Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review is now live, check it out for all our thoughts on the new phablet.
Samsung took to the stage in New York at its latest Unpacked event to take the covers off the Galaxy Note 8 – revealing a big screen smartphone complete with dual cameras and an updated S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch could be seen as one of the biggest comebacks in phone history following last year’s disastrous battery failures, and after the successful arrival of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus earlier in the year, the signs are the Note 8 is set to build on that.
See it in the flesh! Check out our hands on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 video below
- What is it? Samsung’s new flagship phablet
- When is it out? September 15 in the US and UK, September 22 in Australia
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date
- Pre-orders start August 23 (UK), August 24 (US), August 25 (AU)
- Release date: September 15 in UK and US, September 22 in Australia
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders are now open in the UK, and will go live on August 24 in the US and August 25 in Australia.
You’ve only got a few weeks to wait to get hold of the handset too, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date is set for September 15 in the US and UK, while Australians will get their devices on September 22.
Pre-order for other regions are still unknown, but we’ll update this article once we know.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 screen
- Huge 6.3-inch Infinity Display with almost no bezel
- QHD+ (2960 x 1440) resolution with 521ppi pixel density
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 continues the phablet tradition of boasting the biggest screen in the South Korean’s handset line-up, but only just.
Samsung has kept bezels to a minimum once again, giving you an almost all-screen front to the phone which is certainly impressive.
The resolution is the same as the S8 duo, with the Galaxy Note 8 coming with a QHD+ (2960 x 1440) resolution which produces a pixel density of 521ppi and a widescreen 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
While that’s still eye-poppingly brilliant, it means it does pack fewer pixels per inch than the S8 Plus (529ppi) and S8 (570ppi).
Samsung’s Always On Display technology also makes an appearance on the Galaxy Note 8 with the added bonus of being able to take handwritten notes with the S Pen when in this mode – and that’s been improved to include multiple pages of information without turning the phone on.
For anyone hoping for a fingerprint scanner under the screen of the Galaxy Note 8, well, you’re out of luck. Samsung has stuck with the rear mounted position it used for the S8 – but more on that later.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands on video below to see the phablet in action!
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S Pen
- Housed inside the Galaxy Note 8’s body
- Enhancements include a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity
The S Pen’s translate function has also been given a bump, allowing you to hover over a word, price or entire sentence for a quick translation or currency conversion.
It’s not all good news though, as the S Pen’s inclusion means there’s less space inside for everything else. That’s resulted in a smaller 3,300mAh battery in the Note 8, versus the 3,500mAh power pack in the Galaxy S8 Plus. Hmm.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design
- Premium curved glass front and back
- Bixby button on the left, fingerprint scanner on rear
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design takes its cues from the glass-and-metal sandwich that is the Galaxy S8 Plus. They’re almost identical, with just a few small differences between the two.
GALAXY NOTE 8 SPECS
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
Screen size: 6.3-inch
Screen resolution: Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440)
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Firstly the Galaxy Note 8 is a touch bigger than the S8 Plus thanks to the slightly larger display and requirement to house the S Pen.
This means it measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, and weighs 195g making it the tallest and heaviest Note handset of all time (and the thickest since the Galaxy Note 2).
The fingerprint scanner is still annoyingly located right next to the camera on the back of the Note 8, but Samsung has done some work on making it more noticeably recessed, which makes finding it easier.
It lines up alongside one of the other major differences in design, and that’s the inclusion of a second camera sensor on the back, creating an elongated black strip on the rear house the cameras, digit reader, heart rate sensor and flash and block.
If the fingerprint sensor is too fiddly, the Note 8 also offers an iris scanner, allowing you to unlock the handset simply by glaring at it.
Finally, like the pair of S8 handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 accredited, making it dust and water resistant and allowing it to be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without any negative side affects.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 colors
- 4 colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Deep Sea Blue and Orchard Grey
- Not all available in all regions at launch
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available in four colors, but which hues will actually be available to you will depend on where you live.
We already know that the US won’t get the blue Note 8 at launch, while the UK and Australia will miss out on both the grey and blue finishes for now.
Samsung tends to release more colors later down the line, so don’t rule out these colors (and potentially more) from coming to a store near you just yet – but at launch you won’t have the full gamut to choose from.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera
- Samsung’s first flagship dual-lens rear camera
- Telephoto (12MP) and wide-angle (12MP) lenses with 2x optical zoom
- 8MP front facing camera
This setup can provide a 2x optical zoom, in a similar way to the OnePlus 5 and LG G6, as well as offering the background blur effect (bokeh) you get on most high-end smartphones these days, such as portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.
Round the front an 8MP snapper is present for selfies and video chats.
Learn all about it in our Galaxy Note 8 camera explained video below
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery
- A 3,300mAh battery, smaller than Galaxy S8 Plus
- Fast and wireless charging enabled
Secondly, there’s the whole Galaxy Note 7 exploding due to a dodgy battery thing that it’ll be keen to avoid a repeat of.
Samsung has played it safe with the battery in the Note 8 then, avoiding the temptation of squeezing in a larger power pack.
The good news is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery both fast charging and wireless charging, although you’ll need to purchase a wireless charging pad separately if you want to take advantage of the latter feature.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 OS and power
- Snapdragon 835 (US) or Exynos 8895 (Global) chipset
- 6GB of RAM, choice of 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage
- Android 7.1.1 with Samsung Experience overlay
On screen the experience will be almost identical to that of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but the Note 8 has additional functionality baked in for the S Pen which is unique to the handset.
In terms of connectivity the Note 8 is well equipped with 4G LTE (Cat 16), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou), NFC and USB Type-C all on board.