What makes Samsung Galaxy Note 8 stand out in the Android segment?
Samsung is trying to revive the Note series with a bigger and bolder smartphone, called the Galaxy Note 8. Released last month in the US at $929, the smartphone will be available in India on Amazon.in, Samsung online store and retail stores at Rs67,900 from 21 September 2017.
Here are some of the key highlights of the Galaxy Note 8 that make it stand out in an already crowded Android space.
Bigger is better
The Galaxy Note 8 takes the screen game to the next level. It comes with a mammoth 6.3-inch screen with resolution of 2,960x1,440p and pixel density of 521ppi. It has an aspect ratio of 18:9, which provides a more immersive experience while watching movies and playing games.
There are hardly any smartphones in the premium segment which can match its screen size or sharpness. The Asus ZenFone Ultra (Rs49,990) offers a bigger 6.8-inch screen but has a modest resolution of 1,920x1,090p. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium (Rs57,945) offers better resolution of 3,840x2,160p, but comes with a much smaller 5.5-inch screen. The LG V30 is the closest a rival comes to it. It has a 6-inch screen with resolution of 2,880x1,440p.
The key highlight of the Galaxy Note 8 is the almost bezel-less design, similar to the Galaxy S8 and LG V30. This gives the screen a more edge-to-edge feel and also allows the phonemaker to keep the phone’s size in check. The Note 8 is 162.5mm long, 74.8mm wide and weighs 195g. This gives it a narrow look. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium which has a 5.5-inch is 77mm. Even the LG V30, which has a 6-inch screen, is 75.4mm wide.
The Galaxy Note 8 is also protected against water and dust. It comes with IP68 rating which means it can survive under water up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. Water-proofing puts it at par with the likes of LG V30 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which also have IP68 certification.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs on Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, which according to benchmarks, is as powerful as the Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor which drives the likes of LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and OnePlus 5 (Rs 32,999 onwards).
Samsung has clubbed the processor with 6GB RAM, so it can handle heavy tasks and multi-tasking better. Very few smartphones offer that much memory, even in the premium segment. The LG V30, Xperia XZ Premium come with 4GB RAM. The OnePlus 5 and Asus ZenFone AR (Rs49,999) are the only two devices which offer 8GB RAM.
The big screen provides plenty of leg room for professionals looking for a smartphone that could fill in for a laptop for typing, reading long mails, editing documents or creating a powerpoint. What makes the Note 8 a more powerful productivity tool is the improved S-Pen which has a 0.7mm tip and is more accurate to use. It can be used to jot down notes (works on the lockscreen too), annotate documents, draw and edit images. The Note 8 also supports Samsung DeX, a small box-shaped accessory, which allows users to replicate a desktop-like experience on a TV screen using the smartphone. It opens a different layout with apps arranged in a horizontal interface. Users can connect a keyboard and mouse to DeX and use the desktop layout to be more productive.
The new smartphone offers two 12-megapixel cameras with OIS (optical image stabilisation) in both of them. One camera is for capturing wide-angle photos, while the other offers 2x optical zoom. Dual camera is so no big deal and a lot of Android smartphones, including the OnePlus 5 and V30, offer them too.