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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the newest addition to the Samsung smartphone family. Not only does it offer all the features of the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series, it also debuts the dual camera, which is a first for Samsung. The enhanced S Pen comes with features that allow users communicate in new and exciting ways. Here are the pros and cons of the new Galaxy Note 8;


Samsung has clearly set the standard for smartphone cameras and, with the Galaxy Note 8; It claims to have delivered its most powerful smartphone camera yet in this device. The Galaxy Note 8 is built with dual 12MP rear cameras featuring a smart optical image stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in poor lighting conditions, producing clean, clear shots even when on the move. While one camera has a wide-angle lens for capturing big scenes, the other has a telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom generating brighter and sharper images.

With the Live Focus mode, you can freely decide how much your subject stands out by adjusting the blur and focus of the background in real-time. The background blur can be adjusted even after the picture is taken. The Galaxy Note 8 is also equipped with an industry-leading 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats.

In dual capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously, allowing users save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.

Hardware and Battery

Built with 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor, and 64GB memory space (expandable up to 256GB), the Galaxy Note 8 offers users more flexibility for internet browsing, video streaming, playing games, and multitasking. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers a reversible USB Type-C port and a 3,300mAh battery. The battery is a little less than the S8 plus, this is because they had to make room for the S pen silo and of course with the experience of exploding batteries with the Note 7, Samsung did not want to put in a huge battery that will swell and probably explode. However, it has adaptive fast charging technology. With this, users can get their battery charge up from zero to 50 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. Samsung says that the Note 8 battery has undergone Samsung’s 8-Point Battery Safety Check—the most rigorous in the industry and is completely. Compare to other Android phones, the battery is not bad. However, users say the battery life is nowhere as good as the iPhone 7 plus or 8 with average use measuring the screen on time.

Infinite Display

The large immersive screen always sets the Note series apart, pushing the display boundary that gives customers more space. The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch screen. With the edge-to-edge, almost bezel-less, all-screen Super AMOLED technology, combined with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440, all the typical characteristics featured in previous Samsung phones such as vibrant colors, high contrast, and inky dark blacks are incredibly sharp. The Note 8’s display screen is fantastic for all kinds of use such as watching YouTube videos, playing games, casual web browsing, and boosting productivity.

IP68 certification for dust and water resistance

Similar to the Galaxy S8 series, the Note 8 and its S Pen are IP68 certified for dust and water. This feature protects the device from immersion in up to 1.5m of fresh water for 30 minutes. When wet, the device stops charging automatically to prevent short circuits.


Just like the S8 family, the Galaxy Note 8 offers six types of security technology: iris recognition (most secure biometric identification system available on a smartphone), a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, face recognition, pattern, password, and PIN; users can easily choose their preferred method. Users can use the iris scanner to unlock their devices without having to swipe the phone. With the face recognition, you can instantly unlock your device with a look. Users can also use the Secure Folder app to save important files, images, videos, and apps.


The design is quite similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus. This is quite disappointing as most users expected something totally different and unique. The corners of the 6.3-inch glass are rounded with curved edges to give more space to write and create with the S Pen. However, there are more curves on the S8 family. The Note 8 is perfect on the width but quite long- typical of the Note. Just like the S8 series, the physical home button usually located in the front of the phone has been replaced with a digital home button, built into the glass.

The S Pen

The S Pen replicates with ease, accuracy, and size of a real pen, allowing for a natural drawing and writing experience. The fine and precise 0.7 mm tip allows users draw and write with accuracy. With the Live Message feature, users can draw emojis, make animated GIFS or write handwritten messages on photos, making every message a special one. Users can also select a section of a video and share with friends using the S Pen’s Smart Select feature. The S Pen can also translate full sentences in foreign languages, depending on the country and region. All you need do is let the S Pen hover above the selected words. Thanks to the “Screen Off” Memo, users can write up to 100 pages of notes, as well as edit and pin them to the Always-On Display, an easy way for users to capture and share their thoughts with ease. The S Pen also automatically converts units of measurements and foreign currencies.


The high price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has to be its biggest Con. This is probably because it is regarded as a high end phone. The phone retails for about N320,000 – N350, 000. Unfortunately, Nigerian mobile operators do not offer contract plans where users can pay monthly for the device.

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