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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8 – In this article, I’m going to be lookin’ at the fundamental differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Note 8

So this is probably the most famous phrase on the twitter recently.

It looks like a lot of people are interested to see whether it’s worth upgrading from the Note 8 to the Note 9 or whether it’s worth picking up the Note 8 right now which will be at a lower price.

So of course, we’ll be breaking everything down, and hopefully, at the end of this article, you’d have made a decision.

So let’s start off with the sizes.

Galaxy Note 9 Size – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

DeviceGalaxy Note 9Galaxy Note 8
Sizes161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5mm
Display6.4 inches Super AMOLED6.3 inches Super AMOLED
Pixel2960 x 1440 pixel (~516 ppi)2960 x 1440 pixel (~522 ppi)
DesignAluminum FrameAluminum Frame
Curved Glass PanelsCurved Glass Panels
IP68 Water and Dust ResistantIP68 Water and Dust Resistant

Both are very, very similar in size.

When you’ve got both in your hand you’re probably not going to be able to tell much of a difference, but the Note 9 is slightly shorter, and it’s slightly wider as well as slightly thicker.

Galaxy Note 9 Display – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

The Note 9 has a slightly larger display 6.4 inches versus 6.3 inches on the Note 8, but have super AMOLED technology on both devices as well as a Quad HD+ resolution.

Galaxy Note 9 Display

Honestly, both are some of the best displays right now in the market; we’ve got great viewing angles, really vibrant colors, and details are very sharp.

Note8 and Note9 also infinity displays, so we’ve got small bezels on the top and the bottom, although the Note 9 does have a slightly smaller chin compared to the Note 8.

Regarding brightness, I’ve tested both of these out in direct sunlight, and they perform really well. It was challenging for me to tell much of a difference.

I’d say the Note9 is maybe brighter, but once again I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these displays.

Galaxy Note 9 Design – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

Now if you look at the build and design, you can clearly see that the Note 9 is an incremental update to the Note 8 because everything is very similar.

Galaxy Note 9 Design

The glass on the front and the back is Gorilla Glass 5, and it is curved in on both sides. It’s symmetrical. It feels really nice.

The Galaxy Note 9 does have a slight chamfer around the metal frame which does look really slick. Both devices are also IP68 water and dust resistant.

Galaxy Note has different color options available on both devices, and the Note 9 has a bit of a two-tone look. I would say, whereas it’s got much more of a flat look on the Note 8.

I’m definitely digging this new style color on the Note 9.

Because they’re made of metal and glass, if you do drop these then they’re likely to have some damage, and for that reason, I’d definitely recommend picking up a case.

Galaxy Note 9 Processor and RAM – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

Moving on to the Galaxy Note internals, we’ve got some significant improvements. The Note 8, we’ve got either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung Exynos 8895, this will depend on your region which one you get.

The Note 9 being the new device does come with the latest and greatest, so we’ve got either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or Samsung Exynos 9810.

Samsung Exynos 9810

So You are going to be getting improved performance on the Note 9 compared to the Note 8. It’s roughly about 30% faster and 30% more efficient

What’s really cool about the Note 9, it’s got a built-in water carbon-cooling system. This is really cool because if you’re gaming for long sessions and things, it’s going to ensure that your device doesn’t overheat.

Although both devices come with 6GB of RAM as a base, there is also an 8GB of RAM version available on the Note 9, an option if you are someone who does lots and lots of tasking and really makes the most of your device.

Galaxy Note 9 Storage – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a base of 64GB. The Note 9 now comes with double that as a base, 128GB, but you can also get a 512GB version, which is absolutely insane.

However, both of these do come with a micro sd cards slot so you can expand the storage on both of these, which is absolutely fabulous.

Galaxy Note 9 Operating System – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

For the operating systems, Samsung applies Android Oreo on both devices. We’ve got 8.0 version on the Note 8 and 8.1 version on the Note 9.

Both devices do come with the Samsung experience skin on top, so we are going to be getting overall a very similar experience on both device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera

Galaxy Note 9 Camera – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

Samsung has a lot of improvements with the rear-facing cameras. However, the front facing camera is very similar on both, 8MP with a f/1.7 aperture on autofocus.

However, The Galaxy Note 9 have selfie focus. This is where it’s going to blur the background of your shots. It works ok; it still doesn’t work as well as something like the Pixel in my experience.

For the rear-facing cameras, Samsung Galaxy Note has quite a few differences.

On the Note 8, 12MP cameras with optical stabilization. The primary camera has a f/1.7 aperture, and the secondary camera has a f/2.4 aperture, this is a telephoto camera, and it’s going to give you two times optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Camera

My experience the Note 8 has performed really well, it’s got great cameras, we’ve also got live focus which is going to blur the background, and you can edit the blur after the fact too.

Although the Note 9 still has dual 12MP cameras with optilink stabilization, it does improve from the Note 8 and that is because the primary camera now has a dual aperture, so it’s going to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the amount of light that you see.

The second new camera is a telephoto camera, with optical zoom and a f/2.4 aperture.

The main improvements in my testing have to be in low light where the f/1.5 aperture on the Note 9 really comes into play and also regarding dynamic range that the Note 9 has better software processing, and it does give you better dynamic range over whitening your shots.

This is also something called forward detection on the Note 9, and this is basically going to try to tell you if the shot hasn’t come out correctly.

forward detection camera

Maybe somebody’s got their eyes closed or perhaps if it’s a bit of a blurry shot so this is something that’s improved.

It’s going to try to improve your images slightly depending on what it sees. This is something that we don’t have on the Note 8.

The video as well we’ve got some improvements on the Note 9. You can shoot 4k up to 60 frames a second versus 30 frames a second on the Note 8 and then also improvements in slow motion. You’ve got 1080p at up to 240 frames a second on the Note 9.

I also got super slow motion which is 960 frames a second at 720p. This is a short burst, but it does produce some external results if you get it right.

Slow motion galaxy note 9

You’ve only got up to 720p at 240 frames a second on the Note 8 in comparison.

Samsung has further improvements on the Note 9. The fingerprint scanner is now placed in a much more accessible position. It’s still a little bit high, but it’s a lot more reachable than it was on the Note 9 where it’s right next to the cameras.

It’s a very awkward position to have the fingerprint scanner; you can’t really reach it especially on this larger device.

I usually find myself having to use my left hand to unlock the device using the fingerprint scanner.

On the Note 9, it is definitely more accessible, but I still think it’s a little bit too high.

You don’t have to use the fingerprint scanner on device if you don’t want, because both devices have an iris scanner and facial recognition.

However, The Note 9 have intelligence scan, and this is where it uses a combination of the iris scanner as well as facial recognition. This is something that’s not available on the Note 8.

Galaxy Note 9 Audio – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

When it comes to audio, The Note has a 3.5 mm headphone jack on both devices which is great, but on the Note 8 only have a single bottom firing speaker.

Big improvement on the Note 9 with stereo speakers so one is in the earpiece and one is bottom firing.

They tuned by AKG, and they also have Dolby Atmos, and they sound absolutely great. It’s a big improvement, and I’m glad that we finally got stereo speakers on the Note series.

Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

Both the Note 8 and the Note 9 have an S-Pen, but there are some big differences between these two.

With the Note 8, it’s a very useful S-Pen. You can do off-screen memos, You can hover over currencies and text, and it’s going to translate it and things.

There are lots of cool features here with the S-Pen on the Note 8.

But the Note 9 has Bluetooth built into the S-Pen. This is a first on the Note series. This means that the S-Pen is slightly thicker and slightly heavier.

It’s really nothing that you are going to notice, but it does allow some really cool, remote control features on the Note 9.

Launch apps by just pressing and holding. You can customize which app you want it to launch.

If you wanted the camera, you could press twice and it’s going to switch between the front and rear facing cameras and pressing once is going to take a picture.

You can use the S-Pen to slide through the gallery or slideshows. You’ve also got Samsung Dex built into the Note 9, so you’re going to be able to connect this on to a big screen just with a dongle. You’re not going to need a dock as you need on the Note 8.

Because of this new S-Pen, you’re going to be able to have maybe a presentation on the big screen, and you’re going to be able to control that presentation and kind of go through slides and things using just the S-Pen at up to 10 meters distance because of Bluetooth.

bluetooth S-Pen Galaxy Note

This doesn’t mean that we now have a battery inside the S-Pen, this is something that we didn’t previously have on the Note 8.

However, this battery lasts up to 30 minutes and to charge it you just pop it back in, and it’s going to charge fully within 40 seconds.

Even if the battery’s all the way down you’re still going to be able to use it like you can use it on the Note 8. You won’t have the remote control functionality.

Galaxy Note 9 Battery – Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

The Note 8 has the 3300mAh battery which is not too big considering the size of this device, and it does seem that Samsung did this because of all the controversy around the Note 7.

They tried to pack in a big battery in a compact body, and that did cause some issues

So to give the consumers confidence, it looks like they did put a smaller battery inside the Note 8, because of this, and it was okay, but it wasn’t great in my experience.

Good news is, on the Note 9 we have a massive 4000mAh battery, and already seeing a big improvement regarding battery life in my usage with the Note 9.

Both devices support fast charging as well as fast wireless charging. So that is also nice to get a quick charging whenever you need.

Finally looking at the price, so the Note 8 on release was around $950 in the US.

Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8

This price has come down quite significantly, and you can pick up the Note 8 at roughly around $700 from the last time I saw.

The Note 9 comes in slightly higher compared to what the Note 8. The Note 9 on release was around $999 in the US for 128Gb and $1,249 for 512Gb.

This is good because this is for double the storage compared to what you had on the Note 8 and of course you’ve got all of the additional features.

The Note 8 is now a year old, so of course, it has dropped quite a bit in price, and you may even be able to pick up something second hand for quite a bit cheaper.

So to answer the question, “is it worth upgrading from the Note 8 to the Note 9?”

Well, if you’re currently on the Note 8, you still have a perfect device, and I think it’s still last you a little bit more time.

But if you are after the new features on the Note 9, the bigger battery, more storage, the performance improvements, as well as that all unique S-Pen with the remote control functionality, then the Note 9 seems like a great option.

That’s what I think anyway. What do you think? Drop me a comment below and let me know. I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful, then be sure to share with your friends