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Should You Wait for Samsung's Galaxy Note 8?

10 August 2017 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be outstanding on paper but we can't really say if it's something that we've never seen before. So, is it going to be worth the wait?

While this phone is indeed worth the wait, it doesn’t mean that the available phones in the Hong Kong today can’t provide you an equally satisfactory performance as the Galaxy Note 8. It depends on what you are looking for in a smartphone. There is more than one reason why the Note 8 should be sought after but does spending a bomb on its release actually justify your smartphone needs?

Should you buy it? Or should you not? We break it down for you.

Why you shouldn't wait for it?

There are smartphones already available right now in the Hong Kong which are considerably cheaper but highly efficient in terms of features. That being said, buying the Galaxy Note 8 for the following reasons may not be worth the wait and the money, as other phones can do it better or exactly the same for you.

Battery life isn’t outstanding

As we all know, the Samsung tried to push their limits with the Note 7’s battery - and we all know how it turned out. Today, despite having an industry leading 8-point battery check in their quality department and safety panel, we can’t really expect them to pull off the same stunt as they did with the Note 7’s battery. Instead, they are sure to play it safe as it is too early to do another “explosive” stunt with their battery - not until the thought of it gets complete dissociated from their label.

The safest bet that they could take right now with their battery is an average size that's right in the middle of the pack when compared to the competition. Recent reports added credence to this speculation as it is believed that the Note 8 will have a smaller battery than the S8+, due to the size of the device and the integrated S-Pen stylus.

Best alternative: Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy 7 Edge perhaps will fill you in if you’re looking for a device with a decent battery. With a capacity of 3600 mAh, not even the S8+ could outmatch it. The latest device flagship device from Samsung (the S8 and S8+) have a decent battery, each with 3000 mAh and 3500 mAh respectively.

Not necessarily the biggest screen size

According to the reports, the Note 8 will be sporting a 6.3-inch Quad-HD infinity display, which is just a hair bigger than the Galaxy S8+. If you’re one of those people who use the Note series for the big display, without really making use of its S-pen, then you might as well just buy the S8+. It’s already available now, and it isn’t going to be as expensive as the Note 8. Practically, you’ll be getting almost the same thing with the screen, but just a millimeter smaller.

Best alternative: Galaxy S8+

The Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch screen with a Quad HD display, making it just a little bit smaller than the Note 8. The 0.1mm difference between Note 8 and S8+’s screen size isn’t really a leap that will make much difference at all. So, if you’re simply itching for a phablet sized Galaxy phone, the S8+ will more than suffice for that.

Bixby is not Note 8 exclusive

Bixby is set to compete with Apple’s Siri in terms of AI functionality. While at the moment, it isn’t really fully polished as Siri, a Note 8 won’t make it any smarter either. It’s a software that can just be patched with updates on your Galaxy S8 and S8+ via software update. If by the time the Note 8 gets released Bixby will have an update, rest assured that the S8 and S8+ will have it too.

Best alternative: Galaxy S8 and S8+

Galaxy S8 and S8+ already comes with the Bixby Voice Assistant feature, however, according to Samsung, they’ll be expanding it to their most recent devices. While there’s no specific date yet as to when this will happen, it’s a guarantee that all recent Samsung devices with their latest launcher are bound to get Bixby soon.

Samsung Dex

Whether you’re using the Note 8 or the Galaxy S8, Samsung Dex will pretty much remain the same unless they patch it with new updates. It’s simply an OS that can be improved without relying on the phone’s hardware department and could be updated anytime.

Best alternative: Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

Galaxy S8’s specs and hardware can definitely deliver a decent desktop performance, upgrading to a Note 8 for such reason won’t really make much difference. It will only be more expensive.

Why should you wait for the Note 8?

The Note series has its own skill set that gets better on its newer flagship devices. On top of that, the recent flagship devices may be great devices, but they also have flaws which are enough reasons to be given a thumbs down by some users. Also, since it’s a newer (and a more expensive) device, in theory, it’s supposed to be better overall.

Better fingerprint location

One of the most glaring flaws of the Galaxy S8 series is the position of its fingerprint sensor. It couldn’t be more awkward and hard to reach. So, if you’re avoiding that series for such reason, the Galaxy Note 8 will surely be a delightful surprise. According to the recent leaks and reports, Samsung has finally fixed the issue that the S8 had with its fingerprint, positioning it within our reach - right below the camera.

S-pen!

The Note series has tons of features that no other smartphones were able to pull off, all thanks to its every famous S-pen stylus. Productivity is the name of the game for the Note series, and the Note 8 is sure to deliver more than just one way for us to work while on the go!

Dual camera

Up until now, Samsung hasn’t joined the dual camera competition yet. While the cameras for their recent flagship devices are considered among the best in the market right now. The added functionality of dual camera surely opens a lot of new ways for us to play around with our smartphone cameras. With Samsung’s excellent single cameras on the S8 and S8+, we could only imagine how much better it could get with two lenses.

Better performance

Not all the latest flagship devices from Samsung aren’t promising enough to fill this role. However, if you’re simply after the best performance from a smartphone on paper, it’s a good enough reason to hold on to your wallet for this device. Rumor has it that this will be the first 6GB RAM smartphone from Samsung. For hardcore users, that’s definitely worth the investment.

At the end of the day, it boils down to your budget and your needs. If your biggest concern is the battery you have the S7 for that; if it’s the screen - the Note 8 doesn’t really have much difference with the S8+. If you want a Samsung phone with a dual camera or you simply need the handy features of the S-pen to boost your productivity, the Note 8 is clearly the phone for you.

The Note 8 isn’t really the most practical choice at the moment, considering that its price will eventually drop as it gets outdated. But, if it fits the bill (literally and figuratively) then go ahead and wait for it.

Check out the latest Samsung products below!

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
HK$ 8,398.00 Do what can\\'t be done.Galaxy Note has always put powerful technology in the hands of those who demand more. Now, the all new Galaxy Note9 surpasses even these high expectations, focusing on what matters most in today’s always-on, mobile world. BatteryIntroducing a powerful, all day battery that goes the distance on a single charge — keeping pace with your life. StorageStore more. Delete less. With the power of 128Gb or 512Gb storage built in — expandable up to 512Gb* more — you’ll have room for what matters. Optimised for GamingLevel up your mobile gaming experience. The Galaxy Note9 gives you high performance during game time with a cutting-edge processor that cuts down on lag, a water-carbon cooling system that helps prevent overheating, and an AI-based performance adjuster that ensures your game stays smooth, not sluggish Wireless chargingPower up without being tied downWhen your battery\\'s drained, quick and convenient wireless charging gets your Galaxy Note9 back to 100% without needing to plug it in. Advanced fast wireless charging technology makes this Galaxy essential powerful yet simple to use. Just set your phone down to start charging. Wi-Fi and LTERemarkably fast downloads and uploadsGet speed when you need it most. Transfer data on the run, stream videos wherever you are, and download and upload files without interruption. With integrated gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities and a 4x4 Mimo antenna, the Galaxy Note9 allows you to tap into extraordinary network speeds up to 1.2Gbps. The cutting-edge processor engineered for speedDiscover what you can achieve on the Galaxy Note9. Whether gaming, streaming, or multitasking, the 10nm processor and 8GB RAM deliver performance that makes you take notice. And with access to lightning fast network speeds, things get done in a flash. Stereo speakersExperience game-changing audioStereo speakers tuned by AKG give you even more vivid sound and louder volume. And Dolby Atmos creates immersive three-dimensional sound, with four preset modes that put you in the middle of a theater-like experience, whether you\\'re watching a movie or listening to music on your smartphone. Optimised for gamingWhen the game\\'s moving fast, your phone keeps upGalaxy Note9\\'s innovative water-carbon cooling system diffuses heat for efficient cooling. While the Smart Performance Adjuster automatically adjusts gaming performance for an optimal experience. Together they make sure your game is smooth, avoiding lag. Plus, specialised notifications pop up without pausing the game. Or you can turn the alerts off entirely. Irresistibly resistant to spills and splashesFor most phones, water is Kryptonite. But after being in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes, the Galaxy Note9 and S Pen can keep going. They\\'re sealed from the inside out for the highest rating you can get when it comes to protecting your phone from dust and water: Ip68. Samsung KnoxProtection from the hardware upThe moment you turn on your phone, your data is protected by Samsung Knox. Unlike software-only mobile security, Knox is fused into both hardware and software at the manufacturing stage — with multiple layers of overlapping defence and security mechanisms that protect your Galaxy Note9 against intrusion, malware, and malicious threats. Biometric authenticationUnlock instantly anytime, anywhereIn bright sunlight or super low light, you can unlock your Galaxy Note9 using Intelligent Scan, the innovative combination of face recognition and iris scanning. It uses the power of both to recognise you in different environments.9 You can also use your fingerprint, a password, a Pin, or more to keep others out of your business. A vast canvas for big ideas and inspirationsThe signature S Pen calls for an equally elegant writing surface. That\\'s why the Galaxy Note9 has a 6.4-inch, virtually bezel-less display, giving you an expansive edge-to-edge surface as boundless as your imagination. See your photos in striking detail, even in broad daylightView bold colors and vivid action on Galaxy Note9\\'s bright screen. It intelligently adjusts the contrast based on the light, meaning you enjoy clear and visible details, whether indoors or in direct sunlight. Refined designFantastic from front to backThe Galaxy Note9 is as beautiful as it is innovative. The metal frame features dia-cutting along the edges for a high-end, faceted style that sets it apart from other smartphones. A
Samsung Galaxy S8
HK$ 4,225.00 Introducing the stunning Infinity DisplayThe revolutionary design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ begins from the inside out. We rethought every part of the phone\\'s layout to break through the confines of the smartphone screen. So all you see is pure content and no bezel. It\\'s the biggest, most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of this size. And it\\'s easy to hold in one hand. DesignBoundaries removedThe Infinity Display has an incredible end-to-end screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth, continuous surface with no bumps or angles. It’s pure, pristine, uninterrupted glass. And it takes up the entire front of the phone, flowing seamlessly into the aluminum shell. The result is a beautifully curved, perfectly symmetrical, singular object. A camera built for every momentCapture life as it happens with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ cameras. The 12Mp rear camera and the 8MP front camera are so accurate and fast that you won\\'t miss a moment, day or night. Security that\\'s foolproofPrying eyes are not a problem when you have iris scanning on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. No two irises have the same pattern, not even yours, and they\\'re nearly impossible to replicate. That means with iris scanning, your phone and its contents open to your eyes only. And when you need to unlock really fast, face recognition is a handy option. Faster, even in rainYou never really stop using your phone. That\\'s why Galaxy S8 and S8+ are driven by the world\\'s first 10nm processor. It\\'s fast and powerful and increases battery efficiency. Plus, there\\'s the ability to expand storage, and to work through rain and dust with IP68-rated performance. Say hello to BixbyBixby completely changes the way you interact with your phone. It\\'s a personal assistant that understands talk, text, and taps so you\\'re never confined to one mode of communication. It also completely changes the way you search. You don\\'t even have to ask, just show Bixby what you want by opening your camera app. It\\'s so incredibly easy. The phone that opens up new worldsThe Galaxy S8 and S8+ are designed to be more than just smartphones. They\\'re designed to change how you capture and view your life, whether it\\'s in 360 degrees or in virtual reality. They\\'re designed to change how you pay and work on the go. Break down the barriers in your world with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Change your phone, easily keep your memoriesFrom your photos and videos to contacts and music, Smart Switch lets you easily transfer your memories on your old phone to your new Galaxy S8 or S8+. Now that you know all the memories are coming with you, you can focus on making new ones with your Galaxy S8 or S8+. Technology for allThe Galaxy S8 and S8+ are built to be more accessible for everyone. A well-thought-out range of technical solutions make it easy for anyone to make full use of the Galaxy S8 and S8+\\'s advanced capabilities. Power and styleKeep your Galaxy S8 or S8+ powered and show off your style with this carefully selected collection of accessories.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
HK$ 7,321.00 Unlocked by SamsungUnlocked by Samsung lets you pick more than just your new smartphone. You can choose your carrier, data plan, services, features and apps, so you can get your phone exactly the way you want it. Say it your way.With the powerful built in S Pen, take notes without unlocking your screen, handwrite messages and make GIFs. Designed to write and feel more like a real pen, it gives you precise control over everything on your phone. Shoot like a proWhether you’re shooting in the dark or from a distance, photos are clear with less blur² on the world\\'s first Dual Camera with Optical Image Stabilization on both lenses. Want even more control? Switch to Pro Mode for all the options you\\'d expect from a Dslr. Do two things at onceStop switching back-and-forth between apps. With App pair you can launch two apps with a tap and use the side by side on the immersive Infinity Display. See more, scroll lessGet a bigger view in a slimmer phone. With an 83% screen-to-body ratio,⁴ the Galaxy Note8 gives you more screen to work with and less phone to hold. Catch every detailThe Mobile HDR Premium-certified Super Amoled display gives you a cinema-quality screen in your hands. Do bigger things on the goWith water and dust resistance, coupled with wireless charging and the ability to use your Galaxy Note8 as a computer via DeX, it\\'s never been easier to get things done almost anywhere. Don\\'t let swimming, hiking, or forgetting your laptop and charger at home slow you down with Galaxy Note8 in your hand. Keep it all.Get up to 4x the storage with a 256Gb MicroSD card,9 so you have more than enough room for videos, photos, and files.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
HK$ 6,650.00 Dual ApertureCapture stunning pictures in bright daylight and super low light.Our category-defining Dual Aperture lens adapts like the human eye. It\\'s able to automatically switch between various lighting conditions with ease—making your photos look great whether it\\'s bright or dark, day or night. Low light photosThe camera that\\'s brilliant in the dark.The F1.5 aperture mode finds light even in the dark. So the low light camera delivers vibrant photos late into the night. Meaning your camera no longer has a curfew. Add music. Make GIFs. Get likes.Super Slow-mo lets you see the things you could have missed in the blink of an eye. Set the video to music or turn it into a looping Gif, and share it with a tap. Then sit back and watch the reactions roll in. The camera that turns you into an emoji, so you’re not the “you” everyone else is.Create an Augmented Reality version of yourself simply by taking a selfie. Then share your real-life feelings as emoji stickers and videos. The camera that recognizes you instantly.Intelligent Scan is a new technology that combines face recognition and iris scan to make unlocking simple even in low light. Share your screen to your other Samsung screens, hassle-free.Easily share photos and videos you\\'ve made by syncing your devices through your Samsung Account. So you can be at home even when you\\'re someplace else. The phone with an uninterrupted display.See photos and videos as you want to see them: showcased on a beautiful edge-to-edge screen. The phone that surrounds you in Dolby Atmos sound on stereo speakers tuned by AKG.Hear the action with clarity thanks to the pure sound of the stereo speakers tuned by Akg. The addition of Dolby Atmos delivers rich and vibrant sound, giving you a theater-like audio experience. Plenty of ways to make it your own.Protect your phone with a wide selection of stylish covers. Infinity DisplaySee more. Hold less.Open up your view with this grand edge-to-edge display that fits comfortably in your hand. It curves over the sides for a sight that seems boundless with minimal visual distractions. Immersive viewingEmbrace the big screen experience.The 18.5:9 display ratio gives you a cinematic view. While the stereo speakers tuned by AKG and enhanced with Dolby Atmos offer pure, surround sound. Advanced Contrast EnhancementSee your photos as they were meant to be seen.View your photos and videos vividly on this bright display. It also increases the contrast when you\\'re outside—so even in broad daylight you and your friends will see stunning detail on-screen. Completion of onenessInvisible details make the difference.Sleek and stunning. The screen and the bezel blend together to form a seamless design. Meanwhile, the iris scanner is hidden away within the upper bezel to highlight the Infinity Display. Rear designDesigned to be held.Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a beautiful design that\\'s made to fit comfortably in your hand. The camera sits flush with the back for a smooth surface. While the fingerprint sensor is ergonomically placed to let you unlock with one easy move. Stereo speakers pro-tuned by AKGExperience audio brilliance.Hear the action crisp and loud on the stereo speakers tuned by Akg. They offer pure sound that\\'s up to 1.4x more powerful than previous Galaxy phones. Dolby AtmosImmerse yourself in sound.A new dimension of audio has arrived. Dolby Atmos surrounds you with three-dimensional sound, putting you at the center of a theater-like experience. Photo of a person watching content on Galaxy S9+ Samsung KnoxBlock bad guys at every layer.Protect your sensitive data from prying eyes with the security of Samsung Knox. It\\'s built into the phone from the chip up to make Galaxy S9 and S9+ secure to the core. Intelligent ScanInstantly unlock when and where you need to.Access your phone easily with convenient technology that combines face recognition and iris scan. When face recognition needs help, iris scan kicks in to verify you—and vice versa. So your phone can identify you even in low light. The engineering you expect from Galaxy.What\\'s innovative to others is already a Galaxy essential. Convenient features like water resistance and wireless charging are the small things that make a big difference in your daily life. Water and dust resistanceMake a splash with the remarkable water-resistant phone.Don\\'t be afraid to go out and get wet. Galaxy S9 and S9+ have an Ip68 rating, meani

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