Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

6.3 inches

Display size

1440 x 2960px

64GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

3,300 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 521
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.7
Dimensions 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight 195g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Exynos 8895
RAM 6
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,300mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,499
Launch date2017-09
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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

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
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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
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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
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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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 521
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.7
Dimensions 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight 195g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Exynos 8895
RAM 6
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,300mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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