Samsung has launched the much awaited Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. The new handset comes with top-of-the-line features like a 6.3-inch Infinity display, 6GB RAM, and a dual camera setup. It is also the most expensive smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy series. Another feature that differentiates it from other Samsung flagships is the S Pen Stylus. Let’s see how it compares with its siblings. Read more to find about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs Galaxy S8 Plus Comparison – Which Phone is Better?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8||$950 (Rs 60,900)|
|Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus||Rs 64,900|
|Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus variant||Rs 74,990|
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus was launched at an introductory price of Rs 64,900 (the phone’s MRP being Rs 69,000). A new Galaxy S8 Plus variant is priced at Rs 74,990. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is priced at $950 (Rs 60,900). Let’s see if the difference in specs makes the Galaxy S8 Plus worth it.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note 8||Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus|
|Processor||octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895||2.3 octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895|
|Internal Storage||64GB (expandable up to 256GB)||64GB (expandable up to 256GB) Or 128GB|
|Display||6.3-inch, Quad HD (2960 x 1440p) resolution, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 521ppi||6.2-inch Quad HD (2960x1440p) resolution, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 aspect ratio|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz UI|
|Primary (Rear) Camera||Dual (12MP telephoto lens + 12MP wide-angle lens) with flash||12-megapixel with flash|
|Battery||3300mAh with Quick Charge support, Wireless Charging||3500mAh with Fast Charging, Wireless Charging|
Both handsets sport an octa-core chipset (Snapdragon 835 engine in the US and an Exynos 8895 everywhere else). While the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is supported by 4GB RAM, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with huge 6GB RAM.
In terms of operating system, the Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nouga, while the Galaxy S8 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Both devices will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is backed by a slightly smaller 3,300mAh battery compared to the 3,500mAh one on the Galaxy S8 Plus. The presence of S Pen and physical protection for battery might be the cause of this reduction.
The biggest difference between these two smartphones is the rear camera setup. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a dual camera setup. It combines two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus + telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2x Optical Zoom) with Dual OIS. Users will be able to capture nice bokeh and adjust the depth of field before or after taking it.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus comes with a single 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS). It is one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.
Both phones feature an 8-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.
Design and Display
Both devices sport a super-widescreen ‘Infinity Display’ with almost no bezels around them. However, the Note 8 features more pronounced curves compared to the S8 Plus. The Galaxy Note 8 sports a wide 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD+ (1,440 x 2,960 pixels) resolution and a pixel density of 521ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus features a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and 529 pixels per inch.
Both smartphones feature similar design elements including a curved glass back and a metal frame. However, the new phone is slightly bigger and more rectangular than the S8 Plus. It also includes an S Pen stylus. On the back, the Note 8 features a dual camera setup. Both phones are IP68 certified (dust and water resistant) and feature a fingerprint scanner.
While the Galaxy Note 8 measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and weighs 195g, the Galaxy S8 Plus is smaller and lighter at 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm and 173g. Still, the Note looks and feels thinner thanks to the longer screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes in Orchid Grey, Midnight Black, Maple Gold, and Deepsea Blue color options. The Galaxy S8 Plus is available in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold and Rose Pink color options.
Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an S Pen stylus, that allows you to draw and write on your handset.
On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not too different from the Galaxy S8 Plus. The brand-new handset features some cool improvements over its siblings including an extra camera, more RAM, and a wider display. We will have to wait and see how it performs in the real world situations. It remains to be seen how role does the reduction in battery size plays. At present, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers the widest screen possible. If you don’t care about the S Pen, the Galaxy S8 Plus is a well-tested option. Which of the two flagship smartphones would you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.