Samsung Galaxy Note 8 official with dual 12MP rear cameras, launching at T-Mobile on September 15th

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Right on schedule, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been made official.

Samsung today introduced the Galaxy Note 8, its new flagship and the follow-up to last year’s Note 7, which was discontinued following recalls and units overheating and catching fire. Samsung has rebounded by giving the Note 8 an updated design and new features.

One of the highlights of the Note 8 is its dual camera setup, a first for Samsung. There are two 12-megapixel cameras on the back of the Note 8, both of which offer Optical Image Stabilization. One camera has a wide angle lens with an f/1.7 aperture, while the other offers 2x optical zoom and an f/2.8 aperture.

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Samsung has created some software features to take advantage of the Note 8’s dual rear cameras. For example, Live Focus lets you control the depth of field and alter your photo’s bokeh effect in preview mode and after you take the photo. There’s also a Dual Capture mode that’ll use both rear cameras to take two photos simultaneously — one close up, one wide angle — and let you keep both.

Another notable feature of the Note 8 is its Infinity Display, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8 earlier this year. The Note 8 is packing a 6.3-inch 2960×1440 Super AMOLED display with curved edges and slim bezels all around. Like the S8, the Note 8 offers on-screen Android navigation buttons to keep its bezels slim. Also like the S8, the Note 8’s fingerprint reader has been relocated from the front of the phone to the right of the rear cameras.

The S Pen is always one of the major features of Samsung’s Note phones, and the Note 8 is no different. Samsung says that the Note 8’s S Pen has been enhanced with a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity. There are also several S Pen-specific software features, like Screen Off Memo that lets you take notes without turning on the Note 8’s display and an improved S Pen Translate that lets you hover over text and translate sentences in up to 71 languages as well as convert units and foreign currencies.

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Other specs for the Android 7.1.1-powered Galaxy Note 8 include an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, and a microSD slot for adding more storage if you’d like. There’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for all of your selfie needs, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3,300mAh battery, wireless charging support, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

All of those features are crammed into a body that’s IP68 water and dust resistant. Samsung touts that you can even use the S Pen to write on the Note 8 when the display is wet.

The Note 8 is compatible with the DeX dock that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8. You can drop your Note 8 onto the DeX dock and then connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to get a desktop-style computing experience.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy Note 8 is not compatible with T-Mobile’s new 600MHz LTE network. T-Mo confirmed that to me today, saying that the 600MHz-compatible Samsung phone that was previously promised is still coming.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will launch on September 15th, but you can pre-order one of your own tonight at 9:01 pm PT. T-Mobile will sell the Galaxy Note 8 in Midnight Black and Orchid Grey color options for $210 down and $30 per month on EIP. JUMP! On Demand customers will pay $0 down and $39 per month. Full retail price for the Note 8 will be $930.

Customers that purchase a Galaxy Note 8 on or before September 24th can score a free Samsung Gear 360 camera or a free Galaxy Foundation Kit that includes a 128GB microSD card and a Fast Wireless Charging Convertible stand.

Sources: Samsung, T-Mobile

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  • Karl Dittersdorf

    What about band 71 600 MHz support?

    • Patrick McLaughlin

      it will NOT have band 71 support

      • Petey07

        That’s a deal breaker, Since have to upgrade to a phone that has Band 71 to utilized it.

    • Alex Wagner

      T-Mobile has confirmed to me that the Note 8 does not support its 600MHz LTE network.

      • Patrick McLaughlin

        my belief is that the S9 will be the first to support Band 71. in fact, the video that was posted of the guy holding the samsung may have been the S9. Do you agree?

      • Shawn G.

        That’s incredibly disappointing, especially considering there were posters on this site that were certain it would have band 71 support. The good news is that I have no plans to visit Wyoming before that Note 9 is released.

        • Rob

          Its even more disappointing when you realize that the only missing piece to the puzzle is simply the antenna. The X16 and its transceiver are 600MHz-compliant.

      • Marcelo_L

        Then it’s a PASS for me. I guess I’ll pay the outstanding amount on my 18 month lease for the Note 5 I have. Oh well….It may not be latest and greatest, but it does enough.

        $930 was a bit of a suprise, but if it doesn’t have 600Mhz support for times when I’m not in a city, then it’s a PASS.

        Shame..because I AM TMo’s longest standing continuous customer (1997…Omnipoint, 2000…Voicestream….etc).

        • newcomer217

          Back from the Omnipoint days myself. I remember when that actually mattered. Ahh…those were the days…

      • Sharti24

        Please put that in the article

    • Karl Dittersdorf

      Yup, that is a deal breaker for me. 0% chance of getting this phone. Hopefully the V30 will have 600 MHz support…. Fingers crossed.

    • Cellphone Chris

      I’m thinking that’s why they’re offering $0 down on this device. Perhaps an updated version with Band 71 will be released before the holidays? Considering JOD now allows monthly upgrades, we could simply use JOD again to get a newer Note 8 with the updated chipset (Note 8+?). Here’s to hoping I’m right!

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    This phone is powered by the same chip as the S8 so it will NOT have band 71/600 Mhz support.
    my belief is that the S9 will though

    • Rob

      Its not the chip, the X16 and its paired transceiver are 600MHz-compliant. If Samsung included the necessary antenna, it should be possible to unlock 600MHz at some point. If not, they really made a misstep.

      • Patrick McLaughlin

        Tmobile already told Alex Wagner, the author of this story, it wasn’t going happen

        • Rob

          And T-Mobile knows what they’re talking about? Samsung could easily have the antenna in there, it wouldn’t be the first time that a device passed through the FCC with additional hardware not disclosed. I’ve personally enabled bands that weren’t approved by the FCC on Samsung phones before. If they put the hardware in, it can be activated and with the rumor mill churning since April about the Note 8 having Band 71 support along with Qualcomm backing up that the X16 LTE modem and its paired transceiver can indeed support 600MHz with the proper antenna, its possible the hardware is there but the testing process was not finished because the network wasn’t live.

    • noh1bvisas

      600mhz has only rolled out in Wyoming, anyway.

      • Patrick McLaughlin

        I know

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Glad to see there’s no up-front for JOD. This may be the last phone I get on it, I can’t see paying $210 to get a phone you only keep for 6 months.

  • hawkstwelve

    Really surprised to see the $0 down for JOD given the down payment required for the S8+ at launch and the recent changes to JOD. But hey, I’m not complaining.

    Although with that being said, $930 for a phone that is pretty much an S8+ but with dual cameras and a S Pen is a little ridiculous considering the S8+ was $850.

    • mreveryphone

      The note series is never just a s series with spen… It’s so much more than that.

      • hawkstwelve

        It used to be so much more than that. It used to be a power user phone. It used to have numerous upgrades and enhancements over the Galaxy S line. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

        The only differentiating factors between the Note 8 and the S8+ is the S Pen and dual cameras. You will not notice the difference between 6GB and 4GB of RAM. In addition, it has a smaller battery and a larger price tag. A power user phone this is not.

        • mreveryphone

          And you’ve had extensive use with the phone already to determine this??? People kill me making all these assumptions without even touching the device yet…

        • hawkstwelve

          What do I need the phone in hand to determine? Those are official specs from Samsung…?

          Something tells me you are a Note fanboy and will do everything in your power to give them every excuse for not upping the Note over the S line. I’m not saying the Note 8 is a bad phone, I’m just saying the Note line is not what it used to be. Pretty simple statement to make and agree with.

        • mreveryphone

          I’m a smartphone fanboy as I use all platforms and devices. You haven’t had the phone in your hand to determine those things. Now if it doesn’t live up to it’s potential I will be the first to admit that… But until then we can’t speak on that…

        • hawkstwelve

          Determine what things? I listed specs of the Note 8 and compared them with specs of the S8+. There is nothing to determine.

        • mreveryphone

          Exactly… So your first assumptions should have never been said…

        • hawkstwelve

          What are you even talking about? What assumptions?

          You’re fighting an uphill battle here, bud.

        • Tinger12

          The Note Series is far more than just the hardware. On the Note the software makes a huge difference.

          Then again $930 for the whole package is too rich for my blood. I’ll stick with my poor-man’s Note, the LG Stylo 3 Plus.

    • Cellphone Chris

      I’m happy they’re honoring the spirit of JOD when it was announced. Requiring down payments on leases is absurd, and eliminates the purpose of leasing.

      • Tinger12

        Cap reduction payments are a staple of many lease agreements. It lowers the lease payment and guarantees the residual value of the item leased for the seller.

        • Cellphone Chris

          While that is correct, your statement is another way of saying that the depreciation of the device is passed on to the lessee. If offered the option, I’d never opt to invest an up-front payment for an item I don’t plan on owning permanently.

        • Tinger12

          Depreciation is always passed on to both a buyer or a lessee. No leasing company/agent will take on the full depreciation. They do everything to lessen it. That is why cap payments are very common.

          If you want to own, then never deal with leasing. Most people get into them due to lower payments and in many cases less upfront costs.

  • samsung freud

    Anyone got info on when the unlocked version will be available?

  • lomsha

    Damn, 930. I’ll get the s8+ thanks.

    • noh1bvisas

      look on swappa. new ones are going for $550.

    • Verizonthunder

      what Noh said, or wait for the note 8 to be on swappa for cheaper price tag

  • Petey07

    Since I have the Jump v1.0.. paying $210 up front plus tax is kinda too steep since I’m not sure how long I would keep the phone for. I might convert to JOD instead, but does the new JOD policy applies to new JOD contracts?

    • mreveryphone

      It should. I did that with the S8 release because I knew I would be jumping into the note. I was on jump 1.0 as well.

      • Petey07

        I give T-Mo a call and see what’s my options are. thx!

        • dcmtnbkr

          They just screwed the pooch a little with jod though. After next august, it’ll have a down payment again.

  • Good

    Crazy price!!

  • Francisco Peña

    ouch.. $39 a month on JoD… well. I’ll be passing. boo…

    I barely pay $40 fro 2 LG G6 phones combined.

    • Limeybastard

      Yes, plus taxes in FL thats going to be almost $50 per month JOD.

    • Cellphone Chris

      Better than requiring a down payment to make it $30/mo.

  • mreveryphone

    I’ll definitely be pre-ordering tonight. I use all the features of the note for work an play. And I need that s-pen back! Everything else it does will be a bonus.

  • aglee89

    Stupid expensive for just a bigger uglier s8, yuge disappointment

    • mreveryphone

      It’s never just a bigger S8 if you actually know how to use the note…

      • aglee89

        My point is its a bigger version with a few new features, no android 8.0, no new band, and that cost. If you want the tablet aspect you can buy one for less than that with full windows capability. Nothing about this is worth the money in my opinion but everyone is different. Just not what I was hoping for from samsung is all

        • g2a5b0e

          Android Oreo won’t officially be out until after this phone is, so how could you have possibly even expected it?

        • 1ceTr0n

          He’s just bitching to bitch

    • 1ceTr0n

      Go back to iphone ya sheep

      • noh1bvisas

        rumor control is saying the iphone 8 won’t come with fingerprint scanning at all, because they can’t get the underscreen thing to work. think i read that on forbes.

        • 1ceTr0n

          Finger scanners are false/overhyped security measures anyway

        • Rob

          Yeah they’re so secure that a police officer can force you to unlock your phone without a warrant if you use them whereas they cannot do so with a PIN. Iris would be much the same. It doesn’t change the fact that they’re convenient, especially for people who have long passwords like I do. Hitting my fingerprint sensor to purchase something on the Play Store is much more convenient than tapping out my entire 36 character alphanumeric symbol combination password for my GMail account every time I feel like dropping a buck or two into an IAP.

        • noh1bvisas

          1. they need a warrant
          2. i’m not worried about the police getting a warrant – why are you? i’m more concerned about a thief or leaving it unattended.

        • MadJoe

          Not necessarily false (they do provide a modicum of security), but certainly over-hyped. But also very convenient, so people are going to continue to use them.

        • MadJoe

          There’s also a video out of the iPhone 8 (presumably) having its finger print reader tested. It appears it will be on the back embedded in the Apple logo if the video is to be believed.

      • aglee89

        Havn’t had an iphone since the very first one, and that will probably be the only phone that’s as bland and expensive as this one this fall sheep.

  • Hurlamania

    No mention of 600mhz

    • Patrick McLaughlin

      it does not have 600 mhz. my belief is the Galaxy S8 will be the first phone to have it

      • Joseph Cathey

        The S8 was already released and doesn’t have the modem for band 71.

        • Patrick McLaughlin

          That was a typo. I’m meant s9

        • CAL_08

          T-mobile has indicated that they will have 600mhz phone available in Q4 from Samsung and LG. Can’t imagine either offering newer phones after the Note 8 and V30 this year.

        • Patrick McLaughlin

          The s9 gets announced in a few months, I believe

        • Stephen

          The S8 was released in April of 2017, it will likely be first quarter of 2018 before the S9 is announced. If the Note 8 does not have band 71 via a firmware update, then there has to be a low to mid-range Samsung device coming out later this year that will have band 71 support.

        • Joseph Cathey

          Yeah, I’m digging sticking with their odd number releases. The S6 was a redesign, S7 polished it off, added SD card, waterproofing, and bigger battery. S8 redesigned, so the S9 should fix stupid FPS placement, and will likely have band 71. I’ll be waiting.

        • Patrick McLaughlin

          I agree

      • Patrick McLaughlin

        typo. i meant s9

      • Rob

        There will be at least one phone from Samsung and one from LG that support 600MHz this year, that’s straight from T-Mobile. If its not the Note 8 or the V30 then they will release midrangers. Either way, the S9 will not be the first to get it.

    • CousinSkeeta

      Bout time u can actually benefit from that u will be buying a new phone again… acting like u can’t cuz it don’t have 600mhz…. Lol u shouldn’t have a phone now cuz it don’t have it

      • Rob

        People travel. Spending 950+ (after taxes) on a phone that can’t take advantage of 600MHz in areas that people travel to? Samsung really shot themselves in the foot since the X16 modem ONLY needs the 600MHz antenna to use it. The chip and the transceiver paired with it are fully 600MHz compliant.

  • Hurlamania

    What phone is Samsung releasing in Q4 with 600mhz a J8 prime for $100

    • Marcelo_L

      And yet…this phone will not have Band 71..? Unless they decide to issue a Firmware update like they did back in the day for their Note 2 to turn on LTE…which we KNEW it had to have…but they had left it turned off at Launch time….

      • Iphart

        You can not add band 71/600MHZ with a firmware update.
        Maybe Note 9, that is gonna cost $1500!

        • Stephen

          There are phones that didn’t have band 12 at launch, but had it added later. On those phones band 12 was activated via a firmware update. I’m not saying that’s what will happen with the Note 8, since the phone has to have the hardware to support it, but there have been instances where a certain band was activated via a firmware update.

        • Marcelo_L

          You’re misunderstanding what I’m saying. With the Galaxy Note 2, as it was shipped by TMo, LTE was turned off….they made no mention if their version of the Note supported LTE or not. A few months later (I think it was like 9 months), after they started to roll out LTE more and more, they sent out a firmware update that ENABLED the LTE support that was already there, but dormant.

          I was theorizing if they would do the same for the Galaxy Note 8, but with activating Band 71/600Mhz. If the hardware is there, then it’s a matter of software. That’s what I am saying.

  • Erik

    It will be mine, oh yes, this note WILL BE MINE!!!!

  • tranceformer978

    Nine hundred and thirty dollars!? I’ll wait for the V30.

    • PiCASSiMO

      Ditto…

  • 1ceTr0n

    Finally, I can retire my beloved Note 4 with a worthwhile Note successor

  • JayBEE

    No Deep Sea Blu option?!

    • Marcelo_L

      Yeah, that stinks…..limited color options :(

      • JayBEE

        This totally bites. :( :( :( This is not cool at all.

    • 1ceTr0n

      Gotta wait or buy international version. Or just buy a blue case

      • JayBEE

        lol@buy a blue case!

  • Joseph Guy

    i got my s8 plus on eip and it was 130 down i added jump as soon as the phone got to me, when i look at my account it says i can jump i know i have not paid off 50 percent so not sure what happen because before it would tell me how much i needed to jump and now nothing

    • MadJoe

      You can JUMP!, sure, but T-Mobile is going to immediately hit you with a $270 bill as soon as you do ($800 phone, $130 down, 50% is $400, $130+$270=$400). You don’t have to already have paid off 50%, you just have to pay any difference the moment you do JUMP!.

      • Joseph Guy

        what do you mean difference, i think i am on an old jump plan i was told i can do an jump every 6 months for free and i got the phone back in april, so 50 percent of 850 is 425 right now i owe 570 left on the phone which means i have already paid 280,

        • Petey07

          If it’s the jump 1.0, as long as you waited 6 months and do an upgrade, it doesn’t matter how much you owe, you are eligible for an upgrade. I have the jump 1.0 and I think jump 2.0 is when you have to pay at least 50% of the EIP in order to upgrade.

          Please correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Rob

          Not totally. Jump 1 you get two credits in a rolling twelve month period. If you really wanted to you could buy the Note 8 on Jump then Jump a month later but you couldn’t Jump again for 12 months from the second Jump.

        • MadJoe

          If you have the original JUMP!, you can use it every 6 months regardless of balance left on the device as long as your account is in good standing.

      • STARK11

        Once again, incorrect information.

  • STARK11

    I have a question about EIP.

    I have 3 EIP open and one is with my jump **

    I want to preorder a phone, but dont want to use jump. I want to just open another EIP. How does this work, as I cant do this online. It only tells me to jump into a new phone

    I have enough EIP credit to get it done also.

    • MadJoe

      You need a line associated with the EIP, and can only have 1 EIP per line. Meaning if you have 2 lines, and 2 EIPs, you’d have to open a 3rd line to get a 3rd EIP.

      • STARK11

        I have actually have 3 EIPs open on my account with 1 phone line. So your information is incorrect. I can open a 4th if I wanted to right now and have in the past.

      • Koolme666

        Same this info is incorrect, currently have 3 devices on my one line all EIP a j7 back up phone, my note 5 and galaxy s7 T-Mobile from my understand doesn’t care if you upgrade on eip as long as you know what your paying for

        • MadJoe

          Hmm, I guess I was just assuming this was the policy based on the OP’s experience since I’ve never actually tried to open another EIP on my line. Good to know.

  • Petey07

    PhoneArena reported that former Note 7 users can get a discount if purchasing the Note 8, but they have to trade-in the current phone. I wonder how T-Mobile will incorporate this deal and what if I have Jump, yet I was one of the Note 7 user who had to return the phone because of the recall. I wouldn’t mind Hoping back on to the Note 8 and take advantage of the discount. Lol

    • Stephen

      So far, I’ve only seen reports of that being associated with pre-ordering directly from Samsung with a device trade in. Even if T-Mobile offers this, if you are on Jump or JOD, you would have to have an eligible, paid in full device, to trade in. Simply trading in the phone your are currently making payments on would not work. I don’t think details on eligible device and their credit amounts have been made public yet.

      • Petey07

        I agree, We just have to wait and see. I wished Samsung & T-Mobile does offer something for the Note 7 users, who sadly had to return the phone because of the recall which is no one fault besides Samsung.

  • Rob

    I want to punch whoever decided to put the fingerprint reader there in the face…

    Its also stupid that they didn’t ship it with Band 71. The X16 is more than capable of using Band 71. It will kill this flagship on T-Mobile for many.

    reddit/r/tmobile/comments/67hjwr/yes_were_adding_600mhz_support_to_the_x16_modem/

    • Romdude

      About the fingerprint reader, there is the retina and facial recognition as well as standard pattern and pin. I don’t think it is a deal breaker if the reason is the dual ois telephoto cameras. My guess it is just a physical impossibility. I’m sure they have heard a lot of flack about that and only did that as a necessity.

      • Rob

        They could have put it under the camera, especially on a phone as large as this one.

      • Rahul M

        Using Samsung Pay is a PITA with the current FPS placement.. at least, for me !

        • noh1bvisas

          does the iris scanner not work with samsung pay?

        • Rahul M

          One should try using Sam Pay with the iris scanner, all while looking down at the reader with a bunch of people behind you.. ;)

        • noh1bvisas

          screw the people behind…

    • Rahul M

      I agree.. I absolutely DETEST the FPS placement on my S8+!!

    • Stephen

      I would still say that band 71 isn’t completely ruled out, although I may be wrong. When band 12 first started getting built out there were phones that got band 12 activated via a firmware update. When the phones were release, there was no mention of band 12 support. It’s my understanding that the FCC doesn’t have the testing protocols for band 71 in place and if band 71 were to get activated (assuming the hardware supports it), the FCC would have to re-certify for that band. For obvious reasons, T-mobile/Samsung would not come out and say that the device will have band 71 without a guarantee. Time will tell, I guess.

      • Rob

        The problem is that while the X16 modem and transceiver support 600MHz completely, it needs an antenna to use it. Its possible but unlikely that they will update it down the road because they would have to submit it to the FCC for approval again by amending the original specifications and of course, the FCC testing process. Its costly to do something like this – it would be more likely that 600MHz will be left off the flagships this year and Samsung and LG will release a midranger with B71. Its considered minor compared to something like B12 at this point because it won’t have wide deployment this year but it can go either way. If Samsung put the antenna in there, it can be enabled one way or another.

    • noh1bvisas

      the iris scanner is getting good feedback – even from people that have glasses. coming from a v20, i won’t mind the FPS on the back.

      • Rob

        That’s great and all but its bad enough using the fingerprint scanner in the first place. My fingerprints are already in the public domain but my iris isn’t and I’d like to keep it that way. Hackers managed to fool an S8 iris scanner with a printed iris and a contact lens.

        • noh1bvisas

          i suppose they could cut your eyeball out, too. LOL!

        • Rob

          It would have to be awfully fresh when they used it or the iris would cloud up but yeah, theoretically.

  • Rahul M

    Why don’t they release ALL colors in the US ? Ugh! Really hoped for that deep sea blue to be released in the US.. oh well..

  • noh1bvisas

    JUST TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Bklynman

    Alex doesn’t mention this or maybe he doesn’t know. Read this on Cnet,Samsung will give you up $425.00 for your phone trade in,if you brought Note7. Does not matter what carrier.
    It is on Samgsung site.

  • Bklynman

    From Cnet,Absolutely excellent news for original Note 7 owners: Samsung will grant a discount on the Note 8 as an apology for the hassle of having returned your last phone.

    Note 7 owners who go to Samsung.com will receive an instant trade-in value of up to $425 (about £330 or $AU540) when you upgrade your current phone for a Galaxy Note 8. It’s gratifying to see Samsung make good with 2016’s endangered, inconvenienced buyers. Moreover, it’s the final step Samsung needed to take to finally put the Note 7 disaster to rest.

    Preorders start Aug. 24, and the phone goes on sale Sept. 15 in the US, UK, South Korea and other select countries. It’ll roll out globally through October.

    All US buyers who preorder the phone will get a fast wireless charger and a 128GB microSD card or a Gear 360 ($254.99 at Amazon.com). This has nothing to do with being a Note 7 owner, it’s available to everyone. More details here.

    • eanfoso

      Tf are you? Samsung rep?

      • Bklynman

        No,got that from cnet.

    • Tinger12

      The key words, “up to $425”. Sounds like if you have an S7/S7edge/S8/S8+ you will get the most credit.

      • Cellphone Chris

        The credit is actually the same for all of the eligible devices. Just processed my preorder and got $425 for an iPhone 5 we had laying around the house.

  • eanfoso

    With that money I can go to France instead, not interested but thanks Samsung, the pricing is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Rob

      It really is getting absurd. When you can get almost 4 Xbox One S consoles for the price of your phone, something is definitely wrong. Hell two 8GB/128GB OnePlus 5s is 1078!

      • noh1bvisas

        kinda hard to lug an xbox around, though ;) i guess it depends what you want to use it for.

        • Rob

          Just making a point. There’s no way the tech in the phone costs almost as much as two OnePlus 5s with twice the storage and an extra 2GB of RAM.

        • noh1bvisas

          the 1+5 isn’t even in the same class. apples to oranges. not knocking it in any way (except the camera and screen sucks).

        • Rob

          Samsung makes their own panels. You really think that panel costs them enough to justify this price? No, it doesn’t. And the 835 isn’t a justification either since its out in bulk quantities now and even HTC managed to snag some for the U11 when Samsung was having yield problems. Samsung is the source for almost all of the parts in the device in one way or another, they could easily price it reasonably.

        • noh1bvisas

          it’s really personal choice. i want a superb display, a pen and great camera, if i were in the market for a mid-range phone i would consider the 1+5 (have they done wifi calling yet?)

        • Rob

          Yeah it has WiFi calling. And the only thing midrange about it is the display.

        • Mike

          If you don’t like it don’t buy it .

        • eanfoso

          Lol you know that wouldn’t be a bad idea if they also made an Xbox portable, so like xboxp?

      • eanfoso

        For real, I was on the fence about this or the Nokia 8, heck I liked the cameras better on the Nokia because of that Carl zeiss lens, but was going to see if maybe the note was up to 150$ than the Nokia, heck no. I’m sorry but since I use not even a third of what the note does it’s not worth it.

      • I don’t pay over $750 for a laptop. So, I refuse at this price. I can afford it, but I refuse, hahaha

    • noh1bvisas

      i’ve been to france. it would be nice, if it weren’t for the french.

      • eanfoso

        Where did you go? Please don’t tell me you’re one of those who characterizes the whole of France based on a bad experience from one city, probably paris. I am very fond of them, they’re very well mannered and if you speak French I don’t see what problem you could’ve had, heck I even made friends while I was there.

        • noh1bvisas

          paris and the surrounding areas, aix and the southern coastal areas on the med. it was OK, but i don’t care to go back.

        • eanfoso

          Well that’s just said, but hey to each their own, another thing I loved was ever ass was a nice ass in France, don’t know why but girls my age were just on point. Besides my point is that the note is outrageously expensive. Btw I’m going back December to paris and Versailles.

        • noh1bvisas

          well, by comparison, ive been to over 50 countries. france was ok, but there are other countries with nicer people. italy and vietnam come to mind.

        • eanfoso

          That is true, Latin America comes to mind if you go deep into the wilderness and interact with those villages. You’d be amazed at the humbleness they have. How many languages do you speak? In Europe I had the worst experience interacting with Portuguese.

        • noh1bvisas

          Portuguese is a very difficult language. i do (did) english, french, spanish, italian. tried to lean arabic and mandarin, but i just can’t make those sounds.

        • eanfoso

          Haha ironically I found Portuguese very easy, I’m a native Spanish speaker so any romantic language is super easy, French was a little more difficult but English was hardest for me to learn. I don’t see a point in learn languages other than romance and English, as I’m not interested in the middle east or Asia but then again even those remote places speak English haha, but that’s not the case with old colonies, like Cuba or Angola haha.

        • Tony Chen

          french is the next afganistan watch ouit.

        • eanfoso

          Where do you get your sources from? Mind sharing a link to validate your statement? I came back two weeks ago and the capital and nearby towns are very well safe guarded.

    • Mike

      Then don’t get the phone you’re not required to purchase it

      • eanfoso

        And I’ll be doing just that, the pricing is ridiculous. Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

  • Sharti24

    Will this phone have 600mhz band 71?

    • Rob

      Not at this time. If it has the antenna it can be enabled later but current specifications, no.

      • Sharti24

        This is a dealbreaker for some. Im sure people will be looking into the V30 instead of the note 8

        • Rob

          No guarantee the V30 will have it either.

        • noh1bvisas

          tmo has said there will be “at least one phone” out this year that supports it. the v30 is plausible.

        • Rob

          T-Mobile said both Samsung and LG would have phones out but if the FCC can’t certify Band 71 yet, no matter what equipment is in the phone it won’t be enabled. There’s a much better chance of enabling dormant radios in Samsung devices than LG ones. Just needs an antenna and the rumor mill has been churning since April about the Note 8 supporting Band 71.

        • Jay Holm

          And now that LG is finally, finally putting OLED displays into their smartphones, LG can be given consideration. . . finally!!!

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          Didnt they do that with the flex?

        • Jay Holm

          Yeah…I guess so. I just think it’s strange that LG failed to include OLED in the G5/G6/V10/V10. . .

      • Mike

        The two phones tmobile states with 600mhz coming Q4 will be budget phones . Normally companies do that to test things out first before putting it into flagship devices.

    • noh1bvisas

      Tmo says the phone has “up to 1gb download”, now. is the 600mhz necessary right now? it’s not even rolled out.

      • Sharti24

        Ask the people who live in Wyoming that question who were “considering” switching to tmobile because they’re sick and tired of Dumb and dumber

        • noh1bvisas

          lol. i get 50 – 60mb downloads, now. that’s good enough for me.

      • Petey07

        It might not be necessary for some folks; but for some, it can be beneficial in case you end up being in an area that has 600mhz.

      • Rob

        Pretty sure it requires 3 carrier aggregation which would be 2, 4, 12 plus 256QAM plus 4×4 MIMO.

        • noh1bvisas

          i believe you’re correct. i believe the note 8 supports all those – if what the article says is correct.

        • Rob

          On T-Mobile it will definitely do 3xCA on 2/4/12 and 256QAM and 4×4 MIMO are undoubtedly available.

          The problem with 4×4 MIMO is it has to be programmed for each carrier’s bands – the U11 can do 4×4 MIMO but only on Sprint for example. It may end up that unlocked Note 8s don’t have it.

          You also have to be in a refarmed area as well. PCS farmed for LTE.

        • noh1bvisas

          yeah, i’d rather buy the unlocked version from sammy (tmo has been annoying me) but i would lose out on some of those bands. my v20 hits 100+ mb sometimes, so it’s in my area.

        • Rob

          Yeah T-Mo ticked me off so I switched to an MVNO (Mint) and bought an unlocked U11. Postpaid is just too expensive. My bill went from 115 per month to 159 per year. Its not completely fair to say that though because I did have my 10 on EIP so if I factor in my U11 purchase its $786 for the year or $65.50 a month but that’s still quite the savings for the same base Simple Choice 2GB plan I had. Data seems to have a cap around 20Mbps which is plenty for me since I’m always on my 200/10 Comcast anyway.

        • Sharti24

          2 for $100 is too expensive for unlimited?

        • Rob

          I have no need for unlimited. I had that plan before my old roommate died and I had to cut down bills. It was 100 + 2 phones on EIP + both lines on Jump – after taxes it was about 200 a month.

        • Jay Holm

          3x CA is barely even deployed anywhere! I live in Houston, it’s deployed where I work, but no where else. I do check!

        • Rob

          Indeed. We don’t even have B12 in the part of town I live in. Its all AWS although we do have B2, it never actually uses 2xCA. Go downtown though and its a completely different story. Its not like I live in the middle of nowhere either, there are three major highways within 15 minutes of me.

  • noh1bvisas

    if i win the lottery tonight, i’ll buy a note 8 for everyone on the forum :)

    • MurF-A-Zoid

      I hope you win

      • noh1bvisas

        i’ve never won anything, so i’m due.

  • Sharti24

    Samsung’s decision to not include 600mhz band 71 into their new Note 8 smartphone is a giant slap in the face to T-mobile and their customers. Consider the phone a disappointment before it’s even released

    • noh1bvisas

      i’ll worry about that when it is in more places than wyoming.

    • AA-Ron

      I’m happy with my s8, the only reason I was going to get the note 8 was for the 600 kHz. Might not be heavily used now, but by including it now you are basically future proofing your phone.

    • CousinSkeeta

      Kys samsung has no control over what bands a phone has or not it’s built in the chip

    • Mike

      600mhz isn’t even halfway deployed . Majority of people wouldn’t even be able to take advantage of it. Plus if your already getting a good reception no 600 MHz isn’t gonna kill u. 600mhz won’t be fully deployed until 2019 or 2020.

  • Joseph Guy

    just did my pre order i broke down and did it what can i say i am an note fan

  • George Salcedo

    No band 71 what a fail, $930 is also bogus as well plus a curved easy to break screen won’t help.

  • Trevor Traub

    Since when does Tmobile charge for pre-order shipping. They want 24.99 for overnight on EIP. :(

    • Drakh7989

      They charged 7.43 for jod shipping .Preorders were always free overnight shipping .This is horrible .

  • mreveryphone

    Charged me 8 bucks for shipping but they gave me a credit, and they tried to charge the $20 upgrade support charge but got that waived… The $8 shipping charge better be for overnight shipping..

    • Matt Davis

      Weird, the rep i spoke to said he couldnt waive or bill credit either the shipping or the “upgrade fee” That $8 shipping is for standard btw :)

      • Matt Davis

        Just spoke with a customer care rep, they are bill crediting it now

        • mreveryphone

          Told you… Mine definitely waived the $20. The rep I spoke to didn’t mention any other shipping options other than the $8 one. I also took advantage of the deal Samsung is giving with the note 7 trade in. So I’m probably going to trade in the one I get from tmobile for the iPhone 8

  • kclb

    Done. Ordered (online T-Mobile) – approximately 730p (HST) – 64gb midnight black. Fast and quick. No lag or idle screen.

    • Marcelo_L

      Probably because there aren’t that many orders. :(
      Yes, I know that was trolling, but still.

  • CL Stov

    I’m just not seeing the incentive, especially if you have a new phone. I think I’ll hold off till band 71 phones are on the market…

  • Stephen C

    They want to charge me 24.99 for 2-3 business day, $6.99 for 7 business day, and told me no way to avoid it…..

    • noh1bvisas

      i saw that, too. when i pre-ordered the v20, overnight shipping was free. think i’m going to wait. they’ll change their tune when orders lag. another thing i don’t like is the freebie. i really don’t see me using the 360 camera. i would much rather have the wireless charger and SD card.

      edit: best buy is offering free shipping AND a choice of freebie packages on the unlocked version.

    • Matt Davis

      I was told the same thing, i just got off the phone and a guy credited everything, shipping and “upgrade fee”

    • eanfoso

      If you’re paying 1000+ for a phone $6.99 shouldn’t be too, too much.

  • Joshua Lance

    I’m on original jump, that down payment is a no-go for me, no matter how much of a note fan I am. I will wait a month and go to Costco and it will be $0 down for original jump just like the S8+.

    • Petey07

      Same here, Very steep to pay $210 plus tax on this (about $93 for tax in CA). There’s no reason to jump again after this phone since you’re paying so much up front.

      I’m going wait until the next iPhone going to be announce and see if T-Mobile will have some sort special offer or discount for the Note.

      • Dulce Aguilera

        The $210 is for an EIP down payment. The JUMP on Demand down payment is $0.

        These 2 things are completely different.

        • Petey07

          Yes, we know that. The OP was speaking about the Jump 1.0., which my reply was corresponding to his comment. We are discussing about Jump 1.0.

    • Eric Im

      Is going to through Costco to upgrade on Jump 1.0, or any jump for that matter, as easy as it would be in a T-Mobile retail store?

      • Joshua Lance

        Yep I actually prefer it. Because they let you keep your phone to move all of your files once you get home. Then you mail it back. Plus they always throw in free goodies. I was in and out just as quick as any Tmo store.

        • Dulce Aguilera

          If you use your JUMP on Demand and pre-order, it’s only $0 and they give you 14 days to return your phone so you can transfer your files.

          Using monthly EIP payments is not the same. EIP is the one that requires the $200 deposit.

    • Matt Davis

      Just upgrade to JoD then in 18 months if you want to keep the phone, they give you an additional 9 months to pay off the remaining $230 or whatever it is.

      • Petey07

        I have the Jump 1.0 and I’m going to the JOD route since I don’t need the insurance from Jump 1.0. and paying $12 a months is somewhat not beneficial or have value to me *knocks on wood*.

        • Mike

          If you leasing a high end phone from JOD I highly recommend insurance. If you lose the phone you’re responsible for it. If the phone is turned in damage you’re responsible. If your worried about lost or stolen phones get 3rd party insurance squaretrade is one that comes to mind.

  • Shanita

    I had the chance to play with the Note 8 at my local BB store. I can’t wait to get mine. It is really a beautiful phone and so easy to hold in your hand. It is very light and thin and the S pen is awesome.

  • II did want 1, I’m a Note person, but I refuse to pay $1000 for a phone. Especially considering the last iteration was exploding, smh. The Note 8 should have been like $800-$850. The specs are good, but the screen is a little too big for me, and narrow. The Note 7 was the perfect size for me. I’m also disappointed that they aren’t starting with a blue color and only the 64GB will be available in the US, but it’s not too much of a worry because it still has a sd card slot. I’ll try for the deals, Black Friday or something. Samsung prices don’t really go down though :( We’ll see what happens, I won’t be pre-ordering this time around. And no Band 71, smh.

    Samsung has an incentive for Note 7 users, said they will give you up to $425 when you turn in a phone, but I think it has to be a Samsung. I have an LG v20, that I’m still paying for, so can’t send it to Samsung.

    • pc jona

      Check on swappa.com the prices will be down soon

  • Philip

    I hold the the Note 8 just now. It is as big as the S8+, but just a line longer. This is a big phone If you dont want the S-pen and dual camera, just get the S8+.

    • Does Best Buy have them in store?

      • Philip

        My BB store dont have it. I saw a pict someone post and it was on display at the BB store.

  • AussieB

    I don’t know how men fit a huge device like this in a pocket. If I were a woman with a purse, ok

    • MadJoe

      I don’t get your confusion, this phone should fit just fine in the front pocket of normal-fitting men’s pants. If it doesn’t fit in yours, you’re probably wearing women’s pants. They tend to fit snugger and not have very deep, if even real pockets.

  • So, just chatted with a Samsung rep, he told me as long as you turn in 1 of the eligible phones, that has no cracked screen, turns on, holds a charge, and its not blacklisted, former Note 7 users will get the full $425 credit. In that case, I will be getting it, I guess. That’s a more reasonable price. And you still get 1 of the promo specials.

    • MadJoe

      Thanks for the update. That’s great news, and for anyone who’s on the fence because you don’t have one of the phones to trade in, or still owe more on the phone you do have, do what I did and ask friends and family if anyone has an old iPhone knocking around in a drawer somewhere, chances are good it’s at least an iPhone 5 and they’ll sell it to you cheap (like $50 or less cheap). Barring that, Walmart sells the iPhone 5s for Straight Talk for $99.

      • I got me a G4 for $60 on ebay, in great condition. So, that’s what they will be getting, hahaha

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  • MadJoe

    I’ve found that when corporations, even big ones, start playing games with my money they tend to straighten out and “act right” once I threaten them with a report to the FTC.

  • CJNewYork

    Just read that the Note 8 won’t be able to catch TMo’s new 600 Mhz signal. Not a big deal in my area but pretty disappointing. I hope the LG V30 can catch it.

  • Aaron A.

    Just got this text from T-mobile. “Good News! Your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note8 order is being packed and will begin shipping soon. You may see applicable charges on your card.”

  • Tony Holland

    Does anyone have a preorder with a tracking number that has actually shown movement? Looks like Verizon customers are receiving their Notes today.

  • AllMedia215

    Who else got theirs already? :-)