Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: specs and price

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Why is Samsung Galaxy Note 8 better than the average?

  • Battery power
    ?

    3300mAhvs3093.02mAh
  • Pixel density
    ?

    521ppivs338.7ppi
  • CPU speed
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    4 x 2.3GHz & 4 x 1.7GHzvs10.48GHz
  • RAM
    ?

    6GBvs3.06GB
  • Resolution
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    1440 x 2960pxvs1.6MP
  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    12MP & 12MPvs18.86MP
  • Screen size
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    6.3"vs5.45"
  • Internal storage
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    256GBvs52.51GB

Price comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Buy used:

$199.99

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 N950 Factory Unloc...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950 Factory Unlocked Phone 64GB Midnight Black (Renewed)
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$293.48
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM ...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM LTE Android Phone w/ Dual 12 Megapixel Camera - Midnight Black
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$348.99
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 9, 128GB, Midnight B...Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 128GB, Midnight Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
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$380.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon + GSM...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon + GSM Unlocked (Midnight Black) (Renewed)
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$300.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite N770F 128GB ...Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite N770F 128GB Dual-SIM GSM Unlocked Phone (International Variant/US Compatible LTE) - Aura Black
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$455.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U 64GB for ...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U 64GB for AT&T (Renewed)
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$312.49
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 N950U 64GB Unlocke...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950U 64GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Android Smartphone w/Dual 12 MegaPixel Camera (Renewed) (Orchid Grey)
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$299.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 AT&T GSM Unlocked ...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AT&T GSM Unlocked 64GB (Renewed) (Orchid Gray)
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$310.03
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon Wirel...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon Wireless - Deepsea Blue (Renewed)
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$354.13
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$262.00
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$324.99

Design

1.is dustproof and water-resistant
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
2.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
3.weight

195g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
4.thickness

8.6mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
5.height

162.5mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.width

74.8mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

Display

1.pixel density

521ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
2.resolution

1440 x 2960px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
3.screen size

6.3"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixels
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The device has an LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixel, resulting in sharp and crisp images. Pixels in some displays (like AMOLED) share one subpixel to preserve space. This can result in a less crisp, slightly blurred image.
6.has an IPS screen
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.

Performance

1.CPU speed

4 x 2.3GHz & 4 x 1.7GHz (Samsung Exynos 8895)

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.RAM

6GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
3.has an external memory slot
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
4.internal storage

256GB

The internal storage, also called read-only memory (ROM), refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.Has integrated LTE
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Exynos 8895)
The system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.
6.semiconductor size
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

12MP & 12MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
2.megapixels (front camera)

8MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.has built-in optical image stabilization
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
4.video recording (main camera)

2160 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
5.wide aperture (main camera)

f/2.4 & f/1.7

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
6.Has a dual-tone LED flash
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A dual-tone flash has LED lights with different color temperatures, delivering a better color balance to photos and videos.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.Has a radio
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
4.number of microphones

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
5.Has dedicated media keys
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Phones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.

Battery

1.battery power

3300mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
2.has a removable battery
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
3.has wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
4.Supports fast charging
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
5.Has an ultra power-saving mode
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
The ultra power-saving mode, also called low power mode, is an effective way to extend the battery life of the device. Usually, it involves limiting screen brightness and contrast, disabling location services, restricting connectivity, and turning off nonessential apps.
6.Battery life

38h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.

Features

1.download speed

600MBits/s

The download speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can access online content.
2.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
3.has NFC
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
4.Has a fingerprint scanner
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
5.is DLNA-certified
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
All DLNA-certified products are compatible with one another. When different devices are connected to the same network, data can be transferred easily between them.
6.Bluetooth version

5

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Price comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Buy used:

$199.99

ProductStorePrice
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 N950 Factory Unloc...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950 Factory Unlocked Phone 64GB Midnight Black (Renewed)
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$293.48
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM ...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM LTE Android Phone w/ Dual 12 Megapixel Camera - Midnight Black
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$348.99
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 9, 128GB, Midnight B...Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 128GB, Midnight Black - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
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$380.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon + GSM...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon + GSM Unlocked (Midnight Black) (Renewed)
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$300.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite N770F 128GB ...Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite N770F 128GB Dual-SIM GSM Unlocked Phone (International Variant/US Compatible LTE) - Aura Black
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$455.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U 64GB for ...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U 64GB for AT&T (Renewed)
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$312.49
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 N950U 64GB Unlocke...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950U 64GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Android Smartphone w/Dual 12 MegaPixel Camera (Renewed) (Orchid Grey)
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$299.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 AT&T GSM Unlocked ...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AT&T GSM Unlocked 64GB (Renewed) (Orchid Gray)
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$310.03
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon Wirel...Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Verizon Wireless - Deepsea Blue (Renewed)
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$354.13
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 aliexpressNew Original Samsung Galaxy Note8 Note 8...New Original Samsung Galaxy Note8 Note 8 N950U 6GB 64GB Mobile Phone Verizon Version 6.3" Snapdragon 835 NFC 4G Android Phone
aliexpress logo
$262.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 walmartRefurbished Like New Samsung Galaxy S9 ...Refurbished Like New Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus SM-G965U 64GB Factory Unlocked Android Smartphone
walmart logo
$324.99

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