Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone

The Good The Galaxy Note 8 tops Samsung's already excellent S8 and S8 Plus with dual cameras and a boatload of stylus tricks. It's the most feature-rich Android phone you can buy.

The Bad An expensive phone, the Note 8 has more features than most people will need. Samsung's portrait mode can be finicky. The poorly placed fingerprint reader repeats the Galaxy S8's worst design flaw.

The Bottom Line The Galaxy Note 8 retakes the throne as the ultimate Android phone for now, but some intense competition is just over the horizon.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 10.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Camera 8.0
  • Battery 10.0
8.9 Overall

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Review

Galaxy Note 8 is pricey, powerful and does it all

Editor's note: The Galaxy Note 8 is now on sale in select markets, including the US.

After testing it from San Francisco to Los Angeles and up to Lake Tahoe, I can confidently say that the Galaxy Note 8 is without a doubt Samsung's best, most feature-packed phone.

But it's also deeply burdened. Does it scrub away the bad taste of last year's disastrous Note 7 double-recall? Is the battery safe? Does it offer enough over the cheaper Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to make it worth the sky-high price? (See prices below.)

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $950
  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
  • Diagonal Size 6.3 in
  • Weight 6.9 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity sensor, barometer, gyro sensor, hall sensor, RGB sensor, pressure sensor, geomagnetic sensor
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS), WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features AT&T Video Call, Bixby Vision, Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), Face recognition, E-911 compliant, HD Voice, High AOP Mic, Live message, MU-MIMO technology, Multi Window, S Pen multi-input, Samsung DeX support, Noise suppression by Fortemedia, Samsung KNOX, Screen Write, Screen off memo, Smart Select, Smart View, TTD compatible, Wi-Fi Calling, TTY compatible, Wi-Fi Miracast, Wireless Emergency Alerts function
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