Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands On Review

Samsung made a mess with Note 7, that we all know. The Note 7 series turned out to be no less than explosive and the handsets exploded. Hence, the Note 8 has been an enormously brave step taken by Samsung. So, the first big thing is that it doesn’t explode. So, you can relax and just gorge on to this exquisite piece of technology. A question was revolving around in everyone’s mind, will Note 8 fit the bill? Will Note 8 be able to rebuild its lost glory? The answer lies in the review. Check it out


Unboxing the Device

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The box is black with “Note 8” written in glowing Blue color. The box contains

  • The beautiful Galaxy Note 8
  • USB cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Earphones
  • Pen nibs
  • Ejection pin
  • Tweezers
  • Quick Start user guide

Samsung Galaxy Note 8


The display of Note 8 is the infinity display which was introduced by Samsung in Galaxy S8. The infinity display is a near bezel-less, full-frontal glass, edge-to-edge screen. The infinity display has come a long way from S8 to Note 8 and the results are pretty amazing. The screen fills up the device surface and it looks stunning. And the best thing about this display is that it doesn’t make handling of the phone difficult at all. The display is 6.3 inches Super AMOLED touch screen with 1440 x 2960 pixels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Home Button is equipped with 3D Touch. Note 8 has a much more distinct separation between the glass and metal and the sides are much flatter, thus giving the phone a better grip.

Revamped S Pen and Screen Off Memo

This is one of the most elegant features of Note 8. Unlike the predecessors, you no longer need to open the S Note app to jott down notes. The Screen Off Memo feature enables you to write note anytime anywhere. All you need to do is pull out the S Pen and simply start writing on the screen. It doesn’t even matter if the phone is locked. It can create note at any condition and hence the name Screen OFF Memo. Another advantage of this Screen OFF Memo is the auto-save feature. Type the note and keep it as it is. The note will be automatically saved in Samsung Notes. o activate Screen off memo, go to Device in the Settings menu option and tap on Lock Screen. Then select Action memo on Lock Screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands on review

The S Pen features the same clickable top, a 0.7 mm ballpoint-sized tip, and over 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. S Pen also supports Live message where you can draw and type a message, save it as a GIF and then share it with your friends.

Body and Dimension

The outer body of Note 8 is made up of glass in the front and a metal frame at the back. The dimensions are 6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches. Indeed it is a big device in terms of dimensions with a huge screen. Still you can hold the device with ease and poise. The device finishing is more angular compared to the other Samsung handsets.

The back camera housing is black in color. The previous devices has camera housing matched to that of the body of the phone. Here, this is an exception. Overall, looks-wise the phone has the royal appearance.

s pen

note 8

Internal Hardware And Memory

Note 8 comes with the latest and updated Android 7.1.1 Nougat. So, you can enjoy Bixby, Screen off Memo and other ameliorated Note features that is only on Note 8 and many more interesting features. The Note application for Note 8 will never cease to amaze you with its beautiful features.

Coming to the hardware specs, Note 8 is equipped with Exynos 8895 Octa Core Processor. The new Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 is clocked at 2.3 GHz (4 cores) and 1.7 GHz (4 cores), GPU- Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
The phone is fast and impressive and the improved hardware combinations reflect the semaless functioning of the phone.

There are three variants for onboard storage – 64/128/256 GB and 6 GB RAM, The memory is expandable via microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model and up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model.


The camera is one priced possession of Galaxy Note 8. You will get Dual camera with dual Optical image Stabilizer, 2X optical zoom, dual pixel sensors and a vvibramt F1.7 amazing lens. The resolution of the primary or back camera is 12 MP(Dual camera with Dual LED Tone). Samsung has brought wide-angle camera that captures breath taking low-light shots. The telephoto camera gives you 2x optical zoom for you to capture the near and far. Secondary camera resolution is 8 MP with F1.7 focus, Auto HDR mode and a plethora of stickers and Snapchat like face stickers on the default camera app.

Here are some amazing shots taken by Note 8:

images taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 8

images taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 8

images taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 8

images taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 8

images taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 8


The two main sensors which we shall talk about are the Iris scanner and the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner has been shifted from the bottom of the display to the back of the phone. This has been done to give more space to the display. But the change is not a positive one as it’s quite inconvenient to touch the back of the phone precisely without watching. Now coming to the Iris scanner, the precision is really appreciable. It detecs the iris in less than a blink of eye. Other important sensors are accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Pressure Sensor, etc.


The non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery gives great back. The battery lasts for about a day. Even though the capacity is less than that of S8, but the performance is better becuase of the beautifully optimized software installed in the device. Hence, even with QHD+ resolution, the battery lasts exceptionally long.

So here we are at the end of the review. A very basic guide for users who are willing to buy Note 8. The device is definitely now the most coveyted handsets. Be it the battery back up, the camera with optical zoom, the Bixby, the advanced Note features or the high end hardware and software, Note8 is a winner.

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