Menu IconA vertical stack of three samsung note 9 on finance spaced horizontal lines. The Galaxy Note 9 is here — but is it an upgrade from last year’s Galaxy Note 8?
The Galaxy Note 9 has a bigger battery, some advanced camera features, and more starting storage. But the Galaxy Note 9 also has a very similar overall design to the Galaxy Note 8, the same camera from a hardware standpoint as last year’s model, and identical features like wireless fast charging and a nearly edge-to-edge display. So whether you’re considering upgrading from the Galaxy Note 8 or trying to decide between the two phones — after all, the Galaxy Note 8 is still an excellent phone and now has a reduced price tag — here are all the ways the Galaxy Note 9 differs from the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 is more expensive than the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 got a bit of a price bump compared with last year’s model. The Galaxy Note 9 has more storage space than the Galaxy Note 8.
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with three storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB. The Galaxy Note 9 has only two storage options, but they’re significantly higher: either 128 GB or 512 GB. The expandable storage is higher on the Galaxy Note 9 too. The Galaxy Note 9 has room for a 512 GB microSD card, meaning you could potentially bring your phone’s total storage to 1 terabyte. The Galaxy Note 8 has a microSD slot too but can hold only a 256 GB card.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a slightly larger display. The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6. 4-inch Amoled display, compared with the Galaxy Note 8’s 6. The Galaxy Note 9 has a bigger battery, meaning it most likely has a longer battery life than the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 is heavier than the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 weighs 201 grams, while the Galaxy Note 8 weighs 195 grams.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a slightly more advanced camera than the Galaxy Note 8. While the camera specs of the two phones are almost identical — 8-megapixel front camera, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras — Samsung added a few new features to the Galaxy Note 9’s camera. The Galaxy Note 9’s dual-camera system is getting Samsung’s new camera feature called scene optimizer, which recognizes what kind of object you’re photographing and adjusts the settings automatically to take the best shot. The camera will also have flaw detection, which will let you know if the image is blurry, if the subject blinked, if there is a smudge on the lens, or if there is backlight affecting the image quality. The Galaxy Note 9 has one more new feature, which Samsung also added on the Galaxy S9: a dual aperture lens. Samsung says that the phone’s lens can sense the amount of light that’s present and automatically adjust between F-stops. The Galaxy Note 9 comes in new, different colors.
The Galaxy Note 9 will come in ocean blue and lavender in the US, and copper and black in international markets. The Galaxy Note 8 comes in midnight black, deep sea blue, orchid gray, and maple gold. The Galaxy Note 9 will come with a bright yellow S Pen. In the past, Samsung has designed the S Pen to match the color of the device. But with the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung changed the color of the S Pen that comes with the blue device — it’s bright yellow, and when you write on the screen it will appear bright yellow as well. The S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 is also more advanced. Beyond the color, Samsung upgraded the S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9.
The new S Pen has Bluetooth Low Energy, which means it can work with your phone up to 30 feet away, allowing you to use the S Pen as a remote for taking photos, giving presentations, or controlling your music. The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a newer version of Android than the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 will run Android 8. 1 Oreo out of the box — an upgrade from the Galaxy Note 8, which runs Android 7. That said, it’s a little surprising that the phone won’t run the latest version of Android, Android 9 Pie, which was released Monday. But there are a few features that haven’t changed between the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy Note 9. The new device has a headphone jack.