Samsung Galaxy Note 8 

price₹ 51,900 onwards

launchSep, 2017

78.7

excellence score

59.9

value for money score

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Design

  • Beautiful, attractive design that builds off the GS8 - it's tall, slim, and goes lean on bezels
  • Excellent, water-resistant build
  • The awkwardly placed, off-center, fingerprint reader repeats what was the Galaxy S8's most important design flaw

Display

  • Beautiful, vibrant 6.3-inch 'Infinity Display' is a joy to use

Software

  • Samsung's new UI over Android continues to be one of the most refined, well done UIs out there
  • The Notes app that goes along with the stylus could do with a refresh, and can be more intuitive - it isn't always easy to figure out how to do exactly what you want, including how to get in and out of tools

Performance

  • The top-of-the-line processor (comparable to the Snapdragon 835), along with a meaty 6GB of RAM ensures some of the best performance you can get from a smartphone
  • This is of course a big phone, and the tall hardware makes reaching certain spots difficult

Camera

  • Samsung's first foray into dual camera setups tops Samsung's already excellent S8 and S8 Plus cameras - can create some pretty amazing depth-effect portraits, especially in good lighting - you can also adjust the blur intensity before you take the photo, and even afterwards in edit mode, which is a great feature - in addition, the Note 8 automatically saves a wide-angle version of the picture as well as the artistic portrait, so you can hop back and forth between the two
  • The photos are excellent, with sharp detail and strong color reproduction - low-light and night shots also come out fairly good
  • OIS on both rear lenses helps keeps videos smoother than they otherwise would be when you're walking, jogging and driving a car
  • Camera-wise, this is right up there with the best of the lot, including the iPhone 7 Plus
  • With Samsung stuffing a ton of new tools into the camera app, filters and menus can be sometimes harder to find

Audio

  • Pretty good loudspeaker

Battery

  • Good battery life - keeps enough charge to get through a day, even with the very heavy use
  • Wireless charging support is there too
  • Battery life is good, but not outstanding, like some other competing flagships

More

  • The S Pen Stylus comes with a boatload of stylus tricks, and it gives some real efficiencies that you don't get on any other phone - the top of that list of course is the ability to quickly jot down notes anywhere
  • Expandable storage is useful, and something missing on many other flagships
  • On the whole, this is the most feature-rich Android phone you can buy, and retakes the throne as the ultimate Android phone for now
  • On the whole, while its the most feature-rich Android phone out there, for most people the Note 8 will tend to have more features than they need - and outside of the stylus, and the dual camera setup, it will provide little reason to upgrade from the already excellent Galaxy S8 or S8+

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.3 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2960 pixels (~ 522 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • HDR10 Compliant
  • 3D Touch (Home Button Only)
  • Always-on Display
  • Infinity Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Iris Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Exynos 8895
GPUMali-G71 MP20
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3300 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)22.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Audio Playback Time (Speaker): Upto 47 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time (Earphones): Upto 74 hrs
  • Video Playback: Upto 16 hrs
  • Internet (WiFi): Upto 14 hrs
  • Internet (3G): Upto 12 hrs
  • Internet (4G): Upto 13 hrs
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 2.0
Dimensions
Weight195 gm
Thickness8.6 mm
Camera
Camera12.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP)
  • Wide-angle: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4 µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length
  • Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0 um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • 2x Optical Zoom
  • Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording
  • Touch Focus
  • Continuous Autofocus
  • Face/Smile Detection
  • Auto HDR
  • Video HDR
  • Dual-video Recording; Live Focus
  • Pro mode
  • Panorama
  • Slow Motion
  • Hyperlapse
  • Food mode
Secondary Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/1.7 Aperture
  • Autofocus
  • 1/3.6" Sensor Size
  • 1.22 µm Pixel Size
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • Dual Video Call
  • Auto HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
TV OutYes
NFCYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel
  • S-Pen
  • Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX)
  • Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bixby Assistant
  • Bundled AKG Headphones
  • Edge Gestures
  • Live Messages
  • WiFi Dual-band
  • WiFi Direct
  • USB Type-C
  • ANT+ Support
  • Miracast
  • Google Cast
  • Samsung Pay

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