Samsung Note 8 hands-on: just a little bigger, just a little better


After the Note 7’s two recalls and ultimate cancellation, there’s been a tremendous amount of pressure on Samsung to get the Note 8 right. After using the device during a hands-on session, there’s a lot to like, even if none of it is particularly surprising.

The specs, for one, have been leaking for months. Here’s the rundown:

  • Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB SSD
  • 6.3-inch qHD+ display with HDR suppprt
  • microSD expansión
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Dual rear cameras: f1.7 normal and f2.4 wide angle
  • Iris scanner and poorly-placed fingerprint scanner
  • IP68 water resistance
  • S-Pen stylus with 4,096 pressure levels
  • Black, Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue (only first two in the US)

You can read more about the technical specs here.

The design is also what you’d imagine: A slightly boxier S8+. The phones have very similar dimensions, but Note 8 is just a teensy bit taller and wider, and the corners are a little less rounded. And despite the 6.3-inch screen, the Note 8 is still just about the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus.