Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 8 and as usual, the phone has new features that are aimed to differentiate it from not only its predecessor but also from the tough competition in the smartphone market.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a lot in common with the Galaxy S8, but the company has done a great job keeping it in the lines of other Galaxy Note phones. Still, the Note 8 is not the same phone you saw in the Note 5 (the Note 7 never made it to Kenya), which is what this article is all about – the top 5 new features of the Note 8 that make it a worthy phone to have right now compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
This is by far the biggest and most talked-about change the Galaxy Note 8 brings to the entire Samsung smartphone family. The dual curved display screen had already seen its fair share of publicity when the S8 was launched, but this time, it’s all about the dual-lens camera on the Note 8.
There’s little doubt that fans of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will enjoy this feature more than any other on the phone. While the technology is very popular in the recent past, Samsung is known for how good it can be when it comes to photography. This has been evidence since the Galaxy S7 and the S8 says a lot about the same.
The back has a pair of 12MP sensors. One has a wide-angle view alongside super-fast dual pixel autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS) and a larger aperture of f/1.7, same as the S8 and S8+. The second 12MP lens, which is a telephoto unit, has a smaller f/2.4 aperture, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and OIS. The fact that both sensors have OIS makes this camera a beast and one of a kind on the market.
The front has an 8MP unit with the same f/1.7 aperture, autofocus and support for 2K videos. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also comes with a feature known as Dual Capture, where users can capture two images side by side using the front and back cameras – simultaneously. This is the same feature that Nokia 8 has, but HMD Global calls it Dual Sight.
When compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S8, the Note 8 has 2GB more RAM. This translates to much better performance when compared to the other phones. However, there’s word on the street that the South Korean tech giant might be working on a smaller 4GB RAM variant of the Note 8 with the rest of the specs remaining unchanged. If this does happen, it’s possible that this model could be sold in the EMEA region, more so in Africa. But this is just a rumor.
The Galaxy Note 8 also comes in three storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, but getting hold of the last two will be a problem, including here in Kenya.
Bigger and better screen
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has the biggest display screen on any Sammy phone. With a 6.3-inch QHD+ unit, the phone is slightly bigger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, which has been creating waves with its big, beautiful screen. The Note 8 takes this to the next level by adding the ability to accept S Pen-based input and not just the usual tapping and pressing.
Of course, the S Pen makes it different from the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it doesn’t do so much when it comes to the Galaxy Note 5. The S Pen has also received a few upgrades here and there, but none of them is what we can call revolutionary.
Smaller battery capacity
The Galaxy Note 8 might be having new and better features over the Galaxy S8+, but many won’t like the fact that the phone, despite having a bigger 6.3-inch display screen, has a smaller 3300mAh battery unit compared to the S8+, which has a 3500mAh unit. This is, perhaps, a precautionary measure from Samsung in a bid to avoid last year’s disaster with the Galaxy Note 7, which had a bigger 3500mAh unit that ended up combusting. But this shouldn’t be the case considering that the Note 8 is way bigger in size compared to the Note 7, meaning there’s enough space in there for cooling purposes, just in case of overheating.
In terms of software, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Samsung Experience 8.5 skin on top. On the contrary, the S8 has Android 7.0 Nougat with a slightly older v8.1 of the Experience skin, but not much is different.
Most phones come with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, but the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gives you the latest and much better Bluetooth 5.0. This version debuted with the S8 family, adding features such as support for longer range, 8x the broadcast message capacity and faster speeds. This feature doesn’t set the S8 and Note 8 apart, rather, it’s a common feature.
Similar to Bluetooth 5.0, the S8 has a Gigabit LTE modem that brings support for the next-gen LTE networks, among them 5G. This is also available on the Galaxy Note 8, where the device will be able to achieve maximum speeds of up to 1Gbps, allowing for much better 4K video streaming, HD video calling, streaming VR content and instant cloud storage, among other data-related services.