Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, its second flagship for 2017 after the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, goes on sale in the UK today. There’s not a huge difference in size between the S8 Plus and this new handset, though. So what’s the difference?

Traditionally, the Note family differs from the Galaxy series with an S Pen stylus, a larger screen, more battery power and additional performance. We can’t expect that extra juice from the Galaxy Note after the explosive tendencies of the Galaxy Note 7, and the Galaxy series just got a lot bigger. Where does that leave us?

The main differences between the two are as follows. We’ve also listed the key specs for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 in the table at the bottom of this page.

price and availability

The Galaxy Note 8 is available now for £869 inc VAT SIM free, which is the cheapest way to buy the new Note. See where to find the best Note 8 deals.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 is available today from Amazon without a SIM card for just £542.99 and the Galaxy S8 Plus for £626.99. This is well below their RRPs of £689 and £779 respectively and those prices are likely to fall further over the next few weeks.

cameras

The Note 8 is the first Samsung flagship with a dual camera, which is all the rage in the smartphone market right now. While the Galaxy S8 has a 12Mp f/1.7 lens, the Note 8 has an additional f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Interestingly, both of the Note 8’s cameras have optical image stabilization – it’s a first.

Both the S8 and Note 8 have an 8MP selfie camera.

S Pen pen

Only the Galaxy Note family comes with Samsung’s stylus, which has been improved for the Note 8 launch. We’re seeing the usual improvements, like improved pressure sensitivity and a finer tip, but more exciting is the ability to interact with the always-on display by creating, editing and pinning notes, and the ability to add animated text and images via Live Message to share. It can also translate whole sentences and convert units and currencies.

Screen

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus earlier this year, the display sizes were increased to 5.8 and 6.2 inches, respectively. With the previous Note 7 having a 5.7-inch screen, that no longer seemed like an area where the Note family would shine.

Samsung increases the display size of the Note 8, but to “only” 6.3 inches. With the same infinity display (quad-HD Super AMOLED, always-on display, minimal bezels, dual-curved edges) as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the difference in screen size is negligible. If you notice a difference in design, it’s the Note 8’s slightly squarer corners.

In fact, the Note 8 has the same design tweaks we see in the Galaxy S8, which means a dedicated Bixby key, USB-C support, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Thankfully, the headphone jack stays in place, too.

core hardware

Performance is another area where the Note 8 usually gets a boost, although leaked Geekbench 4 results suggest it performs no better than the Exynos 8895-powered Galaxy S8, which we ran our own tests. While our S8 scored 6466, the Note 8 reportedly scored 6066 (that’s with the Snapdragon 835).

Take this with caution, however, as synthetic benchmarks regularly return different results. And both results are a testament to insanely fast performance.

We look forward to getting the opportunity to run the Note 8 through our own benchmarks.

We’d expect similar performance to the Galaxy flagships due to the nearly identical hardware inside (they use the same CPUs and offer the same amount of storage), although the additional 2GB of RAM in the Note 8 gives it the lead in some benchmarks could .

specification comparison

specifications Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 plus
operating system Android 7 Nougat Android 7 Nougat Android 7 Nougat
Advertisement 6.3 inch, Quad HD, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED, always-on display 5.8 inch, Quad HD, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED, always-on display 6.2 inch, Quad HD, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED, always-on display
processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895
R.A.M. 6GB LPDDR4 4GB LPDDR4 4GB LPDDR4
warehouse 64GB/128GB/256GB plus microSD 64GB plus microSD 64GB plus microSD
Primary Camera 12 MP dual-lens rear camera (12 MP, f/1.7 wide-angle + f/2.4 telephoto with 2x optical zoom), OIS 12Mp f/1.7, OIS 12Mp f/1.7, OIS
selfie camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7
Additional functions S Pen stylus, rear fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, DeX support, IP68 Rear fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, DeX support, IP68 Rear fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, DeX support, IP68
battery 3,300 mAh with wired (USB-C) and wireless fast charging 3,000 mAh with wired (USB-C) and wireless fast charging 3,500 mAh with wired (USB-C) and wireless fast charging
Dimensions 74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6mm 68x149x8mm 73 x 160 x 8.1mm
Colours Midnight Black & Maple Gold at launch, Orchid Gray & Deep Sea Blue may come later Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver

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specifications

Samsung Galaxy S8: Specifications

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.8″ Quad HD display (2960 x 1440), 570 ppi
  • Dual curved edge display
  • Exynos 8895 octa-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB internal memory
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 256GB)
  • 12Mp rear camera with OIS
  • 8MP front camera
  • Pressure-sensitive home button
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • heart rate monitor
  • 11ac dual band WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE Cat 16
  • headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • 3000 mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • Dust and waterproof according to IP68
  • 68x149x8mm
  • 155g
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