21 FAQs About Samsung Galaxy Note8: Everything To Know

Namrata Gogoi

Planning to buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note8? Well, there must be hundreds of questions buzzing in your head right now about the new Samsung flagship.

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Look no further. We have curated some of the most frequently asked questions and facts to help you make the right decision.

As it’s going to be a long one, let’s jump straight in.

Q1. What are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note8?

Processor10nm octa-core Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835
RAM6 GB RAM
Storage64/128/256GB
DisplayQuad HD+ Super AMOLED
Special FeaturesIris Scanner, Face detection, S Pen, Dual Camera
Battery3300mAh, USB Type-C Charging Port
Charging TypeAdaptive Fast Charge
Expandable MemoryYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
BluetoothYes, Bluetooth 5.0
NFCYes

Q2. What is the camera configuration of the Galaxy Note8 camera?

Rear Camera12MP Telephoto +12MP Wide-angle
Special FeaturesDual OIS, Live Focus, Dual Capture
Pixel size1.0µm
Video Resolution4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 fps or 60 fps
Front Camera8 MP AF (f/1.7)
Pixel size1.22µm

Q3. What are the available modes of the camera?

Portrait mode is one of the incredible features of the Galaxy Note8. This camera setting allows you to make photos of people or objects magnificent with depth-of-field effect.

Other than that, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 also sports a Live Focus mode and Dual Capture mode.

The live focus mode allows you to adjust the photo blur both before and after you take the picture, while the dual capture mode captures two pictures — wide angle and close up — at the same time.

Q4. Is the Galaxy Note8 waterproof?

Yes, the Galaxy Note8 is waterproof. It’s IP68-certified water and dust resistant and is and touted to be safe up till 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

Q5. Is the display protected?

The display of the Note8 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. What’s more, the glass back is also coated with  Gorilla Glass 5.

Q6. Does it have the support for LTE and VoLTE networks?

Yes, the Galaxy Note8 is a dual-sim phone featuring two SIM slots having support for 4G and VoLTE.

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However, it doesn’t feature a dedicated microSD slot.

Q7. How good is the display quality of the Galaxy Note8?

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 sports a gorgeous 6.3-inch Super AMOLED edge-to-edge infinity display covering nearly 83.2% of the front panel. The larger screen not only makes multitasking easy but also makes watching movies and videos an absolute joy.

Q8. Does the Galaxy Note8 feature a headphone jack?

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Fortunately yes, the Galaxy Note8 features a 3.5 mm headphone jack and comes bundled with a pair of Pure sound By AKG earphones.

Q9. Does the Note8 support Wireless Charging?

The Galaxy Note8 features wireless charging which is compatible with both the WPC and PMA standards.

Q10. Will the Galaxy Note 8 support Samsung Pay?

Yes, the Galaxy Note 8 supports Samsung Pay. All you have to do is activate the app by registering your fingerprint on it. This set of fingerprints will be used every time you add a new card or transact using this app.

Q11 . What are the features of the improved S Pen?

The Galaxy Note8’s S Pen sports a slew of improved features. For starters, the S Pen is IP68 certified which means that it’s also water and dust resistant. Plus, it doesn’t need charging.

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Other than that, it has a high sensitivity level of 4096 and the tip has been narrowed down to almost 0.7mm.

Q12 . Is there any significant latency in the Note8’s S Pen?

No, there isn’t any significant latency or lags in the S Pen.

Q13  How does the Air Command work in the Note8?

Air Command is an easy-to-access pop-up menu that appears on the screen whenever you take the S Pen out of its housing or press the button on its side.

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The menu has a handy handful of apps like Live Message, Translate, Screen Write or Smart select.

Q14. Does the Galaxy Note8 support USB OTG?

Yes, the Note8 has the support for USB OTG (On the Go).

Q15. What are the contents of the Note8’s retail box?

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The Note8 packs in the following accessories in the retail box for India,

  • USB Connector,
  • AKG Earphones along with extra earbuds of different sizes,
  • Micro USB Converter,
  • S-Pen Pen Tips,
  • Back Case,
  • Travel Adapter

Q16. Where can I buy protective cases for the Note8?

Protective cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can be bought from the official Samsung accessories store or from any of the e-commerce websites like Amazon or eBay.

Q17. Which Android version does the Galaxy Note8 feature?

The Galaxy Note8 runs on the latest version of Android — Nougat v 7.1.2  — on top of TouchWiz version 4 and will receive the latest Android Oreo update by the end of 2017.

Q18. Does it have capacitive hardware buttons?

No, the Galaxy Note8 doesn’t have hardware buttons. Instead, it sports a set of on-screen navigation button or navbar which can be customized as per the need of the hour.

Q19. How is the Note8 better than the Note7?

Apart from the dual camera setup and the size difference, the Galaxy Note8 features a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED edge-to-edge infinity display and a more powerful processor. While the Note7 was powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 8890 processor (or Snapdragon 820), the new Note8 uses the thinner 64-bit octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon 835 processor.

The new Note8 uses the thinner 64-bit octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon 835 processor.

On the security aspects, the Galaxy Note 7 had fingerprint sensor while its successor sports a fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, and facial recognition capabilities.

Besides, the new Galaxy Note8 also boasts of special features like Bixby, Smart Home Management, Samsung Dex and Bluetooth 5.0.

Q20. What is the zoom capacity of the Galaxy Note8?

The new note from Samsung sports optical zoom at 2X and digital zoom up to 10X. Other than that, the Note8’s camera features filters, live stickers and grid lines in both the rear and front camera.

Q21. What does Bluetooth 5.0 mean?

Bluetooth 5.0 is the newer version of Bluetooth. The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first phone to have it and now the new Note8 has followed suit. With it, not only can you connect or air to external devices quickly but also a much-improved range.

With it, not only can you connect or air to external devices quickly but also a much-improved range.

If we talk numbers, it can cover nearly 2oo meters in the direct line of sight.

That’s All, Folks!

Phew, that was pretty long. Do you have any other questions related to the Samsung Galaxy Note8? Do drop us a line or two in the comments below.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.