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Here’s how the Galaxy Note 8 stacks up against the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

Here’s how the Galaxy Note 8 stacks up against the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8

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It’s been a long road for fans of Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones, but the Note 8 is finally here. Combining the stunning design of the S8 with the iconic S Pen and the biggest screen Samsung has ever put on a phone, the Note 8 looks like it could be the ultimate phablet-style device.

It’s harder than ever to stand out in the smartphone industry

But it’s also true that it’s harder than ever to stand out in the smartphone industry. Looking at the lineup of the Note 8’s contemporaries, it’s hard to find things that are wholly unique to the Note. Nearly every flagship has a comparable Snapdragon 835 processor and tons of RAM, the Note 8 is by no means the first to have a dual-camera setup, and Samsung already makes a huge phone with a nearly edge-to-edge display in the form of the S8 Plus.

But while the various pieces of the Note may exist in other phones, the Note line’s best entries have always combined those elements into something more than the sum of its parts. Things like software, performance, and battery life play just as big a role in how good a phone is as the raw specifications. (One only need look at Apple’s relatively underpowered iPhones to see how big an advantage optimization can be.)

It’s too early to say whether the Note 8 is the best option for you, especially with the oncoming rush of phones expected in the next few months, as both Apple and Google gear up for new iterations of the iPhone and Pixel. But if you’re deciding things today, here’s how the specifications of the best smartphones around look when going head-to-head.

Galaxy Note 8 Spec Comparison

SpecificationGalaxy Note 8Galaxy S8Galaxy S8 PlusEssential PhoneiPhone 7iPhone 7 PlusPixelPixel XLHTC U11
Display6.3 inches5.8 inches6.2 inches5.71 inches4.7 inches5.5 inches5 inches5.5 inches5.5 inches
Resolution2960 x 14402960 x 14402960 x 14402560 x 13121334 x 7501920 x 10801920 x 10802560 x 14402560 x 1440
ProcessorSnapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)Snapdragon 835 (2.45GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)A10 FusionA10 FusionSnapdragon 821 (quad-core)Snapdragon 821 (quad-core)Snapdragon 835 (2.45GHz, octa-core)
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB64GB128GB32GB, 128GB, 256GB32GB, 128GB, 256GB32GB, 128GB32GB, 128GB64GB, 128GB
Rear camera12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide)12 megapixel12 megapixel13 megapixel, 13 megapixel (monochrome)12 megapixel12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide)12.3 megapixel12.3 megapixel12 megapixel
Front camera8 megapixel8 megapixel8 megapixel8 megapixel7 megapixel7 megapixel8 megapixel8 megapixel16 megapixel
Water protectionIP68IP68IP68N/AIP67IP67N/AN/AIP67
Weight0.43 pounds0.34 pounds0.38 pounds0.41 pounds0.30 pounds0.41 pounds0.31 pounds0.37 pounds0.37 pounds
Dimensions (in.)6.40 x 2.94 x 0.345.86 x 2.68 x 0.316.28 x 2.88 x 0.315.57 x 2.80 x 0.315.44 x 2.64 x 0.286.23 x 3.07 x 0.295.66 x 2.74 x 0.296.09 x 2.98 x 0.296.06 x 2.99 x 0.31
Starting price$930$749.00$849.00$699.00$649.00$769.00$649.00$769.00$649.00
Misc.S Pen, Iris scanner, USB-CIris scanner, USB-CIris scanner, USB-CModular attachement system"Force Touch" home button, no headphone jack"Force Touch" home button, no headphone jackGoogle Assistant, fast chargingGoogle Assistant, fast chargingSqueezable side function