The presence of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 brings joy as well as sadness for us. Glad that this is a highly anticipated flagship smartphone. Unfortunately, we did not get an invitation to the launching event. The unfortunate feeling has finally gone for the Galaxy Note 8 we ordered has arrived.
And this is our first impression of it. Galaxy Note 8 comes with the same packaging as Galaxy S8 The sizing is standard, just like other smartphone packaging in general. Just info, the unit we buy is the retail version of Singapore. So maybe the contents of the sales package will be different from those sold in Indonesia.
It has lots of things inside, including SIM ejector, quick guide, transparent mica casing, two USB C adapters, fast charger, data cable, AKG headset, and 5 pcs S-Pen tip. Oh, the unit we bought was bundled with DeX Station to turn it into a PC by connecting it to an external display. Although the packaging is in standard size, the Note 8 unit itself is very long. The dimensions even exceed the Galaxy S8 + and iPhone 7 Plus with a length of 16.2 Cm, 7.5 Cm width, and 8.6 Mm thick.
On the right side, there is a power button, and there is a volume jack and Bixby button on the left side. Below, you will find S-Pen, speaker grill, USB C port, and audio jack. Like the Galaxy S8 series, Samsung still equips Note 8 with Infinity Display screen of 18.5: 9. Its size reaches 6.3 Inches with Super AMOLED panel, Gorilla Glass 5 protector, and a maximum resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels.
If you pay attention, Galaxy Note 8 has a more squared design, so it looks more boyish. In the front part, we will see LED notification, earpiece, and an 8 MP f/1.7 Front camera and a sensor to detect retina. Moving on to the rear part, this section is made of glass that is coated by Gorilla Glass 5. Although claimed to be scratch resistant, your fingerprints can still stick to it.
At the back of it, we will also see a dual-camera setup. Yes, Note 8 is the first dual-camera smartphone from Samsung. The configuration is a 1 2 MP f/1.7 Wide-angle camera and a 12 MP f/2.4 Telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom capability. Interestingly, both of the cameras are equipped with PDAF and OIS.
Due to its dual-camera configuration, Samsung has officially joined the trending bokeh world. On Note 8, the bokeh feature is called Live Focus. The bokeh effect can immediately be seen even before taking a shot, and later after taking a shot, it can be re-set. There is also a Dual Captured mode in which we can shoot two photos in only one snap, which are normal mode and bokeh mode.
Then, in the front part, there is an autofocus 8 MP selfie camera which is similar to Galaxy S8s. Armed with S-Pen, Samsung also presents an off-screen memo feature that has up to 100 pages. There is also a Live message feature to create strokes in animated GIF format that can be shared in social media. Both the smartphone and the S-Pen have brought IP68 certificate so they are water resistant.
The S-Pen design is not much different than Note 7s S-Pen. Speaking of the hardware, Samsung is still loyal to 10nm chipset Exynos 8895 accompanied by 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and 3,300 mAh battery. We can still add an additional microSD by utilizing the second SIM slot. Currently, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still loyal to Android 7.1.1 Based Dream UX.
Certainly, it will later get Oreo. One of the new features is App Pair to run two applications in split-screen mode. Okay, it looks like we have to end the hands-on video this time, because we still have to continue to use the phone for the next few days, in order to make the review video. If you feel this video is useful, do not hesitate to share and give thumbs up.