Last night, Samsung amazed everyone at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York by unveiling the Note 9 — their most advanced smartphone presently on sale. While the phone retains the Note lineup’s characteristic traits, it gains the new S Pen fortified with Bluetooth Low Energy and a massive 4000mAh battery. It also gains up to 512GB of onboard storage, which paired along with 512GB of expandable storage, can let you store up to 1TB of data on the go.
While the new Note 9 is certainly an attractive package, last year’s Galaxy Note 8 is still an impressive flagship-grade smartphone. It may not have the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen and the battery may be smaller, but it’s still a very capable phone. It looks pretty much the same and holds most of the Note lineup’s characteristic traits. So what separates the Note 9 from the Note 8? We find out.
Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy Note 8:
161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm, 195g
S Pen weight: 3.1g S Pen weight: 2.8g
6.4-inch Super AMOLED 6.3-inch Super AMOLED
Quad HD+, 521ppi Quad HD+, 516ppi
12MP (F1.5 / F2.4) + 12MP (F2.4) 12MP (F1.7) + 12MP (F2.4)
8MP front 8MP front
64-bit 10nm processor 64-bit 10nm processor
Exynos 9810 octa-core Exynos 8895 octa-core
6/8GB LPDDR4 RAM 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage: 128/512GB Storage: 64/128/256GB
MicroSD: up to 512GB MicroSD: up to 256GB
Android 8.1 Android 7.1 (now on 8.1 Oreo)
Intelligent Scan, Iris, Fingerprint Iris, Fingerprint
So, what do you think? Is the Note 9 a substantial upgrade over the Note 8?