Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Full, in-depth review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5


  • S-Pen
  • QHD+ Display


  • Battery life burns down fast
  • Exynos can't keep pace with Snapdragon

Bottom Line

With the arrival of the Note 8, the brand has finally - and maybe inevitably - risen from the ashes to reclaim its past glory.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 1,499.00 (AUD)


The Note 8’s camera marks the entrance of Samsung into the dual-lens camera arms-race, and the company well and truly make a splash here. Simply put: pictures taken with the Note 8 look great with a capital G.

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

While they aren’t quite as detailed as something taken by the Google Pixel or HTC U11, the Note 8’s Dual Capture mode adds valuable versatility not found in other dual-lens shooters. When in Live Focus mode, Dual Capture automatically takes a regular photo in addition to a portrait-style Bokeh shot. From there, you can soften or double-down on the blurred background of the shot or even remove the effect wholesale. The point is that you have the freedom to do this in post.

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

Being able to try and get a striking close-up without sacrificing a wider-more detailed shot is hugely freeing. Thankfully, it's far from the only strength of the Note 8's camera.

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

Samsung’s camera app boasts support for pretty much everything under the sun, from Snapchat-esque stickers to gifs to panoramas to slow-motion video to 180-degree virtual shots. It even integrates with Samsung’s Galaxy store, allowing for new camera modes to be rolled out after the fact. There aren't a whole lot

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

All up, the Note 8’s camera is the kind of tool that makes it difficult to take a truly bad photo. Even if it doesn’t offer quite a best-in-class experience for picture quality, it delivers on a level that the majority users probably won’t be able to split too much of a difference between it and the other dual-lens flagships around. Let alone feel short changed.

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

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