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Samsung Galaxy Note8 | Unboxing And Hands On

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 | Unboxing And Hands On

Specifications
Status

Launched

Manufacturer

Samsung

Model / Variant

Galaxy Note8

Launch Date

12th September

Price

Rs 67900

Dimensions

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

Weight

195 gm

Design

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back
Metal frame
83.2% screen-to-body ratio

Colors

Midnight Black
Maple Gold

Display Size and Type

6.3 inch
Super AMOLED

Display Resolution

2960 x 1440 px
521 ppi

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Chipset

Exynos 8895

CPU

4 x 2.3GHz (Custom CPU)
4 x 1.7GHz (Cortex-A53)

GPU

Mali-G71 MP20

Memory Storage

64GB

RAM

6GB

Memory Expandability

MicroSD Card
Up to 256GB

Operating System

Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Primary Camera

Dual 12MP camera
12MP wide angle lens with an f/1.7 aperture
12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture

Camera Features

PDAF
2X lossless optical zoom
Bokeh Effect
OIS ( Both Lenses)

Primary Video

3840 × 2160p @ 30fps
1920 x 1080p @ 30fps
1240 x 720p @ 120fps

Secondary Camera

8MP with an f/1.7 aperture

Secondary Camera Video

3840 × 2160p @ 30fps
1920 x 1080p @ 30fps

Battery

3300 mAh

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
ANT+
USB Type-C
NFC
GPS Galileo* Glonass, BeiDou

SIM Type

Hybrid: one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot

Other Features

Iris Scanner
Fingerprint Sensor
Face Recognition

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 67900 for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage variant, the price is not a lot more than that of the S8+ 128GB variant. The Note8 which was announced recently for the global market, has made its way to India rather soon. The signature flagship S Pen equipped Note8 replaces the Note7 which never made its way to India officially.

In a signature Samsung fashion, the box of the Galaxy Note8 has ‘Note8’ embossed on the box in a blue colour, with the storage variant written at the side of it. An over view of the specifications can be found on the back of the box. Inside You get the following:

 

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note8
  • S Pen
  • Tweezer And Extra Pen Tips
  • USB Power Adaptor
  • USB Type C Cable
  • Micro USB Connector
  • USB Connector (USB Type C)
  • AKG Earphones
  • Sim Ejection Tool
  • Documentation
  • Protective Case (India Only)

We have the Midnight Black colour variant and the phone has been lauched in Maple Gold colour as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is the first Note device to launch in India after the Galaxy Note5, but, the design of the Note8 is more reminiscent of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The device retains most of the design elements of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and a metal frame around the edges. On the front is also a 6.3 inch 2960 x 1440 px Super AMOLED infinity display with minimal bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. The aspect ratio of the phone is 18.5:9, which is the same as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The fingerprint sensor as well is still placed at the back of the phone right next to the dual-cameras. The edges of the device are more squared off, which is a signature design aspect of the Note series.

Powering the device is a 3300 mAh battery which is smaller than the 3500 mAh battery found on the Galaxy Note7 with wireless charging capabilities, and runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Samsung’s custom skin on top. The device has the Exynos 8895 chipset, 2.3GHz Quad-Core (Custom CPU) + 1.7GHz Quad-Core (Cortex-A53) processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The graphics are handled by the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. The Galaxy Note8 and the S Pen are both IP68 certified water and dust resistant.

The new Note8 has a 12MP dual-camera setup, one of which has a wide lens and the other a telephoto. The telephoto lens allows a user to zoom in losslessly for an up to 2x magnification. The use of dual camera allows for the ability to blur out the background for professional looking bokeh effect shots, something that seems to be common in smartphones in 2017. This is much like effects seen on past dual camera phones like the iPhone 7 Plus to the OnePlus 5 and the Xiaomi Mi A1.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 also records 4K videos at 30 FPS along with high-speed video at a lower resolution. The front camera has an 8MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and also records 4K UHD videos at 30 FPS.

The new S Pen has a list of new features that make the Note8 exciting, especially for previous Note device owners. The new live message allows you to scribble a message and then save the animation as a Gif file. This can then be shared with anyone using any app that supports Gif files and is not restricted to Samsung devices. The Pen glance feature and snap window are some other interesting things that we have detailed in our unboxing video below.

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Watch our unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 here

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