Samsung's next Note device is thought to be unveiled at an event on 23 August. Although the company has yet to officially confirm the device or its name, the invite to the August event heavily hints at a new Note device, which we're assuming will be called the Galaxy Note 8.
Most rumours point towards a handset that will look similar to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices that launched earlier this year, but how else might they differ? Here is the Galaxy Note 8 against the Galaxy S8 and S8+, based on the speculation.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Design
- Similar design across all three devices expected
- Note 8 rumoured to be slightly bigger than S8+
- Dual-rear cameras and S Pen slot expected on Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to follow a similar design path to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but with a couple of tweaks. Being a Note device, the design will need to cater for a built-in S Pen so it is thought the Note 8 will have a slightly wider stance in comparison to the S8 and S8+, with the S Pen slotting in next to USB Type-C port at the botton of the device.
An all-screen front like the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is rumoured for the Note 8 too with super slim bezels and dual edges, along with a removed home button. Despite previous rumours of a fingerprint sensor built into the display, it is now thought the Note 8 will have the sensor next to the camera on the rear of the device like the S8 and S8+ and it is also thought the metal and glass waterproof sandwich design will continue.
The Galaxy S8 measures 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm and weighs 155g, while the S8+ measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm and weighs 173g. Reports claim the Galaxy Note 8 will measure 162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm, meaning it will offer closer measurements to the S8+ than the S8, though slightly larger to accommodate the fractionally larger display that is rumoured.
The Bixby-dedicated button that debuted on the S8 and S8+ is also thought to be making its way onto the Note 8, making the three devices very similar if all the rumours are true. What looks set to distinguish the Note 8 from the other two flagships, aside from the S Pen and size is dual-cameras on the rear.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Display
- Note 8 expected to have 6.3-inch display, meaning largest of all three devices
- Resolution could increase to 4K for Note 8
- Super AMOLED panel and Mobile HDR Premium expected on Note 8 too
The Samsung Galaxy Note series is known for a big display so its no surprise that the Note 8 is expected to continue that trend. It is reported the new device will offer a 6.3-inch screen but with the 18.5:9 aspect ratio like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, meaning only a slight change in its body dimensions compared to the S8+.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display, while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch display, meaning the Note 8 will be slightly bigger than the current plus-size Samsung flagship. Both the S8 and S8+ have Super AMOLED panels with Mobile HDR Premium compatibility, all of which the Note 8 is also expected to offer.
In terms of resolution, the S8 and S8+ have Quad HD+, putting their pixel counts at 2960 x 1440 for a pixel density of 570ppi and 529ppi, respectively. The Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to increase its resolution to 4K, which would result in a pixel density of 699ppi, making it sharper and better equipped for VR than its S8 and S8+ brothers.
If however it sticks to the Quad HD+ resolution, the Note 8 would offer a pixel density of 522ppi, which although softer than the S8 and S8+, would no doubt still be a very capable screen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Camera
- Dual-rear cameras rumoured for Note 8
- Camera improvements likely for Note 8
- Technology from S8 and S8+ likely to transcend into Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to be coming with dual rear cameras, as we mentioned above. Based on the leaked images and reports, it is thought the rear cameras will be situated in a horizontal alignment with two 12-megapixel sensors, one wide-angle, one telephoto.
According to the rumours, the Note 8 will have optical stabilisation and two times optical zoom. It is also expected Samsung will use the same multi-frame image processing technology that it introduced on the S8 and S8+. In terms of the Note 8's front snapper, its resolution is said to be 8-megapixels with a f/1.7 aperture autofocus lens and it is also thought to include iris scanning capabilities.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ both have the same camera functionality, featuring a 12-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, optical image stabilisation and a f/1.7 aperture with eight times digital zoom. The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and the same f/1.7 aperture, suggesting the Note 8 and S8 models will have the same on the front.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Hardware
- Same hardware expected, though Note 8 expected to up RAM
- Battery capacity expected to be slightly smaller than S8+
- Note 8 might offer audio improvements and more internal storage
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will no doubt come with the latest hardware, either Qualcomm or Exynos, which at the moment would be the Snapdragon 835 system or the Exynos 8895. It is also thought Samsung might up the RAM to 6GB and there have been rumours of a 64GB storage model and a 128GB model, both of which are thought to come with microSD.
Battery capacity is detailed in leaks as 3300mAh for the Note 8 and it is thought to be charged via USB Type-C, or wirelessly. If this is the case, it will come in a little smaller than the S8+.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ both have either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform or the Exynos 8895, depending on the region, coupled with 4GB of RAM, which would mean the Note 8 could have a slightly improved performance compared to these two devices if the RAM increase is accurate.
The S8 and S8+ both have 64GB of internal storage with microSD support for storage expansion. Battery capacity of the S8 is 3000mAh, which is a little smaller than the S8+ and what is predicted for the Note 8. It's also thought Samsung may tune the Note 8 speakers in association with AKG so the Note 8 could see improvements in audio over the S8 and S8+.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Software
- Similar software experience across all three devices expected
- Note 8 will offer extra features for S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will no doubt launch on Android Nougat with Samsung's TouchWiz over the top, just like the S8 and S8+. The experience between these three devices being compared here is therefore likely to be very similar, aside from a few additional features surrounding the S Pen on the Note 8.
It has been claimed the Note 8 will offer improved stylus features over the Note 7 and it is also claimed the new device will offer the Bixby voice assistant, like the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Price
- Note 8 rumoured to be more expensive than S8+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has yet to have an official price put on its head, though it is rumoured that it will be Samsung's most expensive smartphone to date. Some claims suggest we can expect to see it hit shelves for €1000, which is around £895.
The Galaxy S8 costs £689 and the S8+ costs £779, which if Note 8 rumours are true, would see the new device go for around £100 more than the S8+.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: Conclusion
Based on the rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a similar design to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but with a slightly wider and taller stance to accommodate the S Pen, along with the reported slightly larger display. It is also thought to be coming with dual-rear cameras.
In terms of hardware, it looks like the Note 8 might up its screen resolution, possibly its RAM and maybe even its internal storage but the processor is likely to remain the same, along with the software aside from some additional S Pen features.
We will update this feature as any more Note 8 leaks appear, as well as when the official details are in so keep checking back. To read all the Note 8 rumours, you can read our separate feature.