Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Bigger screen and bigger power

Samsung has just announced the next generation Galaxy Note smartphone following months of endless rumors and reports. The Galaxy Note 8 may help Samsung hit back at critics who have been questioning the company’s ability to rebuild the Note family after the disaster of the Note 7 last year.

Basically, what we saw at Samsung’s Unpacked event in New York matches up with previous rumors and leaks hinting at this year’s Galaxy Note 8. This means that we have the same design language which we have already seen on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but Samsung has added some elements that differentiate its Note lineup from others on the market.

The Galaxy Note 8 is great phone we all need from Samsung this year, however, is it really worth your time if you now own a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus?. Let’s find out in this article.

  1. Release date and pricing

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 8 will be available for pre-order on August 24 in the US. This is in line with what we heard in previous rumors which claimed that the next generation Galaxy Note pre-order would be online one day after the debut. The latest flagship smartphone will hit stores in the US on September 15, as previously expected.

Last year, the Galaxy Note 7 was announced on August 2 and released to the public on August 19, more than two weeks after the unveiling. Tech experts say that the early launch of the Note 8 aims to make the phone better prepared to take on the upcoming iPhone 8, which is set for September release.

When it comes to pricing, the Galaxy Note 8 will be the most expensive smartphone in the world when it launches next month. The device will costs users up to $930 in the US and £869 in the UK.

  1. Screen and design

The Infinity Display on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is truly stunning and immersive. With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has made it even bigger and brighter. The device features a curved 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with QHD+ resolution and HDR support. Basically, it’s still the same screen technology we have already seen on the current Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. However, the Note 8 offers better viewing experience, mainly thanks to its bigger screen.

When it comes the device’s design, there is nothing major changing here. We still have the same bezel-less design which Samsung used on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The South Korean firm has added a slot at the bottom right of the device for the S-Pen. Similar to the current Galaxy S8, the Note 8 features IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. There is also a microSD slot for further expansion.

  1. Fingerprint scanner on the back

This year, Samsung’s decision to place the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S8 has been met with a lot of controversy. We all expected that the problem would be solved with the Galaxy Note 8, but it seems that Samsung has given up its plan to relocate the fingerprint scanner. The oddly placed fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 is still there and still annoying.

It seems that the fingerprint scanner is not Samsung’s focus this year. Instead, the company re-adopts iris scanner and face recognition system to unlock the phone. However, the Note 8’s iris scanner is pretty slow, so Samsung needs more time to work on that case.

  1. Dual-camera system

This year, Samsung has finally adopted the dual-camera system on its flagship smartphone. The Galaxy Note 8 features a dual camera setup on the back that uses two 12MP sensors. The primary camera is a 12MP dual pixel AF with 1.7 aperture and OIS support, while the secondary one is a 12MP telephoto lens, allowing the phone to offer 2x digital zoom without loss of any quality.

The Galaxy Note 8 also features Portrait mode, just like the iPhone 7 Plus, thus allowing users to create DSLR-camera-like images. On the front, we have the same 8MP f/1.7 shooter that Samsung debuted on the Galaxy S8 back in March.

  1. Bixby

Samsung has been working hard to improve its personal assistant in recent months in an attempt to make it fully functional. Back in April, Samsung’s virtual helper was not ready for the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and users only could access Bixby’s voice functionality.

With the Galaxy Note 8, Bixby is now ready for your command. At this year’s Unpacked event, Samsung offered an impressive Bixby demo that showed how the company’s personal assistant could handle complex tasks like taking a picture and posting it on Facebook, or changing your phone’s language.

Also read: LG Q6 review: The best mid-range phone you can buy now

Are you planning to buy a new Galaxy Note 8? Let us know in the comments below.

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