Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What's the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What's the Difference?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be on sale soon, and is one of the most hyped smartphone releases… well, ever. After the marketing disaster of mass recalls of the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, sales across the board at Samsung suffered badly. However, before the issues with the battery of the Note 7 became apparent, the phone was popular and favoured by the public for its feature list. However, this has meant that Samsung needed to really ‘up their game’ with the latest model release. So, what’s changed?


Whilst the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a visually stunning phone, the Note 8 has moved away somewhat from the classical Note-range style of design, instead taking its aesthetic cues from the Samsung S range instead.

The front of the phone is almost entirely screen space, again with a dual-edge display and a metal and glass sandwich design. However, there are significantly less bezels around the display and this larger screen makes the Note 8 thicker and taller than its predecessor. The screen increases to 6.3-inches and the infinity display is the same is the newer S range models.

Finally, the fingerprint sensor has moved, but it is still on the back of the phone; this time to the right of the dual-camera.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual-rear camera, with two 12-megapixel lenses. One has a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto with optical zoom. Image stabilisation works on both. Of course, a front-facing selfie camera is still a feature, with a slight upgrade from the resolution of the Note 7.

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Hardware and Software

You’ll find 6GB of RAM within the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which runs either on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895. Internal storage options to purchase include 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with a microSD slot for expansion. These are slight upgrades from the Galaxy Note 7. The iris-scanning capability has been upgraded.

Interestingly, the battery capacity is 3300mAh, which is smaller than the Galaxy Note 7, although it is still compatible with fast charging.

The Galaxy Note 7 launched on Android Marshmallow with the Samsung TouchWiz interface working within it. Similarly, the Galaxy Note 8 will launch on Android Nougat with TouchWiz also. There are several software upgrades in place however, including the new App Pair feature (allowing two apps to be open at the same time on a split screen) and Live Message (a GIF creator). Voice assistant Bixby is present on the new device, as on the S8 and S8+, and the new S Pen present offers a whopping 4096 levels of pressure!

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This all investigated, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is set to retail for about £200 more than its predecessor, making it the most expensive phone Samsung have ever launched. If you decide to invest in the new model, shop the full accessories range on Gadgetwear now!


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