• Operating System: Android 7.0
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Display: 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+
  • Camera: 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel (Rear Cameras), 8-megapixel (Front Camera)
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 195 g
  • Pros:
  • Great Display
  • S Pen
  • Live Photos can take amazing portrait shots
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Battery Life
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 175,415 points
  • PCMark for Android: 6,044 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 2,276 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot: 2,851 points

A Noteworthy Contender

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is currently Samsung’s best device in the market right now, bar the Note FE. But back onto the Note8, the Note8 is a device that easily tops many people’s list for their smartphone of the year and it certainly deserves the recognition.

One of the mainstays of the Note series is the S Pen. This year, Samsung has added more functionality to the popular stylus, giving Note8 users more reign over features such as automatic translation for sentences, currency conversion, and one of our favourites – the ability to create, edit and pin a note onto the Always On Display. It’s an extremely useful tool for people who constantly need reminders for what they have to do or buy during their grocery run.

Bixby is also present on this device and, similar to the Galaxy S8, you have both it and Google Assistant running together as your voice assistant. It’s like having two personalities sitting on your shoulder, instructing you what to do. Luckily in one of the latest updates, Samsung now allows you to swap the Bixby button to something else or completely disabling it.

The camera is also improved over the last device, with it sporting a dual-lens camera setup for the rear. It’s now a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that’s combined with a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, both of which are also equipped with Optical Image Stabilisation for clearer images when taking pictures with shaky hands. When taking pictures, you can easily switch between the telephoto camera and the main camera by clicking the 1x or 2x button on screen. It also has the Live Photos feature, Samsung’s version of portrait mode, which allows you to adjust the background blur for a Bokeh effect.

The device is amazing to use and zippy. With a 6.3-inch screen, you can enjoy content on a bigger screen that outputs fantastic image quality. It is hard to fault this device, as it ticks plenty of boxes for people who are into the market for a device that can tackle most tasks. The battery life is decent and could last you a whole day with minimal use and it also sports a headphone jack, for those who prefer wired connections over Bluetooth devices.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A marvellous device that can handle almost everything you throw at it and is easily one of the best smartphone for 2017, although on the pricier side.

(previously published in issue December 2017)

Samsung Galaxy Note8