Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Unboxing and first impressions

by | Oct 18, 2017

Launched globally last month, the long awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8 officially became available in the Nigerian market last week. Here is everything to expect inside the box if you decide to buy it.


  • Android  7.1.1 Nougat
  • 6.3 ” Super AMOLED Display
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB internal expandable memory
  • Exynos 8895 Octa-core processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • Dual 12 MP auto-focus primary camera with dual-LED flash and 2x optical zoom
  • 8 MP secondary camera with flash
  • 3,300mAh non-removable Li-ion battery with fast charge
  • Fingerprint sensor

The Box

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is packed in an ink black box with ‘NOTE 8’ emblazoned across it in shiny blue characters.


Main box slides out of the outer encasement



USB Cable


Type A and USB converters, and replacement earphone tips.

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An ejector pin,

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And informational literature


The device

There is a hybrid SIM slot on the top of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Secondary camera and ambient light sensors are to the left of the earpiece

Volume rocker is above the power button on the left side of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

On the other side, there is a single button for Bixby (Samsung’s virtual assistant)

On the Corning Gorilla Glass covered back, the primary cameras stand beside a fingerprint sensor

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Under the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a 3.5mm headphone jack is struggling for space with the USB port, speaker grilles and stylus.

First Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most beautiful smartphones I have seen in a while. With a screen that seems to go on forever, near-zero bezels and well moulded body, the Note 8 looks like a win.

There is a stylus, water resistance and an amazing camera, what can go wrong? We will find out in the full review.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

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