Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 features that make Samsung’s new Note a complete package

first_img“According to Samsung market research, 85 per cent of Note users say they’re proud to show off their Note and recommend it to friends, and 75 per cent say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had,” the South Korean major reiterates on its official blog announcing the Galaxy Note 8. Now because the research in question — which was commissioned by Samsung Mobile by the way — was conducted between July-August 2017, we have reason to believe, the Galaxy Note 7 mishap had little impact on fans of Samsung’s Note-series. It seems, once a Note fan, always a Note fan.Samsung must have known. That’s probably why it was able to muster up the courage to re-launch the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 as the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. But more than anything, it must have been the success of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, that propelled Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. It must have been the success of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, similarly, that propelled Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 8 — successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 — on Wednesday night at its high-profile unpacked event in New York City.The Galaxy Note 8, the way things turned out for the Galaxy Note 7, was hard to conjure for most people. The Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t meant to be, they said, and yet here I am, writing this piece about how Samsung has built the complete package with its new Note phone. In more ways, than you and I, could have ever imagined. Take a look.advertisementSamsung’s best-looking Note everThe Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screen, which means, that much like Samsung’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an edge-to-edge bezel-less display with an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Which means, that it is invariably gorgeous.The Galaxy Note 8 is carved out of glass — Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal. The metallic centerpiece that joins the front and back is virtually non-existent, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. And it’s polished in a way that it gives out the impression that the whole thing is one continuous sheet of glass. There is a subtle difference, however, in that the Galaxy Note 8 is not as curvaceous as the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. This is so that users can make best use of the S-Pen’s note-taking capabilities on a relatively flatter surface, according to Samsung. Also, it makes the phone look — and possibly feel — a lot more solid than Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. The front, in the case of the Galaxy Note 8, is clean and without any physical buttons. The right edge houses the power button, while on the left lie the volume rocker and a dedicated Bixby button. That’s right, Samsung has also thrown in its proprietary Bixby virtual assistant into the mix here suggesting that the South Korean major may not have given up on it yet, even though it could have done by getting rid of the dedicated Bixby button or thrown in an option to remap it, this time round. Just like it is in the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the dedicated Bixby button on-board the Galaxy Note 8 does nothing else but fires up Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Assistant.The fingerprint scanner, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module which means reaching out to it would still be an ergonomic nightmare. Although it sits directly next to the LED flash — and not next to the lens — so you’re less likely to smudge your camera this time round. The home button is, meanwhile, software-based. It is also pressure-sensitive and gives you haptic feedback when you press it, kind of how it is in the case of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But, while the iPhone has a dedicated area — atop a chunky lower bezel — to serve the purpose, Samsung’s phone employs what you can call an invisible solution.But, the biggest highlight is the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 has almost no bezels. To be a little more precise, it is all screen and no bezels. To be a little more precise, the phone gives you almost 83 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. The Galaxy Note 8, because it has almost no bezels, occupies a much smaller footprint — size as well as girth — in comparison to a regular 6-inch phone. The Galaxy Note 8, for your reference, has a 6.3-inch screen with a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panel. The phone also comes with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality and HDR support.advertisementAll this when put together should entail in a one-of-its-kind cinematographic experience much like it in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. As long as you have the content to conjure the Galaxy Note 8’s one-of-its-kind edge-to-edge display sorcery. By now, it’s pretty clear that Samsung makes the best displays. Its Super AMOLED panels, boasting of over-saturated colours with deep blacks, are a force to reckon with. Needless to say, the Galaxy Note 8 shouldn’t disappoint either.Samsung’s smartest Note everSamsung built its own virtual assistant called Bixby for the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Apple’s Siri, for your reference, maxes out at 30. “At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung had said while announcing Bixby earlier in the year, along-side the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.”Bixby’s voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, allowing millions of consumers to experience a smarter way to interact with their phones,” Samsung said on Wednesday while announcing the Galaxy Note 8. Bixby voice is still not available in India though.The Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screenLanguage translation along with image recognition is said to be the main USP of Bixby. The Galaxy Note 8, just like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, will be able to take pictures, identify objects, and provide context to images using Bixby.And oh, the phone does ship with Google Assistant should you be looking to ignore Bixby altogether.Samsung’s most powerful Note everJust like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 8895 64 bit (10nm-based) processor. The company has, so far, been launching only its Exynos-based Galaxy flagship phones in India, so chances are the Exynos 8895-based Galaxy Note 8 would be coming to India. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Galaxy Note 8 will be sold in the US.The Galaxy Note 8, further, comes with 6 gigs of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based TouchWiz UI — Samsung Experience UX — and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The Galaxy Note 8, like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, also supports Bluetooth 5.0. Bluetooth 5.0 is successor to Bluetooth 4.2 and guarantees up to four times wider range than its predecessor. At the same time, the new wireless standard allows twice the data transfer speed and offers the ability to simultaneously connect two sets of wireless devices. In addition, the Galaxy Note 8 supports USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and comes with a bottom facing mono-speaker. It still retains a 3.5mm audio jack, which is nice.advertisementSamsung’s most secure Note everIn addition to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security. It comes with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place. Samsung Pay is also supported out-of-the-box.Samsung’s most productive Note everThe Galaxy Note 8, much like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, also supports Samsung Dex: a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. There’s little doubt that the Infinity display imparts a distinct character to both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and now the Galaxy Note 8, you can’t help but notice, it’s ‘Dex’ that is, in fact, the best thing to have happened to them.Samsung itself isn’t new to the concept of a smartphone-as-desktop. But back in the day, Samsung’s Smart Dock, was more about catching up with Apple — AirPlay — than about anything else. It did not do very well. Samsung’s new dock — called Dex — takes a different route altogether, a route quite recently taken by Microsoft and its ill-fated Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft called it Continuum. Sadly, there was not a lot that it could do. Dex can do so much more.Unlike Continuum that was intended to let users connect their Windows 10 phone to a monitor — and additionally to a keyboard and mouse — and transform it into a full-blown PC using a Microsoft Display Dock or a Miracast dongle, Samsung’s Dex has relatively humbler aspirations. The only downside is, it requires the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+/Galaxy Note 8, to work because apparently Dex breeds on raw power that only Samsung’s next-generation mobile phones with Qualcomm’s next-generation mobile processor aka the Snapdragon 835 can harness.Once everything is in order, you’ll get a PC-like desktop screen on your monitor replete with a Windows-like system tray containing all your functional and non-functional controls, including signal bars and a battery indicator. All your currently running apps will be docked at the bottom of the screen. You can access your entire Android app drawer and also add shortcuts to your desktop at will for quick access.There’s so much to love about this year’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, they’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 8 is no differentBecause Dex uses core Android apps — both smartphone and tablet-compatible — and not Windows 10 Mobile-based ones the entire Google Play store is accessible via Dex when in desktop mode. Which means every app on the Play Store is available for download and install although usability could vary depending on whether the app is touch-based or otherwise. While smartphone-only apps open in smartphone-sized windows, Android apps that support both smartphone and tablet modes open in full-scale windows that can also be resized. But the biggest advantage comes through multi-tasking. You can run more than one app simultaneously, and the experience is seamless across all apps.At the same time, Samsung seems to have re-worked on a few aspects to make Dex more useful. “A new All Apps user interface which provides an overview of up to 36 apps, optimised email and video conferencing capabilities, and expanded support for more mobile games and video streaming services bring a new level of functionality and fun to the Samsung DeX experience.”Samsung’s new Note has the most compelling S-Pen everThe new S-Pen has a 0.7mm rubber tip and a pressure sensitivity level of 4,096 to emulate a real pen-like experience, according to Samsung. Last year’s S-Pen came dangerously close to a ball-point pen now, more than ever and faster and more accurate. It came with some new and improved features like the ability to magnify and translate content straight off the bat. It could also make GIFs out of videos. This year, Samsung has added a couple of more features to it to make it stand out. Not that it needed to. Samsung’s Note is the only compelling option in the market if you’re into a stylus after all.The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo’s Screen off memo feature now allows you to jot down up to 100 pages of notes without even powering on your Galaxy Note device. The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo also allow you to pin these notes on the device’s Always-on display from where you can edit them at will. The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo — because it can recognise punctuation marks — can also translate entire sentences on the fly now. FYI: Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and its S-Pen are IP68-certified for water and dust-resistance. Samsung’s first flagship Note to sport dual camerasThe Galaxy Note 8 comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle+telephoto). While one of the 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) sensor has an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation, the second 12-megapixel sensor comes with an f/2.4 aperture, again with optical image stabilisation to allow for up to 2X optical zoom (and 10X digital zoom). The dual camera system, in addition to allowing for wide angle and 2X zoom photos, also comes with a feature called Live Focus that allows for fancy portrait shots, in real time, much like the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode. “With Live Focus, users can adjust the bokeh effect — the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image — to change the depth of field of a shot. Users can control the intensity of the overall blur effect and apply it before taking the image in preview mode, or after capturing the photo in the Gallery app.”The Galaxy Note 8 also comes with a Dual Capture mode that allows users to use both the 12MP cameras simultaneously to capture both zoomed-in and wide-angle versions of the same shot, without the need of going back and forth between the two.On the front, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. This is possibly the same camera as the one on-board the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.Samsung’s safest Note everThere’s so much to love about this year’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, they’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. Just to ensure, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — batteries – don’t suffer the same fate as the Note 7, Samsung has invested a great deal of research into these phones. In addition to the standard tests, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ batteries have been pushed through 8 other tests to meet the highest level (ever) of safety standards.The Galaxy Note 8 has been given the same treatment. Also, Samsung unlike last year, hasn’t tried to bite more than it can chew with respect to the Galaxy Note 8’s battery. The Galaxy Note 8 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is bigger than the 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 but still smaller than the 3,500mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ have been safe so far. Hopefully, the Galaxy Note 8 will follow suit.The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will globally be available for buying from September at a hefty price tag of $930 which roughly translates to Rs 59,561. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to hit the Indian market around the same period, quite possibly in the second week of September.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched with 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity display, Bixby & dual 12MP cameraslast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Luka Modric to join Inter from Real Madrid?

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more European club football Share on WhatsApp Never one to be outgunned in the transfer market, Florentino Pérez’s grand rebuilding project will begin with the £65m purchase of Borussia Dortmund’s American whizzkid Christian Pulisic. Real will then step up their efforts to prize Robert Lewandowski and Eden Hazard from Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively. PSG chewed up and spat out Barcelona over the world-record signing of Neymar last summer and they are in no mood to give up their pursuit of N’Golo Kanté just because Chelsea are playing hard ball. The French champions are ready to blow Chelsea’s offer of £290,000 a week out of the water in a a bid to tempt the World Cup winning midfielder back to his home town during party season.Luke Shaw’s home town is Guildford, and he’s probably spent the last few years wishing he’d never left it after the way José Mourinho has ruthlessly toyed with his emotions. Help could be at hand though, with Wolfsburg keen to sign the 23-year-old. Shaw would rather stay at Manchester United apparently, having featured in Mourinho’s plans on their US tour. That has nothing to do with the fact United currently have 713 players absent without leave of course. Speculation is the one drug the Mill cannot do without so you can imagine the ecstasy when Mainz’s sporting director, Rouven Schröder, let slip that the Bundesliga side have rejected an “extraordinary offer” for their £30m-rated Ivorian starlet Jean-Philippe Gbamin – then refused to say which Premier League club had submitted it. Arsenal are the hot favourites, having long been on the tail of the 22-year-old central defender who can also play in midfield.Fulham want to sign the Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui. Lazio are finalising an £18m deal for Sevilla’s maverick winger Joaquín Correa. Everton are still hoping to address their striking problems by signing the £35m-rated Moussa Marega from Porto. And Ross Barkley has been pounding the streets in a bid to get his career back on track. Sorry, Ross who? Rumour mill Real Madrid Luka Modric Internazionale Topicscenter_img features Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues Share on Facebook Share via Email Not content with losing Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid could be about to complete an unthinkable treble by selling Luka Modric to Internazionale.Fresh from winning the World Cup Golden Ball after driving Croatia to the final in Russia, Modric has opened the door to a move to Serie A. The move is said to have been worked upon with the utmost secrecy for weeks and Inter’s “great dream” could be about to become a reality. A midfield pairing of Modric and the newly acquired Radja Naingollan would certainly get the juices flowing. The back-up plan isn’t bad either, with Italy’s hibernating giants having lined up the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich if Modric falls through. Transfer window Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more