Today Samsung unveiled the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note phone. It’s called Samsung Galaxy Note 8. First it has a 6.3″ QHD+ Infinity Display, Dual rear-facing 12MP camera, 3300mAh, Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, IP68, Fingerprint reader and Iris Scanner. Latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
From a first look I sorta feel that the battery sounds pretty small for a big phone. Especially these days when you see many phones that come out with a 5000mAh battery like the DOOGEE BL5000. The interesting part about the Note 8 is it’s dual camera. This was something that the Galaxy S8 didn’t have.
Samsung has always been using good camera sensors I think. And it’s nice this year how they don’t just upgrade the screen size and S-Pen in it’s Note series but also take the time to implement one of these dual cameras. It also has dual OIS.
In Europe it’s been hard to get a Note phone last couple of years. Note 5 wasn’t officially released in Europe, Note 6 never came, Note 7 was just about to launch and then the battery issues showed up. And Samsung returned all Note 7s… My Note 5 got cracked fast in an accidental indoor drop and it never worked again.
The last couple of years Samsung phones has been suffering from more problems than usual. TouchWiz hasn’t behaving as it should, many times lag issues. Also overheating issues since the Galaxy S6 year. The year when Samsung started to use glass on the back of it’s phones instead of removable plastic back. It seems like Samsung don’t want you to have the option to change battery or back cover.
Interesting part about Note 8 will be that the default model will be 6GB of ram. Some S8 variants have 6GB but it’s not the default. This is great because it may mean awesome multitasking performance in Note 8.
This new Note is 9mm taller than Galaxy Note 7. And 0.7mm wider than the Note 7. But do remember this one packs a 6.3″ display. The original Note was hard to hold with it’s wide shape and just 5.3 display. Samsung has realised if they just make the phone less wide but taller and more edge-to-edge screen they can put in a massive display without making the user experience feel weird.
The Note 8 display has a slight curve just as the Galaxy S8 phone has. Samsung introduced this first with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Then they made the edge variant the standard. But with a bit more low-key edge. Not S6 Edge or Note Edge. But just a tiny bit. Kind of like the BlackBerry Priv phone also have.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a little bit more business look compared to Galaxy S8+. Because it has less rounded edges so it looks more professional. Also it’s one of the heaviest phones yet from Samsung 195g! BL5000 phone actually goes even above 200g… The weird part is how even the S8+ has a bigger battery than Note 8.
One problem with this new Note is how it still has the fingerprint sensor right next to the camera. This was a major issue with the Galaxy S8 how it makes it hard to unlock the phone because it’s harder to find the sensor. They should have made same design as Huawei Mate 9 has by position the fingerprint sensor below the camera and make it go in a bit for best way to find sensor.
One cool thing about the Note 8 is how it comes in a darker more blue colour called Deepsea Blue. This truly looks like blue! Not same blue as the Coral blue you can get on S7 and S8.
It will also has support for Samsung DeX, Bixby, Gear VR and Gear 360. Which are some of Samsung’s expensive addons.