Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S8, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8!

Samsung Galaxy Note 8  Samsung Galaxy S8 
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung Galaxy S8
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Excellence Score
76.1
69.9
Value for Money Score
56.4
55.8
Price ₹ 52,990 onwards ₹ 45,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 522 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 8895Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 8895Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP20 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Wide-angle: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4 µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0 um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode F/1.7 Aperture, 26mm Focus Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.6 mm 8 mm
Weight 195 gm 152 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 22.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 2.0 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time (Speaker): Upto 47 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Earphones): Upto 74 hrs, Video Playback: Upto 16 hrs, Internet (WiFi): Upto 14 hrs, Internet (3G): Upto 12 hrs, Internet (4G): Upto 13 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 2.0); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Bundled AKG Headphones; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Bixby Voice Assistant; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Battery Charging; Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback; Wireless Charging; Secure Folder; Hardware-based Encryption; Samsung Pay; Bundled AKG Earphones; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, attractive design that builds off the GS8 - it's tall, slim, and goes lean on bezels
  • Excellent, water-resistant build
  • Beautiful, vibrant 6.3-inch 'Infinity Display' is a joy to use
  • Samsung's new UI over Android continues to be one of the most refined, well done UIs out there
  • The top-of-the-line processor (comparable to the Snapdragon 835), along with a meaty 6GB of RAM ensures some of the best performance you can get from a smartphone
  • Samsung's first foray into dual camera setups tops Samsung's already excellent S8 and S8 Plus cameras - can create some pretty amazing depth-effect portraits, especially in good lighting - you can also adjust the blur intensity before you take the photo, and even afterwards in edit mode, which is a great feature - in addition, the Note 8 automatically saves a wide-angle version of the picture as well as the artistic portrait, so you can hop back and forth between the two
  • The photos are excellent, with sharp detail and strong color reproduction - low-light and night shots also come out fairly good
  • OIS on both rear lenses helps keeps videos smoother than they otherwise would be when you're walking, jogging and driving a car
  • Camera-wise, this is right up there with the best of the lot, including the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Pretty good loudspeaker
  • Good battery life - keeps enough charge to get through a day, even with the very heavy use
  • Wireless charging support is there too
  • The S Pen Stylus comes with a boatload of stylus tricks, and it gives some real efficiencies that you don't get on any other phone - the top of that list of course is the ability to quickly jot down notes anywhere
  • Expandable storage is useful, and something missing on many other flagships
  • On the whole, this is the most feature-rich Android phone you can buy, and retakes the throne as the ultimate Android phone for now
  • Incredible overall fit and finish
  • Water-resistant (IP 68 certification), and with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear
  • Relatively comfortable to hold for a display this large in size
  • Apart from fingerprint recognition, you also have iris or facial recognition options for unlocking the device - iris is blazing fast, but requires some careful alignment - facial recognition works pretty well, but does require good lighting
  • The new on-screen navigation works well and buttons can finally be re-mapped - the home button has nice haptic feedback
  • The camera is state-of-the-art and pretty much the same as the already great camera on the S7, with one notable improvement - low light photography - the new Multi-Frame Image Processing delivers noticeably cleaner and sharper low light photos - overall now, this camera is right up there with the best in the business - the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel
  • With its bold, exquisite, elongated shape, and borderless "infinity" display, the Galaxy S8 is one gorgeous piece of technology - arguably the best designed Android phone to date
  • The exceptionally bright Infinity display is gorgeous, and a chart-topper in terms of sunlight visibility - and colors are even punchier than before
  • Samsung's TouchWiz software is now more polished than ever, and gives a thoughtfully conceived software experience
  • You can also use the phone as a mobile workstation with the DeX desktop dock - creating an Android "desktop" experience - which could be pretty handy
  • The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display works great for portrait gaming, browsing and multi-tasking
  • The Exynos chipset powering the phone delivers a chart-topping performance in both CPU and GPU benchmarks - the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU is impressive too - overall, the performance is class leading, and brimming with horsepower
  • The front camera is very good too, and a major upgrade from the S7 in terms of image quality - Samsung has also included a big collection of filters, stickers and dynamic facial effects to raise your selfie game
  • Good audio quality
  • Very good battery life, a little better than the already good battery life of the Galaxy S7
  • Samsung's AI Engine Bixby is a decent add-on too, although a lot of the functionality, including voice activation will come in later
  • The S8+ is is really versatile when it comes to connectivity too with things like Gigabit LTE support, bluetooth audio streaming to two devices simultaneously, and presence of DisplayPort video output over Type-C
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • This is of course a big phone, and the tall size makes reaching certain spots difficult
  • The awkwardly placed, off-center, fingerprint reader repeats what was the Galaxy S8's most important design flaw
  • The Notes app that goes along with the stylus could do with a refresh, and can be more intuitive - it isn't always easy to figure out how to do exactly what you want, including how to get in and out of tools
  • With Samsung stuffing a ton of new tools into the camera app, filters and menus can be sometimes harder to find
  • Battery life is good, but not outstanding, like some other competing flagships
  • On the whole, while its the most feature-rich Android phone out there, for most people the Note 8 will tend to have more features than they need - and outside of the stylus, and the dual camera setup, it will provide little reason to upgrade from the already excellent Galaxy S8 or S8+
  • The new fingerprint reader position at the back will certainly raise more than a few eyebrows - it's too high up and right next to the camera - which is not the most convenient placement
  • The all-glass body is quite slippery, if you don't use a case
  • While the 18.5:9 aspect ratio is futuristic, and certainly comes in handy while browsing, and gaming, but most video/image content is still not made for such a wide screen, so will usually be wasteful of the extra space
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