Galaxy Note8 vs Galaxy S7

Which one is best for you?

The Galaxy S7 has a tough job to match up to the Galaxy Note8 – Samsung’s premium offering of 2017.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Note8 is its gorgeous 6.3-inch Infinity Display. This takes up almost all of the front of the phone, curving gently into the sides, and gives you a lot more space to view apps, images and videos than the S7’s 5.1-inch screen.

When it comes to cameras, the Note8 is comfortably ahead too, with two 12-megapixel sensors (as opposed to just one for the S7). One is set to 2x optical zoom so that you can zoom in without loss of quality, and both have optical image stabilisation, so you should get clearer pictures, too. The two cameras also combine to create stunning depth of field effects – where part of the image stays sharply in focus against a soft, blurred background. The front facing camera has been upped from 5 to 8 megapixels, and now has autofocus too – so your selfies should look a lot clearer.

The Note8’s biggest distinguishing feature (apart from size) is the S-Pen – which gives you a whole new way to interact with your phone. A menu automatically pops up when you release it, letting you access lots of cool features – such as personalising messages by writing on photos, or creating your own emojis and more. You can even use it to jot down notes when the screen is locked – so no more hunting for pen and paper.

So if you’re thinking about upgrading from S7 to Note8 – there’s plenty to look forward to.

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Display 6.3 inches 5.1 inches
Size and weight Height: 162.5 mm
Width: 74.8 mm
Depth: 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 grams
Height: 142.4 mm
Width: 69.6 mm
Depth: 7.9 mm
Weight: 152 grams
Rear camera 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 8 MP 5 MP
Video recording 2160p@30fps 4K video recording at 30 fps
Processor Exynos 8895 Exynos 8890
Battery 3300 mAh 3000 mAh
Storage 64 GB 32 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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