Specs comparison: Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note 8 is official and that’s got us wondering how it compares to the Galaxy Note 5, which Samsung is referring to as its predecessor—but we all know that’s not the case.

As we don’t actually have our hands on the device, we can’t provide a comparison based on our experience with each unit, so we’re reserving judgement for a later date.

We’ll be publishing a full review of the Galaxy Note 8 in the coming weeks that will better tell you how the handset fares, but for now, go ahead and take a look at the comparison table below to see how it compares to the Galaxy Note 5.

For a comparison with the Galaxy Note 7, take a look at this post. Detailed specifications can be found in our Devices page.

 Galaxy Note 5Galaxy Note 8
Display5.7-inch Quad HD, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 46.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.1GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420Samsung Exynos 8895 2.3GHz/Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.15GHz
Rear Camera16-megapixel ISOCELL/IMX240, f/1.9, OIS, 4K video recording12-megapixel primary, f/1.7, Dual Pixel, 12-megapixel telephoto, f/2.4, Dual OIS, 10x digital zoom
Front camera5-megapixel, f/1.9 aperture, QHD video recording8-megapixel, autofocus, f/1.7, QHD video recording
Storage32/64GB internal, non-expandable64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB)
SoftwareAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Android 6.0.1Android 7.1.1, upgradeable to Android 8.0
Battery3,000 mAh, fast wired and wireless charging3,300mAh, fast wired and wireless charging
Other featuresSamsung Pay, fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensorSamsung Pay, fingerprint sensor, water resistance, USB Type-C port, iris scanner, heart rate sensor, AKG earphones

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Note 5 > upgradable to Android 7 😉 update please