Samsung at today’s media event officially announced an eighth-generation Note with a water-resistant S Pen stylus, a narrower body, a dual-camera setup with optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom (or 10x digital zoom) on both wide angle and telephoto lenses, a 6.3-inch (without accounting for the rounded corners) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio that’s curved on the sides like on Galaxy S8 and more.

The phone measures 162.5mm wide, 74.8mm deep and 8.6mm tall, weighing in at 195 grams.

It features “glass sandwich” design held together buy a shiny aluminum frame and sports a nearly full-screen face without a physical Home button, like we saw with Galaxy S8.

According to the South Korean conglomerate, the new Note has the default resolution of Full HD+, or 1,600-by-900 pixels, which can be changed to Quad HD+ (2,560-by-1,440) in Settings.

“We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note for them,” said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

“From the Infinity Display to the enhanced S Pen and a powerful dual camera, Galaxy Note 8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.”

It supports all the multitasking capabilities of its predecessor, while providing a brand new feature called App Pair which allows you to create a custom pair of apps on the screen edges.

Check out the official introduction video for Note 8.

The battery?

The new Note packs in a 3,300mAh cell. It supports wireless charging compatible with the WPC and PMA standards and has fast-charging compatible with QC 2.0.

“Samsung continues to uphold its commitment to lead the industry in battery safety,” the company noted. “The Galaxy Note 8’s battery has undergone Samsung’s 8-Point Battery Safety Check procedure”, which it claims is the most rigorous in the industry.

As for the Note’s dual-lens camera, Samsung’s most powerful smartphone camera system yet, it has rapid auto focus and optical image stabilization on both the wide-angle (f/1.7 aperture) and telephoto (f/2.4 aperture) lenses, which results in better low-light photography and sharper pictures when using 2x optical zoom or taking depth-of-field photos.

Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus lacks optical image stabilization on the telephoto camera.

Samsung has another feature not implemented by Apple: the ability to control the depth of field by adjusting the bokeh effect in preview mode and even after you take the photo.

In dual capture mode, both rear cameras can even take two pictures simultaneously—one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background—and you can save them both at one in the Camera roll.

As for the front shooter (f/1.7 aperture), it has eight megapixels and smart focus.

The enhanced S Pen stylus sports a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity with as many as 4,096 levels of pressure (Apple Pencil is said to support 1,024 pressure levels).

With it, users can create more expressive messages with animated texts or drawings in the form of animated GIFs, hover over text to quickly translate individual words and entire sentences in up to 71 languages or convert units and foreign currencies.

Another feature, called Screen off Memo, lets you take up to 100 pages of notes as soon as you remove the S Pen, pin notes to the Always On display and make edits directly from it.

Note 8 comes preloaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

In terms of biometrics, it supports iris scanning, facial recognition and fingerprint scanning.

IP68 water and dust-resistant, the new Note is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip or a Samsung-made Exynos, depending on the market (both are fabricated on a ten-nanometer processor), and comes with six gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB onboard storage expandable to up to 256 gigabytes via a microSD slot.

The 64-bit chip uses four cores clocked at 2.3 gigahertz when speed maters, switching to the four low-power 1.7 gigahertz CPU cores for non-critical tasks.

Wireless capabilities include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and NFC. Yes, there’s even the standard 3.5mm headphone jack!

Lastly, it does LTE Cat. 16, has USB Type-C and comes with Samsung’s Bixby assistant that speaks US English and Korean and supports features like translation and image search.

Like Apple’s Siri, Bixby learns from you and improves over time.

Note 8 will be available ahead of iPhone 8 starting September 15 in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deepsea Blue finishes. Pre-orders will be available from US carriers and retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart starting tomorrow, August 24.

Verizon says Note 8 will cost $40 per month for 24 months, or $960 at retail. According to The Verge, the contract-free device will be priced at $930 at T-Mobile and $950 at AT&T.

Samsung will treat its loyal Note 7 owners to a trade-in credit of up to $425 when upgrading to Note 8 through Plus, those who buy a Note 8 between August 24 and September 24 have the chance to get either a free Samsung Gear 360 camera or a free Galaxy Foundation kit with a 128GB memory card and fast wireless charger.

Watch the Unpacked 2017 presentation on YouTube (there’s even a 360-degree version).

  • Galaxy Life

    Not that I was planning on buying it but this year’s Note is a huge disappointment.

    Samsung dropped the ball big time on this one.

    • Rowan09


      • Galaxy Life

        The design is ugly and it has no wow factor and this year’s Galaxy S for the first time is a better phone.

      • Guesswhat
      • Rowan09

        Well Samsung is running out of ideas. They already gave the S8+ everything from the Note 7 besides a stylus. I’m not surprised the Note 8 didn’t include a wow factor. I hope this one however doesn’t catch fire. Even if it’s 2 out of millions, it will affect them significantly.

      • Galaxy Life

        They’re far from running out of ideas. They still haven’t released anything with their flexible displays which will create a whole new category of devices and take wearables to the next level.

        They just played it way too safe with the Note 8 when all data shows fans unphased by the Note 7 debacle.

      • Rowan09

        Flexible displays won’t be the next trend. A display being flexible doesn’t change how you really interact with the device. I don’t see it solving any problem.

      • Galaxy Life

        Of course they are the next big thing.

        You don’t see it solving problems? Have you ever seen a broken display?

        Have you not ever seen a Sci Fi movie and all the different ways flexible displays get used?

        Glass has been around for centuries so it’s not going anywhere but flexible is the future and Samsung will lead the way.

      • Rowan09

        If all flexible displays are solving is broken screens then it will not be the future at all. I’m not saying it isn’t cool, but I don’t see the practical usage.

      • Galaxy Life

        You’re doing what I’ve seen you do in many posts–fish for a reason, any reason to be critical of anything non-Apple.

        When the first touch screen device went on sale did anyone including it’s creators imagine it being what touch screen devices are today? How about the first TV? Just because YOU can’t think of how something can’t be useful doesn’t mean it isn’t.

      • Rowan09

        I’m not the one that decides everyone does. It’s a fact Samsung made the Zoom and thought it would popular and it wasn’t. The flexible display devices were unveiled years ago and yet not one phone is made yet. I’m not saying it’s impossible I just don’t see how having a display flex solves any problem (besides being harder to break). A flexible display is not changing the basic way smartphones will be used.

        I asked for what practical usage does it solve and you said broken screens. If that’s the only purpose, it will not be as big as you make it seem if at all. Time will tell though.

      • Galaxy Life

        What does the zoom have to do with what we’re talking about? So what if it “failed” look how many products do or die.

        I’d rather a company like Samsung that’s willing to innovate and take risks as opposed to Apple that releases the same product year after year with minimal changes.
        If it wasn’t for Samsung Apple would still be offering up 3.5″ iPhones with iOS 6 looks and features.

        Samsung sets tends, others react. If Samsung releases flexible displays and people like them Apple, Google and everyone else will follow–there’s already ample evidence that that’s exactly how it works.

      • Rowan09

        Phones were already going big with the Evo being the first commercial big phone which was bigger than 3.5 and then the HD2 by HTC. Samsung did however make phablets (phone over 5″ cool after the Note 2). To make it seem as if Samsung started the bigger phone market is a lie.

        Samsung also doesn’t make it’s own OS so your statement about looking IOS 6 forever is also a lie. IOS always progressed just like Android did as well. I’ll tell you more changed in IOS over the years (rightfully so) than Android did (besides now being way less open).

        Apple set trends not Samsung. Samsung did make phablets popular but that’s where it ends. Apple made fingerprint sensors big, front facing camera big (iPhone 4), Video conferencing big on a mobile device, etc. Apple does take risks because they only release 2 phones are year. Samsung makes over 10 phones are year so I’m not sure what risks they really take.

        I don’t hate Samsung and didn’t even say anything negative about the Note 8. You said flexible displays are the future and your only reason was due to its strength against breaking. If that’s the only reason then it’s dead on arrival.

      • Galaxy Life

        Samsung does make it’s own OS. Their wearables and some of their phones run Tizen.

        I said flexible is the future because it is and just because I don’t know all the ways it will be used means nothing.

        When the first iPhone launched there wasn’t even an app store now look at all the things you can do with it that nobody thought you would ever want it could do on a smartphone.

        I remember the negativity when the first cameras appeared on phones–who would buy a phone today without one?

        If Apple was the one on the verge of creating phones with flexible displays the whole world would be heaping praises and accolades.

        Not long ago, someone once said “nobody wants a Hummer sized phone” well, that company just announced a phone much bigger than the one it criticized.

        I can’t wait to see TV’s that are like sheets if polymer.

    • Looks like a pretty compelling high-end device to me…

      • AOGV

        yeah with hardware. but it runs a bloated version of an already bad android. *insert sleeping emoji here*

      • Galaxy Life

        You’re not very bright are you?

        Bloated but it’s not even released yet.

        Already bad Android that you’ve never used.

        Be thankful for Samsung and Android otherwise you’d still have a 3.5″ display and none of those “new” features since iOS 7.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Half of the new features are from jailbreak so we’d have at least SOME

      • Galaxy Life

        Some maybe, but nowhere near half. Apple doesn’t have a team of people scouring Cydia. They do have a team that buys every phone from every competitor AND they have access to literally hundreds of millions of users to sample and examine exactly what they use and how.

      • Rowan09

        Android should also thank Apple it goes both ways. If it wasn’t for the iPhone for one, you would have an android that looks like a blackberry.

      • Galaxy Life

        That’s true too

      • Guesswhat

        We have to thank you, Mr. Galaxy, for bringing so much effort on a site that’s dedicated for Apple to share some insights from the android universe!

      • Galaxy Life

        High end of you’re “upgrading” from some other phone but if you have any flagship from any OEM from last year then no, absolutely not.

    • TechnoBuff

      How so? This is a pretty good high end device in all its glory compared to competition generally

  • Jay

    Water resistant s-pen? Great, taking notes in the rain is a great selling point!

    • Iskren Donev

      Forget the rain, I’m amazed you have never wanted to take notes while scuba diving

      • Jay

        I already do that with my water proof pen and paper Samsung is so far behind!

  • Jamessmooth

    Dear Apple, take NOTE; take the 7+ and make it all screen. Insta buy.

  • Charlie

    Why shipping it with lower resolution and the option to use higher one?

    • Steve R.

      I would imagine better battery life? But I can’t think of any other phone that has been shipped with a lower resolution and an option for a higher one.

    • Rowan09

      They do it with all their phones and it’s definitely for better battery life. They’re still also not going 4K which ironically a lot of people are calling for Apple to do. On such a tiny screen 4k is pretty useless.

  • :D

    Woah, a water-resistant stylus. What a selling point.

  • MSiqueira

    Chances are it will be called “Samsung Galaxy Note 8, North Korea Edition”

  • Iskren Donev

    Good luck to Samsung. After the Note 7 debacle this is a make-or-break moment for the Note brand.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Samsung needs to get with the times and remove headphone jack already

    • David Ruiz

      “Needs”? A lot of people still use the 3.5 mm jack. Just because Apple did it first doesn’t mean was a good/innovative thing. Was the main reason I didn’t upgrade my 6S actually.

      • I think they were being sarcastic.

      • Rowan09

        Well, it’s obvious going wireless is the future and Samsung was always said to be a future proof company who took risks. It seems they’ve been backing off taking risks and just joining the club lately.

      • burge

        Apple did it as a cost cutting exercise, why spend more when you can use what has to be there Bluetooth/lighting port. And then they make more on creating the AirPod.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly, that’s a smart move. I went wireless years ago now. I bought the AirPods and must say I’m very satisfied.

  • ravinigga

    For and Samsung user are disappointed in the note 8.
    It’s just s8+ with a s pen and 200-300 higher price tag

  • Andrieux Querido

    QUESTION about iPhone 7 and 7Plus. Yalu’s Jailbreak is stable for you guys? Because mine boots at least 4 times a day and i have to JB all again. I Tried to uninstall everything in Cydia but still the same.

    • Abdenour BeNo

      post your query on reddit, they gonna be much helping

      • Andrieux Querido


  • tariq

    i love everything about this phone and my hopes of SD Card came true but the price is a bit irrational, Ill wait till they drop down some

    • Rowan09

      The Note is always higher than the S due to screen size and the pen.