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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950F) - SIM-Free Smartphone - 64GB - Midnight Black

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Under the hood is an octa-core processor paired with 6GB of RAM, which makes it a very powerful handset indeed, ideal for multi-tasking and heavy use. The stylus can also be used to draw notes, even when the screen is in standby, which can then be pinned to the Always-on Display. Samsung could fix this issue with an in-glass front fingerprint sensor, but the technology isn’t ready yet. That’s a good 10% increase in multi-core processing when put against the Exynos 8890-equipped Galaxy Note 7. There are two types of people in the world – those who will use the Note 8’s S Pen, and those who think they’re going to use it, but will stop taking it out of its holster after about a week.

Review summary: The Galaxy Note 8 earns points for an excellent display, useful S-pen functionality, outstanding cameras, and very solid overall performance. Of course there’s also an iris scanner, should you want to bypass the fingerprint scanner altogether.

You can pin up to 10 features or apps to this menu, giving you quick access to the tools you are most likely to want to use with the stylus. Relying on open standards, this is a lot better than iMessage's closed system, as anyone can see the resulting messages. Samsung has come a very long way from the days of dimpled plastic covers, and it does not compromise on design. You can expand the viewfinder to fill the whole screen, and turn the camera button into a floating button.

Only reviews that feature the label "Verified Review" have been checked to ensure that the author actually used or purchased the product. They appear in a split-screen view, allowing you to do things like watch a YouTube video and look at directions on Maps at the same time, for example. There's not going to be a feature (other than iOS, which is another story entirely) that will blow the Note 8 away.

And, because it comes with a quality 8MP front-facing camera, you've got an even better excuse to take stunning-looking selfies. Even with the addition of the Samsung logo – pleasingly low-key in grey text – it doesn’t look at all overcrowded here. The V30 is sure to be less expensive (that's how LG rolls), and it has the additional T-Mobile coverage created by 600MHz support.

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