Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

Galaxy Note 8 was the success Samsung needed it to be despite its asking price, though discounted models make it more attractive for today's market.

The good

  • Excellent dual cameras
  • S-Pen works well
  • Solid app performance

The bad

  • Big and tall in your pockets
  • Terrible fingerprint sensor placement
  • Expensive

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at a glance
When did the Galaxy Note 8 come out? Pre-sales began 25 August 2017, with handsets available from 22 September 2017.
What’s new about the Galaxy Note 8? 6.3-inch infinity display, octa-core processor, improved S-Pen, dual cameras
How much does the Galaxy Note 8 cost? Retails for around $1,100

The Galaxy Note 8 was the success Samsung needed it to be, but it's curiously still a phone best suited for a niche of pen-centric users.

Samsung very much needed the Galaxy Note 8 to succeed. Not just because of the colossal failure of the Galaxy Note 7 and whatever damage that had done to the brand, but also because it had set itself a very ambitious target with the Note 8.

The Galaxy Note 8 was the most expensive Android handset to go on sale in Australia at its time of launch, although it was rather easily eclipsed by the pricing of the iPhone X and the newer Galaxy Note9.

Still, pricing any smartphone at $1,499 outright is a bold move that speaks to what Samsung expected the Note 8 to do for consumers, especially considering that 2017 was an exceptional year for premium smartphone handsets.

The Note 8 even has to compete in-house with Samsung's own, less expensive but still premium Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 handsets. So how does it compare?

Design

  • "Infinity" curved display is just as attractive as it was in the Galaxy S8/S8+
  • Large size is not exactly pocket-friendly

Camera

  • Dual-lens 12MP camera is a significant improvement over the Galaxy S8/S8+
  • Plenty of customisation options for photography pros while still making basic photography a snap

Performance

  • A powerful handset, but effectively identical to the Galaxy S8/S8+
  • Pricier than most other smartphones of similar power

Battery life

  • Among the longest-lasting premium smartphones currently available
  • Can't match the longevity of the Galaxy S8+, however

S-Pen

  • A handy tool for taking notes and annotating documents on the fly

Verdict

  • Undeniably one of the best smartphones Samsung has made
  • Also one of the most expensive

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The complete package

Samsung has gone all-in with the Galaxy Note 8, cramming top-notch power, a versatile camera and a vibrant display into a single sleek handset. Buy one for yourself today.

Promoted
  • Most retailers sell the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for around $1,100.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also available on a contract plan from Telstra and Optus.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 6.3
Display resolution (pixels) 2960 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 521
Processor Exynos 8895
Height (mm) 162.5
Width (mm) 74.8
Depth (mm) 8.6
Weight (g) 195
Battery size (mAh) 3,300
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 6
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.4
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes
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Updated October 20th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Exynos 9810
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
Exynos 7885
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 9810
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Exynos 9810
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Snapdragon 425
5
960 x 540
16GB
Exynos 8895
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7870
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
Exynos 7870
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8895
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 8895
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7880
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 7880
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8890
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Exynos 8890
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Spreadtrum SC8830
5
1280 x 720
8GB
Spreadtrum SC9830
4.5
800 x 480
8GB

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