After the Note 7 debacle, Samsung has been quick to turn things around. And my, have they come a long way. The successor, Note 8 is an all-round impressive device and an improvement over its older counterparts in every sense. There’s a lot to like about this phone, and here are the 5 things we love the most about it. But first, a quick look at the specs.
- Display: 6.3-inch
- Processor: 1.7GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Resolution: 1440 x 2960
- RAM: 6 GB
- OS: Android 7.1.1
- Storage: 64 GB, expandable upto 256
- Rear Camera: 12-megapixel
- Connectivity: WiFi + 4G
- Battery: 3300 mAh
Now, let’s talk about the good stuff.
Samsung’s latest high-end devices have been on-point in terms of looks and design. The Note 8 continues that, with virtually non-existent bezels on the sides and minimal on the top and bottom. One glance and you can tell this is a premium smartphone. It looks a bit similar to the S8 Plus, with less subtle curves providing a bit more of the flat surface.
The screen is probably what I love the most in the Note 8. A stunning super AMOLED display with HDR support results in vibrant images full of colour. It is huge as well, at 6.3-inches making it a little hard to one-hand the phone, but it looks incredible nonetheless. It’s high-def 1440 x 2960p and offers crisp visual quality for all your movies and games.
3. Dual Camera Setup
The Note 8 is the first Samsung phone to use dual cameras and it does wonders for the phone. There’s one 12MP, f/1.7 lens and another 12MP, f/2.4, both offering optical image stabilization. It offers clear, evenly exposed photos even in dim settings, making it one of the best smartphone cameras available in the market right now.
4. The S Pen
The S Pen is the defining characteristic of Samsung’s Note devices, and with Note 7 being recalled, we didn’t have a good alternative for a long time. Fortunately, the S Pen returns with the Note 8 and it’s better than ever. Whether it’s highlighting text or drawing or taking notes, it’s extremely helpful for people who rely heavily on their phones for productivity tasks. It quite sensitive on the display too, based on Wacom technology and can be easily within phone using the slot provided.
5. Iris scanner
Now, facial recognition may be questionable, but it’s hard not to like the Iris scanner. And the fact that the Note 8 has both finger print recognition and an iris scanner makes it twice as convenient for you. Feeling too lazy to actually hold and press your finger against the fingerprint sensor? Just hold the phone a little farther and use your iris(es). If you don’t feel comfortable with that you can always use either one as it suits your needs.