A look at the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has its work cut out for it, righting the wrongs of the maligned Note 7 that came to a fiery end. But with a massive screen, tiny bezels, battery life to go the distance and an excellent stylus, the Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest reimagining of Samsung’s best smartphones for productivity.

The S Pen stylus returns and it has a larger 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display’ to work with – but one that doesn’t increase the dimensions of the actual phone too much. The Note 8 acts like a big, borderless glass canvas for your important handwritten notes and masterpiece doodles.

At the same time, that 6.3”screen is squeezed into a body that is pretty much the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus and only a smidgen bigger than the Note 7 and then Galaxy S8+. The front is all screen with thin bezels top and bottom and curved edges that bend towards metal sides.

The device has the same processor, graphics and storage as the Galaxy S8 line of devices, but has more memory with 6GB of RAM. It performs similarly to the S8 and better in multitasking.

The Note 8 has Samsung’s first dual camera setup on the back. Both cameras have 12-megapixel sensors and optical image stabilization but with different focal lengths and apertures. One is a traditional smartphone camera with a f/1.7 lens, the other is a “telephoto” lens with a f/2.4 aperture, which together allow a 1x and 2x optical zoom.


  • Screen: 6.3in quad HD+ AMOLED (521ppi)
  • Processor: octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 or octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB of RAM
  • Storage: 64GB + microSD card
  • Operating system: Android 7.0 with TouchWiz
  • Camera: dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Iris sensor
  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 195g

The device is currently on Pre-Order at Samsung stores, one can get it under an installment plan with Lipa Later for an estimated price of Ksh. 12,340 monthly.

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