Samsung Galaxy Note8 review – The flagship Samsung Galaxy Note8 was very important to the Korean giant for several reasons at the same time: to begin with, it should be remembered that the Note line has always been separate and received a lot of attention, and that the The announcements were separated from the annual flagships of the Galaxy S. Of course, it took rehabilitating itself in the eyes of fans of the line, and Samsung smartphones in general, after the failure of the Samsung Galaxy Note7.
Additionally, this is Samsung’s first experiment with dual cameras in smartphones (which has already been implemented somehow by competitors) and the company really didn’t want “the first pancake”. is lumpy ”. The Note line was never massive – it’s always been a device with high-end infill, a big screen, a fancy S Pen stylus, and a price that not everyone can get their hands on.
Either way, the Note8 is breaking pre-order records, even with an impressive price tag of $ 1,100. The smartphone is hugely interesting in many ways, so we got to know it very briefly on the day of the announcement, this material is already a review in the usual sense, and after some time it is planned to publish with some personal observations and peculiarities. For now, I won’t guess in what format and how big it will be.
What is that?
Samsung Galaxy Note8 – Samsung’s flagship smartphone in 2017, features a large curved 6.3-inch Infinity display, a high-end Samsung Exynos processor, 6 GB of RAM, a dual main camera (a first for Samsung), a dust and moisture protection and of course the same improved S Pen stylus.
Why is this interesting?
It makes perfect sense that the Samsung Galaxy Note8 has a lot in common with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 + flagships, from design, shape, and screen resolution to a material-rich inner world. The smartphone received the largest curved Infinity Display in the lineup with a diagonal of 6.3 inches, a non-standard aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 and a WQHD + resolution of 2960×1440.
Inside, the same flagship Samsung Exynos 8895 10-nanometer processor is installed, the amount of RAM increased to 6 GB, the built-in memory remains the same: 64 GB expandable with microSD cards. The housing is protected against water and dust according to the IP68 standard. Like last year’s Note7 and the current flagships Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 +, in addition to the fingerprint scanner, there is also an iris scanner and facial recognition (hello, “innovative” Face ID).
By itself, Much attention has been paid to the main camera: it includes two 12-megapixel modules: a wide-angle f / 1.7 with dual-pixel autofocus and a telephoto lens with an f / 2.4 aperture, both with stabilization optical. There is 2x optical zoom, bokeh, portrait mode, and dual shot mode (two shots on two cameras at the same time). 8 MP front camera with f / 1.7 aperture.
What’s in the box?
In our review, we had a sample not in a commercial box, but with the entire kit. The box will contain the Samsung Galaxy Note8 itself, an Adaptive Fast Charging charger, a USB Type-C cable, a USB adapter (C to A), a Micro USB adapter (C to B), a paper clip to eject the tray, AKG wired in-ear headphones, replaceable S Pen spare tips and tweezers.
What does the Samsung Galaxy S8 + look like?
The design of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is very similar to the flagship line of the Galaxy S8, the main difference is a more rectangular shape, the corners have become less rounded. As in the Galaxy s8 and S8 +, the bulk of the bezel (83.2% to be exact) is taken up by a large 6.3-inch ‘infinity’ Infinity display with minimal bezels on the sides and top, at the bottom, without logos. The screen has curved sides and rounded corners.
The front panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 with rounded edges. The chin and the frame above the screen are pretty much the same (at least to the naked eye). The buttons are on-screen only, the Home button can be permanently lit and has a tactile response. Above the screen – a set similar to the Galaxy S8 line: a front camera, an infrared camera, an LED notification indicator, earpiece and standard light sensors, proximity:
The layout of the controls has also remained the same: a metal power button is located on the right side. The frame itself is made of metal, it smoothly passes through the rear and front surfaces, it looks harmonious:
On the top edge there is an additional microphone and a SIM / MicroSD tray:
In Ukraine, an option with a hybrid tray will be sold: a SIM and MicroSD card, instead of which you can insert a second SIM card. The tray has a familiar look and structure, there is a rubber seal to protect against water entering the smartphone:
On the left side there is a metal volume rocker and a separate call button for the Bixby virtual assistant. At the moment, it is possible to disable it in the settings, and there are applications on the network that allow you to reassign it. We’ll talk about Bixby itself a bit later, because there’s something to say:
At the bottom there is a chat microphone, an external speaker (it’s a, but loud enough), a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C connector, a pair of inserts in plastic for antennas and stylus:
The S Pen itself has the familiar familiar shape of the previous generation. There is a button on it, plus there is “foolproof protection”. You will not be able to insert it incorrectly:
The entire back panel is glass, using a similar Gorilla Glass 5 glass with an oleophobic coating and side curves. It looks good, but it collects impressions very actively. In the middle is the Samsung logo:
At the top there is a large insert with the main camera, flash, fingerprint reader and heart rate sensor. It hardly protrudes from the body. The only thing that’s a little inconvenient is the location of the fingerprint scanner: in general, it’s implemented slightly better due to a more tangible rim between it and the main camera module, and the flash. and the heart rate sensor located between the scanner and the objectives serve as a kind of additional “protection” against the stresses of the camera:
The design clearly resembles the flagship line of the Galaxy S8, but the company decided to make the shape a bit more “strict”, the smartphone looks cool and futuristic. And it fits very well in the hand, even despite the huge 6.3-inch display: the shape itself turned out to be good, the smaller the width of the body than, for example, the iPhone 8 Plus with a screen of 5.5 inches (74.8 mm against 78.1 mm) thanks to minimum side bezels and 18.5: 9 display format.
Although the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is really tall in height, but when it is used with one hand, the width is even more critical. Of course, the smartphone is perfectly assembled, there is protection against dust and water according to the IP68 standard. Yes, the glass front and back panels raise concerns: the smartphone shouldn’t fall, but it doesn’t try to slip out of the hand, and there are enough decent bumpers, including the bumper. Alcantara which I loved from Samsung Galaxy S8 + review.
What is the quality of the screen?
The smartphone has a large 6.3 inch SuperAMOLED display with curved sides and a more elongated aspect ratio of 18.5: 9, the resolution is 2960 × 1440. The difference with the Galaxy S8 + is minimal. : 6.3 inches versus 6.2, a similar resolution, and the pixel density is 521 ppi versus 529. As in all of Samsung’s flagship products, the screen is of excellent quality, with maximum viewing angles , a very juicy image and a decent margin of brightness: in the sun the screen remains perfectly readable. It is protected by a fifth generation Gorilla Glass with a high quality oleophobic coating.
In the settings you can select the scale of the interface elements, the font, its size, activate the blue filter to reduce the load on the eyes and choose the resolution from three options: 2960×1440 (WQHD +), 2220×1080 ( FHD +) and 1480×720 (HD +):
The Always On Display function has similar functionality to the Galaxy S8 family: you can display clocks, notifications, any useful information, images on the screen. There are standard themes, others can be downloaded from the store. The “endless wallpapers” on the active screen and the screen with a starry sky also have:
The Home button is highlighted on the Always On Display screen, you can turn it off in the settings:
For those who want to know more
The smartphone has a traditional utility with different display modes, in the adaptive one, you can adjust the color temperature:
The smartphone has a Super AMOLED screen, so the minimum brightness is 0 and the contrast tends to infinity. The maximum screen brightness is in adaptive mode, it is 385,537 cd / m2, the margin is really good, as for AMOLED, more than that of the Galaxy S8 +. As you would expect, in adaptive mode, the greatest overkill of blue and tilt towards cool undertones, the color temperature is around 9000K. The color gamut is much wider than the sRGB space:
The other modes display more realistic colors. The difference between them is minimal, both in terms of brightness and color rendering. Film mode, maximum brightness – 332,305 cd / m2:
Photo mode, the maximum brightness is 333.783 cd / m2:
And the “main” mode with a maximum brightness of 332.86 cd / m2:
Comparison with other models:
|Name of the device||The brightness of the white area,
cd / m 2
|Dark field of brightness
cd / m 2
|Samsung galaxy note8||385,537||0||∞|
|Samsung galaxy s8 +||349,839||0||∞|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||356,852||0||∞|
|Meizu PRO 6 Plus||429,007||0||∞|