Galaxy Note8 put to durability test: Performed impressively
The Galaxy Note8 is not only impressively designed and packed with top-notch specs, but is also one of the sturdiest smartphones we have seen. The famous YouTuber, JerryRigEverything has tortured the phone to find out its durability. In the scratch test, the display of the Galaxy Note8 appears to be safe up to a level of Moh's level 6 hardness. The fingerprint scanner at the back scratches easily, but that doesn't interfere with its functionality. The phablet survives the bend test; however, the display acquires permanent damage in about 10 seconds of the burn test.
The Galaxy Note8 has already made into the hands of some users as the premium spec-loaded device has started shipping in few countries ahead of schedule. As early as one can expect, JerryRigEverything, a famous YouTube channel known for subjecting smartphones to stress tests, got hold of the phone and gave it full doses of torture involving the scratch, burn and bend tests.
Since the Galaxy Note8 is the costliest phone from Samsung till date, we are curious to know if the handset is worth its price. And after watching the durability test video posted by JerryRigEverything, it seems that the Samsung's streak of making some of the sturdiest smartphones continues with the Galaxy Note8.
To begin with, the scratch test shows us that the 6.3-inch Infinity Display panel layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection is strong enough to remain unscathed up to Moh's level 6 hardness although it shows minor scratches. It is at the level 7 that the display starts exhibiting noticeable grooves.
The top bezel that houses selfie camera, an iris scanner and a proximity sensor is also wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5. Because of this, these components held up well during the scratch test. The speaker grille at the top and the entire bottom bezel are literally scratch-free.
On the other hand, the S Pen, as well as the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor were easily scratched, but there is no reason to worry as both of them remain functional. Unlike the previous offerings, the stylus doesn't get stuck if it is inserted backwards. The metal-covered dual camera setup and LED flash also pass the test unhurt with just some scrapes.
When it comes to the flame test, the display shows the permanent mark of deterioration after about 10 seconds in direct contact with a flame. To round off the endurance test, the Galaxy Note8 was put to a bend trial. Surprisingly, the smartphone didn't show any sign of cracking while the large smartphones have a tendency of cracking under such pressure.
This establishes that the Galaxy Note8 is one amongst the sturdiest smartphones to have come out this year. Besides, the Galaxy Note8 is IP68 certified, making it foolproof against water and dust despite the fact that it comes with a large hole for the S Pen.
After the ignominious Galaxy Note7 fiasco last year, it was imperative for Samsung to pack the Galaxy Note8 with some surefire components both internally and externally. This endurance test confirms that Samsung has indeed taken care of that aspect.
Along with the robust-built quality, the smartphone also packs some of the premium hardware under the hood, including 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 8895 SoC. Equipped with AI Assistant and wireless charging support, the Galaxy Note8 also mounts a dual-camera setup at the back for the first time. As for pricing, the Galaxy Note8 is likely to be priced at whopping Rs. 74,900 in India.
Initially, the device was slated to be unveiled in India on September 25, but recent reports have suggested that the announcement could be pushed forward to September 12, when Samsung India is holding an event in Delhi, starting 12:30 PM (IST) to steal a thunder from the announcement of the iPhone 8 in California on the same day. Like always, we will keep our ears to the ground. Stay tuned with us to know the future updates on this matter.