Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review : Not the Fastest

Although experiencing a failure through the Galaxy Note 7 years ago and now has a flagship Galaxy S8 series, Samsung is still still released Galaxy Note 8. Thus, the Galaxy Note 8 is now officially became the king of Samsung smartphones. In addition to the highest price, this smartphone is also equipped with features and the most advanced technology owned by Samsung.


Galaxy Note 8 is listed as the smartphone with the most jumbo screen in the history of Samsung created a smartphone. Note 8 has an elongated 6.4 inch screen with 18: 9 aspect ratio. But if we compare with other jumbo smartphones such as Sony Xperia Z Ultra or Xiaomi Mi Max series whose screen is equally above 6 inches, Note 8 body is much more compact.

Although not so comfortable bagged, but this smartphone can indeed enter the pocket of men's jeans. As for everyday use, we are required to use two hands to get more leverage. But when carrying or holding it, one hand we can still embrace the whole body.

Best screen. Got a lot of experience producing TVs and monitors so stock Samsung to be able to create the best smartphone screen in the world. The pride panel, Super AMOLED, is re-used on Note 8. Mixed with WQHD + resolution (2,960 x 1,440 pixels), the Note 8 screen completely spoils the eyes of its users.

Not to mention there is HDR10 support that will further boost its ability to play HDR video. We had time to compare it with the iPhone 8 Plus screen that does not support HDR for streaming video on YouTube. The results show the screen Note 8 capable of defeating the iPhone 8 Plus screen which in fact is also one of the best.

Luxurious but not weak. Alloy of metal and glass material still decorate the body of Galaxy Note 8 so that the success gives the impression of super luxury. But usually a luxury smartphone is not strong enough or vulnerable hurt. But not so with Note 8. This Smartphone is protected Gorilla Glass 5 both on the glass screen and the glass body behind.

As long as it does not fall from a distance above one meter, should the body not be destroyed. In addition Samsung also includes IP68 certificate which means waterproof and dust. Not just a smartphone, this certificate also applies to the S-Pen stylus is included. So we can write using S-Pen while wet.

Actually a performance affair, Note 8 is not worth to doubt. With Exynos 8895 chipset, Mali-G71MP20 GPU, and 6 GB of RAM, Note 8 is capable of running up to ten alternating applications with smooth. Plus with AnTuTu score of 174 thousand points, the majority of heavy games can be devoured well. But just info, this score is not the highest because it is still under OnePlus 5 and iPhone 8.

New features. We do not find any new features that really make Note 8 different from the previous version. But that does not mean there are no new features of interest. During our use of more than two weeks, we found at least three exciting new features.

In Note 8 we can now directly write when the smartphone is locked (off-screen Memo) up to 100 pages. Samsung also includes an interesting feature of Live Message where we can write or draw the animated video to be sent to others through social media. One other feature that is not less interesting is App Pair.

Through this feature we can manage to run the two most common applications we use simultaneously in one split-screen time. For example running Google Chrome and YouTube or other applications that do support.

Batteries are not wasteful. Battery "only" 3300 mAh, high-resolution chipsets, and high-resolution jumbo screens no doubt bring doubts about the battery life Note 8. Surely its durability is not exactly wasteful. During use, we almost always get screen-on-time for five hours or sometimes more. Not only that, Note 8 batteries can also be filled up very quickly, only 1 hour 15 minutes.

Superior camera. If ever tried the Galaxy S8 camera, you would know and agree if the quality is very satisfactory. Well, especially on the Note 8 the main camera there are two. Both these cameras are both resolution 12 MP and accompanied by OIS. One for wide angle shooting with F / 1.7 and another 2x optical zoom telephoto lens with F / 2.4. Collaboration both can produce bokeh photos through the Live Focus feature.

When shooting Live Focus, fun we can also set the level of bokeh or blur, both before and after photographing. Photo shots with normal mode and Live Focus are both nice. To record the video results are not disappointing because it is supported by OIS. As for selfie, there is an 8 MP camera that supported autofocus and a variety of funny stickers.


Live Focus is not optimal at low light. Note 8's superior camera is not without its flaws. Especially when shooting with Live Focus mode, the result will not satisfy when the camera sensor does not get much light. Practically the result will be noise luminous and should not be removed from the photo gallery.

Mono speakers. When other flagship smartphones like the iPhone 8 Plus or Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 already offer stereo speakers, Samsung is still just faithful with mono speakers on Note 8. Though the body of Note 8 is enough to load stereo speakers. In addition, with minus stereo speakers make audio like it can not offset the quality of the screen.


Galaxy Note 8 is a smartphone that is perfect for you who want to look luxurious, productive and have high mobility, or require the best camera in the smartphone class. But vice versa. If your needs are just playing games or showing benchmark scores, obviously the Chinese smartphone is much more interesting than Note 8.


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