3,300 mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging (Qi or PMA)
Bluetooth 5.0 / GPS / Dual Band Wi-Fi / NFC
Gorilla Glass 5 front & back
IP68 water and dust resistant
162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5 mm
USB Type-C / 3.5mm audio jack / Dedicated Bixby button
The most advanced Samsung smartphone ever announced - The Galaxy Note 8 is a powerhouse of modern mobile technology.
A large 6.3" screen is made manageable thanks to the unique 18.5:9 screen ratio. The so-called Infinity Display creates a wider, more cinematic view and also helps to make the phone fell slimmer in the hand than the traditional 16:9 display.
Samsung's 3D curved edges create a seamless transition from front to back, so the phone feels as if it flows into your hand.
Even with the tiny top and bottom bezels, you still have full control over the Note 8 in one hand. The home button is now invisible, integrated into the screen glass and responding with localised vibration to mimic the effect of a true physical button.
The upgraded S-Pen for the Galaxy Note 8 has a finer 0.7mm nib and 4096 pressure levels - more than any previous Note device.
This additional sensitivity allows you to deeper control than with any previous note. This many pressure levels allows for incredible drawing capabilities and unparalleled handwriting recognition.
Use the S Pen to bring your conversations to life with Live Messages. Draw emoji, create animated GIFs and doodles or annotate photos and stored pictures.
The results can be included in messages with most leading messaging services.
Simply use the S Pen to highlight a section of video as it plays on your screen. This can then be sent as a GIF message (in supported messaging applications).
The Notes app is the quickest and simplest way to jot down information throughout the day.
When using Notes there is a huge range of brushes, pens, and colours. Get creative and start doodling, or just use the available options to better organise and colour-code your information!
Pen up is a fantastic community that allows users to share their S-Pen drawings. Users can create and share, as well as participating in challenges and tasks. There's even a new colouring-in facility with several templates to pick from!
Screen Off Memo
Notes can be saved onto your Note 8 screen, then interacted with, without having to fully unlock.
Using the sAMOLED always-on display, you can literally just take out the S-Pen and start writing to create a new Memo. When finished, you have the choice to save the memo as instantly accessible and editable on the lock screen or save it into the Notes app.
Whilst using the Note 8, there are several occasions when you can pull out the S Pen and use it to interact with the screen.
Capture and annotate - Found a long article online that you don't have time to read fully? Use the S-Pen to save the page as a single image that you can view later. You can even mark up and annotate on the screen, before saving the image.
Translate - Simply highlight key words or phrases and have them translated into your native language immediately. This feature can also perform instant unit conversions, such as Imperial to Metric or currencies.
Magnify - Highlight a section of a page or image and have it magnified right away.
Glance - A new method of multitasking, you can minimise one app or window into the corner of the screen, then tap it to switch between it and another in full-screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features an all new Dual Sensor camera set up.
The first camera utilises a wide-angle lens to better capture landscapes and group shots. The second camera then has a telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom. Using both cameras can enhance the depth of field and provide some incredible software tricks.
In a world first, OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) is now included in both cameras! This will better stabilise still photography and video recording.
Using Live Focus, you can adjust foreground focus and background blur in real time and after an image has been taken. The Bokeh effect this creates is sought after by many and adds a professional layer of shine to even amateur photography.
This works by the camera system taking two simultaneous images - Dual Capture - so you have both a wide-angle shot and a closer, more intimate capture of every scene. Even when taking a 'normal' picture, an extra wide-angle image is saved, just in case you missed something in the background!
Low light capture
Using a f/1.7 aperture and large 1.4µm pixels for both main sensors, the Note 8 has excellent low-light performance, capturing fine details and colour contrasts in dark environments that would be unshootable with other smartphone cameras.
Turn the camera around and you can experience the 8MP selfie camera. This also features a f/1.7 aperture and uses Smart Auto Focus to best capture quick shots.
Samsung's Note 8 offers the highest tier of smartphone performance with an incredible combination of custom Samsung 10nm octa-core processing and 6GB RAM.
Always looking to push boundaries, the Note 8 also has access to some of the world's fastest wireless technologies. Both Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit LTE are supported on the Note 8 - although you'll need compatible service from your provider as well!
You can install a micro SD card to expand the storage on your Note 8 by up to 256 GB.
Wireless charging has been supported by premium Samsung devices for several generations and the Note 8 is no exception. Simply drop the Note 8 onto a compatible charging plate and top up the battery with no fuss.
Audio is catered for as well. Samsung has partnered with AKG and included specially tuned earphones in every box.
Both the Note 8 handset and S-Pen are IP68 rated, making them fully protected against water and dust ingress.
Water resistance is tested as full submersion in fresh water to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. Chlorinated water, seawater and other liquids (beverages and chemical solutions) are not suitable for the Galaxy Note 8.
The Desktop eXperience is something that many smartphone manufacturers have been trying to recreate with mobile devices for many years.
Initially launched alongside the Galaxy S8, Samsung has updated DeX for the Note 8.
Samsung DeX allows you to turn the Galaxy Note 8 into a full workstation. Simply dock the Note 8 into the DeX station and you have full access to a desktop-like web browser and connected applications.
Several applications have been optimised to work seamlessly with DeX. This includes all of the core Samsung system applications such as EMail and Messaging, as well 3rd party apps including Adobe Lightroom and the Microsoft Office Suite.
Keyboard shortcuts and drag and drop work on DeX in the same way you would expect from any other desktop environment. For instance, you can simply drag a document from the file manager app into a new email window and have it automatically attached.
Zoom video conferencing
Samsung has partnered with Zoom video conferencing. If you are using Zoom, then this will seamlessly continue on your desktop monitor when connecting to a DeX Station.
Samsung Bixby Assistant
Bixby is a mobile assistant that differs to the competition. different. Rather than simply answering questions or providing you with product lists, Bixby is designed to actually help you use your phone.
The system delivers helpful, context-sensitive suggestions that depend on what you may be doing with your Galaxy Note 8 at the time.
You can launch Bixby at any time. A dedicated button is available on the side of the Note 8. New Quick Commands allow you to customise Bixby button so you can launch specific apps or complex scenarios via a custom voice command.
For instance, a custom command could be "Food Photo". Simply press the Bixby button, say the phrase, and the phone can do all of the following: Open the camera app, switch to 'food mode', take the picture, upload it to your Instagram and gallery apps and even tag it to a specific folder!
The new assistant will also work as a situationally aware Augmented Reality agent. With the camera open and Bixby active, you can gain extra information about landmarks or local points of interest. Perhaps the area's history will show on screen or opening times and menus will be offered.
You could even translate a foreign road sign into your native language then ask for maps to route you there, all by pointing the camera and asking!
Locations can be saved and alerts created for specific events. For instance, if you find a long article on your lunch break that you would like to read later, you can activate Bixby and ask it to remind you about it an hour after you get home.
3rd party integration is also available and expanding. One example is Google Play Music; you can set reminders for new tracks or albums from artists.
Bixby also has its own home page as a dedicated system app. This provides an overview of all the events, locations, alerts and reminders you have set, all presented in a simple card interface and intelligently grouped to make searching easier.
Samsung KNOX & Biometric Security
The KNOX system has been the gold standard in Android security for many years. KNOX is used by companies the world over to manage Samsung devices. It can also be used at a personal level as well.
KNOX provides a siloed environment for documents, images, app data - whatever you want to keep safe can be stored and encrypted separately to other data.
On top of the now common fingerprint scanner, Galaxy Note can use facial recognition and iris scanning to secure your personal information.
SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Version7.1.1 (Nougat) (8.0 Oreo update confirmed)
Custom SkinSamsung UI
SpeedOcta Core (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz)
Make/ModelSamsung Exynos 8895 (Series 9)
OtherMali-G71 MP20 GPU
Capacity (Up to)256 GB
TypeQuad HD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels (~522 ppi)
OtherCorning Gorilla Glass 5, Infinity Display (18.5:9 ratio with 83.1% screen-to-body ratio)