Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus, Moto Z2 Force, LG G6, HTC U11

The Note 8 is Samsung's premium phone yet. Check out how it compares to its other high-end rivals.

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As one of Samsung 's most powerful phones , the 6.3-inch Note 8 features two 12-megapixel rear cameras, 6GB of RAM and the signature S Pen stylus for power-users and creatives. It also carries over some of our favorite features from its Galaxy S8 counterpart, including water resistance and wireless charging.

But it's not the only powerful phone available. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus , Motorola Moto Z2 Force , LG G6 and HTC U11 all have something unique and interesting to offer. From a shatter-resistant display to squeezable frames, there are plenty of other features from other phone makers that might strike your fancy.

To see how the Note 8 compares to the current iPhone, as well as other powerful Androids on the market, check out our chart below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 spec comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 8Apple iPhone 7 PlusMotorola Moto Z2 ForceLG G6HTC U11
Display size, resolution 6.3-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.7-inch; 2,880x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 522 ppi401 ppi534 ppi565 ppi534 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.4x2.9x0.34 in6.2x3.1x0.29 in6.1x3x0.24 in5.86x2.83x0.31 in6.1x3x0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 162.5x74.8x8.6 mm158.2x77.9x7.3 mm156x76x6 mm148.9x71.97.x7.9 mm154x76x7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.9 oz; 195g6.63 oz; 188g5 oz; 143g5.7 oz; 162g6 oz; 169g
Mobile software Android 7.1.1 NougatApple iOS 10Android 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera Dual 12-megapixel12-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide)Dual 12-megapixel13-megapixel (standard), 13-megapixel (wide)12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel7-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel16-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K1080p
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz+1.9GHz) or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 (2.35GHz+1.7GHz)Apple A10 chip (64-bit)2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.4GHz+1.9GHz)
Storage 64GB32GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB (varies by region)32GB64GB, 128GB (varies by region)
RAM 6GBN/A4GB, 6GB (varies by region)4GB4GB, 6GB (varies by region)
Expandable storage Up to 2TBNoneUp to 2TBUp to 2TBUp to 2TB
Battery 3,300mAh21 hours talk time on 3G, 16 days standby, 13 hours internet use LTE2,730mAh3,300mAh3,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back coverHome buttonBeneath screenBack coverHome button
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C
Special features S Pen stylus, water resistant (IP68), wireless charging; Gigabit LTE-readyWater resistant (IP67), portrait camera modeSplash resistant; Gigabit LTE-readyWater resistant (IP68), wireless charging (varies by region), wide-angle cameraWater resistant (IP67), dual SIM (varies by region), squeezable frame
Price off-contract (USD) AT&T: $950; Verizon: $960; T-Mobile: $930; Sprint: $960; U.S. Cellular: $963  $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB); $969 (256GB)$730-$810, depending on carrierAT&T: $720; Verizon: $672; T-Mobile: $650; Sprint: $708; U.S. Cellular: $597.60$649
Price (GBP) £869  £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB); £919 (256GB) Converts to about £614£649£679
Price (AUD) AU$1,499AU$1269 (32GB); AU$1419 (128GB); AU$1569 (256GB) Converts to about AU$1,007AU$1,008AU$999

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