Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 5

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 9Galaxy Note 5
Display6.4-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Infinity, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9, 516 ppi5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440), Super AMOLED, 16:9, 518 ppi
S PenYes, 4,096 pressure levels, Bluetooth controlYes, 2,048 pressure levels
ProcessorExynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bitExynos 7420, 64-bit, 14nm
Rear Camera12-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 camera8-megapixel, autofocus, F1.7 aperture5-megapixel, F1.9
Storage128GB/512GB internal, microSD slot (up to 512GB)32GB/64GB, no expansion
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo, upgradeable to Android 9.0 PieAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to Android 7.0 Nougat
Battery4,000 mAh, fast wired and fast wireless charging3,000 mAh, fast wired and fast wireless charging
ConnectivityWi-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
SecurityFingerprint sensor (rear), iris scanner, facial recognition, Intelligent Scan (iris + face)Fingerprint sensor (front)
Other featuresSamsung 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
Dimensions161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171g


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Wow, I had the 32gb Note 5 and I never came close to filling it. Now with my Note9, I’ve already used 30gb of Internal storage, and that’s not including pics and videos over on my SD card! Times have changed.


It’s interesting to notice that the resolution race is basically over.
This was such a big deal a while ago, but since the Note 4, released 4 years ago, there was only minor adjustment due to aspect ratio change.
Now it seems color accuracy and hdr are a bigger deal than a resolution and that probably makes sense – I guess our eyes would not be able to distinguish between 4k or 1440p on such a small devices .


Resolution is relative. 4K is only baterry drain option. I use FHD resolution on S8 and S7. Don’t need more. I use 4K and QHD for TV content only. There I can see better sharpness.


There is no point to compare Note9 VS Note5!
Its kind of loosers compare or noobs compare on technology!
Note9 should be compared with Note8 witch is allmost same as Note9!

This article compare is like Mercedes Benz vs Zastava!


Well, I’ve had every Note, including Note8. There is quite a big difference there. On Note9, and not on Note8 includes, bigger and brighter screen, a choice of double or quadruple base storage, optional up to 1tb storage and 8gb ram, a much more functional sPen, stereo speakers, Atmos Dolby sound, dual aperture camera with AI, a much more efficient cooling system, a better looking and more comfortable frame, a newer generation processor. That’s already a good comparison. But this article is about how the Note has evolved since Note 5.