Overview & Price

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a huge improvement from the Note 7, in this review we will be going over what makes the Note 8 special aswell as showcasing the best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 contract deals in the UK.

The Samsung Note 8 battery life is pretty impressive, it has a 3300mAh battery that will easily get you through a full day of use.

This is to be expected though as the previous Note 7 was a disaster and basically caught on fire, then had to be pulled from the market.

Now because of this Samsung drastically changed the way they made their batteries so we should not have to worry about that problem again.

The Note 8 is priced at around the £700 mark in the UK, here is some of what you can expect for this price:

  • Stylus Pen
  • 6GB RAM
  • 6.3-inch Quad-HD+ AMOLED HDR Display
  • 3330mAh battery life
  • IP68 waterproof rating

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If you are after a bigger phone with bigger features then there is no real competition in terms of Android phones on the market at the minute, some people thought the Note 8 would never happen due to the disaster with the Note 7 but here it is.

The phone is a big competitor for other big phones like the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 plus, with a stunning display and excellent stylus there’s very little not to like about it.

While the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ has a more curvaceous design aesthetic to suit its business customers with slightly sharper edges and a squarer camera module you still get the InfinityEdge design on the Note 8 where the left and right sides of the screen slope off to the side.

In this Samsung Note 8 review we gives you all of the information you need to make an informed purchase decision, so check out our top deals on the phone, sit back, and enjoy the read.

samsung note 8 design

Image: Kārlis Dambrāns

Design & Display

The Samsung Note 8 design is awesome, it’s coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0, making it extremely durable and less prone to scratches of cracks.

It is also Samsung’s first phone with a dual camera system that lets you do interesting portrait effects and lets you blur the background like an iPhone can do.

The Note 8 isn’t actually that much different from Samsung’s other big phones such as the S8 Plus, but there is a couple of reasons why you might want to spend a couple of extra pounds to buy the Note 8 so let’s take a look.

The Samsung Note 8 display is incredible, it has a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED, meaning you get incredibly vibrant and punch colours.

With the display being an AMOLED, you can expect blacks to be deep, and the best viewing and media experience out there.

You may be wondering is the Samsung Note 8 waterproof? Well yes, it has an IP68 rating, meaning you don’t need to break a sweet if you drop this device in the tub with you.

The Samsung Note 8 display is easily one of our favourite features of this phone, especially that you get a Stylus pen to use with it, but more on that soon.

The Note 8 does have a slightly different shape to the S8 or S8+ as it is more squared which makes it easier to use the S-Pen with, it also makes the Note 8 feel a lot bigger than the S8+.

The Note 8’s big size does make it harder to hit the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone which is still super clumsy to use, although you would get used to this very quickly.

samsung note 8 design

Image: Kārlis Dambrāns

Performance

Although there is not a huge difference between the S8/S8+ and the Note 8 apart from 2 things and the price tag, so let’s talk about those two things.

The first is the Notes signature features, the S-Pen stylus, it lets you take notes, mark up screenshots and just generally navigate around the phone with something more accurate than a finger.

According to Samsung, this is the main feature that Note buyers stick with the phone, purely because of the stylus.

The new and improve stylus pen has a finer point and a little bit more pressure sensitivity than previous models making it a lot easier to doodle and navigate the phone.

There is a designated button on the phone to launch Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby, although you can not reprogram the button to do something more useful, Bixby is still great for checking the weather and the football score.

When it come to the Samsung Note 8 performance, it packs the Snapdragon 835 and has a huge 6GB of RAM, this is the same processor found in the S8 but has 2 extra GB of RAM but both phones are very fast and smooth.

Samsung has also improved the note-taking software so you can now write longer notes on the front of the screen without having to unlock it which is pretty cool.

Samsung has also added a new feature called Live-Messages which allows you to write notes and draw pictures which you can convert to animated gifs and send to people or post to social networks.

Camera

The Samsung Note 8 has a dual camera system, it has 2 12MP cameras, both with optical stabilisation which lets you zoom in closer on your target or take pictures with a blurred background.

The portrait mode is a lot like the iPhone 7 plus’s whereas outdoors or in good lighting, it can produce some interesting effects although indoor or with poor lighting it does look pretty bad.

The one thing that Samsung is doing differently is allowing you to adjust the amount of blur either before or after you take the picture, which is great because if you take a picture where the blur is too strong you can easily roll it back a little bit and adjust it to perfection.

Since there are 2 camera lenses you can take the wide-angle and telephoto images at the same time so if the portrait shot isn’t too good you can always fall back on the wide-angle lens.

Battery Life

The Samsung Note 8 battery life is impressive, you can expect the phone to last around a full day of average use and around 5 hours of screen on time.

However the cell in the Samsung Note 8 is actually smaller than the one used in the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

The Note 8 does however charge extremely fast and from 0-100% charge will take around 90 minutes with the charger supplied.

Samsung has also implemented an ‘optimised mode‘ which is a power saving tool that allows the phone to last longer, however this does make the phone run around 20% slower than usual.

All in all the Samsung Note 8 battery life is decent, but its not going to win any gold medals. The battery here will be more than enough for the average user but if your looking for a little more power then check out our Note 9 review.

Conclusion

At one time the Note 8 was the only good answer to getting a big phone that had a lot of great features but now even Samsung has a lot of great phones which do pretty much the same thing but for a smaller price tag.

The Samsung Note 8 display is impressive, especially that you get a Stylus pen to draw and play around with it, this was one of our favourite aspects of the device.

That being said it really comes down to 2 things when it comes down to the note, do you care about the stylus? and do you care about the camera? if you are a die-hard Note fan and have had previous models then this phone is definitely for you.

But if you’re not too big on the stylus and want to save a lot of money then you would be just as happy with something like the Samsung S8 or S8+ or if you prefer Apple an iPhone 7 or 8 plus.

We hope you have enjoyed our Samsung Note 8 review, and feel free to drop a comment and leave us some feedback.

You can also check out the best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 contract deals at the top of this post..

Full Spec Below:

Launch: 2017, September

Body:

  • Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in)
  • Weight: 195g (6.88oz)
  • Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
  • Sim: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1m for 30 mins)
    -Stylus

Display:

  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
  • Size: 6.3 inches, 101.1cm², (-83.2% screen to body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18:5:9 ratio (-521 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    – HDR10 compliant
    – 3D Touch (home button only)
    – Always on display

Platform:

  •  OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradeable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA
    Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 832 – USA & China
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) – EMEA
    Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA & China
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
    Adreno 540 – USA & Chinsa

Memory:

  • Card slot: MicroSD, upto 512GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
  • Internal: 64/128/256GB, 6GB RAM

Camera:

  • Primary: Dual: 12MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5″, dual pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, AF) OIS, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
  • Features: Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR dual-video recording
  • Secondary: 8MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, AF) 1440@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR

Sound:

  • Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes
    – 32-bit/384kHz audio
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms:

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC: Yes
  • Radio: No
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features:

  • Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
  • Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • More: Samsung DeX (desktop experience support), fast battery charging (QuickCharge 2.0), Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependant), ANT + Support, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, Photo/video editor, Document editor

Battery:

  • Non-removeable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
  • Talk time: Up to 22h (3G)
  • Music play: Up to 74h

Misc:

  • Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Star Pink (Taiwan only)
  • Price: As seen in blog post above

Tests:

  • Performance: Basemark OS: 3374 / Basemark OS 2.0: 3333 / Basemark X: 40890
  • Display: Contrast ratio: infinite (nominal), 4.148 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 67dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 71dB
  • Audio Quality: Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -93.2dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 89h