Samsung launched its bigger flagship the Galaxy Note8 at an event in New York on Wednesday. Although the Galaxy Note 7 had a rather explosive demise and didn’t really live a long life, we’re going to compare the parameters which the South Korean company has improved upon in its new launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 will go on sale on September 15 and will be available in the following colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue.
Being the older one of the two, it’s but obvious that the Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t pack as much power in its core as the new Samsung Galaxy Note8.
While the Note 7 was powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 8890 processor based on the 14nm tech, the new Note8 uses a thinner 64-bit octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon (depending on the market) processor based on the 10nm tech — making the new Galaxy Note more powerful as well as efficient.
The processor size makes a significant difference as it gives space to fit in more components into the device and also contributes towards the slim design as well as better battery life, among other things.
Samsung claims to be offering the ‘best-in class’ camera with the Galaxy Note8 and it surely has improved upon its camera offering in the Note 7.
Galaxy Note 7’s 12 MP single lens with OIS has been replaced by dual lens 12MP sensors (wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4) with dual OIS on the Note8. The 5MP front camera has also been upgraded with a 8MP sensor.
The dual camera also boasts of dual capture wherein it captures two images at once — one capture is at a wider angle than the other. Other than that the Live Focus mode will let you adjust the blur effect in real-time.
Other than that the Live Focus mode will let you adjust the DSLR-like ‘Bokeh’ blur effect in real-time. Just slide to increase or decrease the blur. This feature works even after the image has been captured.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 features a 6.3-inch (18.5:9) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED edge-to-edge infinity display, which is bigger and better than Galaxy Note 7’s 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED.
The new device’s display covers 83.2% of the front panel while its predecessor covered 78% — which was at that point the best in its class. The new display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, same as Galaxy Note 7
Following the trend set by Samsung earlier this year with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Galaxy Note8 has been made as bezel-less as possible.
The physical home button on the Note 7 is absent on the Note8. It has been embedded under the screen while the back and recent apps buttons are customisable softkeys.
The absence of a physical home button also means that the fingerprint sensor had to be shifted and it has been placed at the same annoying location as on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ — besides the rear camera — which means that users are prone to smudging their device’s camera a lot — maybe less than those with S8 though.
While the Galaxy Note 7 only had a fingerprint sensor to secure the device, its successor gets a fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner as well as facial recognition capabilities.
The Galaxy Note8 has a lower capacity battery unit at 3300mAH as compared to the ill-fated 3500mAh battery on the Note 7, which might be a cause for concern for many since the new device has a bigger and better display — meaning more battery consumption. But the 10nm processor might help.
Apart from this, the Note8 gets USB Type-C 2.0 charging as well as wireless charging — both of which are claimed by the company to be faster than the Type C 1.0 which was available on Note 7 devices.
Bixby and Smart Connectivity
Alongside the launch of Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung had launched their own in-house smart assistant contender in the market which is currently being dominated by the likes of Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa and Cortana.
Similar to other smart assistants on mobile offered by Google and Apple, Bixby integrates machine learning and so it becomes better with time at understanding your preferences and recurring commands.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 will feature Bixby which not only helps you to take a photo or call a cab without touching the screen, it can also translate live via your camera feed.
Earlier this week, Samsung also expanded the voice capabilities of its Bixby smart assistant as they made it available in over 200 countries worldwide.
The Galaxy Note8 runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box — and will receive the latest Android Oreo update by the end of this year — which seems to be a one up on the Note 7 which ran on Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 also gets a better Bluetooth 5 — which is twice as fast and has four times the range when compared to Note 7’s Bluetooth 4 tech.
The new Note8 also houses Smart Home management tech, which will connect to all the smart home devices, manage and monitor them via a single app.
Apart from all these features, the new Galaxy Note8 also supports Samsung Dex — which makes your device function as a PC, streamable on a monitor and surfable via a mouse and keyboard.