While smartphones and phablets do tend to get a global release, what most consumers might not know is that not every version of the device they bought is the same and if they aren’t careful in their purchase, it is possible they might end up with a weaker variant or something with less features of the exact same device. The same is the case with the $930 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which comes in a lot of different versions with different features and specifications. Here we will compare the different Samsung Galaxy Note 8 versions and what makes them unique so that you can make an informed purchase.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Versions
While there are a number of different Note 8 versions available in the market depending on which region you live in, the major difference is down to just 3 different models. These models have however further smaller differences within their same region depending on which mobile carrier the device was purchased from.
As we mentioned in our Galaxy Note 8 review, there is a different model of the device available in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) which pretty much makes this version as the global model and extends to other countries as well including Oceanic and African nations. On the surface, the first major difference that pops out is a different (and arguably better) processor being used. All the global Galaxy Note 8 devices use the Exynos 8895 processor and a Mali G71 GPU. While the Exynos 8895 is an octa-core chip, four of its core are clocked slightly lower at 1.7GHz.
Global Dual Sim
On top of there being a global version of Note 8 different from the version available in US and China, there is also a global Dual Sim version to allow users to connect to two different cellular networks at the same time which can be quite useful for executive users. This version of Note 8 has the similar specifications as that of the Global models but differs in the number of SIM counts. However, there is one big caveat with this model. If someone wants to expand the storage of their device, they will need to sacrifice one of their SIM slots as the microSD card uses up the SIM 2 slot on this variant.
This model of Galaxy Note 8 uses a Snapdragon 835 processor and Andreno 540 GPU which to some might make this a weaker device as compared to the Global variant. However, unlike the Exynos 8895, the 4 of the 8 cores in this variant are clocked at 1.9GHz so that’s a slight advantage. Another difference, which might not affect a lot of users, is that the US/China variant of Note 8 supports PMA Wireless Charging while the global ones have Qi Wireless charging. While there isn’t any actual difference between the two standards, Qi is more widely used around the world which means if you are travelling, you should carry a PMA wireless charger with you.
As mentioned above, there are also some minor differences between the numerous Galaxy Note 8 versions available besides the major ones listed above. These smaller changes are usually just based on the carrier you purchase the device from and affect the Cellular bands at which the device operates. However, considering that most of the devices out there support pretty much every existing band right now, there shouldn’t be any cause for concern.
Different Versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 8
We will list down some of the easy to find Samsung Galaxy Note 8 models and list what changes they offer based on the region in which they are being offered.
- SM-N950UZKAAT – Snapdragon 835, available through AT&T in US
- SM-N950UZSATMK – Snapdragon 835 available through MetroPCS in US
- SM-N950UZKASPR – Snapdragon 835 available through Sprint in US
- SM-N950FZKDBTU – Dual SIM Exynos 8895 available in UK
- SM-N950FD Duos – Dual SIM Exynos 8895 available in India and Singapore
- SM-N9500/N9508 – Snapdragon 835 available in China
- SM-N950N – Exynos 8895 available in Korea
So there you have it, some of the different Galaxy Note 8 versions available in the market and their differences. While for most users, these differences might not mean much as both the processors have comparable performances and not a lot of people use Dual SIMs, for the hardcore enthusiasts, these changes could be the deciding factor when shelling out $1000 on a device. You can check out our in-depth review of Galaxy Note 8 to see if the device is worth the money or not.