Samsung's DJ Koh: here's why the Note 8 has a smaller battery


Samsung Mobile's boss Koh Dong-jin sat down or an interview after the Note 8 preorders began yesterday, and answered some pressing tech journalist questions about the new phablet that has a lot riding on its success to erase the negative impression left by its explosive predecessor the Note 7. In-between mentions of the rigorous investigative work that went into determining the exact cause of the Note 7's battery mishaps, he explained why Samsung took the decision to equip the Note 8 with a smaller battery than its predecessor.


Color us unconvinced, given the official battery life numbers that Samsung gives for the Note 8 fall a bit short of those it gave for the Note 7 in the video playback (16 hours vs 18 hours) and LTE browsing categories (13 hours vs 14 hours), but we'll have to put the new Note through our battery benchmark grind to pronounce a final endurance verdict. Other than that, DJ Koh said that they expect the Note 8 to sell more than the 11 million units that the Note 5 racked up, and famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo concurs with his prediction for 11-14 million Note 8 units shipped this year alone.

source: Korea Herald

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung Experience UI

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65 Comments

65. ebilcake

Posts: 1234; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Makes sense, with the stylus included they didn't have room to comfortably fit in a bigger battery.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's not gonna last as long as the S8+, especially with more hardware to power. Extra camera, bigger display, and the SPen. It will still last longer than an iPhone and yet you will be able to do more as well. If this was an iPhone, no one would be saying back, about the small battery vs its size. At least the Note has fast charging. Most people charge tbeir pbone every night, whether they need to or not. It's 11PM now, and I have 64% battery left from this morning's charge. The Note would likely be at 55%. Whatever the reasons are, there is nothing you can do to change it, except to not buy it. And a lot of people are going too. Because they expect this to be as good as the Note and have some benefits. I'm not impressed with it. But its not on my list right now.

61. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Isn't this fabled 10nm process supposed to make smaller batteries last longer on a single charge? We really need someone to spend a good two or three weeks with the phone in very light use to judge battery life.

60. wesley.

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Load of BS. They probably surrounded the small battery with an explosion proof protective lining to avoid another catastrophe.

58. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Ya, they could've kept the 3500mah battery size. The Note 8 is bigger in all dimensions than the Note 7, so the same size battery would've had more space inside

57. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

They just put in a 4000mah in the S8 active. In a phone that's 30% smaller. Don't talk to me about thickness. The actual volume of s8 active is smaller ad well. The real problem is Android inability to manage power is the reason why we have to have all this insane amount of power from battery. I own and use the S8+

46. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Who keeps their Flagship Smartphone for longer than two years?

42. psigate

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

They need to make the Note 8 bigger than the S line but because the S8plus is already too big, they cannot push the size further but they need the space for the spen so either they reduce the battery or risk another battery issue by pushing for the same capacity as the s8plus. They probably shoudnt have made s8plus as big so that the note can separate itself better in size

36. det_bradlee

Posts: 164; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

S8 Active battery is great! Wish they would have at least matched it.

35. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

They can give us all the BS they want on why the battery is so small. I don't buy any of it. It was simply the cheap & easy way around the past battery issues. What they need to do is release another 'Note 8 Max" version that is a couple millimeters thicker, but packs a minimum 4500 mAh battery. That way we could all get what we are most after: either super thin & light, but lean on the juice, or a bit chunkier & heavier but packing the power to go the distance. I'm perfectly content with the thickness of my current Note 4. If the Note 8 was that same thickness they could have really bumped up the battery capacity. But then they'd get slammed because their phones aren't razor thin.

38. cmdacos

Posts: 4423; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That damned chicken again...

39. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Lol! My comment got whacked because I tried to use an emoji! It's fixed now!

34. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Samsung is f**ked up with their battery issues. There are cheap phones out there that has bigger battery than note and yet were able to make the phone as safe as possible. The software coding of apps in android is s**t that even their efficient wanna be gimmick chips and specs cannot augment. They have a nice hardware but their software is ridiculous. They are more concerned with thier innovation gimmicks than making their phone optimized, efficient, realiable, safer, durable and effective power management. They better fix their battery issue than reduced the note’s battery to make safer. No wonder why Samsung phones tend to lag after 6 months of use. These phones should be at least $300, like most garbage Chinese iphone clones.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait to get mine. Set that puppy up, and get busy.

27. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

My s6 edge plus has a 3000mh battery and lasts me a day half with 5hrs - 6hrs sot. But then I do only have a 5.7 inch display!. I imagine the note 8 will yield similair results

18. adecvat

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Umidigi S2 Pro has 5100 mah battery in same body.

32. Cyberchum

Posts: 1148; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And it's probably way cheaper that whatever phone you are using. Why not sell your phone then, buy it and save some bucks?

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Chinese manufacturers are putting 4000 mah batteries and we never heard of any explosions happened to them. Lame excuse from Samsung. The note 8 should be at least get a 4000 mah battery for more productivity time.

16. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

It's all about premium style nowadays. I wouldn't mind sacrificing style for productivity.

20. Ibiza

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

Surprising how you try to troll every samsung article when you most definitely wont be getting one. Also quality of the battery matters. 95% of the battery capacity remains after 500 charge cycles. whereas the cheap chinese brands fall to pathetic levels in a couple of months usage. you don't like quality. We can see what you like in your username, You must be an iPhone 5c user.

30. Cyberchum

Posts: 1148; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And Chinese OEMs have had octa-core SoCs for years; who knows when we're gonna see that on an iPhone?

37. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Ever wonder why 90% of the Android users don't even use the latest version of Android after 12 months of being on the market? NO ONE CARES. most Android users just want a cheap phone that looks like an iPhone but costs $300 or less. That's the MAJORITY of Android users. Specs war for android cheap phones cause they couldn’t even optimized their software. Lag happens after 6 months of use. Bloatware almost everywhere. And the thing is, every f**king androids is being compared to iphones, why? Because its the only product that most android companies were dreaming of.

55. AxelFoley unregistered

"90% of the Android ....latest version of Android ,,,NO ONE CARES." -90% of iOS users couldn't tell you what version of iOS they are using. Maybe they actually care about what the OS can actually do rather that what changelog number it is on. "The Majority just want a cheap phone" - There are very few Android phones that are cheaper to build than an iphone. In terms of actual costs, every iphone is a cheap phone. Now, how much iphone customers are ripped-off by carrier subsidies is a separate issue. The iphone is a $220 phone...period. - You're also on an article about a phone that costs more than the iphone.....to build and the sales price. "Lag happens after 6 months of use. " Same with the iphone. Except, iOS and its "optimized" apps will also crash 3 times more. Because its the only product that most android companies were dreaming of. - This isn't an iphone article. You clicked on it, commented on it. So, it clearly shows what product you are currently fascinated by. Thanks for playing.

31. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Plasticsht roasted again as usual !! ROFL

33. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I see you are still bumburned by the fact that I made PA limit your other racist account. I advice you to see a doctor to soothe your rectal pain.

47. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

How else is Samsung going to get their Note Fans to buy those 'Fast Wireless Chargers' if they don't make the smaller-batteries that need them!?

54. AxelFoley unregistered

Since you can get a fast wireless charger free with the phone, you probably need to come up with another clever theory.

8. S8PlusIsBoss

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

I'm more than satisfied with the S8plus today this is the best Galaxy/phablet on the market period especially battery life the Note8 won't touch this

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

(X) Doubt

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Easy: to have a small explosion!!!!!!

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