Galaxy Note8 vs Galaxy S8

The pen is mightier than the swipe

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 was released six months after the S8, and while it has many similarities, it’s more than just a larger format phone.

The most noticeable difference, apart from its size, is the S-Pen. Tucked in alongside the USB port, the S-Pen unlocks a range of extra features. You can draw your own emojis, for example, write messages on photos, or use it to select a section of a video and create your own unique GIFs. Plus, you can easily take notes without even unlocking your Note8 – just write straight onto the lock screen.

The other big difference is the camera. The Note8 has the same 12-megapixel camera as the S8, but also features a second front-facing lens, set to 2x optical zoom. Both have optical image stabilisation, so you get super clear pictures even when zooming in – and you can create a range of great depth-of-field effects, too.

A final neat feature of the Note8 is app pairing. This allows you to have two apps open side by side (or above and below) so, for example, you can check messages and view your calendar at the same time.

Common ground

There’s still plenty to recommend the S8 however, and it has a lot in common with the Note8. Both feature the gorgeous Infinity Display, have 64GB of internal memory, and use the same processor (though the Note8 just pips the S8 with 6GB of RAM as opposed to 4GB for the smaller phone). And the S8 actually beats the Note8 on battery life, with 29 hours estimated talk time, seven more than the Note8’s 22. But the main choice is between the features you like, and what screen size best suits your needs.

  Samsung Galaxy note 8
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Samsung Galaxy s8
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Capacity 1 64GB 64GB
Display 6.3 inches 5.8 inches
Size and Weight 2 Height: 162.5 mm
Width: 74.8  mm
Depth: 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 gramms
Height: 148.9 mm
Width: 68.1 mm
Depth: 8 mm
Weight: 152 gramms

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant 3 Yes Yes
Chip Exynos 8895 Exynos 8895
Main Camera 12MP 12 MP
Video Recording 2160p@30fps 2160p@60fps
Front Camera 8MP 8 MP