And so, one of the two most awaited smartphones of 2017 – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – has finally seen the light of the day. Launched at a price of USD $ 930, the Galaxy Note 8 boasts a 6.3 inches of QHD+ display and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Other than the dimensions, it is similar to what we have already seen on the Galaxy S8/S8+ – Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 522ppi and HDR 10 compliant (and no Dolby Vision).
The larger, screen dominant display of the Note 8 is accompanied by the Note-exclusive S-Pen. However, while the stylus and the Infinity Display come more or less under obvious expectations, the biggest talking point of Samsung’s most advanced smartphone to date is the dual camera setup at the back – a first for a Samsung device.
The dual camera on the latest Galaxy Note comes with a pair of 12 mega-pixel lenses and perhaps the coolest thing about the whole unit is that both lenses are supported by the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). This would mean that even the telephoto lens would be able to generate some of the sharpest looking pictures including portrait images.
Furthermore, the primary 26mm lens has an aperture of f1.7 while the secondary lens is of the 52mm variety with an aperture of f2.4. Also, both lenses are equipped with dual pixel technology which basically means they both are capable of phase detection autofocus. And like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the secondary lens has a true 2x optical zoom. Overall though, the Note 8’s dual camera is superior, at least as far as specifications are concerned. Lastly, the front camera is an 8MP unit with f1.7 aperture.
Coming to the more conventional specifications, the Note 8 runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box which is topped with Samsung’s Grace UX (not TouchWiz anymore) which is considered to be a lighter custom user interface.
The processor is the current Qualcomm flagship, Snapdragon 835 (or the Exynos 8895 depending on the market), and it is paired more appropriately with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 256 GB. Unlike the Galaxy S8 pair, there is no 4 GB RAM version here which we believe is fine considering that the Note 8 is more of a productivity device besides being an awesome multimedia phone.
And here comes a bit of an irony as well – the battery is a 3,300mAh unit – it is 200mAh less than the one on the Galaxy S8+. It would be interesting to see how the Note 8, with a bigger display and more things to do courtesy of the stylus, fairs against the S8+ in the battery department. The battery, of course, supports fast charging as well as wireless charging.
Now, the important question – when is it coming to India? We do not know yet and there is no word on the Indian pricing either. But it shall arrive here soon enough. Also, the US price is $ 930 which is approximately INR 59,578 Rs. We can expect it to be priced slightly higher for the Indian market.
Keep watching this space as we bring more updates regarding the Note 8’s availability in India.