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The Galaxy Note 8 vs. the Note 7: What's changed?

Does Samsung's new big-screen device have what it takes to redeem the Note brand?

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Last year the Galaxy Note 7 was actually one of our favorite phones until it started exploding, so we're happy to see Samsung's line of large-screen-with-stylus handsets make its return today with the Note 8. While it would have been easy enough to simply change out the battery and call it a new model, there are a few other changes worth noting. That includes the dual camera, which we've never seen in a Samsung phone before, and the Note now comes packed with AI assistant Bixby. While we certainly hope you turned in your Note 7 during the recall, check out our chart below to see what upgrades await if you pick up a Note 8 when it comes out, as well as if this new phone has the potential to become one of our faves of 2017.

Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy Note 7
Pricing Varies by carrier, starts at $930 Varies by carrier, starts at $850 (off-contract)
Known dimensions 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches) 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 195g (6.9 ounces) 169g (5.96 ounces)
Screen size 6.3 inches (160.02mm) 5.7 inches (144.78mm)
Screen resolution 2,960 x 1,440 (521ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (515ppi)
Screen type Quad HD Super AMOLED Quad HD Super AMOLED
Battery 3,300mAh 3,500mAh
Internal storage 64/128/256GB 64GB
External storage microSD microSD
Rear camera Dual cameras:
12MP, f/1.7 (wide angle)
12MP, f/2.4 (telephoto)
12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size
Front-facing camera 8MP, f/1.7 5MP, f/1.7
Video capture 4K 4K
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth v5.0 v4.2
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU 2.35GHz quad-core 2.15GHz quad-core
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 530
WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system Android 7.1.1 Android 6.0
Notable features Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, USB Type-C Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, USB Type-C

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