Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: specs and price

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Why is Samsung Galaxy Note 8 better than the average?

  • Pixel density
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    521ppivs344.38ppi
  • CPU speed
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    4 x 2.3GHz & 4 x 1.7GHzvs11.34GHz
  • RAM
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    6GBvs3.74GB
  • Resolution
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    1440 x 2960pxvs1.72MP
  • Screen size
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    6.3"vs5.62"
  • Internal storage
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    256GBvs65.4GB
  • Video recording (main camera)
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    2160 x 30fpsvs49073.61fps
  • Download speed
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    600MBits/svs240.22MBits/s

Price comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Buy used:

$59.99

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy S8, 5.8" 64GB (Verizon Wi...Samsung Galaxy S8, 5.8" 64GB (Verizon Wireless) - Midnight Black
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$338.55
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$168.00
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$286.00
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$259.09

Design

1.is dustproof and water-resistant
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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)
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The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
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.
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.width

74.8mm

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

162.5mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.
8.volume

104.53cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
9.has a physical QWERTY keyboard
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Text messaging is much faster due to a hardware keyboard.

Display

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.
The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
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Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.has an IPS screen
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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.
6.Has an OLED or AMOLED display
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OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays are formed of organic materials that emit light. They have higher contrast ratios and wider viewing angles compared to LCDs. AMOLED and POLED are types of OLED displays.
Gorilla Glass is one of the most popular brands of chemically strengthened glass, manufactured by Corning. Several versions have been developed, the newer ones being more durable and providing better damage resistance.
8.has a touch screen
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You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
9.has an HDR10-enabled display
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The display supports HDR10, which is an HDR (high dynamic range) video technology. Compared to standard dynamic range (SDR) video, HDR10 video has greater contrast and color depth, resulting in more realistic images.

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.
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.
The internal storage 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.
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.
The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.
It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
9.Supports 64-bit
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Exynos 8895)
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.

Cameras

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7.has a BSI sensor
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A BSI (backside illuminated) sensor is a camera image sensor which captures better quality images in poor lighting conditions, and offers better overall sharpness and image quality.
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
Phase-detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
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Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
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.
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

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 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.
3.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.
4.has a removable battery
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
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.has a battery level indicator
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
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.
8.has a rechargeable battery
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Features

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.
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.
7.supports two physical SIM cards
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A dual-SIM mobile phone can work with two SIM cards at the same time.
The upload speed is a measurement of the internet connection bandwidth, representing the maximum data transfer rate at which a device can send information to a server or another device.
9.has 5G support
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Samsung Exynos 8895)
The fifth-generation wireless technology delivers higher speeds and lower latency than the previous, fourth-generation tech.

Price comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Buy used:

$59.99

ProductStorePrice
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy S8, 5.8" 64GB (Verizon Wi...Samsung Galaxy S8, 5.8" 64GB (Verizon Wireless) - Midnight Black
Amazon logo
$338.55
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AmazonSamsung Galaxy Mega I9152 5.8" Android S...Samsung Galaxy Mega I9152 5.8" Android Smart Phone (Unlocked) - Black, Dual-core 1.4 GHz, Dual Camera with Flash (8MP/1.9 MP), Dual SIMs
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$168.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 aliexpressSamsung Galaxy Note8 N950U/u1 Original ...Samsung Galaxy Note8 N950U/u1 Original Unlocked LTE Android Cellphone Octa Core 6.3" Dual 12MP 6G RAM 64G ROM
aliexpress logo
$286.00
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 aliexpressOriginal Samsung Galaxy Note 8 6.3 inch ...Original Samsung Galaxy Note 8 6.3 inch Octa Core 6GB RAM 64GB ROM Dual Back Camera 12MP 3300mAh Unlocked Smart Mobile Phone
aliexpress logo
$259.09

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