Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Note8: what’s the difference?
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 has been revealed! To the naked eye, it doesn’t look like Samsung have made that many changes to the previous Note8 device, but let’s take a deeper look into the specs to see what they’ve changed…
- Galaxy Note 9 – 6.4-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi pixel density), 83.4% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Galaxy Note 8 – 6.3-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi pixel density), 83.2% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Galaxy Note 9 – 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in), 201 g (7.09 oz)
- Galaxy Note 8 – 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), 195 g (6.88 oz)
The Note9 has the same hardware as the S9+, meaning 12MP rear cameras with a primary dual aperture lens which shifts between F2.4 (for more detail in well-lit shots) and F1.5 (for low light) while the Note 8 is stuck with a standard F1.7 sensor
- Galaxy Note 9 (US) – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset (4x 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver CPUs), Adreno 630 GPU
- Galaxy Note 9 (Europe and Asia) – Exynos 9810 (4x 2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55 CPUs), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU
The other major change is the bright yellow S Pen. For the first time, Samsung has equipped it with Bluetooth LE which enables far greater functionality, such as remote shutter operation for the camera, a clicker during presentations and music playback control. The new S Pen is also charged automatically from the Galaxy Note via a supercapacitor so it is always ready and drains very little battery from the phone itself.
- Galaxy Note 9 – 4000 mAh
- Galaxy Note 8 – 3300 mAh
Yes, Samsung has increased battery capacity by over 20% and the company promises not just a full day but multi-day use from a single charge.
- Galaxy Note 9 – 128GB – $999 / £899
- Galaxy Note 9 – 512GB – $1,250 / £1,099
That was the storage and approximate price bracket of the Note 8 when it launched.
Elsewhere IP68 water and dust resistance remain, as does USB-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack (well done Samsung) and a microSD card slot which now supports cards up to 512GB – up from 256GB on the Note 8.
See all of our Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases here.