The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Flagship was released in September 2017 and came in a variety of colors, the colors are Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, Deepsea Blue, and Blossom Pink better known as Star Pink.
This flagship phone has received quite a bit of positive reviews and even received both the ‘Gadget of the Year’ and ‘Flagship Smartphone of the Year’, but that’s not to say that there hasn’t been any negative feedback from its customers.
Complaints were heard for its fingerprint scanner placement (placed next to the camera), smaller battery (compared to the Note 8) and weak speaker.
Besides that, it has been well received for its performance, brilliant design (mostly for its infinity display), dual camera and more.
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Quick Spec Check:
Released with Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) and with Samsung Experience 8.5, upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) with Samsung UI 1.0.
Its design is quite nice, with a variety of colors too, I might add. It’s nice and sleek, outfitted with a glass front and back. The Bixby and Volume buttons are both on its left while its Power buttons sit on its right. At the bottom of this device, you’ll find a 3.5mm Jack, USB Type-C Port, Speaker and S-Pen in that order.
CPU, GPU and RAM
As where the CPU is concerned, it’s running on an Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz M2 Mongoose & 4×1.7 GHz) Cortex-A53 for its Global Model and an Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz & 4×1.9 GHz) Kryo 280 for its USA and China Models.
The RAM under the hood is set with 6Gb for all its models.
The GPU for its Global model is a Mali-G71 MP20 while its USA & China model is run by an Adreno 540.
As for the rear camera, it’s a dual one, which at the time was one of the first and a definite first for Samsung. Both of which are 12MP with optical image stabilization, one is a telephoto lens and the other a wide-angle lens, and yes… it has an LED at the back if you’re wondering.
The front supports a dual camera as well, one with an 8MP wide-angle lens and the other a 2MP camera that serves as an Iris Scanner that’s similar to the Galaxy S8 (yep you read correctly, iris scanner.)
On to its battery, which has received quite a bit of criticism mainly because when compared to the battery of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7 (with a 3500mAh battery), the Galaxy Note 8 battery is somewhat less powerful and smaller. The Note 8 has a non-removable Li-Ion Battery 3300mAh, supports fast charging (15W), quick charge 2.0, and has the wireless charging feature.
Out of the Box
If you purchase this device brand new, you’d get it equipped with a Charger and its Cable, Earphones, USB OTG Adapter and USB Type-C to Micro USB Adapter. The accessories that come with may depend on the market where the Device is being sold.
How it Games:
I feel that it still runs games well in 2020, I say this because I was quite impressed to see the games, I tried gave me little- to- no lag on this device, I’ve tried Shadow Fight 3, Dead Effect 2 and Left to Survive.
It played well enough, but what surprised me enough was that it played Honkai Impact 3rd with no problems whatsoever,
I even tried tweaking the graphics settings and set it higher than recommended and still saw no lag. That’s definitely a win in my books because Honkai Impact 3rd is one beautiful game with its high-quality textures, reflections and other effects.
So… I’m actually giving the Galaxy Note 8 a thumbs up for performance, but when compared to newer smartphones it obviously falls behind.
Nevertheless, I think it still works as a good enough Smartphone to game on.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Full Specifications:
|Model||Galaxy Note 8|
|Launch||Announced August 2017, Released September 2017|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), Upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Body||Corning Gorilla 5 Glass Front and Back, Aluminum Frame|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, Deepsea Blue, Blossom Pink (Star Pink)|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm|
|Water Resistant||Yes, IP68 (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes)|
|Screen||Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Size||6.3″ QHD+ Super AMOLED|
|Pixel Density||521 ppi|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels|
|CPU||Global – Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) |
USA & China – Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
|Chipset||Global – Exynos 8895 (10 nm)|
USA & China – Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)
|GPU||Global – Mali-G71 MP20|
USA & China – Adreno 540
|Storage||64Gb, 128Gb, 256Gb|
|Type||3300mAh Non-Removable Li-Ion|
|Charge||Fast Charging 15W,|
Quick Charge 2.0
Qi/PMA Wireless Charge (Depends on Model)
|Talk Time||22 Hours|
|Front||Dual Camera, 12MP Wide-angle Lens, 12MP Telephoto Lens|
Video – 1440p@30fps
|Rear||Dual Camera, 8MP Wide-angle Lens, 2MP Iris Scanner|
Video – 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@240fps
Dual-Nano Sim (Depends on the model)
|2G||Yes (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900)|
|3G||Yes (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100)|
|4G||Yes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66)|
|Network Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|USB Type||3.1, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
Heart Rate Monitor
S- Pen Stylus
Well guys and gals… that’s it for this Flagship of 2017. I hope it was informative.
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