|Slogan||Do bigger things|
|Series||Samsung Galaxy Note|
Last letter varies by carrier & international models
|First released||23 August 2017|
|Availability by country|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note FE
|Related||Samsung Galaxy S8
|Dimensions||162.5 mm × 74.8 mm × 8.6 mm (6.40 in × 2.94 in × 0.34 in)|
|Weight||195 g (6.9 oz)|
|Operating system||Original: Android 7.1.1 "Nougat" with Samsung Experience 8.5|
|System on chip|
|Memory||6 GB LPDDR4X RAM|
|Removable storage||microSDXC, expandable up to 256 GB|
|Battery||Non-removable 3300 mAh|
|Display||6.3 in (160 mm) QHD+ Super AMOLED 2960 x 1440 1440p (521 ppi)|
|Rear camera||Dual 12 MP (Wide-angle f/1.7 + Telephoto f/2.4) with 2× optical zoom, Dual OIS with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 240fps|
|Front camera||8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6" sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p at 30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|Other||S Pen stylus|
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (marketed as Samsung Galaxy Note8) is an Android phablet smartphone designed, developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled on 23 August 2017, it is the successor to the discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It was released on 15 September 2017.
The Note 8 improves on the core device specifications and hallmark S Pen features of previous devices. While retaining the overall same look and same approximate size as the Galaxy S8+, it features an upgraded processor and, for the first time in Samsung's smartphone history, a dual-camera system; one functions as a wide-angle lens and the other as a telephoto lens, with both featuring 12 MP resolution and optical image stabilization. The S Pen has increased pressure sensitivity levels and its software has been upgraded to offer improved notetaking capabilities on the always-on display, as well as animated GIF and improved translation features.
On 20 July 2017, Samsung tweeted a teaser video showing a darkened device with a stylus, stating the date of its next "Unpacked" event as 23 August 2017. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was unveiled at that event, with a release date on 15 September 2017.
The Note 8 is powered by an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processor, depending on geographic region, along with 6 GB of RAM. It has a 6.3-inch 1440p Super AMOLED display with curved edges similar to the Galaxy S8, but with slightly more flat surface area. It is Samsung's first phone to feature a dual-lens camera system, which comes with a 12 MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 12 MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, both equipped with optical image stabilization. In the U.S., it is sold with 64 GB of internal storage, along with microSD card support, but increases storage to 128 GB and 256 GB internationally. The handset features a fingerprint scanner next to the rear camera, and retains facial recognition and iris recognition similar to the S8.
The Note 8 comes bundled with high-end AKG-tuned earbuds as well as the Note series' proprietary S Pen. Compared to the Note 5, the S Pen in the Note 8 has enhanced levels of pressure sensitivity (4,096 distinct levels of pressure), though The Verge noted that those enhancements were featured in the defunct Note 7. Ports include a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. It has support for Samsung DeX as well, letting Note 8 users connect their device to a dock and monitor to enable a PC-like computing environment with mouse and keyboard input.
Both the Note 8 and its S Pen are certified with IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and are available in black, gray, gold and blue, though the latter two colors are exclusive to international markets. Similar to the Galaxy S8, the Note 8 has a dedicated physical key for launching the Bixby virtual assistant.
The Note 8 comes with Android 7.1.1 "Nougat" with Samsung's own custom user interface pre-installed. The S Pen offers expanded software features, including "Live Message" for the creation of handwritten notes combined with emojis resulting in short animated GIFs. Users can remove the S Pen from the device and immediately write notes on the display through "Screen Off Memo", which works due to the screen's always-on capabilities. The screen can collect up to 100 notes and allows the user to easily go back to notes pinned directly on the always-on screen. A "Translate" feature now recognizes punctuation marks, letting users highlight entire sentences rather than single words, and supports 71 different languages. The edges of the screen on the Note 8 allow the user to open two apps at once in a multi-window view, dubbed "App Pair". In the Camera application, a new "Live Focus" effect lets users adjust the intensity of background blur both before and after capturing photos, while "Dual Capture" makes both rear cameras take individual photos of the same subject, with one acting as a close-up shot and the other from a distance capturing the whole scene.
DxOMark, a camera testing company, gave the Note 8 a rating of 94, being the joint-highest score of any phone, shared with the iPhone 8 Plus. Just a few days after the report of the Note 8 was published, the Pixel 2 was tested and given a 98 score, besting them both.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
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