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.
- Excellent dual cameras
- S-Pen works well
- Solid app performance
- Big and tall in your pockets
- Terrible fingerprint sensor placement
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.
- "Infinity" curved display is just as attractive as it was in the Galaxy S8/S8+
- Large size is not exactly pocket-friendly
- 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
- A powerful handset, but effectively identical to the Galaxy S8/S8+
- Pricier than most other smartphones of similar power
- Among the longest-lasting premium smartphones currently available
- Can't match the longevity of the Galaxy S8+, however
- A handy tool for taking notes and annotating documents on the fly
- 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.
- 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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs
|Display size (inches)||6.3|
|Display resolution (pixels)||2960 x 1440|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||521|
|Battery size (mAh)||3,300|
|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|
|Network category speed||Category 16|
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