Being a few years newer means the specifications are improved, everywhere. And now that Samsung has had a few years to refine things this is a big jump for owners. Everything is faster, smooth, and better. Especially battery life, storage, and the camera. Here are the numbers.
Galaxy S8 Specifications
- 5.8 and 6.2-inch 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Curved Displays
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos Processor (outside US)
- 64GB of internal storage (Micro-SD slot included) and 4GB RAM
- Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung TouchWiz
- 12 Dualpixel Rear Camera - OIS, phase detection auto-focus, f/1.7 aperture
- 8 megapixel front camera with auto focus, f/1.7 aperture
- Fingerprint & Iris Scanner, facial scanner for unlocking
- IP68 dust & water resistance
- 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery with Fast & Wireless Charging
- Improved Always-On Display
- Samsung Pay
- Bixby Virtual Assistant
- USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, more
The storage was doubled from 32 to 64GB, which is nice, and you get a microSD slot. One of many pain-points for Galaxy Note 5 owners. Having only 32GB simply isn't enough, and now you can have over 300GB total with the S8 series and a micro-SD card.
Another key point is the bigger 3,500 mAh battery. While we've seen bigger in a Samsung phone, this should be plenty when you consider the Note 5 only had a 3,000 mAh pack inside. Yes, the screen is bigger on the Galaxy S8+ but that doesn't hurt battery life.
Galaxy Note 5 Specs
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
- Samsung Exynos 8-core processor with 3GB of RAM
- 32GB storage, no micro-SD slot
- 16 Megapixel Rear camera with OIS, 5 megapixel front camera
- 3,000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, Wireless Fast Charging
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz (some are now getting Android Nougat)
- Fingerprint Scanner
- All metal and glass design
- S-Pen Stylus
The Galaxy Note 5 is still a highly capable device, especially for those that need a stylus. Everything else though, will be a far better experience on the new Galaxy S8 and S8+. Especially the camera and daily performance.
Another idea is some Note 5 owners could technically upgrade to the Galaxy S8 with a big 5.8-inch screen and enjoy a much smaller device with a bigger screen, and all these same upgrades. Think about it.