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Meet Samsung Galaxy Note 8, The Best In The World Again?

Samsung just made the Galaxy Note 8 official, the 2017 version of the company's well-received high-end phablet series with S Pen stylus for creativity.
Meet Samsung Galaxy Note 8, The Best In The World Again?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Basically, the Galaxy Note 8 is equipped with the very best of what Samsung has to offer on a smartphone yetIt has the premium metal and glass body with water and dust resistance, 6.3 inch Infinity Display, and top-notch overall specs.

It's also the very first Samsung phone equipped with a dual camera setup.

Sounds fun right?

Meet Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Unmatched craftsmanship?
Unmatched craftsmanship?

As expected, the Galaxy Note 8 arrived with a stunning Gorilla Glass 5 protected glass sandwiched metal frame with sleek and smooth curves all over. The position of the fingerprint scanner behind is still awkward though.
Stunning BIG screen, small size!
Stunning BIG screen, small size!

What's interesting here is its size. Like its Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8+ siblings with 18:9:5 screen aspect ratio, the Galaxy Note arrived in a smaller than expected form factor for a phablet.
Mic and SIM tray on top
Headphone jack slot (very nice to have), USB Type C port, another mic, speaker, and S Pen
Headphone jack slot (very nice to have), USB Type C port, another mic, speaker, and S Pen
Bixby button and volume rocker
Bixby button and volume rocker
Power button
Power button

Even if it has a HUGE 6.3 inch WQHD screen, the body of this phone has the same size of most 5.7 and even some 5.5 inch screened smartphones. It's the effect of its stunning 18:9:5 screen aspect ratio that has very slim top, bottom, and side bezels.

As a result, the phone is easy to hold even if it is a phablet!

Moreover, the handset packs IP68 water and dust resistance. It means that the device is protected from 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

Beastly hardware!

On the hardware part, it's basically the Galaxy S8+ with more RAM and smaller storage and battery capacity. It has the powerful 2.3 GHz 64 bit Exynos 8895 octa core processor built under the 10nm process paired with 6 GB RAM, 64 GB expandable storage, and 3,300 of fast charging battery.

We don't know why they made the battery capacity smaller coming from the 3,600 mAh of Galaxy S8+, knowing Samsung, they know how to make battery efficient devices.

Also, in other parts of the world, the Note 8 has a 128 GB variant. Let's hope that Samsung Mobile Philippines will consider to bring it here.

The Ultimate Dual Camera

The first Samsung with dual camera setup
The first Samsung with dual camera setup

Going to the camera part, t
he Galaxy Note 8 is dubbed as the "Ultimate Dual Camera" on a smartphone today.

The best cameras on a phone today?

This machine is loaded with a dual camera setup behind, a first from the company. It includes the same great 12 MP f/1.7 RGB sensor with DSLR grade Dual Pixel focus and multi-frame tech. It's paired with another 12 MP f/2.4 telephoto lens for 2x optical or lossless zoom.

It's also the first smartphone in the world to have 
Dual OIS for super stabilized photos and videos on a mobile device.

It even has the "Live Focus" mode which can blur the background (bokeh effect) while taking the photo that's even adjustable after taking the photo.

For selfies, it has the same 
8 MP f/1.7 w/ AF, wide angle lens, and screen flash.

The initial shots we took, we are very impressed on the stability and speed of focus of this phone. Colors are amazingly very lively and it is stunning in detail for a smartphone. It can even easy take photos with deep bokeh on auto mode.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 8: First Camera Samples

The rest of the features

Then the Intelligent S Pen is paired with a revamped software that has easy translation and live messaging function aside from the usual note taking.

Completing the specs, this device has UHQ 32 bit / DSD audio support, very fast LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, and dual SIM card slot.

The Galaxy Note 8 runs with Nougat OS paired with Samsung Experience optimized TouchWiz UI. Samsung claims that it is smoother and more intuitive than ever. It now has pair apps for easier multitasking as well. Bixby Vision and Voice was also improved to provide a smarter way to interact with your device.

It still has support for Dex which can transform your smartphone into a functional PC by connecting it to the Dex dongle and HDMI ready monitor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs

Display: 6.3 Inch WQHD Super AMOLED 2960 x 1440 resolution w/ Curved Infinity Display and Gorilla Glass 5 protection at 522 ppi
CPU: 2.3 GHz 64 Bit Exynos 8895 octa core processor
GPU: Mali G71
ROM: 64 GB expandable via micro SD card up to 256 GB
Back Camera: 12 MP f/1.7 RGB + 12 MP f/2.4 telephoto lens w/ Dual Pixel, Dual OIS, multi-frame, and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/1.7 w/ AF, wide angle lens, and screen flash
Battery: 3,300 mAh w/ fast charging and wireless charging
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat w/ TouchWiz UI
Connectivity: WiFi ac, 3G, HSPA+, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, USB OTG
Sensors: Pressure, accelerometer, barometer, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, HR, proximity, light
Others: Intelligent S Pen, Fingerprint sensor, IP68 rating, fast wireless charging, USB Type C, UHQ 32 bit / DSD support, Colors: midnight black, maple gold
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 g
Price: PHP 49,990

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Be Available In PH For PHP 49990

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be on pre-order starting September 8 to 17, 2017 on partner stores and retailers including Smart, Globe, Abenson, Lazada, Argomall, Samsung Experience stores, and etc.

It's priced at PHP 49,990 which is PHP 4K higher than the Galaxy S8+.

Now, it's time to test if price is right and check if this Note is the best in the world again.
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