Design & Build9.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s design is something that stands out exceptionally well. If you’re expecting a design worth a flagship standard at this point, this year’s Samsung Galaxy Note flagship sets an excellent example. As soon as I held the device in hand, I was impressed by what it’s got to offer as far as its look and overall physical offerings are concerned.
When Samsung announced its flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones earlier this year, many users complained about the placement of a fingerprint scanner. It was moved to the rear of the handset, confusing users between a fingerprint reader and a camera lens. That, however, remains unchanged with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as well. But it doesn’t seem to bother much this time around. The reason being, Samsung has now moved the LED flash right next to a fingerprint reader, so that users will no longer accidentally end up leaving smudges onto the camera lens. Although it’s not a big change to the design, all I can say is that it’s a smart design improvement over what Samsung did with its earlier flagship.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a heart rate monitor right below a LED flash on the rear, which can be used to monitor your heart rate on the go. But before you get started with it, make sure to create a profile on Samsung S Health app. We’re also planning to do a separate piece on how to get started with a heart rate monitor on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. There’s a dual camera lens on the rear as well. Going forward, we’ll talk more about the camera in subsequent sections. For now, let’s take a look at some other aspects such as build quality.
Build quality of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 seems top-notch, offering premium looks and feel. The handset is made up of premium glass and metal build, which is highly prone to smudges and fingerprints. Hence one thing is for sure is that as a user, you will end up spending ample amount of time working hard on keeping smudges and fingerprints off the screen. But there’s nothing you can do about it. The back is pretty shiny and reflective, which happens to be pretty obvious, isn’t it?
It should go without saying that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 appears much taller, thanks to its overall form factor. It’s more of a rectangular shaped unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and but it’s still got curved edges on the sides making the device hold comfortably in hand. In spite of that, it’s an undoubtedly a huge device for one-handed use. During my experience, I found it pretty much troublesome while holding the device in one hand, especially while pulling down the notification center.
But the bigger form factor is what makes the Galaxy Note lineup possible in the first place. In my opinion, it’s not advisable to use the device in one hand especially when there’s a possibility of accidental damage. If you want to send a quick text or an email, you can always make use of the built-in stylus called S Pen. This way, you’d be more comfortable interacting with the device for longer without worrying about accidentally dropping the device.
Although antenna bands are visible on top as well as the bottom, they are nowhere to be seen on the rear unlike some mid-rangers out there. SIM tray housing two Nano SIM slots (hybrid) sits on the top. There’s a power button the right while on the left, there’s a volume controller and the Bixby button. A 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, primary microphone, and a speaker grill is take up the whole bottom side of the device.