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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)

Side by side comparison between Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U) vs Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500) phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)
6.3"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3300
mAh

(Non removable)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
6.3"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3300
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!


62 Common items in both devices
2.35GHz 64bit Octa-Core
6GB LPDDR4X
64GB (53GB available)
UFS 2.1
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
195 grams (6.83 ounces)
8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)
+55 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
ModelGalaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Other model namesGalaxy Note8 N950U1 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), Samsung BaikalSamsung Galaxy Note8 Duos SM-N9500/DS, Samsung Baikal
Country or region availableUSA
USA
China
China
BrandSamsungSamsung
Release date9/1/2017, Announced: 8/23/20179/1/2017, Announced: 8/23/2017
Depth8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)8.6 millimeters (0.34 inches)
Size (width x height)74.8 x 162.5 millimeters (2.94 x 6.4 in)74.8 x 162.5 millimeters (2.94 x 6.4 in)
Weight195 grams (6.83 ounces)195 grams (6.83 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backAluminum frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
System versionAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Firmware updateAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
User InterfaceGrace UX UIGrace UX UI

⚙️ Processor

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) (10nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) (10nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.35GHz Quad-Core Kryo 280
1.9GHz Quad-Core Kryo 280
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2.35GHz Quad-Core Kryo 280
1.9GHz Quad-Core Kryo 280
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 540 (670-710MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 540 (670-710MHz)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 206130 (v8)
Geekbench: 6750 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 12fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 206130 (v8)
Geekbench: 6750 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 12fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
RAM memory6GB LPDDR4X6GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage64GB (53GB available)
UFS 2.1
64GB (53GB available)
UFS 2.1
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Until 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)

📲 Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.3" inches6.3" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~82.9% (screen-to-body ratio)~82.9% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)522 PPI522 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 5
Display features60Hz
HDR10
Always-On Display
60Hz
HDR10
Always-On Display

📶 Mobile networks

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Dual-SIMNot supportedDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload1024/150 Mbps1024/150 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 252, 255)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
LTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat16 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
Secondary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A

📷 Camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephotof/2.452mm1/3.6"1.0µmAF2x-optical-zoom
(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephotof/2.452mm1/3.6"1.0µmAF2x-optical-zoom
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashDual-LED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/2.55" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front cameraPDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Front camera (secondary)(dual front camera)
8 megapixels
2MPirisscanner
(dual front camera)
8 megapixels
2MPirisscanner
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (secondary)2K UHD (2560x1440)2K UHD (2560x1440)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length25mm lens25mm lens
Sensor size1/3.6" inches1/3.6" inches
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.22µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
LoudspeakerMono sound (not stereo)
32-bit/384kHz
Mono sound (not stereo)
32-bit/384kHz
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedFM
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviDMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD
Audio formatsMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLACMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
USBUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)USB Type-C (reversible)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Heart rate
Iris scanner
Proximity sensor
SpO2
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Heart rate
Iris scanner
Proximity sensor
SpO2
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity3300 mAh3300 mAh
Charger, watts15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
Talk time autonomy22 hours22 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
- Curved edge screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Samsung Gear VR compatible
- Samsung Pay
- Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
- Curved edge screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Samsung Gear VR compatible
- Samsung Pay

☢️ Radiation rate

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950U)Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N9500)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
George FlensburgI chose Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Duos SM-N9500 Thank you for your phone advice and comparison! I live in Alaska, my remote area is 3G, this is the better choice :)
Teodor MaghiarSamsung Galaxy note 8 sm-n9500 support radio FM and has 256GB!
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