samsung galaxy note8 hands -on Review


The follower to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4/5 is lastly below – fulfill the Galaxy Note8. Wait, what? Okay, Europeans didn’t get the Note5 since, you know … Samsung, as well as we all know exactly how the Note7 lived a much shorter product life than it should have. So in a way, a few of us Note-lovers have been stuck with three-year-old Notes, taking a look at some poor S-Pen-less S7 edges and also S8s to fill up deep space.

Historically, Notes have been more or less similar to the Galaxy S-series flagship of the corresponding year, just with a bigger display as well as an S-Pen. Not this one, though – with the Galaxy Note8 Samsung finally starts into dual cam territory. As well as not simply any kind of double video camera – it’s the most effective one there is, Samsung claims. They may have a factor, we suppose, checking out the specifications.

It could be a questionable way of phrasing this, but Samsung went the Apple way with this double electronic camera configuration – a routine wide-angle camera and a telephoto cam with twice the comparable focal size. The previous comes right off the Galaxy S8 and S7 before that, while the latter is a new one – a 12MP Kind 1/3.4″ sensing unit is placed behind a f/2.4 aperture lens. Both the sensor dimension as well as the aperture are bigger than what you would certainly discover on the iPhone 7 Plus, but the winning doesn’t finish there – Samsung’s tele lens is maintained, while the sensing unit features twin pixel autofocus. Twin cam with double pixel autofocus as well as double OIS, then.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 at a look

What you’ll most likely notice is that RAM’s gotten a bump from the Galaxy S8’s 4GB to 6GB. The Galaxy S8 can be had with 6GB of RAM in some components of the globe, however basic tools is 4GB, while the Note8 with its focus on productivity gets 6GB by default.

Performance is where the S-Pen enters into action, the Notes’ specifying function, currently with 4,096 stress levels acknowledged – that’s as specific as on the Note7.

Battery ability certain would certainly have looked better with a good round 4,000 mAh number alongside it, however we can’t have it all, right? As well as if last year’s version has instructed us (as well as Samsung) anything, it needs to be small amounts. Still, the Galaxy S8+ has a tiny bit extra battery at its disposal that needs to power a marginally smaller screen – bet on the S8+ to win the endurance race, if only simply hardly.

A Deepsea Blue color alternative will certainly set the Note8 apart from Coral Blue S8s, and also it’s quite the looker – not that we aren’t fans of the Coral color. For a comparison of shades of blue as well as a few fast hands-on perceptions, join us on the next page.


The Galaxy Note8 is various as far as Samsung’s most recent Notes go – it risks to present a feature not seen in the current S-series phone (the S-Pen does not count). It’s a dual camera, finally, one that’s been so long in the making that some will claim Samsung’s late to this event. Well, better late than never ever.

The configuration improves the camera currently located on the Galaxy S8, which was in turn rollovered from the S7. That means a key webcam with a 12MP Type 1/2.55″ sensing unit paired with a 26mm equal lens with a f/1.7 aperture. Sitting alongside it is one more, smaller 12MP sensing unit (Type 1/3.4″) behind a 52mm lens with an f/2.4 aperture.

You got that right – it’s a ‘2x zoom’ offer, like a particular archrival did last Loss. Samsung’s twin camera transcends on paper. Both sensing units are bigger, and also both apertures are broader than those on the iPhone 7 Plus. Currently, Apple’s handset has a partially longer reach (56mm comparable tele), however then the Note8’s broad is wider, as well as the 2mm on the close to end make a much larger distinction in protection.

But wait, there’s even more. Both sensing units on the Note8 attribute double pixel autofocus – that is, every photosite is also a phase discovery representative. As well as in addition to that the vast angle and the telephoto cam both attribute optical image stablizing. Beat that, Apple. Okay, they might, the next apple iphone is only a few weeks away.

Anyhow, the two video cameras open up a world of opportunities beyond the noticeable 2x zoom, however once more, it’s the globe we have actually been living in for a while currently. We’re speaking about the deepness of area impacts, picture setting, and also post-focus – the usual things manufacturers perform with two electronic cameras (LG left out).

The quick minutes we had with the Note8 were invested in a distinctly subject-deprived interview space, so we didn’t get an opportunity to experiment with the camera virtually sufficient.

Update 24 Aug: At the Galaxy Note8’s launch occasion last night we were able to take few examination shots in real-life problems. Given, the light was not excellent however it would still give you an idea how the Note8’s video camera would do.

Complying with below is the number of camera examples provided by Samsung from far more photo-friendly places, as well as a few of those you can marvel at below.

Those were the select few shots taken at complete resolution, the bulk of the photos were in the facet proportion of the screen itself – 2.06:1, your new-found favorite aspect for pictures.

Successive, a few sample shots, which were absorbed reduced light.

For a much more comprehensive evaluation of the Note8’s video camera, you’ll need to wait for our full evaluation, certainly, full with a full set of example images from our normal locations.

Last words

Currently do not seethe, S8, yet the Galaxy Note8 has us a little much more fired up than you handled previously in the Springtime. As well as not surprising that – in Europe where the majority of our group is based, the last Galaxy Note mobile phone you could acquire using authorities networks was the Note 4, and also while we tolerated being rejected the Note5, the Note7’s untimely demise was a bit also hard of a hit.

Well, advantage then that the Note8 is finally here, and also even better that it’s not simply an S8+ with an S-Pen. We have actually grown fond of the convenience that double cameras supply, and it’s quite unsubstantiated that Samsung’s the last to hop on that train. At the very least it helps the distressed Note schedule make a persuading return. Theoretically, at the very least – we will not be persuaded until we get to effectively review the Galaxy Note8.

There are those occasions when a highly-anticipated device ends up being just a mark on the schedule once the announcement day’s behind us. With the Galaxy Note8, it appears, such dissatisfaction is out of the concern. Now so those testimonial systems could be here quicker.

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, August
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, September
  • 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: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • – Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
    – IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
    – Stylus
  • Display
  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.3 inches, 101.1 cm2 (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~521 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • – HDR10 compliant
    – 3D Touch (home button only)
    – Always-on display
  • Platform
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Exynos 8895 Octa (10 nm) – EMEAQualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) – USA & China
  • Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) – EMEAOcta-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA & China
  • Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEAAdreno 540 – USA & China
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
  • Internal: 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4m, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
    12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0m, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • Features: LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22m, AF
  • Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR
  • Video: 1440p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – 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, LE, aptX
  • Yes
  • Radio: No
  • 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 Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
    – Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
    – Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
    – ANT+ support
    – Bixby natural language commands and dictation
    – MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
    – MP3/WAV/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 Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Star Pink (Taiwan only)
  • Price: About 550 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 3374 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3333Basemark X: 40890
  • Display: Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.148(sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 67dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 71dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -93.2dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 89h
  • You may also like...