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Samsung Galaxy Note8 Official


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Posted by Tsepz_GP


Body: Polished aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.
Colours:Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Deepsea Blue, Maple Gold color schemes.
Display: 6.3" Super AMOLED 'Infinity Display', 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 522ppi; HDR 10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55" sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4" sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length; dual pixel phase detection autofocus and OIS on both; 2x zoom. 2160p/30fps video recording.
Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
OS/Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat; Samsung Grace UX; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home
Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: octa-core CPU (4x2.35GHz Kryo 280 & 4x1.9GHz Kryo 280), Adreno 540 GPU. Exynos 8895: Octa-core CPU (4x2nd-gen Mongoose 2.3GHz + 4xCortex-A53 1.7GHz), Mali-G71 GPU.
Memory: 6GB of RAM; 64GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 256GB, UFS cards support.
Battery: 3,300mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC (Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets; LTE-A, 4-Band/5-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps); USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
Misc: S-Pen stylus with 4096 pressure levels; fingerprint/iris/face recognition; single speaker on the bottom; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones.



https://www.phonearena.com/ne[....]Note-8-hands-on-review_id97227
https://www.theverge.com/circ[....]ed-features-price-release-date
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2017-08-23 15:58 ]



Posted by Tsepz_GP



Posted by aussieland1
I like it very much. Shane about the smaller battery though. Let's hope the camera will be worth while

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Same here!

More excited than I thought I'd be, I am loving the design.
Is it just me or does the display look even more immersive than the S8+ display!!???
I think the more rectangular design has done that Infinity Display even more justice.

I just watched the Android Authority hands-on
There is not a single smartphone out right now that could make Multimedia Consumption as immersive as the Note8, it looks mental!

I think I am going to go for it. I watch a ton of automotive, technology and world news YouTube Vlogs these days, at 1440P@60FPS they look amazing on the S7 Edge's 2nd gen Dual Curved SuperAMOLED Display, but having played with S8 and S8+ I know both make those vids look incredible and I can only imagine how much better the Note8 will make them.



Posted by hboy857
This is maybe the most mediocre Note line up they ever produce. While I love the overall design of the gorgeous S8+ the phone feels a bit tall. This phone is stupid big. It's gigantic even if you compare it to last year note 7.
https://www.phonearena.com/ph[....]laxy-Note-7/phones/10478,10024

Note 8 is much taller and slighter wider than Note 7 and on top of it the battery is smaller than S8+. The price they are asking for is simply crazy. Au $1500 for a 64 GB andorid phone. GTFO. No matte which company build it it's not worth it. At least put 128 GB for that kind of money.

The camera is, IMO, a disappointment. The telephoto camera has 1/3.6" sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size @ 52 mm. What the Fuch? the sensor size is 1/3.6" sensor size, what a joke. 1.0 µm pixel size? You'll have to wonder How crappy they will look in low light. I wonder if samsung will lock the telephoto lens in low light just like one plus 5. If they do it then what the point of putting telephoto lens in the first place. Half ass implementation of dual camera set up.
Samsung need to do better than Apple in this regard. Apple actually beat it in the zoom function anyway.

IMHO, S8+ is overall better phone than is one. The price is also much lower than initial price. With S8+ you will get much better battery and camera, pretty much all the value added software that samsung have to offer at much lower price.


Posted by Tsepz_GP
You make great points @hboy

The S8+, is cheaper and is mostly the same phone, but the Note8's rectangular design does wonders for that display.

I like the fact that is large, it gives it a lot of presence, like the original Note had.

The SPen and SPen software is a major part for me to, I have missed it tremendously.

Decisions decisions...


EDIT: what truly wins it for the Note8 for me is the extra 2GB RAM, that takes the entire experience to a whole new level, I imagine Samsung DeX will see a great deal of improvement along with the Multiwindow features.
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2017-08-23 17:48 ]


Posted by hboy857
This get even more hilarious when you compare it to the original note. LOL.



While I can respect the preference for choosing such a large phone over smaller one you should consider other things too like the fingerprint sensor. It's located at the worst place possible for a mobile phone. Most buyers of S8+ still complain about the stupid place and how they still couldn't get used to it even people with large hands. Because of it's even bigger size and the same placement of FPS it's going to be even harder. The accuracy of iris scanning on Galaxy S/note series is far from perfect and slow. So You have to do hand gymnastics every time you use your phone.

Samsung really should've put 128 GB ROM for note 8. For the price of the phone 128 GB rom is given.
If the value of S-pen and it's software are the most important thing for you then go for it but if you can live without these things buying note 8 over S8+ seems kinda silly to me.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
and I once thought the Note 1 was huge, my word.

Posted by aussieland1
Although I agree with most points of hboy857 I think that comparing note 8 with Note 1 is a bit silly. Note 1 is from what 6-7 years ago... And phones have grown in size since. Like with iPhones for example, iPhone 3 seemed huge when it first came out and now seems tiny compared with iPhone 7 plus. That being said it remains to be seen how large the phone can be before customer will stop buying it

Definitely a problem the position of finger print sensor ...why couldn't they do it like LG...position it on the middle of back cover

Also agreed about price...higher than S8 plus...will people pay that ? It is meant to have a superior camera too not just the spen but reading the first post of hboy857 I am less optimistic ...lets wait to see camera samples

Finally the battery....shame it is smaller than on s8 plus but note 8 has a larger screen . Let's see how battery life is in real life. Maybe Samsung is hoping that the new battery life function on Android o will do the trick ? 😜 (But that's a good few months away anyway )

Posted by ascariss
Liking the photos coming off that second camera...

http://www.gsmarena.com/these[....]e8s_dual_camera-news-26899.php

Specifically the portrait photos, the background bokeh is not bad, not the best bokeh but decent for such a small cam and F2.4. Quality is good on the photos if viewed normally, ie site, instragram, etc, zooming in the quality does suffer a bit, possibly down to the smaller sensor size, 1/3.4".

Liking how the photo turned out here
http://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgro[....]samples//tele/gsmarena_002.jpg

....but looking at this photo
http://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgro[....]samples//tele/gsmarena_001.jpg

the blurry bits near the hair and scarf, seem artificial, so perhaps it is a blur added in post-processing. If that is the case, then that would be unfortunate.



Sure it will be a good device, maybe even great but I'll hold off for now.

Posted by >500
Had an internal preview of the phone last week. Let me know if you have any questions about it and I'll do my best to answer.

With a bit of luck I'll have my own device soon.

Posted by badassmam
While on paper its a monster there isn't too much to separate it from the S8+. Not sure how the camera will be but this thing is big so while the S8+ is also big, it is pretty comfortable. Fingerprint scanner position is not good, should've been anywhere else on the back. The screen looks good because its more squared than the S8+ but talking to Samsung fanboys, they're still on the fence and a little disappointed that the battery didn't get a bump for example. Not impressed by 6GB RAM, would be just fine with 4GB and would probably make it cheaper because that price is ridiculous. I think they need to make it more different since these plus phones came out; my favorite memory of the Note was the Note 4 because while the S4 was killing it then, the Note 4 killed the S4 and double killed everything else.

Posted by aussieland1
@>500

I would like to know if Note 8 feels as comfortable in hand as S8 plus. I would like to know.more about the camera and battery but I understand that you might not be able to try the phone for a long period. Also if you tried s8 plus ....does Note 8 feel like it is better ? (Worth the upgrade )

Thank you

Posted by >500

On 2017-08-24 09:45:25, aussieland1 wrote:
@>500

I would like to know if Note 8 feels as comfortable in hand as S8 plus. I would like to know.more about the camera and battery but I understand that you might not be able to try the phone for a long period. Also if you tried s8 plus ....does Note 8 feel like it is better ? (Worth the upgrade )

Thank you


I have an s8+ and s8. I do struggle a little sometimes when using the S8+ one handed, and despite the Note 8 dimensions being marginally larger, I felt it was noticeably the larger phone. I put this down to thickness, that's the one thing I noticed immediately, as well as the weight. I guess it doesn't really matter if you're using the S-pen often, as you're going to then be using it with both hands. In hand feeling is still good, though, in terms of its overall shape. Just imagine an ever so slight larger s8+ with a tad more heft to it.

Devices I had time with were of course running pre retail firmware, so camera interface was a little buggy but was still able to make use of the new features. Live Focus, when I was able to get it working, was easy to operate and end results were quite positive. You're able to adjust background focus in post editing as well provided you take the shot in this mode. Auto mode quality appeared very similar to s8, with the main improvements coming from the modes using the dual cameras. *Note, only the Live Focus mode makes use of both sensors and both feature OIS.

Battery at this stage is an unknown.

Whether it's worth an upgrade from s8+ is very much down to your needs and wants (S-Pen etc). It's easy for me as I won't need to choose one or the other, I'll just use both as I get both from work

Hope that helps.
[ This Message was edited by: >500 on 2017-08-24 10:25 ]


Posted by Luca-S
Very very expensive and nothing much different from the Galaxy S8.
The last great Note for me was Note 4.
Now it's just another gigantic phablet.

Posted by aussieland1
>500

Thank you for the detailed response. Sounds like Note 8 is noticeably larger than s8 plus which is a minus. I will have to try myself to see how much larger it feels. It's certainly not good if the extra weight is felt .

With camera I am am very interested in the 2× zoom. Is it good like the iPhone 's? How about the portrait mode ? I don't expect you to be able to try but if you could it would be very interesting to know. Otherwise as you said the s8 plus camera is already very decent .

For the battery I will wait the reviews to see how it is compared to s8 plus

Thank you for your help
[ This Message was edited by: aussieland1 on 2017-08-24 19:55 ]


Posted by >500

On 2017-08-24 20:54:32, aussieland1 wrote:
>500

Thank you for the detailed response. Sounds like Note 8 is noticeably larger than s8 plus which is a minus. I will have to try myself to see how much larger it feels. It's certainly not good if the extra weight is felt .

With camera I am am very interested in the 2× zoom. Is it good like the iPhone 's? How about the portrait mode ? I don't expect you to be able to try but if you could it would be very interesting to know. Otherwise as you said the s8 plus camera is already very decent .

For the battery I will wait the reviews to see how it is compared to s8 plus

Thank you for your help
[ This Message was edited by: aussieland1 on 2017-08-24 19:55 ]



No worries...

With regards to size, again the biggest things that stick out immediately are the thickness and weight compared to s8+.

Quick impressions are 2x zoom works well and as it should, obviously once you go further than 2x and into digital zoom, this is where quality slowly starts to drop. 'Live Focus' is basically Samsung's version of Portrait mode. To steal a paragraph from Engadget, as it explains very clearly what Live Focus does:

" Samsung's version of Apple's Portrait mode is called Live Focus, and it does several things differently. On the Note 8, you can see and adjust the amount of blur before you capture the picture as well as after. While you're framing your shot, you can drag a slider to open the aperture as wide as f/1.7 to get the most blur. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't let you edit the bokeh after the fact, nor does it show the soft focus in the viewfinder.

When shooting in Live Focus mode, the Note 8's camera defaults to the telephoto lens for a more close-up picture. But you can activate (or disable) a feature called Dual Capture, which snaps the same picture with both lenses, so you get a tight shot as well as a wider one. Dual Capture works only in Live Focus mode, though, and is enabled by default."

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Preordered Midnight Black


On 2017-08-24 08:50:07, badassmam wrote:
While on paper its a monster there isn't too much to separate it from the S8+. Not sure how the camera will be but this thing is big so while the S8+ is also big, it is pretty comfortable. Fingerprint scanner position is not good, should've been anywhere else on the back. The screen looks good because its more squared than the S8+ but talking to Samsung fanboys, they're still on the fence and a little disappointed that the battery didn't get a bump for example. Not impressed by 6GB RAM, would be just fine with 4GB and would probably make it cheaper because that price is ridiculous. I think they need to make it more different since these plus phones came out; my favorite memory of the Note was the Note 4 because while the S4 was killing it then, the Note 4 killed the S4 and double killed everything else.


Note4 came out in the year of the S5 mate. Remember, Samsung only began matching the numbers last year by skipping Note6 and calling it Note7.
But I do agree, the Note4 was leaps and bounds better than the S5.
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2017-08-25 04:30 ]


Posted by badassmam
My bad but you get my point, there was a big difference between the Note and S5 in terms of software and design. Congratulations on your order, black is the only one that works with the huge black camera and fps block.

Posted by XperiaJunkie
I've always liked the Note range from Samsung and this one looks to be the best one yet except for one rather large detail. Of the 64gb storage as advertised only around 30gb is accessible to the user!! Should've went to 128gb especially considering the price.

Posted by aussieland1
>500

Can you please confirm that Note 8 has only 30 gb available internal memory ?S8 has 46 gb available so I find it hard to believe that this is indeed the case

Thank you for confirming that ×2 zoom is good this is one thing that interests me in this phone . I wonder if for the portrait mode the person has to be not further than a certain distance from the phone like in iPhones case ? Anyway I am happy to hear the camera sounds good . Can't wait to see reviews though

Also congrats Tsepz hopefully you will receive it in the 15th . Are you receiving anything extra ? Here in UK preirders are getting the dex thing for free
[ This Message was edited by: aussieland1 on 2017-08-25 17:04 ]


Posted by XperiaJunkie
@aussieland1 my friend back in England sent me this.
Take a look at @ToonFan85's Tweet: https://twitter.com/ToonFan85/status/901145880752947200?s=09

Quite shocking if you ask me.

Posted by >500

On 2017-08-25 18:03:55, aussieland1 wrote:
>500

Can you please confirm that Note 8 has only 30 gb available internal memory ?S8 has 46 gb available so I find it hard to believe that this is indeed the case

Thank you for confirming that ×2 zoom is good this is one thing that interests me in this phone . I wonder if for the portrait mode the person has to be not further than a certain distance from the phone like in iPhones case ?

[ This Message was edited by: aussieland1 on 2017-08-25 17:04 ]



1. Have checked 2 devices. Very close to retail firmware. Both are ~50gb.
2. Have successfully used Live Focus mode at a distance of 4-5 meters. Haven't tried further.

Posted by aussieland1
>500

Thank you so much for the prompt reply . This has made me again consider this device. I find it interesting that you said 50 gb though as my s8 plus uses approx 17 gb for system files - this means that somehow Samsung managed to reduce the system files size on note 8? Anyway not complaining - I would rather have too much storage then too little

Also thank you for confirming the live focus, 4-5 meters are plenty I would definitely not need more than that

Does note 8 come with full Bixby on it ? (I mean voice commands ). Did you try it ? Is it any good ? Also out of 6gb of RAM how much is available . I am wondering how much difference extra RAM makes in real life usage. I imagine it should help when multitasking (I.e. use 2 apps at the same time)
[ This Message was edited by: aussieland1 on 2017-08-26 09:46 ]


Posted by daviep
@Tsepz_GP-good choice.also pre-ordered midnight black note 8.
@aussieland-dont think the note will use that much storage as my S8+ still has 43gb free with system storeage and my apps added.
[ This Message was edited by: daviep on 2017-08-26 15:15 ]


Posted by Tsepz_GP
To think that I was so close to getting a Sony XZ Premium, I would have hated myself had I done so as I am truly loving the Note8's design and that enormous display

Nothing against the XZP, but since getting the S7 Edge I have realised that a 5.5inch Display simply isn't enough I am a heavy media consumer, and each year I get worse, I watch more and more movies and series on my phone in bed, at this point I watch more series and movies on my phone than on the TV and iPad combined, lol.

I kind of wish Sony and HTC joined Samsung, Huawei and LG in making these phablet beasts, I'd love to see another top end Xperia Ultra model.

Anyway back to Note8

I know it is a sponsored blog post, but I am almost pretty much sold on the Black Spigen 'Thin Fit' case it is in my Amazon shopping cart but I won't pull the trigger until I've seen SPECK, Muvit and Case Mate's offerings.
https://www.phonearena.com/ne[....]laxy-Note-8-from-day-1_id97288

Here's the 'Thin Fit'



Posted by aussieland1
@daviep

Thank you. I also have S8 plus and noticed the same thing . >500 has already confirmed that it has around 50 gb available (Which is more than s8 plus )

Played with a Note 8 today in car phone warehouse store. It felt nice and the screen curves not as pronounced as s8 I thought . (Maybe because of s pen )

I checked of course the space available to user and it was same as what xperia junkie posted however I noticed the phone was on retail mode which always skews the internal available storage . In light of this and what >500 said I am fairly certain the available storage will be same or better as S8 plus

Battery timed from Samsung...as expected not as good as s8 plus


https://www.sammobile.com/201[....]axy-s8-will-leave-unimpressed/


Posted by >500

On 2017-08-26 10:45:11, aussieland1 wrote:
>500

Thank you so much for the prompt reply . This has made me again consider this device. I find it interesting that you said 50 gb though as my s8 plus uses approx 17 gb for system files - this means that somehow Samsung managed to reduce the system files size on note 8? Anyway not complaining - I would rather have too much storage then too little

Also thank you for confirming the live focus, 4-5 meters are plenty I would definitely not need more than that

Does note 8 come with full Bixby on it ? (I mean voice commands ). Did you try it ? Is it any good ? Also out of 6gb of RAM how much is available . I am wondering how much difference extra RAM makes in real life usage. I imagine it should help when multitasking (I.e. use 2 apps at the same time)
[ This Message was edited by: aussieland1 on 2017-08-26 09:46 ]



Well, both devices were 48-49.5gb. Most of the software is the same is the S8, with the obvious differences being the features specific to the Note taking up more space, Ie, Air command. I'm confident it will be somewhere between 45-50gb.

Bixby will feature yes. As you probably already know, voice command is now available globally, though just US english. Availabe RAM I have not checked. Like you said, might help a little with multitasking, although not much different with 4gb phones. Biggest differences would come with things like DEX, App Pair etc.

How did you find the size of the phone? Did you notice differences in thickness/weight compared to s8+, as the rest of the dimensions aren't too different. Edges are definitely not as pronounced as s8, obviously due to S-Pen uses. Also, retail modes on Samsung phones are only ever 2-3GB, plus any other junk apps they have installed for the showroom, like games etc.

@Tsepz_GP
Get the green alcantara case. It's very nice in person. I want one for my s8's.
[ This Message was edited by: >500 on 2017-08-27 06:32 ]


Posted by daviep
hopefully samsung will bring out an official curved screen protector like the S8/S8+ as its the best i have found for curved screens

Posted by >500

On 2017-08-27 11:33:03, daviep wrote:
hopefully samsung will bring out an official curved screen protector like the S8/S8+ as its the best i have found for curved screens



More than likely.

Posted by aussieland1
>500

I though the S8 plus feels slimmer but not by much . It feels lighter too however Note 8 feels more solid in hand . I think anyone happy with s8 plus will be happy with Note 8 size

I am in 2 minds. I think I will wait to see the difference in battery life in real life. I have not had a Note for more than 2 years so as much as I like s pen I am not super keen on it. I am really interested in that camera though

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Thanks >500, I'll give that case a look!


The Note8's Infinity Display has certainly left a great impression even on the DisplayMate team:
Galaxy Note 8 screen earns DisplayMate's first-ever A+ grade

There is a lot to like about the Galaxy Note 8, but one part of it has already won an award of sorts. DisplayMate, producers of what's recognized as the best suite of tools for display diagnostics and calibration, has given the Note 8's display their first ever A+ rating, calling it "the most innovative and high-performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested."

https://m.androidcentral.com/[....]tent=62548&utm_campaign=social

Posted by Ranjith
The HW is as expected but I hoped they went with a wide angle lens along with the zoom lens Also, stereo speakers would have been awesome. Anyway a great device, especially when they hype is gone and the prices are slashed

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Samsung has done it again, made what is truly the best display on a smartphone! The Note8's display goes up to a gobsmacking 1200 nits! That huge display is going to look incredible under sunlight, and I can only imagine how bright and vivid it goes when set to AMOLED Cinema and Video Enhancer enabled when watching YouTube, Movies etc...

Samsung's Note 8 display sports record-breaking brightness


Samsung just raised the bar in smartphone screens. Again.

A year after DisplayMate awarded the Samsung Galaxy S8's screen its first-ever A+ grade, the screen tester has crowned the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as the best performing smartphone display, awarding it its top grade as well.  The feature-packed phone, unveiled last week, is Samsung's follow-up to last year's disaster-stricken Galaxy Note 7.

The Note 8 brings a compelling list of advantages, but one of its key selling points is its massive 6.3-inch AMOLED display. And with good reason; the Note 8's display is 22 percent brighter than the Galaxy S8, a "noticeable and major improvement," DisplayMate said in a report released Monday.

The Note 8's screen has a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits (a unit of visible-light intensity) compared with about 1,000-nit peak the Galaxy S8 achieves. By comparison, the iPhone 7 has a peak brightness of 705 nits, according to DisplayMate.

https://www.cnet.com/news/sam[....]ts-record-breaking-brightness/

Posted by rikken
I got to try this beast today (working demo-unit). That screen, that camera, WOW.

Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2017-08-30 14:08:49, rikken wrote:
I got to try this beast today (working demo-unit). That screen, that camera, WOW.



You're saying this with a working demo-unit which probably didn't even leave the store shelf due to being tethered.

Get it outside in your hands under natural sunlight - camera pics and screen to really know.

That said I'm VERY surprised the dual camera didn't show up in the S8+ to directly compete with many others and iPhone 7Plus. Odd strategy by Samsung here.

I figure all phones late 2017 early 2018 will have a dual camera setup. You see LG was right doing this first; maybe not with 3D.

Posted by rikken
It is possible to decide if a screen or a camera are great without using the phone outside. I had the phone in my hands for 15-20 minutes and was impressed by it.
[ This Message was edited by: rikken on 2017-08-30 17:51 ]


Posted by hboy857
Just as I suspected the secondary camera of Note 8 is really bad ( compared to primary camera)
https://www.theverge.com/2017[....]8/samsung-galaxy-note-8-review

The verge rated it (8.5) much lower than last year note 7 (9.3, if I remember correctly).
LOL, all the things I complained about the note 8 is also listed as Bad Stuffs.
[ This Message was edited by: hboy857 on 2017-09-05 14:18 ]


Posted by aussieland1
I still don't agree with the size being listed as a negative because the buyers of this phone be are mainly looking for a large phone . I agree about the rest of negatives (shame about the secondary camera but I will keep an eye for other reviews too )

Posted by Ranjith

On 2017-09-05 15:17:31, hboy857 wrote:
The verge rated it (8.5) much lower than last year note 7 (9.3, if I remember correctly).

[ This Message was edited by: hboy857 on 2017-09-05 14:18 ]



Yet they say "The new Note is the best Note ever".

Anyway, that cover pic on that page is gorgeous!


Posted by hboy857


Yet they say "The new Note is the best Note ever".

Anyway, that cover pic on that page is gorgeous!




What part of context and review you don't understand?

Is there any doubt that that Note 8 is the best note ever? NO. What verge's rating is telling us that Note 8 is not as great in 2017 as Note 7 was in 2016. Put things into context that will help you out.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Considering how much closer the S8+ is to Note8 vs. The S7 Edge to Note7, I can see why they rated it that way.

Either way, cannot wait to get my Note8 beast I simply cannot afford to go another year without the SPen. I wish my Galaxy S7 Edge had a WACOM Digitiser so I could use my Note 4's SPen on it

Ah well, not too long now.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Played with the beast today and OH MY GOODNESS THAT DISPLAY!

Early in this thread it was said this is a large phone, and yes it is BUT not at all as large as it looks on YouTube videos, in fact, due to its 18:9 setup and steeper edges, it's easier to hold than an S7 Edge, one can easily use a Note8 even without a case very comfortably, it sits so well in the hand and is well balanced.

In fact, a part of me was disappointed that it wasn't as huge as everyone made it out to be, lol, I was expecting a gargantuan device, but what I got was a device that has great ergonomics.

My hands aren't big but I found it easy to use the phone, ONLY gripe being the Fingerprint Sensor placement but that is something I can get used to, it's not as uncomfortable to reach as I expected. Man, people blow things way out of proportion

Now, that display, I played a few videos WQHD+@60FPS videos, and I was simply blown away at how incredibly immersive that display is for a damn mobile device, its absolute madness, you are literally sucked in to what is going on the display, there is no other mobile devices like the Note8 and V30, 18:9 Displays that are over 6inch make complete sense for someone like me, cannot wait to finish Narcos Season 3 on my Note8

I am thoroughly impressed overall.

Posted by daviep
@Tsepz_GP i always found myself thinking my note 4 was smaller than it was in my hand but then seeing someone with a S7 and it looks huge!
[ This Message was edited by: daviep on 2017-09-26 17:37 ]


Posted by aussieland1
I have played some more with the Note 8 yesterday . I think the gold one doesn't look too good ...i don't understand the black front and gold back combo . I like the midnight black one though.

I like the dual camera and the 2 time zoom. The results seemed decent so this is very tempting. This combined with Spen makes this phone tempting. I will need to check the battery life though especially compared to s8 plus. I noticed that s8 plus seems definitely thinner compared to note 8. I might wait for pixel 2 too before making a decision about getting a new phone

Posted by badassmam
Had the Note 8 for a day over the weekend. I'm not going to comment on size or design etc. because that will be different for each person. I still have a problem with the placement of the fingerprint reader, its stupid and annoying. The screen is great, nice and bright as well as sharp. Agree with Tsepz that watching videos is immersive but a problem I had with this more so due to its size was the speaker. Speakers will be covered by your hand when holding this thing and that sucks, I had to have headphones on because it drove me nuts.

My second gripe is with the S-Pen but I guess it depends on the user. If you're somebody who needs the accuracy of the pen then great but otherwise I didn't need it at all. I couldn't see one feature that I couldn't do with my finger so that brings me to the S8+ which is pretty much the same device with a bigger battery and better price. I wasn't able to notice any difference in quality between the cameras either so I do not see how the Note 8 is that much more expensive than the S8+. Personally I would get the S8+ and a PS4 rather than the Note 8 not that the Note 8 is bad, its great but the existence of the S8+ makes the Note 8 seem underwhelming.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Looks like the Note8 will be getting 4K@60FPS video recording, but I believe it will only be us Exynos Note8 users who get this feature, as we all know the Exynos8895 supports 4K@120FPS video Capture & Playback:
https://m.dpreview.com/news/6[....]eo-at-120-fps-and-28mp-cameras

The stupid Snapdragon 835 is what's holding everything back, only supporting 4K@60FPS playback and 4K@30FPS capture I really do wish Samsung stopped using Snapdrdgon in their other variants, this is not the 1st time Snapdragon has held them back. Back in the Galaxy S4 days the Exynos5410 was the 1st to bring HEVC support, but Samsung kept mum about this due to variants using the Snapdragon600 that didn't support it.

The Galaxy Note 8 also has 4K at 60 FPS video recording coming... soon
https://www.phonearena.com/ne[....]video-recording-coming_id98082


Posted by >500
Guess what's in the bag...


[ This Message was edited by: >500 on 2017-09-15 04:40 ]


Posted by aussieland1
Tsepz

Where does it say that the snapdragon versions are not going to receive this ? As proven by Sony xz premium and HTC U11 the snapdragon 835 is a beast so I really hope that Samsung will not stop using it

>500


Did you get one for yourself? If so I am officially jealous!

Posted by Ranjith

On 2017-09-15 06:28:03, aussieland1 wrote:
Tsepz

Where does it say that the snapdragon versions are not going to receive this ? As proven by Sony xz premium and HTC U11 the snapdragon 835 is a beast so I really hope that Samsung will not stop using it

>500


Did you get one for yourself? If so I am officially jealous!


Not entirely sure here but if you are referring to the SONY being able to capture at 960p..wasn't that due to the sensor itself being able to do it rather than depending on the processor?


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