Samsung Galaxy Note8: Our First Impressions


Samsung's Note series of devices have always been rather innovative in terms of design and it would come as no surprise if the first smartphone with a flexible, foldable display too, would be that of the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

The Seoul, South Korea-based group said pre-orders for its flagship Galaxy Note 8, which will hit stores Friday, have topped 650,000 and have steamed well past the demand recorded for Samsung's ill-fated Note 7 release last year, despite what some consider to be a hefty price tag that approaches $1,000 for even its cheapest version. At 6.3-inches, the Note8's display only a sliver larger than the 6.2-inch one of the Galaxy S8+ and bears a strong resemblance to the latter.

However, the user experience may vary from person to person and on how they hold the device.

It features the same curved edge-to-edge infinity display, however, owing to its bigger size, the huge real estate is easily noticeable.

The Samsung Electronics president Koh Dong-jin said the company is setting its eye to release a foldable smartphone on 2018 with a bendable display.

Bokeh effect is the latest fad in the world of smartphones and the Samsung pulls off this feature with grace. It is offered in midnight black and maple gold colours. The device also offers NFC, which can be used for the Samsung pay throughout the country.

Meanwhile, ZTE too, is testing foldable smartphones, but in a somewhat different manner with the ZTE Multy.

The big screen, together with the power of the S Pen, makes multitasking a joy.

Housing a 3,300mAh battery, Galaxy Note8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities (WPC and PMA) and is fast-charging compatible with QC 2.0. Both lenses are optically stabilized, a first for a phone with a dual camera, and Samsung is offering a Live Focus mode that takes portrait photos with background blur similar to the iPhone 7 Plus and pretty much every other dual camera phone other than those made by Huawei.

"I know a lot of people who prefer to do everything on their phone". For the selfie enthusiasts, the device comes with an 8 MP front-facing camera with F/1.7 aperture and 1080p video recording capability. The handset+S-Pen are water and dust resistant. "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product".

In January this year, rumours had suggested that the firm's first flexible device would be launched this year, as the so-called Samsung Galaxy X. This device, rumours claimed, would arrive as a flexible handset capable of folding out and transforming into a 7in OLED tablet.