Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Reviews Are in and They’re Thumbs Up

Set to arrive in U.S. stores on Sept. 15, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is winning strong reviews for its advanced dual rear cameras and stylus-enabled capabilities. Samsung said the device has also gone through extensive testing so it won't suffer the same fate as last year's fire-prone Note 7.

Priced starting at $929, the Android Nougat-powered Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch curved-edge Infinity display, support for wired or wireless fast charging, and a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Ahead of next week's official release, several reports indicate that buyers who pre-ordered are already receiving devices from their wireless carriers.

While some reviewers have noted that the Galaxy Note 8 isn't wildly different from the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched in the spring, Samsung's latest phone introduces a number of new ways to use the provided S Pen stylus, including the ability to hand-write memos on the screen even when the device is locked. Samsung said the Note 8 is also the first smartphone to provide optical image stabilization for dual cameras.

'Nearly Perfect'

To date, reviews of the Galaxy Note 8 have called it everything from "a nearly perfect smartphone" (ZDNet) to "the most feature-rich Android phone you can buy" (CNET) to "the best big-screen phone yet" (Tom's Guide). BGR called it "probably Samsung's best phone of the year," although it also noted the device is in many ways "basically a bigger Galaxy S8 version."

Several reviewers have also pointed out that the Note 8 retains the same drawback as the S8 and S8 Plus by locating the fingerprint security sensor on the back of the device alongside the dual cameras. While the new phone also features facial recognition and an iris sensor for biometric security, CNET called the iris scanner's performance "hit-or-miss," and BGR warned both options could...

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