Can your wallet, and the extent of your grip, handle the Note 8? Features 6.3″ display, Exynos 8895 chipset, 3300 mAh battery, 256 GB storage, 6 GB RAM, Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Even with a smaller battery, the Galaxy Note 8 lasts just as long as the Galaxy S8+. There are no mind-blowing innovations in the Note8. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the conflit between Google's virtual assistant - called the Google Assistant - and Samsung's assistant, called Bixby. If its extra pen and camera features interest you, the Note 8 is undoubtedly a decent buy if you can stomach learning how to use power-saving modes. The S Pen is now slightly more sensitive in the Note 8. © 2020 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. The Note 8 is IP68 water-resistant, so it can survive up to 1.5m (5ft) underwater for 30 minutes, and it uses the reversible USB-C standard. 2017-09-05T15:00:00.247Z. Room needs to be made for the (super) S Pen stylus we guess, but Samsung knows it cannot afford too much negative stuff around this year’s Note. PCMag Digital Group. By It costs a lot of money, but you're getting what you pay for. CNET may get a commission from these offers. Samsung is selling a new version of the headset that’s identical in every way to the old model, but just a little bigger to accommodate the larger Note 8 screen. It’s essentially the same as the one on the S8+: Super AMOLED WQHD+ (1440x2960), though the extra tenth of an inch means the pixel density is slightly reduced (521 PPI vs. 529 PPI on the S8+). The fingerprint sensor is in the same position to the right of the array, though it’s not nearly as terrible to use as it is on the S8. You can expand the viewfinder to fill the whole screen, and turn the camera button into a floating button. It's plain inconvenient: too high and too off-centered. The Note 8's camera is, like the Galaxy S8 camera it's based on, fast, with terrific exposure judgement and excellent low-light performance. Even the dual-camera setup is by no means revolutionary. Don't forget to check out the latest Note 8 deals and prices. Facial recognition is also an option but, as with our S8 tests, we found we needed to hold it up so it was at head height. On its own, that's not a very compelling reason to level up. As the saying goes, the right tool for the right job. The Note 8 will convince you to love the stylus again. You get bokeh, which Samsung calls Live Focus, along with stickers and a somewhat questionable visual-search app called Bixby Vision. On the contrary, perhaps it's even slightly overdue. Being a Samsung Galaxy handset, the Note 8 uses the TouchWiz overlay atop Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Matches are still really hit and miss for this. There's plenty of fine print; I summarize it here. Mobile version Of course, it's not quite a match for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but given its lower price it doesn't have to be. Samsung Galaxy Note8 Android smartphone. Read the original Galaxy Note 8 review below. Crucially, the Note 8 steals a march on the iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras as BOTH have optical image stabilisation. As with the S8+, the Quad HD+ 1,440 x 2,960 Super AMOLED display is an absolute stunner for the Note – it’s only ever so slightly less pixel dense than the sister phone. The Good The Galaxy Note 8 is still a terrific phone in 2018, with dual cameras and a boatload of stylus tricks. I've used the Galaxy S8, the Note 8, and the LG V30 recently, and it's interesting to compare the different dual-camera approaches. If there was one thing we hated about the generally wonderful Galaxy S8 it was the fingerprint reader. The Galaxy Note8 will launch on the 15 September in UK. And until the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 make their appearances—and maybe even after—it’s simply the best phone money can buy. The Bottom Line With the Galaxy Note 9 just around the corner, now's a bad time to buy a new Galaxy Note 8 -- wait for the Note 9 to go on sale and the Note 8's price will surely drop. You can scribble things, in glowy or sparkly script, and they get turned into (widely viewable) GIFs that you can text. The 6.3-inch, 2,960-by-1,440 screen has 15.63 square inches of area, larger than other competing displays. Please refresh the page and try again. This is fine if you're alone, but if you're in the middle of the supermarket it just makes you look like an idiot. Samsung wisely moved the flash and heart rate monitor in between the sensor (which requires your fingerprints) and the camera (which always gets fingerprint smudges all over it). The very existence of a stylus on the Note 8 is enough to set it apart from nearly every other smartphone, but the S Pen isn’t just for comfort and precision. Two colours will launch in the UK; Midnight Black and Maple Gold. Hands On With the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple's iPhone 12 Studio Lets Customers Mix and Match Accessories, The Next Best Affordable Phone? 6GB of RAM is used alongside 64GB of memory and Samsung’s Exynos 8895 used in the S8 series (it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US and China). Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been steadily dropping in price, but it now has some newer competition too. The big problem is the lack of unique functionality with Bixby. Like the S8, the Note 8 is all about the screen. If you're a Note 4 dead-ender obsessed with your removable battery, we've got nothing for you. Visit our corporate site. There's so much to like about the Note 8 and while it's probably the best phone in Samsung's line up, you need to be sure you actually need its productivity prowess because of its price - notably the S Pen. If you click an affiliate link and buy a product or service, we may be paid a fee by that merchant. Samsung’s unlocking alternatives don’t work as advertised. Learn more about PCWorld's Digital Editions. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. We have no intention whatsoever of downplaying what is probably the most versatile smartphone today. That’s pretty much all that you – if you have faith in Samsung again – need to ask yourself before buying this phone. Glossary The best just got (a tiny bit) bigger and with worthy S Pen and camera enhancements, it's an insanely good combination that doesn't fail to appeal. Did you come to the Note 8 for the S Pen? AKG by Harman headphones are included in the box as with the S8 series. The display of third-party trademarks and trade names on this site does not necessarily indicate any affiliation or the endorsement of PCMag. It's Always-On Display continues to be an appealing feature in a smartphone. Its expansive 6.3-inch display – now without a physical home button – has an unheard-of 83% screen-to-body ratio. It's only for US buyers so far and you can only get it through, not through your carrier. Speaking of size, it seems that Samsung has hit a ceiling when it comes to the Note’s display. It's still pricey, but no longer anywhere near what it once was. And while you won’t fool the iris scanner, it won’t recognize you wearing sunglasses, or walking and holding the phone at the improper distance. Relying on open standards, this is a lot better than iMessage's closed system, as anyone can see the resulting messages. You can find it cheaper via Amazon US for example, with prices now coming in at around $715 (£475, AU$900). Screen-off memos isn’t technically a new feature, but Samsung has upgraded it with the ability to write up to 100 pages of notes, so it could actually replace your notebook, if you’re the kind of person who carries one. It’s a great phone, if you can handle the enormous size and equally huge price. The question is, what does the 2x optical zoom get you? Other Samsung phones that support dual window and edge swiping may get this feature in the future, the company said. And, with the dual optical image stablisation the camera is pretty darn hot, too. As with the S8 series the screen fills almost all of the front of the phone and the trio of Android controls at the bottom of the display are part of the display (the buttons are in the traditional Samsung arrangement of App Switcher on the left, Home in the centre and Back on the right). You don't need to worry about the basics here. There’s also a Live Message option that lets you send hand-drawn GIFs to your friends. We've tested the Note 8 for many months and it's even more interesting today thanks to the new Deep Sea Blue color that came out post-launch in the US and UK, and the big Android Oreo update that it got. Samsung is back with the Note 8, a full redesign of last year's doomed handset that brings a gorgeous screen, awesome camera, and a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s a weird optical illusion that eventually faded after a few days, and I ultimately learned to like the design even more than the S8’s. Battery life in excellent despite a decrease in size. The poorly placed fingerprint reader repeats the Galaxy S8's worst design flaw. It also has all the same ports and buttons—power, volume, Bixby, 3.5mm, and the off-center USB-C—and delivers the same fast wireless charging and IP68 water resistance. Redmi Note 8: The big picture. The Note8 is here and we can't help but feel the tension rising, especially in Europe where this is the first Note device to officially land in two years. All US buyers who preorder the phone will get a fast wireless charger and a 128GB microSD card or a Gear 360. The Galaxy Note 8 is nothing less than a triumphant return for Samsung's flagship phablet and the best phone it has ever rmade. Might be lower res, but the sensors and software are far better. There are a few oddities in Bixby, though. Apple's M1 processor spotlights Intel's chip challenges, Rules for strong passwords don't work, researchers find. It largely merges the Note 7 with the S8 and S8 Plus. One bright star is the presence of a dual camera setup on the Note 8's back. Good The Galaxy Note 8 is still a terrific phone in 2018, with dual cameras and a boatload of stylus tricks It's been quite some time, so a lot is riding on the Galaxy Note8. The Bixby screen is a bit like a less intutive Google Now at the moment, while Bixby Vision enables you to search to do a shopping search for things you take pictures of, or find images of the item online. We used the PCMark for Android Work 2.0 benchmark which gives just over 8 hours on the S8, 9 hours 40 minutes on the S8+ and 10 hours 21 minutes on the Note 8. Liked this? Terms of use Live Message is a cool new feature that wittily gets around Samsung's lack of an iMessage-like messaging platform. The entire front glows with unimpeded information – as long as you don’t drop and crack it, and you’ll need to be extra careful as the entire phone is enveloped in glass wrapped around an aluminum frame. Once again, the Note won, though. In any case, I'd choose the wide-angle or telephoto dual-lens options over the Essential (and Huawei's) black-and-white/color dual lens, which doesn't seem to bring any picture-taking advantages. Samsung's first twin-lens phone can create pretty depth-effect portraits that finally catch it up to the hottest trend in phones. It's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, with no new features, and so it benchmarked about the same as other Snapdragon 835 devices. Inside that slim enclosure is a ton of power and RAM. But fear not, because in my real-world testing, the difference was pretty negligible.