The Galaxy Note8 is Samsung’s priciest phone to date. A successor to the doomed Note7, the South Korean manufacturer has built upon the foundations of 2017’s Galaxy S8, cramming am impressive tablet sized screen, into a compact phone sized body.
The face of Note8 is dominated by a massive 6.3" display. Dubbed ‘Infinity Display’, the front of the phone is near bezel-less, with an edge to edge screen that gently wraps around, allowing the footprint just a bit larger than that of the iPhone 7+ but with a much larger screen. Flaunting an excessive resolution of 2960 x 1440 (thats 521 pixels per inch), the cinematic AMOLED panel will be hard to beat when it comes to video consumption. The front panel and rear glass are sandwiched between a thin aluminium band which bring the phone in at 8.6mm thick which is a little bit on the chunkier side by 2017 standards, but it’s still definitely no brick.
Just like iPhone 7, Galaxy Note8 has two rear cameras, housing both a standard wide angle lens as well as a 2x Telephoto lens which allows for optical zoom as well as Samsung’s take on Apple’s Portrait Mode, dubbed ‘Live Focus’. Additionally the 12MP Sensors include Optical Image Stabilisation to help reduce shake in videos which can be captured at up to 4K, as well as reducing motion blur, in low light imagery.
One complaint many users had with Galaxy S8, was the fingerprint sensor placement. It appears that Samsung still hasn’t learnt from their mistake. The placement is not only awkward for anyone without humungous hands, those who can reach it should expect plenty of smudges over your lens as it is placed directly next to the camera and isn’t easy to locate by touch. To counteract this, Samsung has included a slew of other biometric security options with iris scanning and face recognition also built into the ‘phablet’.
Unfortunately Samsung still includes their beloved S Pen for note taking, and while we appreciate that it tucks away nicely through a gap in the bottom of the phone, we can't help but wish that the dead space was used for something more useful like a larger battery. Luckily the phone is still water resistant, rated to withstand 1.5m depth for up to 30 minutes, so accidental splashes and dunks in the pool aren’t an issue.
Now before you rush for your wallet, be warned that the Samsung Galaxy Note8 isn’t cheap. The phone will be available in Australia on September 22nd, with preorders starting tomorrow August 25th. You can choose between either Midnight Black or Maple Gold colours, however there will be no capacity options outside of the base 64GB. As for price, its going to cost a whopping $1,499.