Samsung Galaxy Note 8 'final' leaked specs review: the productivity machine

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 'final' leaked specs review: the productivity machine

Samsung's Galaxy Note line of productivity-focused jumbo phones had an almost too-good-to-be-true run until last year, when the otherwise well-received Note 7 crashed and burned due to faulty battery design. Many had doubts about the future of the Note dynasty in the weeks and months following the embarrassing recalls, but at one point soon after, we actually started hearing rumors that a successor is already in the works. Could Samsung do it? Could it be that there's still life beneath the ashes of the Note 7?

All evidence now points that yes, the Galaxy Note 8 is coming, and what's more, it's to be here at the usual time: towards the end of August, as if nothing ever happened. Some nerve, Samsung! Let's get back to that evidence we mentioned...

Alleged Galaxy Note 8 specifications have been floating around for months now (as usual), but we can now feel much more certain about this piece of unofficial data, as the latest Note 8 specs sheet to surface has been reported by none other than Venture Beat's Evan Blass (@evleaks). During the last half-decade, Blass established himself as a trustworthy leaker of mobile device information and acquired almost legendary status within the tech blog sphere.

This is why we can now talk about the leaked Galaxy Note 8 specs with relative certainty.

Note 8 vs Note 7: what's new


  • 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)

Alleged Note 8 specifications

Before we get any further, it's a good idea to first see how things have progressed since the Note 7. Hopefully, one way the Galaxy Note 8 is going to progress is by not blowing up anymore! But we can't know this yet, so we can only look at the specs for the time being. What the Note 8 vs Note 7 specs comparison shows us is that curiously, the Note 8 is shaping up to be a considerably bigger smartphone than the Note 7. Take a look at the size comparison picture below to visualize that. Make no mistake: being slightly wider, but significantly taller and a bit thicker, the Samsung Note 8 will be a massive device: taller and thicker than the iPhone 7 Plus.

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumor review: specs, price and release date


Arriving 12 months later, the Note 8 has the advantage of the newer chipset, namely the Snapdragon 835 in the States, or Exynos 8895 in most places internationally. The Galaxy S8+ from earlier this year features the same piece of silicon, so can use this to create some projections about the Note 8's performance. In terms of improvement over the Note 7, we'd expect to see around 33% faster overall performance with the Galaxy Note 8, which is a substantial enough gain. The Note 8 will also come with 6 GB of RAM vs 4 GB in the Note 7, so this should bode well for its productivity nature.

Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7

Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7




Galaxy Note 8Galaxy Note 7
Display6.3-inch Super AMOLED
1440 x 2960 px, 9:18.5
5.7-inch Super AMOLED
1440 x 2560 px, 9:16
Dimensions6.40 x 2.94 x 0.33 inches
(162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5 mm)
6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches
(153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm)
System ChipSnapdragon 835
Exynos 8895
Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890
RAM6GB4GB
Storage64GB + microSD64GB + microSD
Battery3,300mAh3,500mAh
Main CameraDual 12 MP camera
2x optical zoom
12 MP camera
Front Camera8 MP, autofocus5 MP
Water-resistanceIP68IP68


Aside from that, a major area of innovation we can identify thanks to the leaked specs is the presence of a dual 12 MP camera: a first for Samsung. Neither the Note 7, nor the Galaxy S8 featured such a design, despite rival Apple introducing a dual camera in its iPhone 7 Plus late last year. Nonetheless, the second 12 MP in the Galaxy Note 8 is said to serve the same purpose as in the iPhone 7 Plus, having a telephoto lens for true 2x zoom. Whether or not Samsung will come up with its own version of Portrait mode, where the subject is stylishly separated from the background through a simulated bokeh effect, is unknown at this point, but our guess would be that Samsung is going to try its hand at that as well.

Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8+: productivity phablet against mainstream flagship


Galaxy Note 8 vs S8+

Galaxy Note 8 vs S8+


Last year's Note 7 almost fit within reasonable dimensions for a mainstream big-screen phone, but as we noted earlier, the Note 8 is shaping up to be a considerably larger device. It's going to be a bit larger than the Galaxy S8+, but it's also been reported that it'll have the more squared-off shape that Note products traditionally have. This will make it somewhat less ergonomic and pocked-friendly than the S8+.

When it comes to other specs, the core of the Galaxy Note 8 appears to be almost identical the S8+, including screen size, chipset, storage and many other characteristics, like the IP68 water- and dust-resistance. However, the Galaxy S8+ comes with a 3500 mAh battery, whereas the Note 8 will apparently arrive with a 3300 mAh one. Coupled with the slightly larger, 6.3" display, we hope the available juice will still be enough for a full-day run time. Looking at the PhoneArena Battery Life Benchmark, the S8+ clocked the respectable 8 hours, so if our calculations are correct, the Galaxy Note 8 should score slightly below that, provided all other things remain equal. This should be enough for a full day of moderate usage, but probably not more. Hey, at least it won't blow up in your face!


A very interesting detail we need to mention here is the very high price the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive at. While we can't be too specific yet, most reports converge around the $900 - $1000 price range. If this indeed turns out to be the case, the Galaxy S8+ may remain the better large-screen deal for a Galaxy smartphone throughout the remainder of the year, because it can already be easily found at under $700. The S Pen and the new dual camera are the only unique Note 8 features we're aware of so far. The same case cannot be made for Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, because there's also the considerable screen size difference to differentiate the two. With the Note 8 and S8+, there will be just 0.1" difference in screen size, which is really negligible.

READ MORE: Galaxy Note 8 vs the top big phones on the market: a size comparison


Samsung's next Note device will be Big, no matter how you look at it. The overall specs package will be second to none in the Android world, but even more impressive will be the breadth of features Samsung is expected to include. It isn't clear yet if all there is to the Note 8 has already leaked, or the manufacturer has managed to keep a few goodies hidden in order to make the official reveal sweeter. Speaking of which, Samsung has announced that it'll introduce the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23. You can count that we'll be there to provide quality first-hand coverage of the latest installment in Samsung's now-controversial Note series.



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  • 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)

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77 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Other than the FPS placement, this is the deal.

13. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I love everything, except the battery size. Shouldn't we see a battery much larger considering the large footprint? It's considerably larger than the note 7 yet packs a battery 200mah smaller. That doesn't sit well with me.

14. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

+1 The ONLY reason I see for why the battery is much smaller is so they don't have another exploding smartphone debacle. BUT, that isn't a good enough excuse for me. The Note 7 should at least pack a 3500 mah battery considering the size increase. To be honest, I was really hoping for 4000 mah. The only advantage this has over the S8+ is the larger display size and the Pen. But, if the price is true, I can't justify buying this over the S8+, especially when you note the battery is more impressive in the S8+ along with the more manageable device. EDIT: WAIT - If the Note 8 is $900-1000 and you can buy a brand new S8+ for $640, buying the Note 8 makes little sense unless you MUST have the pen.

25. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

" WAIT - If the Note 8 is $900-1000 and you can buy a brand new S8+ for $640, buying the Note 8 makes little sense unless you MUST have the pen." You are forgetting that s8+ was released at around $800. After few months note 8 will also sell at $700- 750.

26. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

ROFL.......But you are forgetting by the time the Note 8 is $700-$750, the S8+ will be like $500

29. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Who told you that? S7 edge is almost 16 months old device and it sells at $500 right now on amazon. So s8+ will not fall to $500 in next 3-4 months. But initial price of note 8 will definitely fall like its predecessors in next quarter after its release.

30. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

ROFL.... By the time the Note 8 is $700-750, the S7 edge will be like $350. I've seen it as low as $450 a month ago.

42. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

A month after it is as high as $500. lol.

33. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"WAIT - If the Note 8 is $900-1000 and you can buy a brand new S8+ for $640, buying the Note 8 makes little sense unless you MUST have the pen." Everyone with good knowledge of the Note line knows that the Note will have more/better features than the S model that came out 6 months prior IN ADDITION to the S-Pen features.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Gotta make room for the S-Pen and extra camera module. I'm just glad they didn't make room at the expense of the headphone jack. That world be a serious checkmark against it for me.

23. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Sup Ted. Idk man, look how much larger the Note 8 is compared to the Note 7. Considering Samsung's massive resources, I have trouble believing their engineering team couldn't find a way to make it work with a battery AT LEAST 3500mah in size. I mean, the S8+ camera is great. I currently use my S7E as my daily driver. I see very little reason to upgrade to this vs. the S8+. S8+ in my eyes seems like a far batter deal before we even discuss the price.

27. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Do you really think that samsung engineers are so dumb that they couldn't provide 3500mah in note 8 when note 7 released last year had 3500mah battery. Everyone knows samsung will play safe with note 8 especially its battery. Hence they have reduced the battery capacity. Personally i also don't like the move. Buy it is not as strange a decision as you are making it.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm sure they played it conservative. More battery is always welcome, but my Note 7 lasted MUCH longer than my S7 Edge does now, and it had a 100mah smaller battery. We'll see, but in my experience the Note series have always have a better benefit/battery size ratio compared to the S series.

44. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

The Note series was never meant as an upgrade to the S series in the first place. If you're content with the S series, stick with it. Those who know of the many uses of the S-Pen won't settle for anything less.

78. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Great comment Mr !!!!!! Everyone must read it and remember it, word by word. Especially the media guys. S Pen is MUCH more than jotting, and more and more ppl find it out. The base of the real Note user expands every year and scares the sh.. out the other OEMs.

39. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You would still be calling it the best phone ever

47. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If it is, I will.

43. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Note 7 FE comes with a safe 3200mah battery, this is 100mah larger...

46. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

They made it smaller because of the Note 7's over heating issues AND if you research the new chip-sets in the Note 8, they have a smaller footprint for power consumption. And a smaller footprint physically, but that's irrelevant to the battery.

70. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

What's it matter to you, you have no intention of buying it anyway.

41. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't mind the FPS placement. I have long/big hands anyways

2. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Pixel xl 2 seems better to me.

5. dnomadic

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is the great debate for me... I want the Pixel 2, but if it does not have a headphone jack, it will be a no-go for me. If Headphone jack is included, then it is bye-bye to the S8+ and a hard pass on the Note 8

6. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The N8 is meh tbh and its also very tall and narrow that it just looks downright weird.

34. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Oh so you've seen it in person, or did you not look at the physical measurements compared to the Note 7?

10. jacky899

Posts: 405; Member since: May 16, 2017

The Note 8 is sounding very unimpressive so far. I'll wait for the Pixel XL2 and Iphone 8. Maybe even the the LG V30 might make a better comeback than the Note 8. The previous LG V10 and V20's camera weren't that great but the V30's might be hugely improved from what I read.

35. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"Maybe even the the LG V30 might make a better comeback than the Note 8." *insert Jennifer Lawrence sarcastic 'okay' & thumbs up gif here*

71. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Then buy it. For people that use the Spen daily like I do and a lot of others the note is for us.

3. dnomadic

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

My only concern with this phone is the Height... Took me a moment to get used to the height of my S8+ the extra 3mm will make this a thumb stretcher for notifications. I would love to see the incorporation of an extra on screen button for notification, similar to LG. Now that devices are getting so tall I would also like a browser with the search bar located at the bottom. The windows phone browser and I believe the old blackberry browser in the z10 z30 had bottom of the browser search bars. Much more convenient given the screen size of new devices

11. Melee

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2017

I use the fps swipe feature to bring down notificatios on my 8plus. Thinking about investigating a way to make the bixby button do it too. But ...I just don't care enough

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