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.
See the big picture on a wide-aspect 6.3-inch curved Infinity Display
Take amazing pictures and video with a dual lens camera and use Live focus to instantly create professional looking images
Take notes, personalise messages create your own GIFs, and more with the S Pen
Capture all the action in Super Slo-mo video mode
Enjoy a smooth experience when playing games with a powerful Quad-core chip and Super AMOLED display
Travel light with a pocket-sized phone that weighs just 152 grams
Capture the action in fine detail with a 12-megapixel main camera
Take great selfies with the dedicated 5-megapixel front-facing camera
|Name||Galaxy Note8||Galaxy S7|
Buy the Galaxy Note8
Buy the Galaxy S7
|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|
|Buy now||Buy the Galaxy Note8||Buy the Galaxy S7|