The phone works with Samsung’s DeX dock, which basically allows it to become a computing hub with keyboard, monitor, mouse, Ethernet and so on.
There are lots of sensors, including heart rate, proximity, fingerprint and iris sensor for biometric identification. Unlocking is via pattern, pin or password, iris, fingerprint or facial recognition.
Plus there’s navigation not only by GPS and GLONASS (the Russian system) but also Galileo (the European system) and BeiDou (the Chinese system).
And, of course, Samsung has learned its lesson. The batteries ought to be especially safe. Says Samsung: “Samsung continues to uphold its commitment to lead the industry in battery safety. The Galaxy Note8’s battery has undergone Samsung’s 8-Point Battery Safety Check—the most rigorous in the industry.”
Sajeev Jesudas, the President of UL International, a firm which among other things “helps companies demonstrate safety [and] confirm compliance”, says, “We have been closely working with Samsung to make meaningful advancements in the science of smartphone quality and safety evaluation. As a result, the Galaxy Note8 has successfully completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols.”
The phone itself scores decent dust and water safety, with an IP68 rating. That means dust tight, and save if immersed (up to 1.5 metres for up to half an hour, says Samsung.)
So, I trust and hope that the Samsung Galaxy Note8 will deliver on the promise of the Note7, even go beyond it, in large part by sticking around.