Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is dressed to impress

Samsung is ready to follow up its disastrous Galaxy Note 7 jumbo smartphone with what it ultimately chose to simply call the Galaxy Note 8, after some speculation about a badge change. The new phone's "infinity" display measures 6.3" across, or a tenth of an inch larger than the one in the Galaxy S8 Plus. The biggest difference versus that handset is the inclusion of the S Pen stylus.

US-bound Note 8 models pack an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, a chip found in most Android flagship phones. Handsets built for some other markets will pack Samsung's in-house Exynos SoC instead. The Note 8 has 6 GB of memory flanking the processor, a 50% increase compared to the Galaxy S8 phones and last year's troublesome Galaxy Note 7.

Buyers in the US only get a 64 GB model, but shoppers in other markets can choose whether they want 64 GB, 128 GB, or a whopping 256 GB of onboard storage. Either way, the phone's storage can be augmented with a microSD card. The previously-mentioned 18.5:9 screen is a Super AMOLED unit with a resolution of 2960×1440, working out to 522 PPI. The phone and its stylus are IP68-rated for water and dust ingress.

The Note 8 has just about every kind of connectivity on hand, including LTE Cat. 16 capability and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and MST for Samsung Pay. The handset likewise supports wireless charging. If you prefer physical connections, there's also a USB Type-C connector and a headphone jack. 

The Galaxy Note 8's 3300 mAh battery is is actually down a couple hundred mAh compared to the unit packed inside last year's stylus-equipped flagship. Samsung promises that the new phone's battery has been subjected to the same more stringent eight-point testing methods it first used during the development of the Galaxy S8 models.

Other than the promised decrease in flammability, the Note 8's camera setup is probably the biggest step forward from the previous model. The phone's front sports an eight-megapixel snapper with an f/1.7 lens. The back has a pair of 12-MP picture-takers. One of those cameras has an f/1.6 lens, while the other is topped with an f/2.4 telephoto lens. Samsung says the Note 8 is the first phone on the market with optical image stabilization on both of its rear-facing cameras. The phone's imaging software can use the two lenses together to take portrait-mode photos with bokeh-blurred backgrounds, and it can add or remove the blur after the fact.

The phone's fingerprint reader is mounted somewhat-inconveniently just next to the pair of cameras on the back of the phone. Buyers dreaming of a phone with the biometric sensor behind the touchscreen will have to keep waiting. The Note 8 also retains the previous model's iris-scanning and facial-recognition features.

The Galaxy Note 8 will ship with Android 7.1.1 coupled with the company's TouchWiz interface. One of the buttons on the phone is dedicated to Samsung's Bixby AI assistant. The phone supports the DeX cradle-dock that converts the phone into a facsimile of a desktop computer.

Samsung expects the Galaxy Note 8 to hit American stores on September 15. The phone will be available with Midnight Black, Deepsea Blue, Orchid Gray, and Maple Gold finishes. The price depends on the carrier, with tags for the 64 GB model ranging from $930 at T-Mobile to $960 at Verizon.

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    • confusedpenguin
    • 2 years ago

    Meh, I just bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. 3,500 mAh battery. Screen nearly the same size as the Note 8. Minus the Stylus. I haven’t even gotten close to using all 4 GB of RAM in this thing. I’m not sure how anyone would use 6 GB of RAM. I’m happy with my S8 until they release the Note 9.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 2 years ago

    Ooh, ooh, ooh,
    I feel my temperature rising
    Help me, I’m flaming
    I must be a hundred and nine
    Burning, burning, burning
    And nothing can cool me
    I just might turn into smoke
    But I feel fine

    • DavidC1
    • 2 years ago

    I feel like phones are getting thinner so you HAVE to get a case to protect the darned thing. The glass everywhere thing adds to that.

    I have a Moto E 3rd Gen. Perfectly ok with the phone. Because it has some thickness, its easier to grab, so I don’t drop it. Some phones are just way too thin.

    If they want to go the thin route, I say make it paper thin and super light so dropping it doesn’t damage the device. Paper thin or no go!

    • jihadjoe
    • 2 years ago

    I really dislike these curved screens that spill over the side. Makes it so much harder to prevent accidental touches.

      • DavidC1
      • 2 years ago

      It’s a fad to sell a more expensive device. Just like the curved monitors and TVs. They want you to buy up, but they can’t just do that.

      In a way, advertising is the most creative profession ever. You have to create a market and a desire that doesn’t exist in the first place. Too bad most use shady tactics to do so.

    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    no removable battery? no thanks. i’m not risking another note 7 reiteration.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Not impressive until Krogoth says so.

      • tritonus
      • 2 years ago

      ‘So’, said Krogoth, ‘not impressive’.

    • gmskking
    • 2 years ago

    Still not enough reason to upgrade from my Note 3

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    930+ USD

    No.

      • blahsaysblah
      • 2 years ago

      Plus, that screen is same as S8’s, [url=https://ifixit.org/blog/9134/galaxy-s8-fragile/<]very easy to break[/url<]. edit: and as article states, you void your warranty if you use 3rd party repair...

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      boy are you gonna love the iphone 8 plus (rumor is, anyway)

      • southrncomfortjm
      • 2 years ago

      OnePlus for life over here! All the performance, half the price of the big brand phones.

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 2 years ago

    How’s that Qualcomm antitrust lawsuit going? Kinda meh about yet another 835 powered phone. Also thought they were going to come up with something better for the fingerprint sensor placement, but I guess finding that could be made easier with a smart case design.

    • superjawes
    • 2 years ago

    Rejected Galaxy Note 8 Marketing:

    “It’s the hottest smartphone EVER!”

    “This phone is straight [fire emoji]!”

      • Peter.Parker
      • 2 years ago

      LOL…The obligatory fire jokes. But you forgot:
      “This phone is da bomb”

    • Dposcorp
    • 2 years ago

    “US-bound Note 8 models pack an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, a chip found in most Android flagship phones. Handsets built for some other markets will pack Samsung’s in-house Exynos SoC instead.”

    “Buyers in the US only get a 64 GB model, but shoppers in other markets can choose whether they want 64 GB, 128 GB, or a whopping 256 GB of onboard storage.”

    Can someone tell me why Samsung does this stuff with their storage and CPU?

    Some Law or regulation somewhere in the world I am unaware of, that have the US limited?

      • deathBOB
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t believe Exynos supports CDMA.

        • blahsaysblah
        • 2 years ago

        More like Qualcomm holds the patents too dearly for it to be worthwhile.

        • gmskking
        • 2 years ago

        Wasn’t the Verizon S6, Exynos?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          Yes, and [url=http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s6_(usa)-7164.php<]if this is correct[/url<] all US variants had the same specs. Samsung passed on the Snapdragon 810. One only has to look at the HTC One m9 to see why.

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