Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a Worthy Purchase in 2018 Ahead of Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+?

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With Samsung preparing to launch its new Galaxy S9, S9+ models in the upcoming month, a number of Galaxy enthusiasts are in a dilemma whether to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or wait for the upcoming S9 series. For most people, it depends on whether one is willing to wait for the yet to released devices or wants to have a new smartphone right now. Though Samsung will unveil the S9 at MWC in February, it will not be until April that the South Korean phone maker will start shipping the phones.


If you are one of those, who are considering both the options, here are few things that’ll help make things clear for you:

Based on the leaked specs, there a number of features that make the Galaxy S9, S9+ more appealing to some people over the Note 8. Firstly, the Galaxy S9, S9+ will come with improved performance, packing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 mobile chipset. The Snapdragon 845 will come with 255 increase in performance and 30% more efficiency than its predecessors. If you are looking for a faster CPU, you ought to wait for the S9 series.

The Galaxy Note 8 is still a wonderful option and comes with a great processor and packs more RAM than Galaxy S9, S9+ options. While the S9, S9+ models will come with 4GB RAM configurations, the Note 8 packs a hefty 6GB of RAM. This is particularly great for people who are looking to multitask with their smartphone.


The display size of a smartphone is another important factor when choosing a phone. The Note 8 packs a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED QHD display. This is still larger than the 5.8-inch display that will feature in the larger S9+ model. The larger display of Note 8 means a richer multimedia experience and easier multitasking.

Coming to cameras, the Galaxy S9 will come with a single lens rear camera while S9+ will pack dual rear cameras. The Galaxy Note 8, on the other hand, is already coming with dual rear cameras. If the camera is your thing, you’ll either have to buy the more expensive S9+ while you can still get the same dual configuration in Note 8 itself.


Samsung, however, will likely offer much more improved imaging sensors in the new devices as always. Moreover, unlike Galaxy Note 8, the new S9 phones may pack a dual front camera with 4K video recording capabilities. The selfie cameras will come packing portrait mode and if you are a selfie lover, it worth waiting until the MWC 2018.

Lastly, there’s battery and S9, S9+ will surely pack in more hefty batteries. With improved efficiency of Snapdragon 845, these phones will surely provide more backup than older Note 8. If you are looking for a power efficient device, it is better to buy the upcoming smartphones.

Also, the Galaxy S9, S9+ will run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box making them way ahead of Note 8 in terms of software. The Galaxy Note 8 isn’t far behind either as the international devices have already started receiving the Oreo update.

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