Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Note 7: Specs & what will change?

We are one week away from the release of the most awaited smartphone of the year. Not just because it is a flagship from Samsung but also because of the last year’s Galaxy Note 7 incident which not just bought losses to the company, but also dented the reputation of the Note series. We are really looking forward to the next thing from Samsung and what it is going to try with the S-pen this time. Well, Galaxy Note 7 is not with us anymore, but we know a lot about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 already ahead of the official announcement.

So, why not compare both of them and see what improvements Samsung has done with its new Note series device. Samsung also released a new Galaxy Note variant recently using the hardware of the scrap Note 7 smartphones, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. The specifications of the Note Fan Edition is exactly similar to the Note 7 except the battery capacity.

The Design Factor

Samsung is experimenting with the design since the very beginning of the Galaxy Note series. This is the time when Samsung took the design game to another level with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The minimal bezels on the top and bottom of the smartphone and curved edges give the smartphone almost bezel less design with more screen to body ratio.

Galaxy Note 8

The leaked pictures of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 seems to be inheriting the same bezel less design from Galaxy S8. But it looks like it has square corners than Galaxy S8 so it can match the Note series feel. The S-Pen also leaked int he pictures, and it looks just like the previous one, we still don’t know the hardware changes and the tricks it can do this time.

The Display

The display is always one of the USP on Samsung smartphones because of the curve design and Super AMOLED technology. Samsung added the best display in Galaxy Note 7; Quad HD Super AMOLED display and curved edges. Note 7 always comes with a bigger screen, Note 7 featured a 5.7 inches display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung this time making the minimal bezel design in its flagships including Galaxy Note 8. We already saw the design in Galaxy Note 8 but the specs going to be a bit different. This time Galaxy Note 8 is going to feature a 6.3 inches display with 2960 X 1440 resolution (QHD+), but the protection isn’t leaked yet.

The Performance

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had the Exynos 8890 processor which was the latest at the time of release. It further has the 4GB RAM and Mali-T880 MP12 graphics processor for gaming and multitasking. The internal storage with Note 7 was 64GB internal storage and option to upgrade it to 256GB using the microSD card slot.

The Galaxy Note 8 is coming with the Exynos 8 series; the Exynos 8895 processor with eight cores and clocked at 2.3 GHz (according to recent leaks) for US variant. For global option, it will be coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB RAM in both variants. The storage going to be similar to the previous one; 64GB with expansion option up to 128GB.

The Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 released with Android 6.0 Nougat preinstalled and layered with Samsung UI. But the Galaxy Note 8 tipped to be coming with the Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box. We still don’t know much about the software which Samsung is going to implement in the UI. As they’re going to be new S-Pen design and the company is known to add lots of features for the S-pen implementation.

The Camera

The camera in the Galaxy Note 7 was a single 12 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The results are amazing (according to some of the reviewers) as sometimes it took on to the iPhone 7. Apple already implemented the dual camera with iPhone 7 Plus, but Samsung hasn’t done this with the Galaxy Note 7.

Note 8

But the Galaxy Note 8 has confirmed to feature the dual rear camera setup this time which is going to be amazing considering the general camera performance of Samsung smartphones. The leaked specifications of the camera are 12MP + 8MP shooter with 2X optical zoom. The optical zoom feature is still not confirmed yet; we also leaked recently which hint that Galaxy Note 8 might come with 3X optical zoom.

More to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has the fingerprint sensor built right into the home button, but as Samsung has adopted the fingerprint sensor placement at the back with the Galaxy S8, we can safely assume the same will happen with the Note 8 too. There are pictured leaks and renders which hint that the fingerprint sensor location is still on the back of the phone along with the dual rear camera module. Lots of users didn’t like this design, but Samsung doesn’t have any other option in order to accommodate for the infinity display.

Wrapping up

Samsung is known to do something new every time, and we already know a lot about Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Samsung going to do something new with this smartphone too as last year it did with Note 7 but, we hope it doesn’t burst into flames though this time again. Leaving the old things behind we are eagerly waiting for the “Next big thing.” Stay tuned for more on the Galaxy Note 8.

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Amit Rahi

He is a tech worm who always keeps an eye on the latest tech news. He is a master at Android and Windows “how to” articles. He knows every single bit of Android OS. You will always find him playing PC games, reading tech news, flashing custom ROMs to Android phones and blogging most of the time. At PC-Tablet, he is responsible to update the readers with latest tips, tricks, & hacks to take the most out of their gadgets.