Saturday, August 26, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review, Specs And Price

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has officially been released, it was launched in August 23 as was promised.  Before now, i published a post about the final specifications and release date of the smartphone, and now that it has been released, let's get to know if really the specifications and features we have been hearing and seeing online are exactly what is contained in the released Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung’s stunning smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, had its launch in New York two days ago. The smartphone is a very unique brand, it was designed with lots of amazing features which are discussed below, starting with its specs review.


OS: Of course Android 8.0 Oreo got released by the tech giant, Google, two days before the launching of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, so you should not expect it to be running on this new Samsung’s stunning device.
Galaxy Note 8 was built to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat Operating System, probably sooner or later it may receive Android 8.0 OTA updates.

Processor: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by two different processors depending on user's location. For users living in US and China precisely, the Galaxy Note 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm) octa-core CPU while  users in other parts of the world should have Galaxy Note 8 powered by Exynos 8995 (10nm) octa-core CPU.

GPU: Its GPU is also region-dependent. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have Adreno 540 (for Qualcomm Snapdragon processor) working in U.S and China.
And in other places it will be powered by ARM Mali-G71 (for Samsung Exynos processor).

Galaxy Note 8 has its dimensions as 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), weighing 195.00 grams. Its build up is made with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel. In addition, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a very good protection rating as it is IP685 Certified- which means that the smartphone is dust and water resistant over 1.5 meter depth and 30 minutes duration.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is indeed a high-end device, it's display type is the Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen having 16M colors.
The phone has its screen size to be 6.3 inches alongside its 1440 x 2960 pixels screen resolution

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a S-Pen which does more amazing things than the previous version.  One thing i love about the Galaxy Note8's S-Pen is its ability to perform translations of many languages to in your primary language. It can be done simply by highlighting the text with the S Pen via hovering, which will then provide the translated text in your primary language.  Another amazing feature of this S Pen is that, it converts currency to your preferred choice using the same method of language translation.

I know this is the feature you have been willing to come across. Before i drop this feature, you should know that Galaxy Note series will never have a poor memory size.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an internal storage size of either 64/128 or even 256GB, depending on the region. It also has MicroSD card slot and can accommodate up to 256GB. With all of these storage capacity is a whooping 6GB RAM to keep the smartphone up and running. But even if its storage spaces and RAM are indeed massive, there's still need for users not to cross at least 75% of the storage space to avoid slowdown in performance (follow the link for more details).

You can't really talk about any smartphone specifications without mentioning its camera quality and features. As for Galaxy Note 8, it comes out of its box having 12MP Dual Primary (rear) camera supporting f/1.7 and f/2.4 apertures, phase detection autofocus, touch focus, Auto HDR, panorama, smile focus, and other features.

The smartphone also feature a 8MP secondary (front) camera for shooting selfies and making high quality video call. Its secondary camera also supports f/1.7 aperture, autofocus, 1440p video @30fps, Auto HDR

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers its users a choice of whichever biometric authentication options to be used for securing the device from third-party or unwanted users. These biometric authentication options includes fingerprints and Iris scanners. Also, with the device, your personal information and data are protected and kept separate with its secure folder.

With all these features present in the smartphone, it is powered by a non-removable 3,300 mAh battery to keep it up and running.

I end the review here because i know you are getting tired of reading. But there are more specs you should know about this new flagship device. Anyway, below are full listed specifications of Galaxy Note 8 plus its price details, you can just take a glance through them.


Primary: Dual 12MP with the following features;
touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Geo-tagging, f/1.7 and f/2.4 apertures, phase detection autofocus, 720p@240fps, 1080p@60fps, 2160p@30fps, dual-video rec.

Internal memory: 64/128/256 GB - region dependent
Card slot: Yes, microSD, up to 256 GB
RAM size: 6 GB RAM

Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm ( height x width x
Weight: 195 g
Screen Size: 6.3 inches
Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels

OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Processor: Exynos 8995 (10nm) octa-core CPU.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm) octa-core CPU ( U.S, CHINA)
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 (for Samsung Exynos processor).
Adreno 540 (for Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (U.S, China)

Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi direct, hotspot
SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM)
3G bands: Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands: Yes, LTE
Edge: Yes
Headphones: Yes

Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
Talk time: Up to 22 h
Music play: Up to 74 h

Colors: Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, Deep Sea Blue
Sensors: Fingerprint scanner, Iris scanner, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer, barometer, proximity, heart rate

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 supports the following:
#Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
#Qi/PMA wireless charging
#Samsung Desktop Experience
#S-Voice natural language commands and dictation

Yes, we have come to the price section, report has it Samsung Galaxy Note will be the first smartphone to cost more than $1000, oh $1000 is a huge sum of money! Not even adding the MORE THAN that was mentioned.

#1. Does the specs and features of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 worth the price?
#2. If such money is converted to your home country currency, then how much will it cost you to purchase Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

Let us know your answers by dropping them in the below comment box… Thanks for visiting Oshetech, please do come back for more tech gists and info.



I am Charles Omoregie, a unique tech blogger who's motive is to share useful tech tips and impact knowledge to the world. Technology has always being my passion and i enjoy writing articles about it


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