Hello Galaxy Note 8!
A few days ago we posted Samsung’s announcement about the new Galaxy Note 8. Fast forward today and we already have a hands-on and initial review! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was front and center in Samsung’s booth at the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona, Spain. We spent a good half hour with the device playing around with it and getting a feel for the new form factor. Read on for our initial impressions below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Spec Sheet
- 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad-core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB or 32GB Storage, expandable via microSD
- 8-inch TFT display, 1280 x 800 resolution, 189ppi
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, HSPA+
- 4,600mAh Battery
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UX
- S Pen
- 210.8mm x 135.9mm x 7.95mm
It truly is a big Galaxy Note 2, lol
In our initial article we said that the Galaxy Note 8 is kinda like a bigger Galaxy Note 2 or a Galaxy Note 10.1-mini. It’s actually more of a bigger Galaxy Note 2 because of the similar design elements and the materials used for the chasis (boo for plastic). In fact if we zoomed out on the photo above you’d probably think it was a Galaxy Note 2, hehe.
The 8-inch form factor is very intriguing. It gives a much bigger space (compared to the Note 2) which allows you to make full use of the functionalities of the S Pen. It’s also not as bulky or big as the Galaxy Note 10.1 making it more portable.
The S Pen is where the Galaxy Note 8 rises and falls. Without compelling S Pen software this is doomed to be just a “slightly bigger 7-inch Android tablet”. So where do we stand on this? As of this writing what we have are the existing Samsung S Pen friendly apps/features like S Note, AirView, Multi-Window, Photoshop Touch, and annotation apps like Polaris. Now is that enough? Personally I think that it is but there’s massive room for improvement. Hopefully more third part developers will actually make awesome stuff for the S Pen in the next few months.
It rounds off the Note family
Everything considered, the Galaxy Note 8 is a logical step forward for Samsung. It completes the line-up of the Note family and it definitely will have its own following (more for the S Pen power users).
We’ll try to get a unit from Samsung Philippines when we get back so we can spend more time with it so we can come up with a more comprehensive review.
That’s it for now! Back to the exhibition hall to find more good stuff!