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Galaxy Note8 launched, trying to continue the legacy

iPhone 8 killer?

After months of rumors and speculations, the Galaxy Note 8 finally broke the stage at an official event in New York today. The Note 8 isn’t just an another flagship in Samsung lineup. The device carries a huge weight on its shoulders to reclaim the lost reputation of Note series after last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. So did Samsung live up to expectations? Or is it just a Galaxy S8+ with stylus? Let’s find out, if this phone has an edge over the competition.

The Galaxy Note 8 packs a 6.3-inch Quad-HD+ AMOLED InfinityEdge display with smaller bezels and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Samsung stuck with the success formula of Galaxy S8 here and we see no reason to change that. This is the brightest display on any smartphone, with the juiciest colors, in my opinion. Finally, we have a curved screen Note device, meaning you get all the extra features from the S lineup too. Other news on the design: the phone with IP68 water and dust resistant, with and sans the stylus.

The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor depending upon the region. Normally, the US and China get Qualcomm tastes while the rest of world enjoys Samsung’s own CPU. The RAM is now at 6GBs, the highest on any Samsung device. Performance has never really been an issue on Samsung flagships, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be this time either. Other hardware specs include Bluetooth 5.0, MIMO and wireless charging.

Lesson learned?

Samsung President also made a special remark about the entire Note 7 debacle, and how they have now implemented an 8 step safety program. That’s one less thing to worry about.

The only potential issue I see with this is that the battery is rated at just 3,300mAh. I mean, we don’t want them to try and put in a bigger than usual battery again, but this one seems like a tiny battery to power such a powerful device. Let’s hope that the software optimisations and future Android updates help with this.

Talking about the Note aspect, no other stylus phone even comes close to what functionality the S-pen offers. This year, in terms of new gimmicks, we have an animated GIF text, so your handwritten messages come to life. Most people don’t use a stylus, but I am personally a big fan of them.

This is also Samsung’s first phone with Dual camera sensors. Here we get a 12MP duo, coming in at different focal lengths to give us features like Optical zoom and Portrait mode. There is also the first duo, where both of them support OIS. In terms of specs, these are f/1.7 and f/2.6. Though, they are still going to get smudged, as the fingerprint scanner is still in the awkward position on the back. You can stick to retina scanning luckily.

The software is still very Samsung, meaning that it could get slow over time. The RAM management should be great with the loads you get, built in, and the slow software updates. Let’s see how this thing grows over time. And in case you wondered, the Bixby button is still around….

it’s going to be available in 4 colours at launch, however, not all will be available in each country.

Overall, the Note series raises the bar for the Android ecosystem each year. Do you think it has enough to go for it and tackle the upcoming iPhone?


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