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

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" 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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65 Comments

1. pixel_ftw

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

They don't want to blow up their device again. That would certainly be a death flag for note series. Hence the smaller battery.

6. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Better safe than never. The Note 7 was a blow to the Note lineup.

44. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I'm going to be honest and say Samsung pissed me off by reducing the battery size. To me, this suggests they are still NOT confident in the batteries they are putting in these phones, along with the inner shell these batteries are placed in. As a Samsung fan, utilize the supposedly new and improved battery team (which they spent heavily on) to continue increasing battery size advancements. I don't care what anybody says, but playing it "safe" isn't simply reducing the battery size. Playing it safe is upping the protection significantly while still giving consumers the large battery they'd want. We all appreciate the battery optimization improvements, but imagine how much further we'd appreciate it with an even larger battery? This is most unbiased position I can take. Not paying $900+ for a phone that most likely can't last as long as the S8+, which is only $670.

59. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

wahhhh wahhhh wahhh

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This exactly. But anti-Samsung trolls are still blowing up everywhere, and Samsung can't do anything about that.

45. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Just to clarify, not everyone complaining about the battery size is an anti-Samsung troll. Just look at XDA forums. Many fans are upset about it, and for good reason.

48. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

XDA is a special breed. Most normal consumers probably don't care as long as you get whole day of usage which they will

53. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

All of us phone enthusiasts are a special breed. Most consumers don't know how many mAh their batteries have.

49. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm not talking about those complaining about the battery size, I'm talking about those trolling on Samsung articles, heck others are even using the old explosion joke, they're as cancerous as those who still haven't moved on from antennagate/bendgate. Others are repeating the same copy paste comment about touchwiz "lag". You understand now sir? Or do you need more explanation about which people I am talking about?

52. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

There was a reason I stated "just to clarify." You understand now sir?

64. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just to clarify, I was never talking about the people who complained about the battery size in the first place. You understand now sir?

62. jacky899

Posts: 392; Member since: May 16, 2017

The Note 8 have to resort to running at a lower screen resolution to achieve a reasonable batter life. In reality if both the Note 7 and Note 8 were running at the full 1440p resolution, which is what other android flagships are running at, the Note 8 will most likely have less operating time than the Note 7 or other android flagships. Very disappointing indeed.

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

3. VasiliS7

Posts: 192; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

After the incident and the "now how", Samsung phones and specialy the Note series will be the most safe phone out there.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said. I don't see why people don't see that. This was a wake up call for them.

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I wonder how you can troll every Samsung article then cry when people are trolling Apple articles. Haven't you gone through puberty yet?

10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

You don't have to take troll posts seriously lol.

50. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So.... just because I didn't put a "lol" there or a smiley face makes that a very serious comment?

40. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

"Cry when people are trolling Apple articles." Do you think so????? Trolling Apple is normal since we always troll the best, trolling Samsung is also normal since we always troll a copying company.

41. Panzer

Posts: 279; Member since: May 13, 2016

So you are going to start trolling Apple articles?? Please tell us about how Apple invented wireless charging, oled displays, file managers, etc etc.

43. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Only thing apple is best at is to milk money from customers and increase its cash reserve.

51. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, so much double standards, just what I expect from a retarded blind fanboy. Don't worry, there are many people like you here, both on the Apple and Android side.

9. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Keep it up!! Spyro aka kiko da kellyanne conway of PA's relative thinks your jokes are entertaining.

11. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

When someone gets criticized and resorts to attacking other people, you know they're mad as hell.

12. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

13. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

^Well, this just proves my point lol.

14. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I know right? It's entertaining. So I said "Keep it up!" What's the problem? lol

17. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Problem is you attacking me because you can't handle criticism.

19. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I agree with you so how am I attacking you? Why are you so angry?

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