Samsung Galaxy Note8 SM-N950F Dual-SIM 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Midnight Black)

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 SM-N950F Dual-SIM 64GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Midnight Black)
Key Features
  • GSM / 4G LTE Capable
  • International Variant/US Compatible LTE
  • 8MP Front + Dual 12MP Rear Cameras
  • 2X Optical Zoom, OIS, 4K Video
Connect, entertain, work, and play with the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F 64GB Smartphone in midnight black. This device comes with the S Pen stylus, dual 12MP cameras, waterproofing, and Samsung's Bixby personal assistant. The phone is powered by an Exynos 8895 processor with one 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and one 1.9 GHz quad-core processor along with 6GB of RAM. The 64GB of onboard storage can be augmented via the microSD card slot.
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Samsung SM-N950F/DS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Cameras
  • 3GSM / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity
  • 4International Variant / US Compatible LTE
  • 5Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
  • 6S Pen
  • 7App Pair
  • 8Infinity Display
  • 9Waterproof and Dustproof
  • 10Charging and Battery
  • 11DeX
  • 12Bixby
  • 13Android 7.1 Nougat

Connect, entertain, work, and play with the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950F 64GB Smartphone in midnight black. This device comes with the S Pen stylus, dual 12MP cameras, waterproofing, and Samsung's Bixby personal assistant. The phone is powered by an Exynos 8895 processor with one 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and one 1.9 GHz quad-core processor along with 6GB of RAM. The 64GB of onboard storage can be augmented via the microSD card slot.

The front of the Note 8 is dominated by a 6.3" AMOLED 2960 x 1440 Infinity Display, which curves around the edges for a bezel-less look. Above the screen is an 8MP f/1.7 front-facing camera with HDR and QHD video capability. There are two 12MP cameras around back, one f/1.7 with a 26mm-equivalent lens and the other f/2.4 with a 52mm-equivalent lens, enabling 2x zoom and simultaneous video and photo recording.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has Bluetooth 5.0 built-in for pairing with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi for high-speed Internet connectivity. Integrated Wi-Fi Direct and NFC give you the ability to connect to compatible devices for wirelessly sharing content like photos and music. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by a 3300mAh lithium-ion battery that can be quickly recharged thanks to on-board Fast Charging technology through the reversible USB Type-C port or through Qi and PMA wireless charging. A pair of earbuds are included, as are a USB cable, micro-USB adapter, charger, and SIM key.

Cameras

Rear-Facing Camera Features:
  • 2X optical zoom
  • Live Focus: Adjust depth of field in real-time
  • Dual Pixel Sensor: Improved low-light photography
  • Dual-LED, dual-tone flash
  • Simultaneous 4K video recording and 9MP image capture
  • Face/smile detection
  • Auto-HDR
  • Panorama
  • Geotagging
  • 4K video capture at 60 fps, 720p at 240 fps
    Rear Camera 1:
  • 12MP
  • f/1.7
  • PDAF
  • 26mm-equivalent
  • 1/2.55" sensor
  • 1.4µm pixel size
  • OIS
    Rear Camera 2:
  • 12MP
  • f/2.4
  • AF
  • 52mm-equivalent
  • 1/3.6" sensor
  • 1.0µm pixel size
  • OIS
    Front Camera Features:
  • Auto-HDR
  • 1440p video capture at 30fps
  • Dual video call
    Front Camera:
  • 8MP
  • f/1.7
  • AF
  • 1/3.6" sensor
  • 1.22µm pixel size
  • GSM / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity

    This phone is designed to work on select GSM networks and is 4G LTE capable. LTE is an advanced cellular network data protocol capable of data speeds so fast that they compete with wired broadband Internet providers. With an LTE connection, this phone should have no problem streaming HD video, downloading apps, uploading photos, or anything else that requires a high-speed data connection. The phone is also backwards compatible with 3G and 2G data for instances when you can't get LTE. In addition to cellular wireless, this phone also features Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

    Note: Not compatible with all cellular networks. Please make sure your provider uses a frequency or band that this phone supports, and that they will allow you to used carrier unlocked phones. You can check which bands this phone works within the specifications.

    International Variant / US Compatible LTE

    The SM-N950F is an international variant of the Galaxy Note 8. The SM-N950F's LTE radios are tuned to frequencies that are most often used in the United States and North America. It can also be used in other parts of the world; however, LTE access may be limited or unsupported, depending on the network. To ensure this phone will work with your carrier please check to make sure the frequencies your carrier uses are supported by this phone. The full list of compatible carrier frequencies can be found here, the frequencies this phone supports can be found in the product specs.

    Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)

    Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) allows you to lower your mobile costs when traveling while staying connected. Once your SIM cards are installed, you will be able to receive phone calls and text messages from either without needing to manually choose which one is active. When you want to make a call or send an SMS message, you can select the correct SIM card. When one SIM card is being used for a phone call, the other will not be active until you hang up. Operator charges may apply.

    S Pen

    The Note 8's S Pen has a finer tip and better pressure sensitivity than its predecessor, enabling writing, drawing, and more. Live Messages lets you send handwritten messages, GIFs, and marked-up photos to friends and family across most platforms. Screen Off Memo gives users the ability to start writing up to 100 pages of notes without waking their device up. The S Pen also offers a translation function for foreign languages and can automatically convert currencies and units of measurement.

    App Pair

    Launch two apps with a single tap. They'll show up side-by-side on the Note 8's Infinity Display.

    Infinity Display

    The Infinity Display wraps around the left and right edges of the device for an immersive experience with an 83% screen-to-body ratio and offers QHD+ 2960 x 1440 resolution. The display is certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium for accurate color reproduction.

    Waterproof and Dustproof

    The device features an IP68 rating, making it dustproof and able to be submerged in 5' of water for up to 30 minutes

    Charging and Battery

    The Note 8 comes with an embedded 3300mAh battery designed to last a full day of regular usage. It ships with an Adaptive Fast Charger for quick recharging and is compatible with Qi and PMA wireless charging standards. It is also compatible with Samsung's Fast Wireless Charger.

    DeX

    When paired with the optional Samsung DeX Station, you can use your Note 8 like a PC with a keyboard, mouse, and external display.

    Bixby

    Interact with a context-aware assistant by pressing the Bixby button and using voice and touch

    Android 7.1 Nougat

    The Android operating system integrates heavily with Google's services. Using the card-based Google Now, Android quickly surfaces information for you whenever you need it, powered by the same Knowledge Engine that runs Google's web search. It's a personalized and customizable OS, allowing you to add your favorite apps or widgets to your homescreen. You can even download new themes using the Google Play Store, which offers access to more than one million apps, games, books, music, movies, and more. Android 7.1 Nougat adds major productivity capabilities to the operating system in the form of a multi-window view, which allows for two apps to be placed onscreen at a time. An improved notification system allows you to interact with texts and emails right from your notification pane - without needing to open the app. Other features include file-based encryption, a Data Saver mode, the ability to scale text and icons to better suit your phone's screen, and more.

    Samsung SM-N950F/DS Specs

    Performance
    Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
    Memory6 GB
    GPUMali G71 MP20
    Display
    Native Resolution2960 x 1440
    Display Colors16.0 Million
    Aspect Ratio18.5:9
    Pixel Density521 ppi
    Screen CoatingGorilla Glass 5
    Communications
    GSM 2GGSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
    GSM 3G/3.5GUMTS, HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
    4G LTELTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 Bands
    BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 + EDR 
    NFCYes
    InfraredNo
    GPSYes
    FM RadioNo
    General
    SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer (Altimeter), Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Optical Heart Rate, Iris Scanner, Proximity,
    Water ResistanceSubmersible
    IP RatingIP68
    KeyboardVirtual
    Pointing DeviceStylus
    BatteryInternal Lithium-Ion (3300.0 mAh)
    Fast Charging TechnologySamsung Adaptive Fast Charger
    Wireless ChargingQi, PMA
    Dimensions (W x H x D)2.9 x 6.4 x 0.3" / 74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
    Weight6.88 oz / 195 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight1.21 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.95 x 3.7 x 2.15"

    Samsung SM-N950F/DS Reviews

    Not All I Had Hoped For

    By david
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2019-04-21

    B&H is great, best customer service Ive ever dealt with (Im 66 and been buying from the internet for many years).   There was some confusion about the unlocked status of this particular edition of the phone, they researched it and determined it will work for me.   So far (day 10), it does... This phone had some disappointments. 1) Screen size - 6.3 - but most of that is extra tall.   The screen is only about 1/4 inch wider than both of my 5 phones, and skinnier than my old, nasty, low-end Blu 6 inch phone.  The pixel density is high, so things are clear.   And the extra length helps some when using the split screen feature (which is nice to a point, but cumbersome to use). 2) Speed vs. battery.  This is the fastest phone Ive ever owned (default settings).  It advertises 14 hour battery life.   But to get that life, you need to choose a battery conservation setting that throttles the processor.  So, you can have full speed, or decent battery life, but not fully both.    I have not tried to extend the battery life.  I dont live on phone, not at all, not even close.  So far Ive not drained the battery enough in 1 day to matter.  I charge it every night, and have a good charger in the car, just in case. 3) Icon themes - it offers many, many, many free icon themes, but I had to look at dozens to find one I liked.  I want functional, not cutsie, artistic, or gaudy and I want to know easily what the icon means (there were some odd ones).   Ive not had this difficulty, with previous phones (this is my 6th - I keep the same phone a long time).  4)  SIM 2 slot is hybrid (SIM 2 *or* SD card).   I knew that going in,  but would have liked to have 2 SIMs *and* an SD card option (on this very high-end phone).  There is a lot of storage to start with, but,  Im using 1/4 of the storage just for apps.    Actually, B&H only offered (when I bought, at least) the 64 GB version,  I would have gotten 128 (for peace of mind) if it had been offered (assuming the price was proportionate).  5)  Both SIM slots can support 4G LTE, but not at the same time.   There is a setting, either 4G/3G/2G Auto select,or,3G/2G Auto select.   I tried to set them both to 4G... but each time I choose 4G... for one, the other is automatically downgraded to 3G....    Actually this may not be all that important - Ill only be using data on one SIM at a time (either the US SIM in US, or the Taiwan SIM in TW).   But, I have to remember to switch the setting, each time the plane lands.   And there area number of features on the good side: The hardware quality seems excellent.   The fast charge is very nice, and it is even nicer that the phone tells you if it is charging or fast charging and predicts the remaining time till full charge.  It wakes to the lock screen, when you pick it up.   Im using the Iris recognition unlock - very handy.   It is an international phone, and, this one, importantly, defaulted to English for initial set up (your mileage may vary).   There are many other new features offered by this phone.   Some Im not interested in (at least not yet) and other I have not yet learned about.  All-in-all, it is a sweet phone. I havent used the camera yet - just peaked. Lots of features, good resolution (you can get higher, but Im not sure more is important).   I walked into a darkish hall, to test the low-light sensitivity.   A little better than my previous phones, but Ive seen much better on a friends phone.   Again B&H is great. David

    Good Choice

    By Andrew
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2019-03-10

    I have been using the phone since December and I highly recommend it. Great sound quality and no dropped calls. I am using it on the T-Mobile network. Unfortunately I dont get T-Mobs Wifi calling feature on this phone. Con: With my VPN app turned on, Mobile Data off, Wifi on: Calls go directly to Vmail when I have a weak T-Mob signal. (Trying to resolve with different config settings).

    Samsung note 8

    By Loan
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-02-17

    Its a good one. I love it especially I trusted B&H website. I bought a lot of electronic device from this site. They are all good. Thank you

    Perfect Phone, Perfect Price

    By Jessica
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-01-21

    I am not under any phone contracts so I never get to upgrade at a good price. I have to buy all my phones out right. When the Note 8 came out, I saved my money and paid around $1000 for it. Unfortunately it broke on me few weeks ago, but FORTUNATELAY B & H had a Note 8 in the gold which I wanted, brand spanking new and half the cost. I could not be happier

    Great phone

    By Cynthia
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-04-18

    Used with t-mobile great phone!

    Galaxy note 8

    By Richard
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-04-17

    I love it

    Excellent, I purchased another one for my daughter

    By David N
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-04-03

    This is the best review, after 3 months of using my Note 8 , I purchased another Note 8 for my daughter -:)

    Dont waste your money on this model

    By Heidi
    Rated 1 out of 5
    Date: 2019-03-13

    I used to have Note4 and it was wonderful.  I have nothing but problems with calls.  They go straight to voice mail.  B&H replaced it once with a brand-new one and this one has the same problem.  I asked them to give me any other but Note 8, but no success.  Now I am stuck with a $600 phone that I can not use.

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