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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review key takeaways: 8 things that you should know

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review key takeaways: 8 things that you should know

Our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review is out, laying it all on the table. 

The latest high-end smartphone has been deemed "a Galaxy S8+ with an S Pen and worse battery life" by some, and while they might be correct for themselves, there's no denying that the Note 8 is successfully building upon the strong foundations laid by Samsung's post-Note 7 era phones.

We strongly recommend you to check out our full review of the phone which will give you the fullest possible picture pertaining to its qualities and drawbacks, but for anyone out there that's simply can't spare some 10-15 minute of their time to go through it all, we'll happily provide а TL;DR with some key takeaways!

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posted on 07 Sep 2017, 07:31 17

1. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


518 buts of peak brightness?

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 07:44 14

2. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


All those "buts" are the people that are going to bring up other reports of the Note 8 having super brightness (like 1200 nits). ;)

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 08:03 15

5. rob5150 (Posts: 177; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


exactlyhttp://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note8_ShootOut_100.htm

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:04 13

11. splus (Posts: 88; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Exactly! DisplayMate says 1200 nits, and PhoneArena says 518 nits.

Hey PhoneArena, something is wrong here! Did you have some power saver feature enabled while testing the max brightness???

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 10:30 1

28. JadeMoon (Posts: 132; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)


I agree. And sometimes adaptive brightness will do that too. I prefer setting the brightness myself according to what is comfortable for my eyes. Advice for other people is dont take one person's personal experience to stone because your going to have a different experience. This is a review article, not an official scientific benchmarking.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:26 13

16. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'll take displaymate results over PA any day. Dr. Soniera is a PhD in physics, expert in displays and has over 30 years expertise in manufacturing, designing and testing them. He had to school PA a couple of years ago for their color accuracy results.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:38 2

22. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Heck, just Google "Note 8 Brightness" and the first couple of results are all about how it is a record setting device for screen brightness. It's such a weird point to raise...

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 13:29

65. AxelFoley (Posts: 255; Member since: 30 May 2017)


Well, Apple-Rulz says real phone experts have degrees in psychology (cognitive behavior). So, I hope Dr. Soniera is at least smarter than him.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 13:15 3

58. bobby84 (Posts: 547; Member since: 13 May 2016)


The exact brightness is 1240. Lol, I see iphonearena isn't defending there 518. They been called out a bunch of times, even on their youtube channel

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 07:44 4

3. Tipus (Posts: 249; Member since: 30 Sep 2016)


LMAO !!

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 08:00 13

4. maherk (Posts: 4996; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I'm not sure whether I should laugh at the buts part, or their ridiculous claim that it only hits 518 "buts" of peak brightness.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 08:14 6

6. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


So, is this a new trend of nit-picking every little thing phonearena publishes? Lmao. Left for you guys all you want is for phone arena to wake up every morning and start with "Oh great samsung, we love you" and close with "Oh mighty samsung, you are the best ever" every single day. If you guys are tired then stop coming here, it's that simple honestly. if you say that PA is pro-apple (which is a lie anyway), then we could also say the comments section is pro-android/Samsung so I don't know what the big deal is here. Phonearena might not be the absolute best tbh, but they sure as hell are one of the most entertaining, only third to macrumors and androidcentral. Which is the same reason you all run back here at every given opportunity. Stop the desperation, It's quite pathetic tbh. There's a site called sammobile, I think you guys should try it some time, you're really gonna like it down there.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 08:32 12

8. ph00ny (Posts: 1555; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Wait talking about measured screen brightness being 1/2 or 2/3 of what others are observing is considered nitpicking now? It's one of the more important criteria for mobile display along with color accuracy, contrast ratio and power efficiency

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:07 8

12. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No one is nit picking. PA claims they leave the phone at default settings for reviews and tests.

If they do, then the default setting for brightness, makes the display 1200+NITS.

They don't do this BS when they review the iPhone, so they shouldn't do it here either.

Also based on the DisplayMate, even in manual mode the display is at 540NITS with a manual peak brightness of 728NITS

Where the f**k did PA get 518NITS?

Its not nitpicking. A tech site is suppose to give accurate data, period.

They are doing this to make it seem the ote 8 display isnt as bright as the iPhone 7.

Yet when you put them side by side in artificial and natural bright light, you can see which is brighter even in manual mode

DISPLAYMATES SAYS AND I QUOTE:

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:07 8

13. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


http://displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note8_ShootOut_100.htm

· Screen Brightness and Performance in High Ambient Lighting
Mobile displays are often used under relatively bright ambient lighting, which washes out the image color saturation and contrast, reducing picture quality and making it harder to view or read the screen. To be usable in high ambient light a display needs a dual combination of high Screen Brightness and low Screen Reflectance – the Galaxy Note8 has both. This is extremely important for screen readability, picture quality, and color accuracy in ambient light.

The Galaxy Note8 is up to 22 percent Brighter than the Galaxy S8. For most image content the Galaxy Note8 provides over 490 cd/m2 (Luminance, which is a measure of Brightness sometimes called nits), comparable or higher than most LCD displays in this size class. The measured Brightness on the Home screen is even higher at over 540 nits. When the display Brightness is set Manually with the slider, it can be adjusted to reach a maximum screen Brightness of up to 728 nits, which is impressive. See the Screen Brightness section for the measurements and details.

The measured Galaxy Note8 Screen Reflectance is 4.6 percent, close to the lowest that we have ever measured for a Smartphone. Our Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light quantitatively measures screen visibility and image contrast under bright Ambient Lighting – the higher the better. As a result of its high Brightness and low Reflectance, the Galaxy Note8 has a Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light that ranges from 88 to 158, the highest that we have ever measured for a Smartphone. See the Screen Reflectance section for the measurements and details.

· Even Higher Automatic Peak Brightness
On the Galaxy Note8 the Maximum Screen Brightness can go much higher when Automatic Brightness is turned On, so that users can’t permanently park the Manual Brightness slider to very high values, which would run down the battery quickly. High Screen Brightness is only needed for High Ambient Light, so turning Automatic Brightness On will provide better high ambient light screen visibility and also longer battery running time.

When Automatic Brightness is turned On, the Galaxy Note8 produces up to a very impressive 1,240 cd/m2 (nits) in High Ambient Light, where high Brightness is really needed – which is the brightest Smartphone display that we have ever measured, and 22% Brighter than the Galaxy S8. As a result of its very high Automatic Brightness and low Reflectance, the Galaxy Note8 has a Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light that ranges from 122 to 270, also the highest that we have ever measured for a Smartphone display. See the Brightness and Contrast, the High Ambient Light and the Screen Reflections sections for the measurements and details. The much higher Peak Brightness of over 1,200 nits is also used to provide High Dynamic Range HDR, which we discuss next...

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:11 9

14. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


DisplayMate is an unbiased tech site, that test displays. They have no affiliation with any single OEM.

They give full details on how testing is done and how info is obtained.

There is noway PA is as through as DisplayMate.

If they were, then where did 518NIT comes form? DS clearly states that in manual mode the peak is up to 728NITS.

Which means if you were in a completely dark room and you set the brightness manually, it would be 728NITS. And if you had it on auto its 1240NITS

Where does the 518 come from dude?

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:27 6

17. sissy246 (Posts: 4223; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


"So, is this a new trend of nit-picking every little thing phonearena publishes"

When it's not the truth , sure will.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:28 4

18. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Calm down, troll boy. I saw it, thought it was funny. I didn't criticize them. I realize it was probably an autocorrect. Hopefully there's a site called Takingyourselftooseriously that you can try sometime.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 13:24 3

61. bobby84 (Posts: 547; Member since: 13 May 2016)


I5s not nitpicking, it called calling out b.s. Come on now the note7, s8 and note8 officially got over 1000 nits. The only phones to do so. Iphonearena only got around 500 smh. They are lying to ppl who read this article and at least I won't people to know the truth

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 14:15 2

72. slow00 (Posts: 79; Member since: 08 Mar 2017)


Pete was blinded by the note 8 brightness and that explains his findings ..

posted on 08 Sep 2017, 08:43

98. Skimshaddy (Posts: 101; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


Phonearena = Fake reviews site. 90% of their staffs are sitting around FaceTime and iMessages each others what to say about Android phones. I came here to enjoy my popcorns thats all lol.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 08:26

7. raju516 (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 May 2016)


1.Please comprehensive review of all the display
modes in phone while reviewing
2. Is the s8 note as fluid as pixel?
Thanks

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 09:31

20. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No such phone as the S8 Note.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 08:53 1

9. Avieshek (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Jul 2017)


I wonder, how Apple would re-invent the same display. And.. And, what DisplayMate would have to say when the iPhone finally comes out.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 10:04 4

24. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They are buying Samsung displays. So they arent reinventing anything.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 11:03 5

33. trojan_horse (Posts: 5337; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Exactly! If anything, Samsung is the one "reinventing" the iPhone with it's OLED panels.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 13:14 1

56. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


You are keep forgetting that Samsung did Ax chips for Apple and Exynos could have never come close to them in terms of performance.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 13:28 3

64. trojan_horse (Posts: 5337; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Because Apple designed those Ax chips, Samsung just manufactured them based on Apple's patents, specs and design.

But the OLED display Apple is getting is all manufactured by Samsung... does Apple have a hand in the manufacturing of those OLED panels?

posted on 08 Sep 2017, 00:02

94. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


And you know that Apple is just buying whatever Samsung is selling because...? You have seen the agreement between them, they declared it, you tested the panels?
Just like it did with chips, Apple designed the LCD's from iPhone 7, making them the best displays in a smartphone; if history taught us something, is Apple is going to want personalized panels (maybe that is the reason it bought some equipments to give Samsung).

posted on 08 Sep 2017, 00:45

96. trojan_horse (Posts: 5337; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"Just like it did with chips, Appledesigned the LCD's from iPhone 7, making them the best displays in a smartphone; if history taught us something, is Apple is going to want personalized panels (maybe that is the reason it bought some equipments to give Samsung)."

Apple designed the LCD panels of previous iPhones? Not sure about that, man...Besides, LCD isn't OLED.

Has Apple got patents to design OLED displays whatsoever?

Just curious.

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