It’s the month of September when Smartphone behemoths line up their new series smartphones for their respective launches and it is September now. With Apple all buckled up to launch the anniversary iPhone, Korean heavyweight Samsung has silently unveiled its flagship product, the Galaxy Note 8 in India. As we have already covered the launch news of the device let’s dig deep into the device and go through the specs on paper.
Samsung is always known for its novelty among its customers and even among its rivals. Be it infinity display or the Iris scanner or even the Fingerprint Scanner, Samsung has never been apprehensive to implement the bleeding edge technology under the hood. And it would not be an injustice to expect the same kind of thing from a company which has the ability and potential to pull off a stunner. But that’s not the case with the Galaxy Note 8.
The device doesn’t come with an infinity display like the Galaxy S8 but it’s still a curved edge Quad HD Super AMOLED panel with top of the line pixel density. So as far as display is concerned it’s a standard flagship display and there’s nothing called as novelty factor. To add to the woes, the Fingerprint Scanner is now placed at the back much like the Galaxy S8. Boasting a 5.8″ display, the Galaxy S8 was heavily criticized for the placement of fingerprint scanner. Imagine the same with an even bigger 6.3″ display.
Under the hood, the device is powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SOC or an Exynos 8895 Octa-Core processor. The Samsung Galaxy S7 came out with a Snapdragon 820 onboard while the Galaxy Note 7 did have a Snapdragon 821. Though not exponential, the chipset was nonetheless an upgrade to its predecessor. In this case, the Galaxy Note 8 features the same SOC as the Galaxy S8 with not even a minor upgrade.
Moving to optics, this is where the major upgrade exists, atleast as far as Samsung is concerned. This phone comes with a 12MP + 12MP Dual Rear Camera Setup which is 1st for any Samsung smartphone. The primary camera has an f/1.7 lens which also has features like PDAF, dual pixel autofocus, and optical image stabilization (OIS). The secondary camera has f/2.4 lens, but interestingly this too has PDAF, dual pixel autofocus, and OIS. Carrying a telephoto lens, this set-up is reminiscent of the ones found on the likes of iPhone 7+ and the OnePlus 5. Telephoto lens does give you 2x lossless zoom but we would have liked to see a Wide-angle lens like an LG G6 or even the V30 which would have been more practical in our opinion. But it’s just ours, what’s yours let us know below.
Now, coming to the most important and anticipated aspect of the device, the S Pen. The S Pen has always been a trademark USP of the Note series and that continues to remain So here as well. This time it has got an IP68 certification alongside some new functionalities. Besides, you also get Samsung’s own artificial intelligence software Bixby along with DeX dock station which turns the phone into Android PC when connected with a monitor.
Afterall, let’s get to the pricing of the device. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at a whopping ₹67,999 in India and $929 globally. By any means this is huge price tag for a smartphone.