5 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features you will not find on the iPhone X

The iPhone X is the biggest and most radical update to the iPhone line-up yet. Launched to mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, the iPhone X comes with a striking bezel-less design, future forward AR features, wireless charging, a TrueTone OLED display and much more.

Born from the ashes of the Note 7 (literally), the
Galaxy Note 8 carries forward the same design language Samsung introduced with the S8 series of phones and as a result looks extremely gorgeous. It has a striking bezel-less design, powerful internals, an edge-to edge 6.3-inch AMOLED display, dual cameras and an array of biometric unlocking options.

In spite of the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 costs more than Rs 20,000 less than the iPhone X, there are a few features exclusive to Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone that the iPhone X lacks :

Iris scanning/ fingerprint scanner
The new iPhone X brings with it Face ID – the ability to unlock the phone with a glimpse of your face. All this revolution however comes at a cost. Touch ID – which has become a mainstay on Apple iPhones since its introduction on the iPhone 5s in 2013 has disappeared on the iPhone X.

Rumours claim that Apple bid adieu to the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone X because the company failed to embed it under the smartphone’s display.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 8 not only has a fingerprint scanner (its location is terrible though), it also comes with iris scanning which allows you to unlock the smartphone using your eyes as well as facial recognition. All three technologies can be used in conjunction with each other.

Screen off memo feature
The S pen is one of the most popular features of the Note line-up and for good reason – it greatly enhances the productivity of the Note series of smartphones and sets them apart from the rest of the competition. With the Note 8, Samsung has made the S Pen even more useful.

With the Note 8’s new screen off memo feature, you can take down up to 100 pages of notes without even turning on the phone’s display. You can also pin these notes on the Note 8’s always on display from where you can edit them at will. Pretty nifty right?

Translations on the fly
You can also use the S Pen to quickly and conveniently translate text. All you need to do is select the text you are translating, hover the S-Pen over the selected text and voila! the translated text will appear over the original text.

The Note 8 uses Google translate for the translations and all in all, the feature works quite well. Sometime it is also able to read text off images, which is quite useful. You can also use the same steps listed above to convert currency units via the S-Pen.

Nifty dual camera tricks
Yes, it is a fact that Samsung has been quite late to the dual camera game. Android phones have been at it for years and even Apple joined the bandwagon last year with the iPhone 7 Plus. However, Samsung has made it up for the delay with some nifty features.

The Capture allows you to take an image using both the wide-angle and telephoto lens at the same time
The Galaxy Note 8 ‘s dual camera setup comes with two pretty nifty features called ‘Live Focus’ and ‘Dual Capture’. Live Focus allows you to adjust the depth of field while previewing a shot and even after you have taken an image.

Dual Capture is extremely unique and handy – it allows you to take an image using both the wide-angle and telephoto lens at the same time. After clicking a shot, you can simply choose which photo you want to keep.

Handwriting recognition
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 not only allows you to jot down notes using the S Pen, it also has a pretty useful handwriting to text feature. The conversion happens very quickly and it is much more accurate than it used to be on the Galaxy Note 5.

This is a feature I personally love as it allows me to quickly write a paragraph or two in between events. Nothing comes close to the convenience of writing in your own handwriting and the Note 8 actually does a stellar job of recognising my messy handwriting precisely.

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