Samsung had already released their Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus earlier this year. And so many people started to saying that the Galaxy Note Line up felt rather – outdated. To the pleasure of these people, and many more, Samsung has finally released their Samsung Galaxy Note 8 today. Now, if you have missed the Launch Event then you have come to the right place. Here we have a detailed overview of all the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features to get you pumped up.
In a broad view, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is basically the Galaxy S8 Plus ramped up to 6.3-inch screen size, 6 Gigs of RAM, and coupled with an enhanced S pen. This is actually the first time when Samsung is going with 6 Gigs of RAM and it is going to be really helpful – we will discuss ‘the why’ later on. However, citing all these, the real show stopper is the Dual Camera setup which is also a first by Samsung. So without further ado, let’s delve into all of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features and see what the phone has to offer.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Features and Specifications
The event went by throwing the awesome new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features all over the place. So instead of doing that, here we have created for you a nice categorized read to what’s new and happening with the Note 8.
The Note 8 is going to boast the Infinity Display on a 6.3-inch sized display coupled with 18:9 ratio. That gives you sufficiently more real estate and use the screen as a canvas for your S pen. It also means that multitasking via the split screen feature is going to be very comfortable.
Other notable things include the fact that capacitive buttons have been dropped and on-screen buttons are going to be used. And the home screen button is going to have 3D touch. Besides this, there are the things which all of us were predicting. A Super AMOLED screen, with a 1440 x 2960 screen resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Overall, you will be getting a great viewing experience, something all of us were predicting.
The Note 8 is going to boast the Infinity Display on a 6.3inch sized display coupled with a 18:9 ratio.That gives you sufficiently more real estate and use the screen as a canvas for your S pen. It also means that multitasking via the split screen feature is going to be very comfortable.
Other notable things include the fact that capacitive buttons have been dropped and on screen buttons are going to be used. And the home screen button is going to have 3D touch. Besides this, there are the things which all of us were predicting. A Super AMOLED screen, with a 1440 * 2960 screen resolution and Corning Gorilla Glas 5 protection.
Overall, you will be getting a great viewing experience, something all of us were predicting.
Now let’s talk about the S-Pen cause why not? The first and most impressive thing to note here is that you don’t need to charge or pair the S-Pen to your Note. Things are fantastic from the very beginning, right? Now there are a number of features that make the S-Pen a far more superior companion to its previous iterations.
Here is how:
- We will now be getting an Always on Display note taking feature. That is a mouthful, but there are no official sleek names for the functionality. So now, after you have pulled out the S-pen from its lower right corner, you can start taking notes with a 100 page capacity. It lets you write on the display while the screen is for the most part turned off. This also accounts for battery conservation.
- A new feature has also been added called the Live Messages. It helps in creating shareable animations from handwriting or doodling to which you can then apply effects and share with your friends.
- There is also a translation feature which allows you to highlight text with the S-Pen and then it will translate the text into your native language. It can prove to be really convenient and time efficient especially for business people.
- Besides translating foreign text, the feature can also be used to convert foreign currency. So if you are going abroad, then take your Galaxy Note 8 with you.
Bixby has just launched and frankly there is not a whole barrage of things it can do or even do better than its competition. With that being said, it is still a welcome initiative from Samsung and we do appreciate it. But this is not to say that the feature is a gimmicky add-on.
Here are some things you can have Bixby handle for you. As shown in the event, you can have it set shortcuts, change screen quality, take pictures and saving it to a predefined album. Besides, it can also turn on Night mode, set alarms, filter the screen and turn on do not disturb mode. Oh and it will also have support for Spotify.
In any case, if you like the feature and hoping to use it in day to day life, then just hold on. A months down the line, it should have multiple app support and then there is the developers conference in October.
If you know about Microsoft’s continuum then DeX is kind of like that. The feature allows you to dock your phone on a – dock, and then connect it to a monitor, pair it with a keyboard and enjoy a desktop like experience.
It is really an awesome feature but it has also been demoed prior to this event. So we are not going to be heading far deep into this feature.
Now it is time to talk about the phone’s (it is a phone right? Or it is phablet? Oh.. it is a NOTE… right!!!) camera. This can be argued as one of the most impressive aspects for the device. Remember the Galaxy S8 Plus awesome 12MP shooters? This baby has two of them. One of the cameras is telelens and the other one is wide angle. And BOTH of them come with OIS – Optical Image Stabilization.
Now as with Launch Event, the hosts seam to exaggerate and claim that have invented the new technology. One of the companies we know of notorious for this type of activity would be Apple. However, in the event, Samsung might also come off as claiming to have created background defocus. Even though we know this is not the case, the Note 8 does pack in a handy Live Focus feature. This simply allows you to see in real life how much blur you want in your photos. You can do this before or after taking the picture so there is no rush.
Overall, if you are a sucker for stunning photographs and use your smartphone for majority of your quick snaps, then the Note 8 is the guy for your job.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|BODY||Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in)|
|Weight||195 g (6.88 oz)|
|Build||Gorilla Glass 5 back panel|
|SIM||single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
|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
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 – USA & China
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA & China
|GPU||Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
Adreno 540 – USA & China
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
|Internal||64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual 12 MP, f/1.7 & f/2.4, OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size @ 26 mm
1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size @ 52 mm
Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto H
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Samsung Desktop Experience support
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 22 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 74 h|
|MISC||Colors||Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue|
Samsung has made the assertion that 75% of the people who have ever owned a Samsung Note have stated it to be the best phone they have owned. Now if this statement has any credibility to it, then surely the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be a huge success. There is no drawback as per the specs and functionalities are concerned. The phone is solid and looks promising for people who want something that marries productivity into mobility.
Regardless, it does come with a $950 price tag which is a lot. But based on all that you will be getting, it can be argued to be worth it. So let us know what you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features and will you be buying the Note when it hits the market starting September 15th. The comments section is yours to write! You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.