FYI: The screen of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 has a default resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels

Officially announced by Samsung earlier this week, the Galaxy Note 8 sports a dual-curve 6.3-inch screen - the largest ever on a Note smartphone. While this is definitely a Quad HD+ (1440 x 2960 pixels) display, you won't be seeing that resolution out of the box.

Just as it does on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung is defaulting the screen resolution of the Note 8 to Full HD+, and it's mentioning this on the phone's official website. Due to the 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the display, the resolution is 1080 x 2220 pixels (instead of the standard 1080 x 1920 Full HD).

Of course, users will be able to easily change the screen resolution to Quad HD+ (1440 x 2960) at any time from the Settings menu of the Note 8. But maybe you won't want to do that too often, as 1080 x 2220 pixels is still sharp enough, and, in everyday scenarios, you'll probably find it hard to notice differences between that and 1440 x 2960 pixels. Plus, with Full HD+, battery life will likely be better.

If you're planning to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, does not having a Quad HD+ resolution by default bother you in any way?

source: Samsung

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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. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So! How exactly is this news. The iPhone 7+ default resolution is 1080p. Yet it costs more than this one with 256GB of storage.

2. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

How does this come with 256gb?


Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

South Korea get 256GB storage version.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 "Emperor Edition"

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It comes in 64, I think 128 and, for sure 256.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When you use the VR, it defaults to the highest resolution anyway (2960x1440). Plus having the higher resolutions is at least better than not having the option to use a higher resolution. For instance the iPhone 7 is stuck at a low resolution 1334x750 resolution, and the iPhone 7+ is stuck at 1920x1080.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I guess full HD is a news worthy issue if anyone that isn't from a fruit company does it...? I never had an issue with FHD, but many reviewers did. The knocked flagships for shipping with it, even though Apple has yet to go past that. If it looks good, so be it. My 3T screen looks pretty good, and the phone screens are only gonna get better looking from here on out for me, so yeah.

21. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The bottom line is that no one cares about screen resolution outside tech enthusiasts. What I mean is that the general public doesn't even notice the difference between the two. I have yet to hear someone in public say the iPhone resolution is bad or complain that it's not good enough. The Samsung screens are better, but I believe that's more to do with color, HDR, etc.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's because nctx77 you only use iPhone's. But if you used VR, then you would know that those higher resolutions really do matter. Oh and if those higher resolutions really don't matter or people don't even notice the difference, then why did Apple put a 1920x1080 resolution display on the iPhone 7plus? The iPhone 7 and now the iPhone 7s have crap displays. The only reason why Apple still uses those low resolution displays, is to maximize profits. Because on Android these days, even the low priced smartphones have displays with resolutions the same as the iPhone 7 plus. So anyone buying an iPhone 7 or 7s these days is an idiot, especially at the price that Apple is asking.

48. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What's the resolution on the PS4 VR?

22. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

It’s neworthy because it suggests Samsung is not confident in performance at max resolution in their $930+ flagship, similar to placing a significantly smaller battery due to not being confident in improved battery safety. Not surprised techiexp is confused. Easily the biggest idiot here.

25. AxelFoley unregistered

I love how you're able to get into the heads of people and companies to psycho-analyze and extrapolate things that mean absolutely nothing. Like the larger battery analogy you used, if there was a lack of confidence, wouldn't they just not have included the higher resolution at all? So, that makes your analogy pointless. The article clearly mentions it is the same default as the Galaxy S8. If it was a problem after 5 months of the S8 , wouldn't the resolution have been scrapped or corrected by now? Maybe because the weather app is set to update every 4 hours instead of every 4 minutes, that means Samsung is not confident in the ability of AccuWeather to forecast. The biggest idiots here are ones who try to pull hidden meanings and create conspiracy theories based on the most asinine things. "Samsung is having a sale on the S8, that means they aren't confident in it and they are about to go bankrupt.". You don't know what their confidence level is, and you don't speak for anyone but yourself.

44. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You just debunked his silly conspiracy theory real good. He's got to take his tinfoil hat off already.

57. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm not confused. Whatbi stated was simple and factual. PA is trying to make it sound like Samsung is doing a bad thing defaulting the phone to a lower resolution. They did this for compatibility. Many apps on Android wont support the resolution and they crash with that error. But when you lower th3 resolution to the FHD+, then they work just fine. But with Apple you are stuck at 1080 and now choice for bwtter. To get A lower resolution you have to it another phone. I get the choice all in one phone. The only confused person here is your dumb butr.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

Dude it's just a little article on the default resolution of the new recently announced device, not everyone knows, new visitors, etc. Dang

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

wahhhh wahhhh wahhhh

20. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Samsung has to resort to lowering the default screen resolution to 1080p because of their small battery in order to obtain usage time comparable to other Android flagships running at a much crisper 1440p resolution. I really wish the Note 8 came with at least a 3,800mah battery so we can use the phone at its full glory.

60. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

False. I can tell you from experience, the battery life difference between 1080p and 1440p is negligible. To the point I keep my phone at full resolution, because it doesn't matter for battery.

49. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 2017

You are forgetting something, iPhone 7+ default resolution and maximum resolution is 1080p. It can't go beyond it. But Samsung flagship phones including Note 8 has just set the default resolution to 1080p hd for battery saving, you can easily change it to 1440 qhd+. So there's a big difference between Samsung 2k display and IPhone normal display.

4. Brandndd

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 19, 2017

OEM should admit that QHD+ screen is gimmick, unless battery tech is in advanced stage! .. For now, FHD is best even for 6+ inch phone. Mi max 2/ lumia 1520 is an example.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's not a gimmick, it has its uses...but the difference between FHD and QHD is not so vivid on a real estate that fits in your palm. You cannot call it a gimmick. Because it doesn't's just not as useful.

15. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

*cough* VR *cough*

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

My aging eyes can't really notice a difference anyways. I would be ok with the default settings.

102. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Now that's a real issue. I'm starting to see some decline in my eyes, where I had 20/14 vision up to about 43 years old, my last test had me at 20/22. And that was a couple of years ago, I think it's gotten a little worse. Which stinks because I'm an amateur visual astronomer.

9. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

This is Samsung’s admission that QHD basically is an overkill on a phone. Maybe on a 75” TV it’s useful. Apple know what they are doing. Same thing that happened with camera megapixel war, Android fans were bashing Apple left right and center, now Samsung went back to 12MP.

12. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It's required for VR. Actually 4K should be required for VR. So it has a purpose when you have an eco system that supports it. Apple obviously has neither. In addition, with this size screen , readers, artists, and gamers also start to appreciate 2K more than on little 5.5" screens.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


103. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Its no such thing. It's just like your television coming out of the box with midrange settings, and you need to set it up for yourself to your liking. But what you mention is no different than Apple fans bashing Samsung over AMOLED (burn in, cartoon colors, not bright), but Apple going to it on their top phone.

11. mrochester

Posts: 1040; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

There's something rather amusing about Samsung shipping a phone with a QHD screen and then deliberately downscaling that to a lower resolution. It's almost as if Samsung have realised the folly of their ways in terms of specification persuit.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The common sense is really lacking with people today. Be careful in the real world.

32. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sure as sony did.. same amusing.. as iphone will do.. same amusing..cause it's pointless to have home screen in QHD!!! But.. what do you know..!?

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