There’s a lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s glossy, curved shoulders, two rear cameras and digital S Pen stylus.
Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Note 8 in a return for the high-end smartphone brand, which was recalled last year in a worldwide debacle that cost billions of dollars.
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Is the Note 8 battery safe?
If you were burned by the Galaxy Note 7 flame-out, you might be a little gun-shy about the Note 8.
Here’s what Samsung’s done to help cool your fears:
- Instituted an 8-point
- Reduced battery size and capacity from 3,500mAh to 3,300mAh to leave more room in the phone’s cavity
- Partnered with UL, a certification company, to endorse the Note 8
Of course, we won’t know for certain if any phone battery is faulty until users’ reports come in. For the record, there have not been similar widespread reports of problems with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus batteries. However, if you’re wary, it doesn’t hurt to watch and wait.
The Infinity Display that’s larger than life
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.3 inches (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels (~521 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display
– Grace UX UI
More screen means more space to do great things. Go big with the Galaxy Note8’s 6.3″ screen. It’s the largest ever screen on a Note device and it still fits easily in your hand.
The S Pen. A whole new way to communicate.
Upping the dual-camera ante
Photos, clear and steady even in low light
Samsung’s first two-camera setup places a 12-megapixel telephoto lens alongside a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens (there’s also an 8-megapixel camera up front). Both cameras use optical image stabilization (OIS) to help keep images and video looking smooth.Portrait mode is the major use case here. This applies a softly blurred background around the subject (which itself is in focus), like an aura of mystique that makes the person or thing pop out.
Samsung calls it Live Focus, and it lets you do more than you can on other phones with similar modes, including the iPhone 7 Plus ($949.99 at Amazon Marketplace), which popularized the feature.
- You can adjust the amount of blur on a sliding scale of 0-10 before you take the shot
- It lets you use both lenses to take and save two pictures in the gallery. One photo is the blurry portrait (this is also called bokeh effect), and one that’s a wider-angle image that keeps the background in focus, and more of it in the frame. The iPhone 7 Plus does something similar, except its second non-bokeh image saves at the same aspect ratio as the bokeh one.
- It’s called Dual Capture, and although it’s automatic, you can turn it off in the settings.
- You can also remove or alter the blur effect from the gallery after you take a picture.
- You can pop between the portrait and full photo.
Other camera details for shutterbugs: 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom, F2.4 telephoto lens, F1.7 wide-angle lens with dual-pixel auto-focus.
Here is the review of Galaxy Note 8:
Galaxy Note 8’s best new features
You won’t see these on the Galaxy S8, or any other phone for that matter.
This creates an animated GIF of a handwritten note, which is written back in real time. You can add photo backgrounds to create your own personal meme. What stands out here is that you can share these on any app that supports animated GIFs, so Facebook Messenger, for example, or WhatsApp.
On the Note 8, you can create a Live Message from the Air Command navigation wheel (which you see when you pull the S Pen from its holster) and from the keyboard, if you hold down the custom key and find the Live Message option.
Write on the lock screen
Screen-off Memo was introduced on the Note 7. It lets you scribble on the screen without having to unlock the phone, and it’s pretty great. You can pin a note to the always-on display, and now you can save it and pin again to lengthen the list and create up to 100 pages. You can still transcribe pages if you save them to your Notes app.
Do more with the high-performing phone
Whether you’re downloading games or multitasking, it’s fast and seamless on the Galaxy Note8 because the high-performing 10nm mobile processor and 6GB RAM make things run smoothly. Plus, with wireless charging, power is on your side.
Next-level split-screen multitasking
If you find yourself constantly using the same two apps in split screen mode, the Note 8 gives you an option to link them together and open them both with a tap. Say, for example, YouTube and your internet browser, or Google Maps and music.
It’s called App Pair. You start by pulling out the tab on the edge of the screen, and swipe to get to the app shortcuts. Samsung says it will start you off with one or two pairings, but you can also link your own apps in settings. Then when you’re ready to use them, a tap on the app pair icon loads them both in split screen mode.
Full-sentence translation and currency conversion
You used to have to translate in foreign languages a word at a time — say by selecting words on a foreign-language website with the S Pen. But now you can click an entire sentence and translate it all at once. The expanded feature works for over 70 languages and uses Google Translate. The tool also converts currency.
- 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with 2,960×1,440-pixel resolution
- Slim bezels, curved sides, aluminum and glass build
- Bixby button lives on the phone’s left side, with Bixby Voice software ready at launch — it was delayed on the Galaxy S8, but it’s now available in select regions
- The fingerprint reader is on the phone’s back to the far side of the dual-camera array. This is a tall phone, so you might fumble and stretch for it
- The S Pen tip is 0.7 mm, same as on the Note 7, and it’s still got 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity
- Both the phone and S Pen are water-resistant (IP68)
- Colors: Deepsea blue, maple gold, midnight black, orchid grey (not all colors are available in all regions)
Sorry, US buyers, you won’t get blue or gold colors at launch; you get your choice of black and gray. It’s possible Samsung will release a new shade down the road.
See full Note 8 specs below.
Processor 1.6GHz octa-core
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Resolution 1440×2960 pixels
OS Android 7.1.1
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
Battery Capacity 3300mAh
|Release date||August 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||162.50 x 74.80 x 8.60|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3300|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, and Deep Sea Blue|
|Screen size (inches)||6.30|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.1|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||1|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|