1Samsung Galaxy Note8 Has Features, Performance to Win Back Buyers
Samsung Galaxy Note8 hits stores Sept. 15, but will buyers flock to it? The South Korean electronics maker has to be at least a little concerned. The Note8’s predecessor, the Note7, was prohibited from commercial airline flights and eventually recalled after multiple reports of battery fires. But unless Samsung’s new commitment to battery safety suffered a major setback after the Spring release of the Galaxy S8, the Note8 is unlikely to share the same fate. With battery reliability no longer an issue, Samsung is relying on a slick design, alluring looks and premium components to win back buyers. Read on to learn if the Note8 has what it takes to be a hit.
2It Has a Premium Look and Feel
3Snapdragon 835 Chip Gives It Speedy Performance
4The Handy S Pen Style Tracks More Smoothly
The included S Pen is the Note series’ signature feature. With the Note8, the stylus tracks more smoothly and accurately than before. It also now allows users to take notes directly on the Always On display without having to open a notetaking app. It may not make owners want to ditch their Moleskine notebooks, but it’s a handy, time-saving feature.
5There’s Plenty of Data Storage Capacity
6But the Bixby Digital Assistant Is Half-Baked
Bixby, the Note8’s built-in virtual assistant, is still a work in progress. It can handle easy requests such as reporting the weather fairly well and its product recognition capabilities show promise, but Bixby needs to mature. Luckily, since the Note8 is an Android phone, users have a built-in backup: Google Now.
7The Dual Rear Camera a Sharp
8The AMOLED Screen Is Made for Showing Off Photos
9The Note 8 Displays HDR Video Content, Too
10The Audio Jack Lives
While other vendors are removing the 3.5mm audio jack from their smartphones, the Note8 bucks the trend. It also helps that Samsung includes some nice AKG earphones in the box.