Tested: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (2017)

by JohanDid you know...21/09/2017

Tested: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (2017)
After the Note 7 debacle, (when all the devices sold were recalled as the battery risked exploding), Samsung really had to put things right with the Note 8. And that’s just what they’ve done. Along with the new iPhone, this is the top device of the autumn.


It’s clear as soon as you take the Note 8 out of the box: this slick combination of aluminum and glass is undoubtedly a first-class device. Many of its design elements come from the Galaxy S8, but it is a little more angular, giving it a more professional look. The stylus supplied adds to this impression. Like many top-range phones, it is long and narrower, but it still stands out.

There is one thing we don’t like as much: just as with the Galaxy, the fingerprint scanner is on the back, right next to the camera lenses, which is not the most convenient place.


You don’t have to teach Samsung how to make a screen and for the Note 8 the Koreans have pulled out all the stops. This is a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels. It has HDR support (giving richer, deeper colors) and is fully watertight. In terms of contrast, black levels, brightness and colors, this is probably the best screen around at the moment.


The most striking new feature on the Note 8 is probably the camera. This is the first Samsung smartphone fitted with a double camera lens. You can zoom in on your subject up to 2x without loss of quality. Even when the light is poor, the Note 8 still manages to take very useable photos without a fuzzy mess of noise or pixels, thanks to the built-in optic image stabilization. For enthusiasts: the double lens also enables the ‘bokeh’ effect (portraits with a hazy background).


Samsung gave the Note 8 a battery with a capacity of 3,300 mAh. That is on the low side for a device of this caliber. The Galaxy S8+, for instance, has one of 3,500 mAh. We presume that Samsung is determined to play it safe to avoid a repetition of the Note 7 debacle. That said, the Note 8 does support wireless charging and Quick Charge, so that you can charge it quickly.

Processor and multimedia

For the European market, Samsung is fitting the Note 8 with its own Exynos 8895 chip, just like the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This gives the user a chip with first-rate specifications and a performance comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This piece of silicon also measures 10 nanometers, which benefits performance and energy consumption.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8


  • First-rate specifications with all the whistles and bells you can think of
  • Very large Amoled screen with 18.5:9 image ratio
  • Camera with double lens, a first for Samsung
  • Battery could have more capacity, although the Exynos chip in the Note 8 is fairly economical
  • The price ticket: around € 1,000…

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