Galaxy Note8: Features, specs and everything else you need to know

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    Note8 specs

    Display: 6.3" Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED, 532ppi
    Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

    Weight: 195g

    Color: Midnight black, orchid gray in the U.S.; deepsea blue, maple gold internationally

    Operating system: Samsung Experience based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat

    CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (octo-core, 10nm, up to 2.45GHz)

    GPU: Adreno 540

    Rear camera: Dual 12MP telephone and wide angle,
    Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7


    Storage: 64/128/256GB UFS 2.1 2-LANE

    Ports: USB C, nano-SIM slot/microsSD, 3.5mm audio jack

    Battery: 3,300 mAh

    Note 8 display and design

    The Galaxy Note 8 looks a lot like the Galaxy S8+ but there are subtle differences.

    If you’ve used a Galaxy S8+, then you already have a pretty good idea of how the Note 8 looks. It features a 6.3-inch AMOLED display (up a fraction of an inch from the 6.2-inch S8+), and it features the same stunning Infinity Display design. The design takes most of its cues from the S8 as well, with thin bezels at the top and bottom and an all-glass enclosure. Flip it over and you’ll find a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor, still unfortunately positioned to the right of the camera. The corners of the device are slightly squarer than the S8+, but unless you compare them side by side, it’s very difficult to tell the two phones apart.

    Note 8 performance, features, and storage

    An S Pen slot, USB-C port, and headphone jack are all present on the Samsung Note 8.

    The Note 8 is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chip that's inside the Galaxy S8. It does, however, have 6GB of RAM, an increase over the S8’s standard 4GB. As far as storage goes, the Note 8 comes with the same 64GB of internal storage as the S8 and keeps the microSD card slot as well for expansion up to 256GB. It also has IP68 water resistance, support for fast wireless charging, and a headphone jack.

    Note 8 battery

    After last year’s exploding batteries spurred a global recall, Samsung is playing it a little conservative with the Note 8. The handset features a 3,300m Ah battery, which is smaller than the S8+ and the Note 7, both of which sport 3,500 mAh batteries. Additionally, Samsung is running Note 8s through the same rigorous 8-point battery safety check that it implemented for the S8, and has established a partnership with UL to certify the Note 8 complies with the firm’s specific standards. All of which is to say, the Note 8 should be safe to take on an airplane.

    Note 8 camera

    The Note8 packs a dual camera with optical image stabalization in both lenses.

    Samsung has seriously upgraded the camera in the Note 8, adding a second lens on the back for its first dual-camera Galaxy phone. Both lenses have the same Dual Pixel 12MP sensor, but the main “wide” lens has an aperture of f/1.7 while the secondary telephoto lens offers 2X optical zoom but a slower f/2.4 aperture. Samsung has added optical image stabilization (OIS) to both lenses as well, a first for a smartphone (competitors only offer OIS on the main camera).

    Note 8 FAQ

    Does the Note 8 run Android 8?

    Not yet. The Note 8 ships with the Samsung Experience based on Android Nougat 7.1.1. However, Google has said it is working with Samsung to get some of its handsets updated to Oreo before the end of the year.

    Will it support Daydream?

    It should. Google added Daydream support for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in July, and since the Note has the same WQHD+ Super AMOLED display, it should be technically able to run Daydream right out of the box.

    But I can use Note 8 with my old Gear VR headset right?

    Actually, no. The slightly bigger screen means the Note 8 is incompatible with the older Gear VR headsets, so Samsung is selling a new one to accommodate it.

    Can I use it to watch Netflix HDR shows?

    It’s unclear. While the Note 8 is HDR certified by the 4K Alliance just like the Galaxy S8, the Netflix app only supports two phones for HDR playback: the LG G6 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Presumably, an update will bring HDR support at some point soon, but neither Samsung nor Netflix have made an announcement.

    Are there any new S Pen features?

    A couple things are new with the Note 8’s S Pen. Screen Off Memos has been expanded to allow editing and up to 100 pages of notes. You can also translate full sentences instead of just words, and hover over currency numbers to convert them. Additionally, a new feature called Live Message lets you send a GIF of your S Pen drawings in action to your friends.


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