Specs summary

Screen
6.3"

The Samsung Galaxy Note8's screen is 6.3 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 napdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/ 256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1320 minutes (2G), 1980 minutes (3G), 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the best big-screen phone yet, thanks to its versatile dual cameras, S Pen improvements and beautiful 6.3-inch screen.

- Mark Spoonauer , Tom's Guide 


This is Samsung's best big phone yet, but it's not a huge leap forward.

- Chris Velazco , Engadget 

Reviews summary

9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 66 reviews

What's good

  • Bright, vivid screen
  • Blazing performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • S-Pen support
  • IP68 water and dustproofing
  • Great camera

What's bad

  • So-so battery life
  • Price
  • Too big for one-handed use
  • Awkward fingerprint scanner placement
  • Bixby still inaccurate

Samsung is back with the latest version of the Note series—the Galaxy Note8. While it still offers the innovative S-Pen stylus that no one else can touch, phones are getting bigger and more powerful.

It’s no longer unique to be a big phone, and the S8 offers power in spades. Does the Note8 still offer a unique value? More so, do reviewers find that the big features match the big price tag?

Reviewers are chiming in on their thoughts. Let’s see what they think!

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The Note8 follows in the footsteps of the rest of the S8 series. The aluminum and glass chassis features a slimmer profile than competing phones and a seamless design with rounded screen edges and phone corners.

It’s IP68 water and dustproof. So don’t worry about using your new phone (or the S-Pen) in the rain or near the pool.

Reviewers loved the design, but found the corners uncomfortable in the pocket. Phone Scoop summed up opinions well, saying, “The uniformity of the shape, the thin profile, the luscious materials all make the Note8 something to lust after, just like they (still) do with the S8 and S8+.”

The front of the phone is reserved for Samsung’s 6.3-inch QHD AMOLED Infinity display. You’ll find no bezels on the size and minimal top and bottom space. This, combined with the 1440-by-2960 resolution means the phone is shaped more like a checkbook than the massive slab of phone the screen size might suggest.

The Guardian notes, “… that 6.3in screen is squeezed into a body that’s pretty much the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus.” Despite this, most reviewers found one-handed use next to impossible. Especially when paired with the odd placement of the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone.

Reviewers praised the screen for it’s inky blacks, 600 nits of brightness and sharp details. It also supports HDR video if you can find a good source.

Powering the phone is a 2.35Ghz octa-core Snapdragon processor and 6GB of RAM. As you’d expect from the top-tier components, there’s zero complaints here. Android Community noted, “You won’t be left wanting with the Galaxy Note8 in terms of performance.”

The phone ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will see an update to 8.0 Oreo. While reviewers were once critical of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, they loved the latest version. In particular, most found the S-Pen integrations and split-screen modes handy and intuitive.

One area of software that didn’t impress reviewers was Bixby—Samsung’s new virtual assistant. From inaccurate voice recognition to triggering Bixby randomly through regular conversation, most found they went back to Google Assistant fast.

If you’re looking for a powerful camera, reviews indicate you’re in luck. The phone features a dual rear camera setup that allows for up to 2x optical zoom, optical image stabilization and the ability to capture RAW images. Reviewers raved about the camera.

Canadian Reviewer summed up opinions well, saying, “Samsung's pedigree as a camera manufacturer is evident. The Note8 is a very good camera and managed to take some striking landscape, portrait, macro and panoramic shots even on the automatic setting.”

Gizmodo agreed, declaring, “The Note8's Live Focus photos are just about the best that I've taken with a smartphone.”

You’ll find 64 to 256GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 256GB. That leaves plenty of room to store your favorite shots or record 4K video.

Samsung crammed a 3300mAh battery into the sleek Note8. Reviews show it’s good for a full day of moderate use. However, heavy users might need to find a charger after the sun sets. Gizmodo noted, “I doubt you'd get more than a full day's enjoyment out of the Note8 unless you switched on Samsung's power saving mode early on in the day.”

Fortunately, the phone supports fast charging through both USB-C and wireless chargers. So keeping the phone juiced up is easy.

Overall, reviews indicate the phone is a solid comeback from the fiasco that was the Note 7. The only thing reviewers questioned was price. If you’re not looking for the S-Pen functionality, many reviews recommended saving money and sticking with the S8 or S8 Plus.

V3 summed up recommendations well, saying, “Yes, it's a large smartphone - probably too large for most people's uses, and that criticism extends to the price. However, if you are after a 'phablet' sized smartphone this is probably the very best that your money can buy.”


Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)


Coolsmartphone

One of the best cameras I have used on a phone

from Coolsmartphone

I would definitely have to recommend it to anyone who either wants a large phone with great battery, or is aftet a great camera and screen for video playback.

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I would definitely have to recommend it to anyone who either wants a large phone with great battery, or is aftet a great camera and screen for video playback.

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Android and Me

Worth its asking price to a lot more people if its battery life wasn’t simply mediocre

from Android and Me

There’s a lot to love about the Samsung Galaxy Note8, but the only way you can really justify spending this much money on a phone is if you simply can’t live without the S Pen.

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There’s a lot to love about the Samsung Galaxy Note8, but the only way you can really justify spending this much money on a phone is if you simply can’t live without the S Pen.

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TrustedReviews

There’s very little not to like here

from TrustedReviews

A worthy comeback for the Galaxy Note brand. The Note 8 has an excellent camera and stunning display, but the battery could be better.

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A worthy comeback for the Galaxy Note brand. The Note 8 has an excellent camera and stunning display, but the battery could be better.

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Android Central

Best overall package

from Android Central

Although the Note 8 has sub-standard battery life, the phone more than makes up for it in other areas. The screen and the camera in particular are outstanding, and the sheer number of features on offer make it the phone to beat in 2017.

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Although the Note 8 has sub-standard battery life, the phone more than makes up for it in other areas. The screen and the camera in particular are outstanding, and the sheer number of features on offer make it the phone to beat in 2017.

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Gadget Review

Among the priciest smartphones, but we certainly feel that it’s worth it

from Gadget Review

At each update in the Note series, we’re finding less and less that we can complain about. Actually, if it wasn’t for two drawbacks that we experienced on the Note 8 (the terrible fingerprint scanner placement and reduction in battery), we’d have a nearly perfect phone.

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At each update in the Note series, we’re finding less and less that we can complain about. Actually, if it wasn’t for two drawbacks that we experienced on the Note 8 (the terrible fingerprint scanner placement and reduction in battery), we’d have a nearly perfect phone.

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TechRadar

Big in every way imaginable

from TechRadar

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.

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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.

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Fone Arena

Not just a larger version of the Galaxy S8+

from Fone Arena

Samsung has adopted the Infinity display and the design of the S8 series, added unique Galaxy Note features such as S Pen and dual rear cameras that make it one of the best premium phones in the market. It does a great job when it comes to build quality, performance and camera.

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Samsung has adopted the Infinity display and the design of the S8 series, added unique Galaxy Note features such as S Pen and dual rear cameras that make it one of the best premium phones in the market. It does a great job when it comes to build quality, performance and camera.

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Reviewed

It’s one of the best smartphones you’ll ever use

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If you want either a stylus to go with your big screen, the flexibility of dual cameras, or all of the above, the Note 8 is worth the asking price.

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If you want either a stylus to go with your big screen, the flexibility of dual cameras, or all of the above, the Note 8 is worth the asking price.

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LaptopMedia

The Note series is trendy again

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Samsung’s Note series was in disfavor after its let’s say unsuccessful last representative. However, Galaxy Note 8 looks dazzling but for the various high-end features you will have to spend a relatively large amount of money if you want to get your hands on the device. Anyway, it wil...More

Samsung’s Note series was in disfavor after its let’s say unsuccessful last representative. However, Galaxy Note 8 looks dazzling but for the various high-end features you will have to spend a relatively large amount of money if you want to get your hands on the device. Anyway, it will win you with its appearance including the curved glass at the edges both in the front and rear part.

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Android Central

One of the very best Android phones you can buy right now

from Android Central

Samsung has stayed true to the essence of what made the Note special when it first appeared six years ago: The biggest, best screen you can reasonably fit in a smartphone-sized device. Solid fundamentals. Great cameras. And unique, unmatched S Pen features.

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Samsung has stayed true to the essence of what made the Note special when it first appeared six years ago: The biggest, best screen you can reasonably fit in a smartphone-sized device. Solid fundamentals. Great cameras. And unique, unmatched S Pen features.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 15, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 napdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 0.93 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 960 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 840 minutes
3G Surfing Time 720 minutes
4G Surfing Time 780 minutes
Talk Time 1320 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1980 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 3.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Midnight Black, Deepsea Blue, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.2 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 195 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 521 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Infinity Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera, f/1.7), HDR, Slow motion recording (HD 240fps), Time lapse mode, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, f/1.7, Wide Selfie
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

International version has Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 Octa core 2.3 GHz processor
Also available in dual SIM variant

Additional Sensors: Iris sensor, Barometer, HR sensor

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