Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 brought the Note lineup into the modern age following the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In addition to the Infinity display, the Galaxy Note 8 was also the first Samsung flagship with dual rear cameras. Thanks to the fact that the Galaxy Note 7 was taken off the market, the Galaxy Note 8 came off as a huge upgrade for Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy Note 4 owners.
Samsung has now unveiled the Galaxy Note 9, and you are probably wondering how it compares to its predecessor as far as specs are concerned. Well, it comes off as quite the upgrade even over the Galaxy Note 8, as the Note 9 gets the best of both the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S9+. You have stereo speakers, the biggest battery yet of any Samsung flagship (not counting the Galaxy S Active smartphones), 8GB of RAM, a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, and more.
Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8
There are quite a few minor changes as well (such as official support for 512GB microSD cards and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box), so if you’re looking to see how the specs on the Note 9 compare to the Galaxy Note 8, you can do so in the table below. For more information on the Galaxy Note 9, do check out our devices section as well, where you can compare it with many more Samsung devices.
|Galaxy Note 9||Galaxy Note 8|
|Display||6.4-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Infinity, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9, 516 ppi||6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9, 521 ppi|
|S Pen||Yes, 4,096 pressure levels, Bluetooth control||Yes, 4,096 pressure levels|
|Processor||Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit||Samsung Exynos 8895/Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 64-bit, 10nm|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel primary, Dual Aperture (F1.5-F2.4), Dual Pixel, OIS|
12-megapixel telephoto secondary, F2.4, 2x optical zoom, OIS
|12-megapixel primary, F1.7, Dual Pixel, OIS|
12-megapixel telephoto secondary, F2.4, OIS, 2x optical zoom
|Front camera||8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture||8-megapixel, autofocus, f/1.9|
|Storage||128GB/512GB internal, microSD slot (up to 512GB)||64GB/256GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB)|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie||Android 7.1.1, upgradeable to Android 8.0|
|Battery||4,000 mAh, fast wired and fast wireless charging||3,300 mAh, fast wired and fast wireless charging|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO, LTE Cat.18, Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE Cat.16, MU-MIMO, Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
|Security||Fingerprint sensor (rear), iris scanner, facial recognition, Intelligent Scan (iris + face)||Fingerprint sensor (rear), iris scanner, facial recognition|
|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), Bixby, water resistance, heart rate sensor, AKG earphones|
|Dimensions||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195g|