Galaxy Note 8: Samsung’s phoenix phone?

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There’s a great deal riding on the Samsung Universe Note 8’s polished, bended shoulders, two back cameras and advanced S Pen stylus.

The Cosmic system Note 8 needs to wash away the awful taste of a year ago’s battery-consuming Note 7 twofold review. It needs to outshoot each other telephone with an arrangement of double cameras that is as of now out there. Lastly, Samsung’s most noteworthy end telephone needs to surpass the LG V30, Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8, while additionally persuading purchasers to pick it over the less expensive System S8 ($609.88 at Amazon Commercial center) and Cosmic system S8 In addition to ($699.88 at Amazon Commercial center).

From what I’ve seen of the Note 8 up until now, it stands a battling chance at doing every one of the three. The telephone itself fulfills every one of the prerequisites of the present current, powerful handset, with its brilliant, 6.3-inch screen, twin back cameras with representation mode, a first class processor, remote charging and water resistance. There’s likewise outer capacity and its S Pen stylus has a modest bunch of new deceives you can use to compose, draw and explore the screen. Also, did I say the headset jack? There’s one of those, as well. (Bump, poke, iPhone 7.)

As the principal new, (ideally) safe Note since the Note 5 out of 2015 – recollect, Samsung avoided the Note 6 name for the Note 7 – you’d anticipate that the Note 8 will pull out all the stops, quieting the naysayers and remunerating the fans. All things considered, Note purchasers are the Samsung’s greatest portable team promoters, “the most vivacious, drew in, faithful buyers,” as indicated by Justin Denison, a senior VP of item advertising and technique at Samsung.

Rather than sprinkling out, however, Samsung avoided any risk. The Note 8’s battery is littler than 2016’s model, to some degree to keep from rehashing a year ago’s lethal oversight.

There are likewise a great deal of convey overs from the System Note 7 and World S8 that shield the Note 8 from feeling genuinely new. For instance, the S Pen stylus just includes a couple of more traps, none of which will set off industry shockwaves. (They’re still fun, however. More on that beneath.) And after that there’s the clumsy arrangement of that unique finger impression sensor. Apologies, gossip addicts, it hasn’t moved under the screen all things considered. Why Samsung reproduced the most noticeably awful outline setback of its prior telephone is past me; the Note 8 is a substantial telephone that’ll make them extend for the sensor. Or, on the other hand else you’ll surrender and utilize an alternate approach to open the telephone and green-light Samsung Pay.

The twin back cameras are the main significant component that is genuinely new, and they’re a first for any Samsung telephone. In any case, double cameras are presently so basic in top of the line handsets that they’ve rapidly turned into the standard. Samsung’s execution, notwithstanding, is truly encouraging, and it takes Apple’s Picture Mode to the following level. That is probably an indent in Samsung’s belt. (Also, once more, considerably more on this beneath.)

I can’t wait to fully test the Galaxy Note 8’s new twin cameras, battery life and hidden tricks. At first glance, it’s an attractive, fully featured device for power users who are looking for the ultimate in handheld computing. In a lot of ways, the Note 8 is the Galaxy Note 7 we should have had, but with a modern camera experience that promises something extra.

There’s just one final sticking point, and that’s price. The Note series is typically Samsung’s costliest phone, an expense that Samsung justifies with the most cutting-edge features and a heap of stylus tricks. This could work in Samsung’s favor if the iPhone 8, Google Pixel 2 and LG V30 also cost a bundle. Or, the relatively high price could backfire if more buyers go for the Galaxy S8 Plus ($699.88 at Amazon Marketplace) instead. Sure, the S8 Plus has only one rear camera and no stylus, but it’s otherwise about the same, for a little less cash.

Read on for a breakdown of the Galaxy Note 8’s specs, and photo-taking capabilities and S Pen features. For a full comparison with today’s top phones, skip to the end. And remember, our final verdict on whether the Note 8 is worth the price will come after we’ve received a review unit and had a chance to fully test the phone.

Is the Note 8 battery safe?

If you were burned by the Galaxy Note 7 flame-out, you might be a little gunshy about the Note 8.

Here’s what Samsung’s done to help cool your fears:

  • Instituted an 8-point battery safety check
  • Reduced battery size and capacity from 3,500mAh to 3,300mAh to leave more room in the phone’s cavity
  • Partnered with UL, a certification company, to endorse the Note 8

Of course, we won’t know for certain if any phone battery is faulty until users’ reports come in. For the record, there have not been similar widespread reports of problems with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus batteries. However, if you’re wary, it doesn’t hurt to watch and wait.

Upping the dual-camera ante

Samsung’s first two-camera setup places a 12-megapixel telephoto lens alongside a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens (there’s also an 8-megapixel camera up front). Both cameras use optical image stabilization (OIS) to help keep images and video looking smooth.

Portrait mode is the major use case here. This applies a softly blurred background around the subject (which itself is in focus), like an aura of mystique that makes the person or thing pop out.

Samsung calls it Live Focus, and it lets you do more than you can on other phones with similar modes, including the iPhone 7 Plus , which popularized the feature.

  • You can adjust the amount of blur on a sliding scale of 0-10 before you take the shot
  • It lets you use both lenses to take and save two pictures in the gallery. One photo is the blurry portrait (this is also called bokeh effect), and one that’s a wider-angle image that keeps the background in focus, and more of it in the frame. The iPhone 7 Plus does something similar, except its second non-bokeh image saves at the same aspect ratio as the bokeh one.
  • It’s called Dual Capture, and although it’s automatic, you can turn it off in the settings.
  • You can also remove or alter the blur effect from the gallery after you take a picture.
  • You can pop between the portrait and full photo.

Other camera details for shutterbugs: 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom, F2.4 telephoto lens, F1.7 wide-angle lens with dual-pixel auto-focus.

 

Full-sentence translation and currency conversion

You used to have to translate in foreign languages a word at a time — say by selecting words on a foreign-language website with the S Pen. But now you can click an entire sentence and translate it all at once. The expanded feature works for over 70 languages and uses Google Translate. The tool also converts currency.

What else?

  • 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with 2,960×1,440-pixel resolution
  • Slim bezels, curved sides, aluminum and glass build
  • Bixby button lives on the phone’s left side, with Bixby Voice software ready at launch — it was delayed on the Galaxy S8, but it’s now available in select regions
  • The fingerprint reader is on the phone’s back to the far side of the dual-camera array. This is a tall phone, so you might fumble and stretch for it
  • The S Pen tip is 0.7 mm, same as on the Note 7, and it’s still got 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Both the phone and S Pen are water-resistant (IP68)
  • Colors: Deepsea blue, maple gold, midnight black, orchid gray (not all colors are available in all regions)

Sorry, US buyers, you won’t get blue or gold colors at launch; you get your choice of black and gray. It’s possible Samsung will release a new shade down the road.

See full Note 8 specs below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs versus Galaxy S8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, OnePlus 5