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9/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #6 in category Samsung
the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an impressive piece of technology, bringing some of the best we've seen in a smartphone, and unlike Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is dual cameras give you bokeh shots and lossless zoom .
Design
9
Display
10
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
8
Camera
9
Value for Money
8
PROS:
  • Speedy performance
  • Very good cameras
  • Useful stylus
  • Excellent buildquality, design and display
  • The fingerprint reader is really awkwardly placed - too high up and right next to the camera.
  • The loudspeaker scores a Good rating in our test, pretty much at the level of the competition. It's still just a single speaker, though.
  • The Note8 borrows its great 8MP, f/1.7 autofocus selfie shooter from the S8 pair as well. It is bright enough to perform well in most lighting conditions.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
CONS:
  • Battery life could be better
  • Slightly heavy
  • Doesn't launch with the latest Android
  • No stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung has taken the flagship game to the next level with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , both in size and in price, but if you’re not into the s-pen is it worth choosing over something like the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus, we are nasphones.com and this is our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review .

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

with its polished aluminum frame covered by Gorilla Glass the Galaxy Note 8 has a glossy Sheen that really catches the eye, it’s a big phone, built around a 6.3 inch display the no date is a little bit larger than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus .

it’s a bit boxy too with his squared off corners and the edges of the screen are less curved making the phone easier to hold on too .

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is definitely a two-handed affair though and with this tall aspect ratio it may stick out when you put it in your pocket, still the build is solid in with an ip68 rating water isn’t a problem for this phone .

on the back there’s the dual camera setup and next to that the fingerprint sensor, it wakes up and unlocks the phone really fast, but like the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is placement is way too high and hard to reach . Read More : Samsung Galaxy Note 9

it is further away from the camera lens though which makes you a little less likely to smudge it, we really prefer to use other unlocking methods like the iris scanner or the face recognition, we both work fast and the iris scanner even works in the dark .

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just like on the Samsung Galaxy S8 there’s a virtual home button on screen, pressing it offers a subtle haptic vibration, the sim slot is located on the top of the phone, you can find both single sim or dual sim versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and storage is expandable .

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a single speaker on the bottom has good loudness levels and sounds about the same as the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it makes a question at this price point and sighs why not have a stereo setup .

there is a 3.5 millimeter jack on the bottom for your standard headphones and next to that are the USB type-c port and a spring-loaded s-pen dock .

the style is called the s-pen is the signature of the note series, along with the pressure-sensitive digitizer built into the screen, just click the pen pull it out and now you can immediately start taking notes, no need to even turn your screen on .

pressing the button on the side of the S-Pen brings up the Air Command menu to access features, a new one is live message it turns what you draw into a gif which you can then message to your friends .

some of the other functions include automatic translation magnifying the screen and capturing scrolling screenshots, there’s enough sensitivity to make decent sketches on your phone . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

and the stylus offers you much more precision when using the interface too, the UI is the same as what we’ve seen on samsung’s other phones this year, Samsung experienced running over Android 7.1.1 nougat .

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a single swipe opens the edge panel, giving access to apps people and tasks, split screen mode get some love here, you can now create a shortcut to launch a particular pair of apps together .

didn’t forget Bixby’s Samsung’s virtual assistant and with a dedicated button on the side they want to make sure that you don’t forget it either .

we found it to be not that intrusive unless you accidentally press the button and it can be useful, but Bixby vision which is a feature built into the camera interface is still not so great at recognizing things .

like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 brings Samsung’s curved infinity display, the 6.3 inch AMOLED is gorgeous with a QHD resolution and it feels almost the whole surface of the phone .

everything looks super clean and sharp on this screen it’s the best we’ve seen yet from Samsung, it’s super bright and really easy to read in sunlight .

and when the phone’s asleep the always-on display gives you the time and notifications at a glance, our Galaxy Note 8 has an Exynos 8895 (10 nm) – EMEA chipset and 6 gigs of RAM, but depending on the market you can find it running on a snapdragon 835 .

in benchmarks Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with both chipsets perform equally well and are near the top of the pack for this year’s flagships, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 opens apps just fine too, it’s one of the snappier phones we’ve seen . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018

at 3300 milliamp hours the battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a bit smaller than the one in the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, it’s a bit strange as it’s a larger phone, it’s battery life is just as good though and scored 89 hours in our proprietary test routine .

with quick charge 2.0 recharge the battery from 0 to 40% in 30 minutes and it also supports wireless charging which is pretty convenient .

the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has the same F/1.7 camera found on the galaxy S8 but for the first time for Samsung there’s also a second telephoto camera, this one at f/2.4 both our 12-megapixels and both have OIS .

pictures come out with great detail, high dynamic range and really low noise, colors are vibrant there may be a bit over saturating .

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the telephoto camera allows for two times lossless zoom on your subject, shooting through this camera is a little slower and softer than the main cam, but is still one of the sharpest telephoto cameras we’ve seen .

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after it gets dark shots have low noise and lots of detail, heping oh is on the telephoto lens really helps if you want to zoom at night, though the phone will switch the wide-angle if it gets too dark .

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the dual cameras allow you to create a live focus shot with a blurred background behind your subject, the effect is great but sometimes a piece of hair might get blurred out .

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you can adjust the level of blur anytime in post and you can even switch between the telephoto and wide-angle after the picture is taken .

the eight megapixel front-cam also has autofocus, so it’s easy to get a nice selfie, selfies a sharp and really detailed, 4k videos are great with lots of detail and the same saturated colors as still shots we did notice some focus hunting when using the telephoto zoom though, 1080p videos are really good too, but with a little more noise than 4k . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

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the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an impressive piece of technology, bringing some of the best we’ve seen in a smartphone, and unlike Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is dual cameras give you bokeh shots and lossless zoom .

but the big size isn’t for everyone and a lot of what it can do is flush a competitor’s can do as well, the evening feature you’re getting here is s-pen, a streamlined way of interacting with your phone which you won’t find anywhere else .

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this is something that would fit your lifestyle then despite the high price tag the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could be the right choice for you .

Update - 2019.04.01

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2017, August

Status

Available. Released 2017, September

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)

Build

Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

General Features

IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), Stylus

Display Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

6.3 inches, 101.1 cm2 (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~521 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Other screen features

3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display, HDR10

Operation System

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

Chipset

Exynos 8895 (10 nm) – EMEA, Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) – USA & China

CPU

Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) – EMEA, Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA & China

GPU

Adreno 540 – USA & China, Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only

Internal Memory

64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM

Main Camera

12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, Dual

Camera Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single, 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF

Selfie Camera Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Selfie Camera Video

1440p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

Other Features

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, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors

ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

BATTERY

Fast battery charging 15W (Quick Charge 2.0), Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery, Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

Talk Time

Up to 22 h (3G)

Music Play

Up to 74 h

Colors

Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Star Pink (Taiwan only)

Price

About 550 EUR

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