Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specification rumours

Rumours of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, its specifications and looks, are beginning to spread like wild-fire. Samsung had reportedly already confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would be released this year. Whether it’ll be released under this name is not known for certain.

I owned the previous model, and it was fabulous. The first phone to be waterproof with a USB 3.1 port I could use for RAW file backups. I have missed it ever since, and I have considered buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is basically the same thing–without a pen. However, I really, really liked the pen. I thought it was well designed and implemented.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have awesome specifications but the screen frightens me

  • 6.2-6.4 inch 3840×2160 Super AMOLED curved Infinity Display comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ but slightly larger
  • S Pen
  • Iris scanner
  • Screen embedded fingerprint scanner or a fingerprint scanner located on the back
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chip, 6GB RAM
  • Vertical dual lens cameras on the back
  • USB 3.1 USB-C connectivity
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • IP68 certification
  • 64GB built in storage, microSD expansion
  • Fast charging and wireless charging support

What is to dislike? Well, the screen is arguably too big. I thought the previous model had a great screen, and perhaps if they slim some of the bezel at the top and bottom, like they have with the Samsung Galaxy S8, it can be bigger without increasing the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but for a 6.4 inch screen, they’re going to have to make the phone physically larger than the Samsung Galaxy S8+. According to the rumours, the top and bottom bezels have been slimmed down even more compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 so that’s nice to know, and perhaps I’m fussing over nothing. I am almost certainly going to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as soon as it is released–some are saying that might be in August and others are saying September.

I have always raved over the latest Samsung phones and I believe they’re considerably better–for a photographer–than Apple anything at the moment for the sole reason that the USB port is considerably faster.

 

Garmin Fenix 5x update

I have by no means finished my Garmin Fenix 5x review, but I’ve added a few paragraphs. I’ve owned the watch since release and I feel I am now in a better position to comment on how stable the software is. I was a bit concerned it would be unstable as I’d heard rumours about the Garmin Epix, but I must say I am really quite impressed with Garmin this time around :).

20% Discount on the Solar Paper at Amazon

You can now buy the Solar Paper on amazon. I own one of these, they’re great :). There’s currently a 20% discount at the US site.

Sony a7rII 4.0 Firmware Update and Garmin Fenix 5x Firmware Update

The Sony a7rII and Garmin Fenix 5x received new firmware updates yesterday. It’s purely coincidental that they’ve been released around the same time.

I haven’t noticed any issues with either item yet. I must say, I’m quite impressed with the speed at which Garmin is updating their devices, especially the Garmin Fenix 5x as it’s probably not their best selling model (the slightly cheaper models tend to sell more.)

The Sony a7rII 4.0 Firmware Update is extremely lack-lustre. The menu system is the same old, same old; I was hoping they would add a “my-menu system”. There’s still no way to magnify a portion of the screen and keep the over-all composition, so that you can focus and compose at the same time with manual focus lenses. You still cannot set the electronic first curtain shutter to disable automatically past 1/2000 second shutter speed, and the “crop mode” still effects both video and still photography at the same time–it should be independent.

It’s a great camera, but I think Sony could do much, much better when it comes to firmware improvements.

Garmin Tempe

I have just ordered a Garmin Tempe . It’s an external temperature sensor that I plan to use with my Garmin Fenix 5x. The advantage with it over the built in temperature sensor is that the reading shouldn’t be effected by body-temperature.

I’ll find it particularly useful on the Pacific Crest Trail next year as I’ll know how warm my camera batteries are and if I will be able to charge them. I’m still not 100% sure exactly where I’ll travel to if my US Visa is declined a second time, but we’ll find out soon enough :).