2017 Q4 Flagship Phone Battles: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs Galaxy S8 Plus (Full Comparison Video Included)
Samsung has just launched their new flagship phablet Galaxy Note 8 on 24th August 2017. The company has also supersized the Galaxy Note 8’s price tag compared to Galaxy S8 Plus. So what are the differences between newer Galaxy Note 8 and his sibling Galaxy S8 Plus and is it worth the significant price premium?
Screen Displays – When Big Meet The Bigger
Samsung has managed to fit an even larger ‘Infinity Display’ into the Galaxy Note 8 than the Galaxy S8 Plus, making it the biggest panel the company has ever put into a premium flagship smartphone.
- Galaxy Note 8 – 6.3″, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi pixel density), 83.2% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Galaxy S8 Plus – 6.2″, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi pixel density), 84% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Exterior Design & Size – Identical Twins
Place the Galaxy Note 8 side-by-side with the Galaxy S8 Plus and it’s almost hard to tell them apart. Both share the same come aesthetic with glass backs, Infinity Displays and also an aluminium chassis. Get look into closer and will noticed that the Galaxy Note 8 is slightly bigger.
- Galaxy Note 8 – 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), 195 g (6.88 oz)
- Galaxy S8 Plus – 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (6.10 oz)
Despite the 0.1-inch difference in their screen size, the Galaxy Note 8 is 12% heavier as well as being taller, wider and thicker than Galaxy S8 Plus.
Like previous Galaxy Note smartphones, this Note 8’s S-Pen Stylus held in a spring loaded slot on the bottom and the space required means the rest of the phone has to be enlarged to accommodate it.
Both the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have USB Type-C charging ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 dust and water resistance which mean a full submersion for up to 30 minutes in 1.5 metres of water, a microSD slot up to 256GB cards and a hideously positioned rear fingerprint sensor.
Phone Camera – Samsung Double Up The Lens
Both the front facing camera with iris scanner and primary rear camera are identical to the Galaxy S8 Plus. But there is a second camera on the back (12MP at f/2.4 with OIS) which provides the Galaxy Note 8 with a 2x optical zoom and a bunch of party tricks.
- Front – 8MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
- Rear – 12 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 4K video recording, OIS, Auto HDR, LED flash
The optical zoom on Galaxy Note 8 allows Samsung to match Apple’s Portrait Mode for sharp shots of a subject while heavily blurring the background. In fact you can even choose where a photo should blur after it is taken smartly. Besides, Galaxy Note 8 is the first to include optical image stabilisation (OIS) in both camera modules which means you should get sharper shots.
Performance – More RAMs Advantage
Like so many aspect of the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, what sits behind these phones is again almost identical.
- Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 Plus (US) – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset (4x 2.35GHz and 4x 1.9GHz Kryo CPUs), Adreno 540 GPU
- Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 Plus (Europe and Asia) – Exynos 8895 (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz CPUs), ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
The difference is the Galaxy Note 8 has 6GB of RAM which is 50% more than the 4GB inside the Galaxy S8 Plus. This will improve the multitasking because more apps can be held and therefore quickly resumed in the 6GB memory.
Battery Life – Step Backwards For Safety Reason
Understandably Samsung does not want its phones to explode in 2017, that is why it has been more conservative with its battery capacities this year. The Galaxy Note 8 has downgraded the battery capacities to 3300 mAh, despite being a bigger phone and despite sporting a much larger display (screens are still the number one consumer of battery life). Furthermore the Galaxy S8 Plus has a 3500 mAh battery.
Price and Storage – Premium Price Tag Again
So take a deep breath because here comes the most controversial part.
- Galaxy Note 8 – 64GB – $929 / €1009 / £869
- Galaxy S8 Plus – 64GB – $850 / €899 / £779
Crucially the 64GB Galaxy Note 8 is also only $40 less than Apple’s top of the range 256GB iPhone 7 Plus, though the iPhone 8 will raise its price significantly.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Versus Galaxy S8 Plus Full Comparison Video
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