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Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 5

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Last updated: August 9th, 2018 at 19:04 UTC+02:00

The Galaxy Note 9 has been officially announced today. Samsung fans have long been looking forward to this new device as it was expected to bring some great new improvements. It has the largest battery ever for a Galaxy flagship, the first S Pen with Bluetooth support and even 512GB of onboard storage. Thus a Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 5 specs comparison goes to show just how rapidly the technology has advanced in the past couple of years.

Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 5

Many Galaxy Note faithful who stuck with their Galaxy Note 5 will now be particularly interested in this specs comparison and there certainly is a world of difference between the two devices. The Galaxy Note 9 has a noticeably larger and higher resolution display, a more capable S Pen, powerful internals, double the RAM (in the 512GB variant) and a significantly improved camera. The 4,000mAh battery is a particularly noteworthy addition.

It’s unquestionably a viable update for Galaxy Note 5 owners who now want to upgrade their devices. Many will be ready to do that, particularly owners in the US, who may no longer have contract constraints restricting them from upgrading. Do check out the full Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 5 specs comparison down below to get a better idea of how these two devices stack up against each other.

Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy Note 5
Display 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Infinity, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9, 516 ppi 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440), Super AMOLED, 16:9, 518 ppi
S Pen Yes, 4,096 pressure levels, Bluetooth control Yes, 2,048 pressure levels
Processor Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit Exynos 7420, 64-bit, 14nm
RAM 6GB/8GB 4GB
Rear Camera 12-megapixel primary, Dual Aperture (F1.5-F2.4), Dual Pixel, OIS
12-megapixel telephoto secondary, F2.4, 2x optical zoom, OIS
16-megapixel, F1.9, OIS
Front camera 8-megapixel, autofocus, F1.7 aperture 5-megapixel, F1.9
Storage 128GB/512GB internal, microSD slot (up to 512GB) 32GB/64GB, no expansion
Software Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to Android 7.0 Nougat
Battery 4,000 mAh, fast wired and fast wireless charging 3,000 mAh, fast wired and fast wireless charging
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MU-MIMO, LTE Cat18, Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO, LTE Cat.6/Cat.9, Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Security Fingerprint sensor (rear), iris scanner, facial recognition, Intelligent Scan (iris + face) Fingerprint sensor (front)
Other features Samsung Pay (NFC+MST), Bixby 2.0, IP68 water resistance, heart rate sensor, AKG earphones, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, DeX mode, AR Emoji, Super slow-mo (960 fps) Samsung Pay (NFC+MST), heart rate sensor
Dimensions 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171g
Phone Galaxy Note 5Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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