After having what was an explosive 2016 (literally), the biggest Android smartphone producer in the world is back with a new device in their Note Lineup. — the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Now like you would expect, this device is top-of-the-line. Hell, going by the features it packs, it’s Samsung’s best device till date. (Yep, you read that right)
Feature-wise, it leaves the beautiful (and powerful) S8+ in the dust.
This is due to the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 packs all the features of the S8 plus (yep, ALL OF ‘EM) and a few more. Also, as expected, the device costs more (way more) than the S8 plus and its
explosive predecessor (the Note 7).
- Network: 2G / 3G / 4G
- Display: 6.3 inches, Super AMOLED Touchscreen display — (1440 x 2960 px)
- Software: Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)
- Processor: Octa-core CPU — 4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz
- Memory: 6GB RAM | 64/128/256 GB ROM
- Cameras: Front — 8 MP (f/1.7, autofocus, Auto HDR, [email protected]) | Rear — Dual 12 MP (f/1.7, PDAF, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, Auto HDR, [email protected], [email protected])
- Battery: 3300 mAh
- Price: Check today’s price
Software, Design, Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a single SIM (or dual if you prefer) Android device running on the latest Nougat flavor of the operating system — version 7.1.1 — which, of course, would get updated to Android Oreo (version 8) when it becomes publicly available.
Design-wise, you’d be getting a device featuring glasses everywhere. Said so because the note 8 features a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel which is slightly curved at the edges to enable a firm (and easy) grip.
In front, up top, there are about … one, two, three, four, fiv… six dots (or openings, if you will) which are the front facing cameras, LED notification light, and four other things I cannot make sense of at the moment.
At the bottom, there are no nav buttons (or physical home button) but a similar setup as found on the S8 and S8 Plus is present.
Underneath you’ve got a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB type C port opening, another opening for the microphone and a final opening — the speaker. To the side of those (after an antenna band) is the Note 8’s stylus pen (or well, its abode).
The display on the 8 is MASSIVE but thanks to the almost non-existent bezels present, you can’t call this a ‘tablet’ but at a size of about 6.3 inches, it certainly comes close.
The display is a Super AMOLED Touchscreen with a resolution of 1440 by 2960 pixels and a resulting pixel density of around 522 pixels per inch (522 PPI) which is protected by another Gorilla Glass 5.
Next up, the performance …
Performance, Hardware, Cameras
There are essentially two models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — one with a Snapdragon 835 SoC and another with an Exynos chipset — but only one of them would be available to Nigerians (the Exynos version) so emphasis would be placed on that.
The device’s SoC is an Octa-core CPU having two quad-core clusters with different clock speeds. The first cluster is clocked at 2.3 GHz and the second at 1.7. Paired alongside are a Mali-G71 MP20 GPU and an enormous 6 gigabytes (!) of RAM for fluid multitasking.
For storage of multimedia and files, the Note 8 is available in 3 storage options — 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB — and if you’d be needing more space (dafuq! Are you a data center?!) you can extend the capacity using a microSD card (up to 256GB).
The battery found on this device (a non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery) may seem like a let down for a device of this magnitude but trust me, it is for a reasonable reason. This device also supports fast charging (Quickcharge 2.0) and wireless charging (using the charging dock).
For security, the Note 8 features an Iris Scanner and a Fingerprint scanner which, for the first time in the history of Notes, sits behind the device close to the cameras.
And yeah, about the cameras, the Galaxy Note 8 has a dual-camera set-up behind which each lens being a 12 MP lens and having a spacious aperture opening of f/1.7. The features which the camera packs are pretty wild but the highlights are Phase detection autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, Auto HDR, ability to shoot 1080p videos at a frame rate of 60 frames per second, to mention but a few.
The front facing camera is in a class of its own as it is an 8-megapixel shooter featuring the same wide aperture opening of f/1.7, autofocus, Auto HDR, etcetera, etcetera.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Price in Nigeria
At the launch event, the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced to be north of $900 so when it becomes available in Nigeria, expect it to retail for over N300,000.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Full Device Specifications
Here are the full essential details about the device…
Network and Software
|Operating System||Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)|
Design and Display
|Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm|
|Build||Glass back panel, Water/Dust Proof (IP68)|
|Colors||Deep Sea Blue, Maple Gold, Midnight Black, Orchid Grey|
|Display Size||6.3 inches|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED Touchscreen|
|Display Resolution||1440 x 2960 px|
Performance and Hardware
|Processor Name||Exynos 8895 Octa|
|Processor Type||Octa-core CPU — 4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz|
|Internal Memory||64/128/256 GB|
|SD Card Support||Yes (up to 256GB)|
|Front Camera||8 MP (f/1.7, autofocus, Auto HDR, [email protected])|
|Rear Camera||Dual 12 MP (f/1.7, PDAF, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, Auto HDR, [email protected], [email protected])|
|Battery Capacity||3300 mAh|
Connectivity and Multimedia
|WiFi||Yes (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)|
|Security||Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted), Iris Scanner|
|More||Samsung Desktop eXperience (DEX), Stylus Pen, Wireless Charging|
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