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The 5 biggest differences between Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and upcoming Note 8

Zach Epstein
July 5th, 2017 at 10:27 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs Galaxy S8

In the weeks following its release last year, the Galaxy Note 7 quickly became the most beloved Samsung smartphone of all time. It was the fastest and most powerful smartphone Samsung had ever built at the time, and it also featured what was by far the sleekest design and the most impressive software enhancements. Then, it all went up in smoke. Literally.

Expectations for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 couldn’t be higher, especially considering the Note 7’s untimely demise. The good news is that just about everything we’ve heard so far paints a very enticing picture of things to come. We’ve seen the Note 8’s specs leak, and BGR exclusively revealed the phone’s final design earlier this week. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the biggest differences between the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung’s current flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Display Size

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were the first two smartphones to feature the company’s new Infinity Displays. Samsung’s new design is gorgeous, that the screens on both phones are huge and stunning. But rumor has it the Galaxy Note 8 will sport an even bigger 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution.

Better screen-to-body ratio

Speaking of displays, size isn’t the only area where the Galaxy Note 8’s display will shine. The phone will supposedly feature a screen-to-body ratio that is even more impressive than the 83% achieved by the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Among widely available top-tier smartphones, 83% is the number to beat right now.

S Pen

The S Pen stylus is the signature feature of the Galaxy Note series, and Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly feature several key S Pen upgrades. We’ve heard that there will be improvements to the hardware as well as new software features, and Note fans will undoubtedly appreciate both.


RAM is obviously just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to smartphone performance. As we saw recently when the OnePlus 5 became the first smartphone ever to beat the iPhone in real-world speed tests, however, RAM can be a pretty big piece of said puzzle. According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 8 will pack 6GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ only have 4GB of RAM in most markets, including the United States.


While all of the differences above are areas where the Note 8 will be better than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the last one is the opposite. Samsung’s current flagship phones are already incredibly pricey, but the Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly take things to the next level. According to recent reports, the phone could come with a base price of around $1,000.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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