at the new features, it is difficult to argue that Samsung have created one of their most successful models yet. A larger screen, longer battery life, new security, water resistance and wireless charging capabilities make this handset one of the most innovative smartphones available on the market.
Galaxy Note 8 Basic Specifications:
Screen: 6.3in quad HD+ AMOLED (521ppi)
Processor: octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 or octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6GB of RAM
Storage: 64GB + microSD card
Operating system: Android 7.0 with TouchWiz
Camera: dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 8MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Iris sensor
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
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The Note 8 boasts an impressive 6.3 inches on the diagonal, and keeps a similar infinity style display as the previous models – a design feature that users have championed. Bigger screen doesn’t mean bigger handset, as the 6.3 inches is built into a frame that’s no bigger than the IPhone 7 Plus.
In addition to the phone, Samsung have included a stylus to be used with the Note 8, which moves the model from phone into tablet area (sometimes known as the phablet). Although the Note 8 used infinity display, the edges are slightly less curved than before, to accommodate the use of the stylus. Another improvement on previous Galaxy models is the slot for the stylus, which has been designed to stop the stylus from getting jammed or stuck – a complaint from earlier designs.
The Note 8 has a pressure sensitive screen and uses proximity sensors, like the kind on RS Components, to automatically dim and wake the screen as the user interacts with it. For example, when the user is making a call the proximity sensors will read that the phone is in close proximity to the ear and automatically ‘sleep’ the screen.
The front screen features a virtual home button to accommodate a larger glass surface area, as all the buttons are moved to the edges of the phone, or the back. The glass back hosts a dual camera set up, flash, heart rate sensor and finger print sensor. The placement of the fingerprint sensor can be tricky to reach, and stretching the hand to unlock the phone may be a risky position to hold it. This is one design feature which Samsung could look to improve going forward.
Fast Wireless Charging:
One of the features which has long separated the Samsung Galaxy from it competitors has been the wireless charging capabilities. As companies, restaurants and cafes start to stock public charging points, and with Apple announcing a wireless charger as well, the demand for this feature sets Samsung as trailblazers as to where the smartphone is heading.
Wireless charging is made possible by bridge rectifiers, which allows the electrical current passing between the charging pad and phone to be converted into battery energy. Bridge rectifiers are conductors that convert AC to DC, which is require when passing energy without wire or cable. The conductors are widely available online, from suppliers such as RS Components, and their increased online sales are what suggested to experts that smartphones companies were looking to develop wireless charging technologies before any announcements had been made.
Although the Note 8 has the same processor, graphics and storage as the previous models, so runs the same, the battery isn’t as big as users had hoped. The battery life far succeeds its competitors, however Samsung have opted to develop faster wireless charging opportunities to make up for any unwarranted battery drain.
One of the biggest features that sets the Samsung apart from its rivals is the ability to multitask. This is more than being on a call whilst still being able to look through the phone.
Samsung have developed the idea of multitasking beyond anything released before. As well as being able to open and use two apps together, with a split screen, the user can also pair the apps together on the home screen in order to launch them at the same time.
Other features of note:
The Note 8 has upgraded its security system to not only use the fingerprint scanner, but also an IR based Iris scanner to unlock the phone from the front.
The stylus, or ‘S-Pen’, is noticeably thinner making it easier and more accurate to use. The software doesn’t lag when in use making the stylus a winning combination of convenience and comfort.
Overall, the improvements seem to have impressed users. Only time will tell if the development of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can make this smartphone more popular than its competitors. But, so far, it seems to have started off with a bang – only this time, the good kind.