What the Galaxy Note 8 "Video enhancer" does, and how to use it


One of the main points of interest with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, as it was with the Galaxy S8, is the gorgeous Infinity Display adorning its facade. With an unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9, Samsung's new AMOLED panel isleaves very little in the way of bezels on the top and bottom of its latest flagships. Note 8's display has a native resolution of 1440 x 2960 (WQHD+) and is capable of delivering an exceptional pixel density that makes images appear ultra crisp. But the Note 8 is also HDR-certified, meaning it can reproduce a wider color gamut of when displaying HDR content.

This is cool and all, don't get us wrong, but the fact of the matter is that most video content that you will be consuming on your flashy new bezel-less Note 8 will be of the non-HDR variety. Or, in other words, plain ol' YouTube videos. That's why Samsung has included a feature that's aimed at augmenting regular videos.

Enter "Video enhancer".

This video enhancement tool was first introduced with the Galaxy S7, and although it won't magically convert your 720p videos to 4K or anything like that, it can certainly add some pleasant oomph to otherwise bleak-looking videos by enhancing the colors.

You can enable the feature on the Note 8 by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to "Settings"
  2. Tap on "Advanced features"
  3. Scroll down and select "Video enhancer"

You'll see a little preview window that will give you a general idea of what to expect from this feature, but we'd suggest that you experiment with it when actually watching videos. It works well in some situations, but the punch it adds may be a bit too much in other scenarios.

Unfortunately, the changes in color do not register in screenshots, so we had to take some photos instead. Do keep in mind that it's close to impossible to perfectly capture this effect on camera, and although we think the following comparison is sufficiently representative of what we saw with our eyes, it may look different to you when you see it in person:


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