SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8 64GB
Samsung is well aware that if any of its future devices, especially those from the Note brand, experience overheating issues again, the company’s reputation in the competitive Android smartphone industry will suffer irreparable damage. To Samsung’s credit, it now has an eight-point battery check system in place to ensure each power source is of the utmost quality. In the case of the case of the Note 8 specifically, the manufacturing giant has enlisted the help of an outside a quality assurance agency.
In general, the Note 8 looks like a slightly larger and boxier Galaxy S8 or S8+, including the removal of the physical home button. The device features a 6.3-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display that is just as great looking as the Galaxy S8 and S8+’s stellar screen, if not more so given the greater glass real-estate. It’s also worth pointing out that the Note 8’s display is also substantially larger than the Note 7’s 5.7-inch display — make no mistake, this is a big phone. While I didn’t spend a significant amount of time with the Note 8, I tested a few 4K YouTube videos and they looked stunning. It’s also worth noting that the Note 8 features what Samsung calls Mobile HDR Premium, a mobile-focused HDR standard that isn’t Dolby Vision or HDR10, but offers comparable high dynamic range quality. Given its 2960 x 1440 pixel resolution and unique 18:5:9 aspect ratio, the Note 8 doesn’t actually feel as large as it really is.
The phone’s thin profile, just like the S8 and S8+, makes it easy to use with just one hand, though those with smaller hands may run into difficulty “Samsung has a lot riding on the Note 8’s release” Given the Note 8’s screen size surpasses the the S8+’s by 0.1 of an inch, it’s actually much easier to multi-task with the Note 8 when compared to Samsung’s other two flagship Galaxy devices. This benefit is compounded by a new split screen multi-tasking feature Samsung is calling ‘App Pair,’ which allows users to program two apps to launch simultaneously and then save the setting in the phone’s edge for easy access. While far from revolutionary, for users that commonly open two apps simultaneously — email and a web browser, for example, or YouTube and a chat app — this feature could prove useful. Other specs include 6GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (yes, even in Canada) and 64GB of internal storage that’s expandable via a microSD card. Thankfully, the Note 8 still has an IP68 rating for water resistance as well, and features a 3.5mm headphone jack.