Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-on

Last year, Samsung launched one of the best smartphones the industry had ever seen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It was destined to become the best Android phone of 2016. But the company soon had to face an adverse condition. The phone started to explode, quite literally. A manufacturing defect in the battery made the device excessively heated and it started to explode randomly. This led to cancellation and total recall of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 dented the image of Samsung and the Note series completely. After a long wait and extensive research, Samsung launched the Note 8-bigger, better and “safer”. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with infinity display, dual camera with both lenses having optical image stabilization, enhanced S pen and totally waterproof design even when the S pen is out.  All of these to-die features just for ₹67,900.

Design

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 boasts the same design trend as the Samsung Galaxy S8 duo. Infinity display with almost no bezels immerses users in the display. A persistent Bixby button at the side. A mesmerizing complete glass front and back with metal frame. Whats different is that Note 8 boasts a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ super AMOLED display. An addition of an S pen at the bottom is like icing on a cake. A 12MP dual camera setup with a normal lens and a telephoto lens does justice to the photos taken. Whats interesting is both of them have optical image stabilization.

S Pen

The S pen is something Note users are familiar with. Its sensitivity has been increased. And the device has been made waterproof, so it does not matter if the S pen is inside or outside the phone. A feature of animated messages has been included to send a personal touch when texts and emojis can’t do the job. There is a feature of taking notes with the S Pen even when the screen is off. This can be pinned to the lock screen for easy access.

Camera

This is Samsung’s first attempt at the dual camera setup and we have to say it is a great one. The dual camera setup at the back is one of its kind. It is a 12MP normal lens with a 12MP telephoto lens which can provide up to 2x optical zoom. It also enables users to take photos with the bokeh effect for highlighting. Also, it has optical image stabilization in both of its lenses for perfect shots in an environment when the device is not stable.

Is Note 8 worth it?

We must say that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is probably one of the finest of the Note series. And definitely would be one of the best premium phone of 2017. With a big 3,300mAh battery and dual camera setup and its infinity display, there is nothing that can match it. It is an improvement to the S8, with an S pen and a dual camera setup at the back. However, the ₹67,900 does seem a bit pricey to us but for the ardent fans of the Note series and the for the incredible feature it is offering, it’s worth the price.

So what are your views on the Note 8? Let us know in the comments down below!

Lalit Wadhwa

Tech Geek, BlackBerry Lover and a Engineer

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