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Full hardware specifications for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, the successor to last year’s recalled Note 7. Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S8/S8+, the Note 8 features an all-glass backing and a Samsung’s “Infinity Display.” The handset also comes with a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to last year’s model and dual cameras to capture photos with depth and wide-angle effects.

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Note 8 Specification
Android version Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Screen size 6.3-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 2960×1440 pixels
PPI 521 ppi
Primary camera Dual 12 MP w/ OIS, Wide-angle F1.7, Telephoto F2.4, 2X optical zoom & 10X digital zoom
Front camera 8 MP, AF, F1.7
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US, Exynos 8895 for international
Storage 64GB (U.S.) 128/256GB (international)
Expandable storage up to 256GB
RAM 6GB
Battery 3300mAh (nonremovable)
Ports USB Type-C, headphone jack
Weight 195 g
Dimensions 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
Other features IP68 water and dust resistant, IRIS scanner, rear-facing fingerprint sensor, Samsung KNOX
Color options Midnight Black, Orchid Grey (U.S.) Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Maple Gold, Deep Sea Blue (international)
Carrier availability AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon | September 15, 2017
Base price off-contract ~$930
In-box accessories USB-C charging cable, Fast Charging wall adapter, wired AKG headphones

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories April 15

Third-party ROM brings Android 11 to Galaxy S8 and Note 8

After another third-party ROM brought Android 11 to the Galaxy Note 9 and S9, it’s the turn of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories October 6, 2020

Bad — but not quite terrible — news for those still hanging on to the Galaxy Note 8, as the curtains have been drawn on regular monthly updates. It’s moved to a quarterly update path.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories April 9, 2020

[Update: Galaxy S9] Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now receiving the April 2020 security patch

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners might not be getting the far more wanted Android 10 update but at least you can get the April 2020 security patch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories March 17, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8 now receiving the March 2020 security patch

Samsung is now pushing the March 2020 security patch out to the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 series after first bestowing the update on the firm’s recent flagship lines.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories February 18, 2020

[Update: S9/S9+ too] The February 2020 security patch is now rolling out for the Galaxy S8, Note 8

Even with the rush and amount of invested resources going into the S20 series launch, Samsung has now promptly delivered the February 2020 security patch for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 — to match the recent S10, Note 9/10 updates.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 16, 2020

The January 2020 security patch now rolling out for Galaxy Note 8, S9/S9+

The January 2020 security patch is now rolling out for Samsung’s former flagships the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, and S9+.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories November 25, 2019

[Update: Galaxy S8] November 2019 security patch already rolling for the Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is already receiving the November 2019 security patch in some regions, making it one of the first devices to get the update.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories July 2, 2019

[Update: US Rollout begins w/ AT&T] Galaxy Note 8, S10, S10+ and S10e all receiving June 2019 patch

Samsung deserves some credit for upping their game in the update stakes, with the entire Galaxy S10 line — save the S10+ 5G — plus the Galaxy Note 8 now receiving the June 2019 security patch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories March 12, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8+ now receiving March 2019 security patch in some global regions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+ are now seeing the March 2019 security patch rollout in a few international regions for users in Taiwan, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, and the Nordic regions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories February 28, 2019

How to remap the Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8

Samsung first introduced the now infamous Bixby button on its Galaxy S8 and in the time since, users have been actively looking for ways to use it for other purposes. Now, Samsung has finally made that functionality available on several devices. Here’s how to remap the Bixby button on the Galaxy S10, S9, S8, Note 9, and Note 8.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has the ability to remap the Bixby hardware button on the side of the device. We reported last week that this feature would be heading to more Samsung devices in the coming weeks, and now the feature available for older Galaxy devices (via SamMobile).

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories February 15, 2019

[Update: Further markets] Galaxy Note 8 full Android Pie update now rolling out in Eastern Europe

We’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 get four separate Android Pie beta programs prior to this point. Now, unlocked Note 8 users in Eastern Europe are seeing the full One UI OTA hit their devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories February 12, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a fourth Android Pie beta update

The Samsung update roadmap, although not concrete, has the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 receiving the full Android Pie update sometime this month. That hasn’t stopped the Galaxy Note 8 from getting a fourth Android Pie beta update though.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories February 7, 2019

Third Android Pie beta now rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 w/ February 2019 security patch

A third Android Pie beta is now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 shortly after we saw the Samsung Galaxy S8 receive a third build of its own just last week.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 31, 2019

January 2019 security patch rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

We’ve had a wealth of news on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 over the past couple of weeks, but now we have some more in the form of the January 2019 security patch rolling out globally for the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 25, 2019

Finally, we are seeing US Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ users get the chance to join the Android Pie beta program. Samsung has opened up the option to unlocked device owners for the time, however, that may change in the near future.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 23, 2019

International Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users were lucky enough to get an Android Pie beta program (no word on US availability just yet) ahead of the official rollout in the coming months. Well, now anyone currently enrolled should see a second beta update OTA very shortly.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 15, 2019

After we reported earlier this month that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could receive a beta program ahead of the official Android Pie rollout, we didn’t expect the program to open quite so soon. Even so, Note 8 users will be happy to hear that their handsets will get a taste of Pie and One UI at least in beta form — for now. expand full story

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 3, 2019

There have been four iterations of the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy Note 9. With the Galaxy S9 also getting plenty of time with the brand new One UI, the probability of the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 getting a beta program of their own has grown significantly thanks to some test build information.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories November 12, 2018

Samsung will bring One UI to Galaxy S8, Note 8

Last week at its annual developer conference, Samsung officially revealed its latest design change, Samsung One UI. The updated interface makes a lot of changes, arguably for the better, and will hit recent releases in a couple of months. Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 will also get this update.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 17, 2018

Samsung brings AR Emojis and Super Slow-Motion video to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 offer some fun software features, but those weren’t available on older hardware for a while. This week, Samsung has updated both its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 with AR Emojis and Super Slow-Motion video…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 5, 2018

The Note 8 proved to be great return to form for one of Samsung’s best-loved productivity-focused lines. Yes, it was let down in a few areas — battery life being the main sore point — but the camera was most definitely not one of those. Is a camera improvement alone enough to justify an upgrade? Probably not, but if it were, is the camera exponentially better on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories August 13, 2018

Samsung expects the Galaxy Note 9 to outsell the Note 8 despite low Galaxy S9 sales

Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 last week and it brings a whole lot to the table. However, it is still a pretty iterative upgrade to last year’s Note 8 which, in all reality, is still a pretty great buy. Regardless, Samsung expects the Note 9 to outsell its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories July 6, 2018

Looking back at Samsung’s return to form with the Note 8 last year, it’s clear that cost was a significant reason it was unable to receive our unhindered recommendation in our initial review.

In this week’s Friday 5, we’re going to take a look at why the Note 8 is now a more compelling option for the budget-conscious tech enthusiast even with the flagship field being a packed one.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories July 2, 2018

Samsung brings ‘video lockscreen’ feature to Galaxy Note 8 and S8 from Galaxy S9

Samsung hasn’t made any drastic changes to its hardware or software for the past year or so, but the company has been doing great with bringing new features to older devices. Recently, the company quietly brought its “video lockscreen” from the S9 to last year’s crop of devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories June 26, 2018

Samsung adds nearly 30 new clockfaces to ‘Always-On Display’ on S8, S9, Note 8 w/ app

Samsung packs its devices full of features, some useful, some not. One of my personal favorites for the past few years has been the “Always-On Display” which debuted on the Galaxy S7. In recent releases and updates, Samsung has continually improved the feature. Now, Samsung is adding quite a few new customizations.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories May 23, 2018

May security patch rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 users on T-Mobile, Verizon [Update]

Android’s monthly security updates have done a great job in helping keep devices secure from the plethora of bugs that pop up from time to time. However, some are pretty slow about rolling them out. Today, T-Mobile and Samsung are rolling out May’s security patch to some devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories April 2, 2018

How to add an animated GIF to the Galaxy S9, S8, and Note 8’s ‘Always-on Display’

Out of the box, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ were able to show an image of the user’s choosing on the Always-on Display. Now, any Samsung phone running Oreo including the S9, S8, and Note 8 can add a GIF to the lockscreen. Here’s how…

Samsung’s ‘Always-On Display’ can show animated GIFs on the Galaxy S9, S8, and Note 8

While Samsung wasn’t the first to deliver an ambient display function on its smartphones, it may very well have the most feature-rich one on the market with its “Always-On Display.” Now, it’s picking up a new feature that displays GIFs…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories March 28, 2018

Android Oreo rolling out to the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 on AT&T

Last year’s biggest flagships took a fair while to pick up Android Oreo, but now carriers and company’s are finally launching updates for everyone. Today, AT&T is bringing Oreo to its variants of the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories March 26, 2018

Samsung has slowly been rolling out Android Oreo to its flagship devices from last year, and last week we saw the S8 complete its rollout to major carrier variants. However, unlocked users have been left in the dark when it comes to that update, with Note 8 owners in the same boat. Thankfully, Samsung is finally acknowledging that and giving answers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories February 19, 2018

Samsung including a pair of Gear IconX (2018) earbuds w/ Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchases

Truly wireless earbuds are becoming very popular thanks to Apple’s AirPods, and competitors are getting better and better. Samsung’s Gear IconX wireless earbuds are pretty fantastic, and now the $200 earbuds come free with the S8 or Note 8 for a limited time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 17, 2018

Samsung is now including wireless AKG headphones with a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are two of the best phones on the market right now, and they include a ton of great features. One nice perk is the included set of headphones from AKG, and now, Samsung is upping the ante on those.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories January 16, 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics just around the corner, Samsung has announced a limited-edition Galaxy Note 8 styled after the event. You might remember that Samsung did something very similar at the Rio Olympics back in 2016

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories December 26, 2017

When it comes to smartphone cameras, everyone knows that just about any flagship will take a good shot. However, finding a camera that can truly do it all — from stills to video — isn’t easy. In a recent comparison, one reviewer discovered an interesting tidbit about the Galaxy Note 8’s camera, and with this feature it crushes the competition.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories November 8, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in ‘Deep Sea Blue’ will be available in US on November 16th

Despite its massive price tag, the Galaxy Note 8 is still easily one of the best smartphones you can buy today. As with other devices from Samsung, however, it didn’t launch in the US with every color it was announced in. Now, Samsung has revealed that the Note 8’s “Deep Sea Blue” color is making its US debut.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories November 2, 2017

Peel’s ultra-thin cases are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 [Gallery]

Cases for smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, providing differing amounts of protection. While a rugged case might be best at keeping the Galaxy Note 8’s glass build from damage, these typically make an already large handset ginormous. Now if you want something ultra-thin, providing protection from minor scratches and scuffs while retaining the phone’s design, then Peel’s brand new cases might be for you…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories October 10, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Best budget cases

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best phones of 2017, but at just under $1,000, it is quite an investment. To make sure that you don’t break the bank while finding a way to protect it from minimal damage, here are some of the top budget (under $30) cases you can buy right now…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories October 8, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Best screen protectors

With devices like the Galaxy Note 8 becoming more display and less bezel, it’s essential to find the correct screen protector to defend the device from scratches and cracks. Here are four of the best screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories October 6, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Best rugged cases

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most beautiful and fantastic looking smartphones currently on the market. Unfortunately, its elegance comes at a price as its almost entirely made out of glass, something that easily scratches and cracks when dropped. Thankfully, there are plenty of rugged cases out there to protect your $1,000 investment. Here are the best…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories October 3, 2017

DxOMark is a recognized way — even if it doesn’t really mean all that much — to know how one mobile camera compares to another. Recently it’s been awarding higher scores than ever before to cameras hitting the market. Just last month the iPhone 8 Plus was crowned the king of mobile photography by a pretty solid margin, and today, the Galaxy Note 8 has just matched that camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 26, 2017

We’re excited to see Google unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 next Wednesday, but the original Pixels are still some of the best smartphones on the market. With so many new trends like dual cameras and edge-to-edge displays popping up in 2017, we wanted to see how well the Pixel XL holds up against some of today’s modern flagships, in what we’re calling Pixel Week.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 25, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How to make and send animated live messages

When the Galaxy Note 8 came out, many criticized the handset for being too similar to Samsung’s larger Galaxy S8+. But the Note 8 had one big differentiator: its S Pen. This specialized stylus allows users to take notes, capture screenshots, and more. New this year is the ability to create and send animated messages in the form of GIFs. Here’s how to make them…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 24, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: How to theme the user interface

Theming an Android smartphone or tablet is just one of the ways that users can truly make a device their own. While there are now ways to completely theme devices running Android Oreo, it is still not the most user-friendly option. Thankfully, companies like Samsung make theming as easy as tapping on an ‘Apply’ button…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 20, 2017

The Galaxy Note 7 was poised to be one of 2016’s best phones, but when a dangerous hardware defect sent some models up in flames, Samsung was quickly forced to pull it from the market. It was eventually revived in the form of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, but limited availability and an aging design kept it from being the resurgence to the Note brand Samsung needed. Enter the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung modernized its latest flagship by bringing over design elements of its hugely popular Galaxy S8 and S8+, creating a new Note that feels fit for 2017. At a starting price of nearly $1000, however, it’s the priciest Note yet, and with so many new competing flagships on the horizon, it’s putting longtime fans and power users in a tough spot.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 19, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8, Active and Note 8: How to disable the Bixby button

Since its launch, users have been asking Samsung for a way to either disable to remap the physical Bixby button. Although the company has gone out of its way to block third-party applications that did remap the button, Samsung did recently push out an update that allows users to disable the physical Bixby button (to an extent)…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 18, 2017

You can now sort of disable the annoying Bixby button on your Galaxy S8/Note 8

The Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 are all fantastic pieces of hardware, but just like anything else, they aren’t perfect. One of the biggest complaints in S8 reviews is the presence of the Bixby Button right below the volume rocker, and it seems Samsung has made a small change in response to the feedback.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Stories September 15, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is finally available in stores, marking the start of the Note brand’s comeback after last year’s recall disasters. It’s one of the most powerful phones on the market, but it’s also one of the more complicated ones. We compiled a short list of some of the first things you’ll want to do with your Galaxy Note 8 after taking it out of its box.

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