I was a Sprint Product Ambassador for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. I'm now a Sprint Product Ambassador for the Galaxy Note 8. I really like the "phablet" size smartphones for many reasons. But with both the S8 Plus and Note 8 being so closely spec'd, sized and priced, it may be hard to decide which is right for you. Let's take a look at the similarities and differences.
The displays on both Galaxys are nearly identical with a difference of 0.1 inch diagonal measurement, which yields a slightly different pixel density. All other specs are the same...
Galaxy Note 8: 6.3-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi pixel density), 83.2% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Galaxy S8 Plus: 6.2-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi pixel density), 84% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
S8 Plus on the left, Note 8 on the right.
Galaxy Note 8: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), 195 g (6.88 oz)
Galaxy S8 Plus: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (6.10 oz)
Despite a slight difference of 0.1 inch difference in display size, the Galaxy Note 8 is 12% heavier as well as being almost a half inch taller, a little wider and slightly thicker. Also note, the Note 8 has more "sharply squared" corners. The S8 Plus has a little more rounding at the corners, which may feel better in the hand as well as retrieving from a pocket.
S8 Plus on the left, Note 8 on the right.
Both the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have USB Type-C charge/sync ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack (YAY!), IP68 dust and water resistance (full submersion for up to 30 minutes in 1.5 metres of water), a microSD slot (handling up to 256GB cards) and a rear positioned fingerprint sensor next to the main camera.
S8 Plus on the left, Note 8 (with S Pen) on the right.
Camera -- The Note 8 and S8 Plus have identical front and main cameras:
Front - 8MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6" sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
Rear - 12 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 4K video recording, OIS, Auto HDR, LED flash
The Note 8 also includes a second "main" camera on back (12MP, f/2.4, OIS) which provides a 2x optical zoom and some other benefits, such as Live Focus, which allows for sharp shots of a subject while heavily blurring the background (you can actually control the blur factor manually). In fact you can even choose where a photo should blur after it is taken. Plus, the Galaxy Note 8 is the first to include optical image stabilization in both camera modules.
Performance -- Both the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus (US version) come stuffed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC (4x 2.35GHz and 4x 1.9GHz Kryo CPUs) and the Adreno 540 GPU...a LOT of power under the glass hood. The difference between the two is the Galaxy Note 8 has 6 GB of RAM, a full 50% more than the 4 GB inside the Galaxy S8 Plus.
Connectivity -- Both phones have Bluetooth 5.0 (2x speed and 4x range of Bluetooth 4.2) and Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem which can deliver gigabit speeds, which Sprint's #HPUE and 3CA come close to taking full advantage of and will help ensure being "future proof" for our next gen wireless data.
This year Samsung gave the Galaxy Note 8 a 3,300 mAh battery ("downgraded" from the Note 7's 3,500 mAh battery). The Galaxy S8 Plus comes packed with a 3,500 mAh battery. Both phones feature quick charging and wireless charging. The Galaxy duo have both passed Samsung’s new ‘8 Point Quality Check’. This improves cycle longevity (losing only 5% of their capacity in a year versus 20% in previous models).
Other features -- The one main reason "Samsung people" gravitate to the Note series over the S series is the S Pen. The Note 8 is no different. The Note 8 S Pen is truly the best version of hardware and software to come from the wizards of Samsung. The bottom line: The S Pen in the Galaxy Note 8 delivers a truly professional level of input. It writes and responds like a pen, recognizing both pressure and gradient. It can be used to hand write messages and signatures (or have them automatically turned into text), annotate images or screen-grabs and create custom gifs. It’s a fabulous tool and true differentiation.
photo credit: Samsung
Despite having (only) a 6% smaller battery than the S8 Plus, the Note 8 is the best Galaxy device to date in my opinion. With 50% more RAM, 2x optical zoom plus full OIS on all cameras, and all the fun and function of the best S Pen to date (and with a minimal size difference) the Note 8 is this season's top Android device.
Until next time, ~Ninja_CJ
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