After last year’s Note 7’s debacle, the Galaxy Note 8 is here, and this time round Samsung is hopeful that it won’t explode. For those who like the Note’s features and Samsung’s signature stylus known as the s-pan will be willing to give the brand another chance. It is a Galaxy Note through and through, and it’s definitely the nicest one Samsung has ever made. The Note 8 will be released in stores on September 15th.
Samsung has established an 8-point battery safety check, which is being used for the Note 8 just as it was for the Galaxy S8 released earlier this year and so far batteries haven’t burst into flames or exploded.
All the Note 8 leaks seems to have been spot on.It features a display that’s slightly larger (6.3 inches instead of 6.2 inches), corners that are more squared off, and less curvature to the front side edges. It’s still very much a curved screen, but you’ve got slightly more flat surface area to work with (and write on). The Note 8 is a bit heavier than the S8 Plus at 195 grams (0.43 pounds) versus 173 grams (0.38 pounds), and there was a noticeable in-hand difference to me because of that. Color opti
ons include black, gray, gold, and blue.
The company says the S Pen has more levels of pressure sensitivity and is water resistant this time around, but those things were also true of the stylus slotted inside last year’s phone. In reality, it’s basically the same S Pen.
Galaxy Note 8 specs
- 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED
- International: Samsung Exynos Octa core 8895
- US: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 128GB / 256GB
- microSD expansion
- Back: Dual 12MP cameras with OIS. Wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4
- Front: 8MP f/1.7
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Wireless charging
- NFC and MST for Samsung Pay
- USB Type-C
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- LTE Cat. 16
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Samsung will be relying on the S Pen and the company’s first-ever dual camera to upsell consumers on the more expensive Note. There are a few fresh S Pen tricks, though: you can now take up to 100 pages of notes in the Screen Off Memo mode, which activates when you pull out the S Pen with the display turned off. A new Live Messages feature is more or less a ripoff of Digital Touch in iMessage. You can handwrite a message or picture with the S Pen, send it to someone in a message, and it’ll play back animated just as you drew it. Live Messages are saved as GIFs, so they’re a bit easier to share across different apps and social media than Apple’s approach.
The Note is back because Samsung believes there are still consumers who love it. The company is still silent in the price of the Note 8.