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SAMSUNG GALAXY 'NOTE 8' REVIEW: S-PEN, EDGE PANELS

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After so much speculations and rumoured photo leaks on the internet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been unboxed! The galaxy note 8 will be the latest Note gadget to surface in Europe in over a two year period, quite a long time right?

Well, I must say I am shocked Samsung did not engage in much publicity for the Note 8, maybe because they are yet to recover from the massive blow the Note7 dealt the company or their eyes are set at launching the Galaxy S.

According to a staff from GSMarena, the galaxy Note 8 isn't really packed with mind burgling features. It seems as though the device is coming with just a little weak.

The Note 8 comes with a dual Camera set=up, but critics say the feature is long overdue. Now let us see some of f the Keys specs of the Galaxy Note 8.

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Body: Polished aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. 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; Dex dock compatibility allowing dekstop use mode on a bigger screen.
Main shortcomings
No stereo speakers

To be sincere this is a 'powerful machine' from the perspective of the users out there in the public, but speaking from the point of a 'tech critic', the Galaxy Note isn't really outstanding! Though, it is one of the smartest phones currently in our world.


Now let us take a brief look at the S-pen the galaxy Note 8 comes with.

This device is powered by an Android 7.1.1 Nougat - a bit higher than the Samsung galaxy S8 and S8+. Samsung also raised the level of the User Experirence running on the Note to 8.5 vs. 8.1. That, however, you'll hardly notice, but the S-Pen you will, so let's talk about it.

You can use it without waking the phone up - click the top end of the S-Pen to pull it out of its silo, and you're straight into Screen-off memo - as in you can write on the otherwise off display, white on black. That feature was introduced on the Note5 and back on the Note7 it came with a twist - you could pin a note on the AOD- GSMARENA

This device can accompany you anywhere if you are a note taker or scribbler of stuffs. The notes you take will be displayed to you orderly or should I say chronologically.

One thing I loved about the S-pen feature is your notes could contain images in addition to your typed text, doodles, and recordings.

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Edge panels
The edge panels are panes of tools and shortcuts that you bring up from the side of the phone by pulling on a handle. The handle (and consequently the panels) can be on either side of the display, and you can set up its size, vertical position and opacity.
The available panels include Apps edge (pre-configured app shortcuts), People edge (pre-configured contact shortcuts), Tasks edge. Also, additional panels can be downloaded.

In all, the Samsung galaxy Note 8 is a force to reckon with and I can assure it draw massive sales globally when it finally hit the stores.

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