Samsung is rumoured to be launching its much-anticipated Galaxy Note 8 at the end of August. The device will succeed the Note 7, which was a fantastic device until its battery issues destroyed its reputation and left it for dead.
Nothing official has been announced regarding the Note 8’s specs from Samsung itself but there have been plenty of rumours to help us see how it might compare to the Note 7. With that in mind, here are the two devices neck-in-neck, based on the speculation.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Design
- Glass and metal design expected on both
- Note 8 expected to reduce bezels around display
- Both expected to be IP68 water and dust resistant
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a beautiful device featuring a metal and glass sandwich design, a dual-edge display and a singular camera lens on the rear with the flash positioned alongside it on the right. As it was a Note device, it also featured the S-Pen stylus that had a slot built into the design.
A home button with a embedded fingerprint sensor was situated below the display on the front and it measured 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm and hit the scales at 169g. Like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Note 7 was also IP68 water and dust resistant.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to be taking some of its design cues from the Galaxy S8 and S8+, offering an almost all-screen front, a dual-edge display again and a metal and glass sandwich design with a built-in stylus. If this is the case, expect significantly reduced bezels compared to the Note 7.
Reports and renders suggest the new Note will be slightly thicker than the S8 and S8+, though exact measurements have yet to be leaked. Some reports did originally suggest the Note 8 would have a fingerprint sensor built into the display but it is now thought the sensor will be positioned on the rear next to a dual-camera setup. The Note 8 is also expected to be IP68 water and dust resistant like its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Display
- Note 8 display expected to be larger with 18.5:9 aspect ratio
- Dual-edge AMOLED display with Mobile HDR expected for both
- Note 8 reported to have higher resolution display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 featured a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED dual-edge display, which is the same size as all the previous Note devices from the Note 3 onwards.
It had an aspect ratio of 16:9 and it offered a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 518ppi. The Note 7 was also the first to introduce HDR compliancy in a smartphone, making it compatible with HDR content on Netflix and Amazon Video, even if it was a feature a little before its time due to lack of content.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is reported to be increasing the display size to 6.3-inches, which would make it a little larger than the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+, though we’re not expecting the footprint to change much as the aspect ratio is also reported to be the same as the S8+ at 18.5:9.
It is thought the new Note will also have the same Infinity Display as the S8 and S8+ models, meaning an AMOLED panel again with a dual-edge display, though the resolution is thought to be increasing to 4K. If this is the case, the Note 8 would offer a pixel density of 699ppi, which would put it in a good position for the new Gear VR. Expect Mobile HDR to be on board again too, this time with a little more purpose.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Camera
- Note 8 reported to be coming with dual rear camera
- Note 8 expected to have improved front camera
- S8 and S8+ camera tech may be seen on Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had a 12-megapixel Duo Pixel rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation and an LED flash.
Its front camera featured a 5-megapixel sensor, also with an f/1.7 aperture and results from both cameras were excellent. The rear was capable of up to 4K video recording, while the front topped out at 1080p.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is reported to be coming with a dual-rear camera, as we mentioned previously, though there haven’t been any substantial leaks to suggest what resolutions we might see. One analyst claims the Note 8 will have a better rear snapper than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus with a 12-megapixel CIS support dual photodiode sensor, coupled with a 13-megapixel telephoto lens but that’s all we’ve heard for now.
We’d expect an improvement on the Note 7’s front facing camera resolution though and we’d also expect to see the same features, such as OIS, on board the new device. The S8 and S8+ have autofocus on their front camera, as well as multi-frame image processing on their rear camera so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see both technologies on the Note 8.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Hardware
- Note 8 will have more advanced platform
- USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and iris scanning expected across both
- Note 8 could have more RAM and storage, though both should have microSD
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 featured the Exynos 8890 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and microSD support for further storage expansion up to 256GB.
It featured USB Type-C for charging the 3500mAh battery and it supported fast charging. There was also a 3.5mm headphone jack on board, support for 32-bit audio and it featured iris scanning capabilities.
There haven’t been many rumours surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s hardware as yet, though we’d expect the latest platforms on board, whether this is the Exynos 8895 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. At least 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage are likely, though it wouldn’t be too shocking to see 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. Either way microSD is probable.
Battery will be a big focus on the Note 8 and although no specific capacities have been detailed in the rumours so far, around 3500mAh like the S8+ would be our educated guess. USB Type-C for charging will no doubt on board again, along with fast charging support and we’re also expecting a 3.5mm headphone jack and iris scanning like the S8 and S8+.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Software
- Note 8 should have Bixby voice assistant
- Improved stylus features reported for the Note 8 over Note 7
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launched on Android Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface over the top. It offered much the same experience to the S7 and S7 edge but with a few extra features that took advantage of the S Pen functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will likely launch on Android Nougat, again with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface over the top. It has been reported the new device will offer improved stylus features over the Note 7, along with Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant that launched on the S8 and S8+.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Price
- Note 8 reported to be £170/$255 more expensive
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 went on sale around the £699/$1048.5 mark before it was discontinued.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 meanwhile is rumoured to be going on sale for €999 (£870/$1305) which if true, will not only make it significantly more expensive than last year’s Note 7 but it will also be the most expensive Samsung smartphone to date.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Conclusion
Most succeeding smartphones make some big improvements over their predecessors, but not many have the challenge that lies ahead of the Note 8: rebuilding consumer confidence in an entire range that was, until last year, excellent.
Based on the rumours, the Note 8 will offer a more streamlined design like the S8 and S8+, along with a larger and potentially sharper screen, camera advancements and hardware improvements. There are also likely to be some software improvements too and no doubt a big focus on the battery.
For now, everything surrounding the Note 8 is speculation but we will update this feature as we see more leaks and of course as soon as the official details are revealed.