The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the king of the Samsung and arguably the entire Android smartphone space has been released and damn is it something special, from the gorgeous 6.3-inch display with its 1440p resolution to glass sandwich design with its dual 12-megapixel cameras which allow for two times optical zoom with optical image stabilisation across both lenses. It’s slightly steep price tag of £869 not only gets you the smartphone as included are a pair of AKG tuned earphones which include three different pairs of ear tips to ensure they fit your ear perfectly. A USB C charge and sync cable along with a USB quick charge plug to allow the smartphone to charge up to 50% in less than 40 minutes. Unlike other companies Samsung include two different USB C adaptors, one micro USB to type C and a USB A to type C. The video below shows you exactly what comes included in the box.
Benchmarks are never a true depiction of a devices capabilities, but what they are good at is showing the differences between devices when it comes to a set range of activities; these can include running various algorithms or even rendering a specific scene and counting its frame rate. The number one reason as to why I like running these tests is that you can compare the results to the previous model or other smartphones entirely, which allows you to make an informed decision on if upgrading is 'worth it' or if you should perhaps hold back to the next generation.
Geekbench, one of the most common benchmarking applications today is a cross-platform benchmarking collection of tests that are ran on both the processor and the graphics processing unit giving us a comprehensive look at a devices ability to handle a variety of tasks; from playing popular games to exporting video in different codecs. The charts below will give you get an idea of the scores between the Samsung Note 8 and its rival the iPhone 7 Plus, just for comparison i have also included Samsung’s number two smartphone the S8; looking at the single core scores given from GeekBench the Note 8 and the S8 seem to perform very similarly. While the difference on the multicore side of things is slightly different with the Note 8 coming in slightly higher at 6757 while the S8 came in at 6297; whereas comparing it to Apples offerings the iPhone 7 Plus had a multicore score of 5639 over a full 1000 points less than the Samsung Note 8. Which should help out the Note 8 when it comes to more demanding tasks such as exporting videos.
Above you also see the scores of the GFXBench Open GL tests and once again comparing it to the iPhone 7 Plus and the S8, the Note 8 seems to not perform as good in this aspect and that most likely is attributed to its larger screen and resolution. In this test you also see that the iPhone 7 Plus out performs both the Note 8 and S8 by quite a large degree, which most likely is once again attributed to the iPhone 7 Plus having a lower resolution screen. Below is a video where you can directly view a video where the Note 8 is benchmarked.
Two 12MP cameras
F Number - F1.7 , F2.4
Rear Camera Duel OIS
Optical Zoom at 2x , Digital Zoom up to 10x