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August 23, 2017

The Galaxy Note 8 vs. the Note 7: What’s changed?

by John_A

Last year the Galaxy Note 7 was actually one of our favorite phones until it started exploding, so we’re happy to see Samsung’s line of large-screen-with-stylus handsets make its return today with the Note 8. While it would have been easy enough to simply change out the battery and call it a new model, there are a few other changes worth noting. That includes the dual camera, which we’ve never seen in a Samsung phone before, and the Note now comes packed with AI assistant Bixby. While we certainly hope you turned in your Note 7 during the recall, check out our chart below to see what upgrades await if you pick up a Note 8 when it comes out, as well as if this new phone has the potential to become one of our faves of 2017.

Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy Note 7
Pricing
Varies by carrier, starts at $930
Varies by carrier, starts at $850 (off-contract)
Known dimensions
162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches)
153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches)
Weight
195g (6.9 ounces)
169g (5.96 ounces)
Screen size
6.3 inches (160.02mm)
5.7 inches (144.78mm)
Screen resolution
2,960 x 1,440 (521ppi)
2,560 x 1,440 (515ppi)
Screen type
Quad HD Super AMOLED
Quad HD Super AMOLED
Battery
3,300mAh
3,500mAh
Internal storage
64/128/256GB
64GB
External storage
microSD
microSD
Rear camera
Dual cameras:
12MP, f/1.7 (wide angle)
12MP, f/2.4 (telephoto)
12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size
Front-facing camera
8MP, f/1.7
5MP, f/1.7
Video capture
4K
4K
NFC
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth
v5.0
v4.2
SoC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU
2.35GHz quad-core
2.15GHz quad-core
GPU
Adreno 540
Adreno 530
RAM
6GB
4GB
WiFi
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system
Android 7.1.1
Android 6.0
Notable features
Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, USB Type-C
Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, USB Type-C

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