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Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy Note 5: Worth the Upgrade?



Galaxy S8+ vs Note 5: Specs

Galaxy S8+ vs Note 5: Specs

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
  • more

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. 



  1. Michael

    05/03/2017 at 8:56 am

    ‘Tall and skinny’ is the problem for us Note lovers. We would have loved a ‘not so tall’ but something equally wide as our Note 5. It’s always much easier to type in portrait mode on a Note 5. And sadly the S8 and the S8 plus are a little too skinny to type in portrait mode. It’s one of the reasons I sold my S7 edge and bought myself another Note 5. Hoping the Note 8 (if there is one) will be at least as wide as the Note 5.

  2. Ksh

    05/19/2017 at 8:58 pm

    S8 plus ‘s camera is not good as comparison to note 5

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