Note 8 comes with a set of 'premium' AKG earphones in the box, tuned by Harman Kardon

While announcing the Galaxy Note 8 a short while ago, Samsung mentioned that it will come with a pair of "premium" AKG earphones in the box, with 11Φ woofers and 8Φ tweeters.. While it's not clear if this will be the case in every market, or after the promo preorder period, given that this info was shared on the stage of the New York unveiling, we can expect that the US versions of the Note 8 are certainly lined up for the audiophile thrill.

The AKG headphones will be tuned by none other than Harman Kardon, which Samsung acquired for $8 billion not long ago. In that respect, the new Note 8 phablet follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which also saw their preorder units shipping with AKG by Harmon buds, so that's probably the same pair, and should sound better than the average buds.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

+100$ to price.

2. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

well, they do own Harman...

3. shield

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

But no better DAC? lol. I Wait on V30 Quad DAC with better earphones.

8. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

If there's no DAC there's no sound. Know much? lol? Samsung uses Cirrus Logic DAC's (formerly known as Wolfson), which has always been a go-to DAC for higher end media players.

4. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I'm hoping Samsung's dac could rival HTC, LG, and/or iphones audio prowess given with that hefty price tag.

5. Avieshek unregistered

Even a mid-range Vivo Smartphone have Akashi's Hi-Fi DAC. No wonder, it's just an S8 with a stylus. True

6. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

These headphones are the same one from the S8 right?

7. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

So long as it comes with a 3.5mm jack, you won't hear me complain too much. They don't have to bundle headphones at all at that point, it's a plus in my book, as I'm sure most people will use what they already have at home. The better quality headphones are a nice bonus.

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Galaxy S8/S8+ all still come with these. They're good headphones.

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