Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Huge, beautiful display
- Great dual camera
- Improved S Pen features
- IP68 certified
- MicroSD expansion
- Battery life is sufficient, but not outstanding
- Not a huge improvement over the S8 Plus
- Fingerprint sensor still awkwardly located
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review – Do bigger things.
The innovation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s design makes possible the 6.3″ Infinity Display. It’s the biggest ever for a Galaxy Note – giving you more screen for a bigger view and more space to use the S Pen.
And it still fits comfortably in your hand because the symmetric curves and 18.5:9 aspect come together for a narrow body.
Even watching movies is simply more enjoyable with the Infinity Display’s 18.5:9 aspect ratio. In landscape mode, the Galaxy Note8 offers a 14% wider viewing area that makes for a richer, more immersive experience that pulls you in wherever you are.
The Galaxy Note8 is designed for you to use with ease and simplicity. You can write freely with the S Pen and the beautiful curves and seamless body are engineered to offer you a comfortable grip and with space. The fingerprint scanner is virtually flush with the back, and the Home button is embedded underneath the Infinity Display to stay invisible until you need it. It’s the beginning of a seamless experience.
main competitors: LG V30
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|Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in)|
|Weight||195 g (6.88 oz)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel|
|IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes|
|Display||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|6.3 inches (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1440 x 2960 pixels (~521 ppi pixel density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Exynos 8895 Octa - EMEA|
|Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 - USA & China|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz) - EMEA|
|Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China|
|GPU||Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA|
|Adreno 540 - USA & China|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model|
|microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model|
|Internal Memory||64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF), OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6" sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR|
|- 32-bit/384kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery|
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is at once a safe, almost obvious phone, and one that still manages to show Samsung reaching out into new, untested waters. By taking the look of the Galaxy S8, scaling things up a bit from the GS8+, and adding in S Pen support, the Note 8 feels like the Galaxy Note phone Samsung was always going to make. But by giving us dual cameras for the first time, it still shows that Samsung is willing to use the Note platform to test out new features.
Even those dual cameras, though, are valid targets for criticism, and should we really be rewarding Samsung for taking this long to catch up with what feels like almost every single other smartphone manufacturer out there?
While there’s a healthy handful of issues like that we could pick at, none of those are worth ignoring that this is a powerful, attractive, feature-rich handset that is exactly what the next Samsung Galaxy Note 8 needed to be. It’s enough to get you to move past the Galaxy Note 7 and finally start feeling secure again about Samsung’s stylus-equipped phablets.
But even though this comes together as a well-done phablet and a worthy new addition to the Note family, it’s also an expensive phone: a really, really expensive phone. The Galaxy Note 7 was already a pricy phablet in the mid-$800 range, but with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 you could be paying $950 or more, depending on your carrier.
That’s asking a lot from smartphone shoppers, especially with the very similarly equipped Galaxy S8 going for $200 less. The S Pen, larger screen, additional memory, and telephoto camera have to cost something, but there’s a big psychological barrier as we start approaching that $1000 mark, and for as good as the Note 8 can be, it’s not clear that it’s the sort of exceptional phone that has the right to demand such lofty sums.
If you’re a die-hard Note fan, and already like the new look Samsung introduced with the S8 this year, then maybe the Note 8 makes a lot of sense. But if the most attractive thing about this handset for you is just the dual cameras, maybe wait until the Galaxy S9 and see if you can’t get some similar imaging hardware in a more compact package for a lot less money.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 were always pretty niche devices, and that hasn’t really changed. If you’re intrigued by the idea of doodling on a phone with a pen, you simply will not do any better than the Galaxy Note 8. That’s just a fact. For the vast majority of people who probably don’t care about that, the Note 8 remains a tough sell. It’s an undeniably powerful, well-made smartphone with surprisingly thoughtful features and a great dual camera. Does that mean it’s worth its sky-high asking price when the Galaxy S8 Plus — which, remember, does almost all of the same things — can be had for between $100 and $200 less? That’s up to you. While the Note 8 might be Samsung’s best big phone, it’s not dramatically better than the S8 Plus and probably won’t be worth the extra cash for most people.
There isn’t a whole lot fundamentally wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and save for a few minor issues like the fingerprint sensor placement, the Note 8 offers enough firepower to satisfy Note users old and new. The experience that the Note 8 offers is fantastic, but despite how good the Note 8 is, most people including the most die-hard of Note fans will probably find the price this year to be extremely hard to stomach. It’s the most expensive Galaxy Note we’ve seen to date with a starting price of $930 dollars unlocked for the base model and can run as high as $960 dollars through U.S. carriers and €999 in Europe.
The Galaxy Note is always one of the most exciting smartphone releases each and every year and even more so this year simply because we were unsure if there would even be another Galaxy Note after last year’s disaster. The Note 8 is as exciting of a phone as many people, including myself, expected it to be but Samsung might have fizzled some of that excitement with its hefty price tag. If you buy one will you regret it? Most likely not, but you might have to think twice about dropping that amount of cash before you do.
The Note 8 is the Galaxy S8 with the S Pen and a second camera. Really, that’s it. The Note 8’s screen is only one-tenth of an inch larger than the Plus (6.3-inch versus 6.2), and the core hardware is exactly the same. If you want to save some cash, are iffy on the S Pen and can live with a single camera, the S8 Plus is your no-brainer choice. Save more by buying the slightly smaller S8 (a 5.8-inch screen).
There was a time when if you wanted a big phone, the Note was the king of the hill. It had the biggest screen and the best tech and it didn’t matter that it cost more than other phones. It was the obvious choice. But that’s not the case anymore. Now there are a lot of great big phones available, including other options from Samsung, that provide most of the Note’s experience at lower prices.
That means this year, the Note 8’s value all comes down to how important the S Pen and the second camera are to you. In my experience, the camera doesn’t do enough to justify its existence. It needs more work before it’s truly great and worth the cost of admission.
If you’re an S Pen diehard, though, this is the phone you’ve been waiting for, the one that can finally replace that creaky old Galaxy Note 5. You’ll like almost everything about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
But I can’t call the Note 8 the best big phone, because the rest of us will likely be just as happy with an S8 Plus, LG V30, iPhone Plus, or any one of the other big-screened phones available this fall.
The Note used to be the best and only truly great big phone. Now it has company.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best big phone you can buy. For once, it’s more than just the size of the screen and the power of the S Pen that count. It also captures superior telephoto and bokeh-rich photos with its new dual-lens array, and it clocks in faster with 6GB of RAM.
There a price to pay, however. It’s a taller phone with a steeper price tag. It takes a lot of finger-stretching to reach the outer edges of the screen, and costs more money than any previous Note phone. You’re also only getting all-day battery life that’s lower than expected, probably thanks to last year’s recall. It’s less, shall we say, Note-worthy.
The Note 8 is Samsung’s big phone homecoming, its dual-lens camera debut and its 6GB of RAM premier wrapped into one. It makes quite an entrance. Let’s just hope it doesn’t make another quick exit.
By this point, you’re probably tossing up whether you should buy a Galaxy S8+ or the Note 8. The Note 8 costs close to £900 upfront, while the S8+ is smidge under £800. Over the course of a contract you probably won’t feel much of a difference.
It comes down to features, then. The Note 8 has a dual-camera setup which is entirely non-essential yet extremely fun to use, while the stylus is certainly useful for many. Meanwhile, the S8+ has an easier-to-hold design and a larger battery at 3500mAh, which for many people will be the difference between making it through a full day of heavy usage and having to dig out the battery pack at 6pm.
If its extra pen and camera features interest you, the Note 8 is undoubtedly a decent buy if you can stomach learning how to use power-saving modes.
With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has delivered a smartphone that is technically strong enough to take back the crown of the phablet world. Huawei’s Mate 9 is the current occupier of this top spot, but it is missing the stylus – and its successor, the Mate 10, which should be unveiled on October 10, also won’t have a stylus. So if you’re after a large display, fast performance and features like the S-Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 is made for you.
Samsung won’t risk taking a big leap into the future with the new Note 8 – the smartphone seems more like a cautious development than anything revolutionary. This is more than understandable in light of the issues with its predecessor, even if it’s a shame that the Note 8 somewhat lacks wow factor. But who knows, perhaps we’ll find something worth shouting about in our full review. Stay tuned!
At first glance, it’s pretty easy to underestimate the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on account of its familiarity after months of seeing the Galaxy S8+ in the wild. But the big thing to remember is that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Samsung’s best-ever selling flagships, so sharing a basic platform with those phones isn’t really a problem. The hardware is easy to love, the screen is absolutely leading the industry, the software is feature-packed and the performance is great. As for Note-exculsive features, the new dual camera setup will give you consistently great photos and the S Pen is great for the people who need the extra utility.
We can go on and on complaining about the minutia of the fingerprint sensor placement or that the battery that isn’t quite big enough for everyone. But these are minor missteps with what is otherwise a fantastic choice for the person that wants a phone that represents the best the industry has to offer. But let’s remember that a single phone cannot be all things to all people, and the Note 8 surely isn’t for everyone — its size is a serious consideration that should give some people pause, and the price tag is eye-watering.
And that creates a conundrum. For as great as the Galaxy Note 8 is overall, it’s somewhat a victim of Samsung’s success. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are such good phones, and have so much in common with the Note 8, that the biggest and most expensive phone in Samsung’s lineup just isn’t all that special anymore — yet it’s asking for a hefty price premium over the other two. But that’s something for the tech press to get worried about. For everyone who just wants a fantastic phone with excellent hardware, a massive screen and just about every feature imaginable, the Galaxy Note 8 is here and owners will definitely enjoy it. For those who are drawn to it but need something smaller, or cheaper, Samsung will happily sell you a Galaxy S8.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an excellent smartphone. It has one of the best displays and the fastest camera on the market, a powerful processor, up-to-date software and perfect craftsmanship. Samsung uses an elegant design, high-quality materials and has no need to feel threatened by Apple and the latest iPhones. Furthermore, the S-Pen gives the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a totally unique fun factor that the competition lacks and for many fans, that makes all the difference when put up against other large smartphones. When it comes to the S-Pen’s special functions, Samsung has once again usefully upped the ante with the Note 8.
But where there is light, there is also shadow, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s battery was not very impressive during testing. The smartphone is quite large, heavy and expensive. And out of all three biometric unlock methods, none work flawlessly, plus the position and quality of the fingerprint sensor are not suitable for everyday use.
All things considered though, the Galaxy Note 8 remains one of the best large smartphones on the market. However, the iPhone 8 Plus, the upcoming Google Pixel XL 2, the LG V30 and Huawei Mate 10 will soon bring exciting competition to the market. Nevertheless, I’m sure Samsung will not give up the phablet crown without a fight.