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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

from  $923.33+
89
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

With its exceptional screen, solid performance and an improved S Pen, it's no surprise that Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is its best big phone ever. It also doesn't hurt that it has one of the best dual camera setups we've ever seen. The problem is, Samsung's second-biggest phone, the Galaxy S8 Plus, is nearly as good, and mostly just lacks the gimmicks that make the Note 8 more expensive. If you’ve always wanted to sketch or write on a phone, the Galaxy Note 8 is exactly what you've been looking for. For the vast majority of people, though, the Note 8 remains a tough sell.

Pros
  • Huge, beautiful display
  • Excellent, water-resistant build
  • Great dual camera
  • S Pen is now more useful and fun
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Bixby can be flaky
  • Not a huge improvement over the S8 Plus
  • US version gets less storage than other regions
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Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

90
BRIJDPATEL
I loved it. Using first time in shop near by, I just tried with s pen which...read more
80
louispark
Switched from an iPhone 6 Plus to the Note 8 and am quite pleased so far. Biggest...read more
90
kstagg
I love this phone. I've always been an Android user since the OS first was...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
6.322
Internal memory
641
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Camera

Camera
Yes (12 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes

Storage

Internal memory
64 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Media

Media playback
Yes

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
Yes

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Lte

Display

Screen size
6.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (2960x1440)
Pixel density
521 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm

Hardware

Processor make
Qualcomm (Snapdragon 835)
CPU
2.35 GHz
CPU cores
Octa-core (1.9 GHz)
RAM
6 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Fingerpint, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
Ruggedized
Yes