The Samsung Galaxy S9+ has been crowned the king of the Androids. However, with Oreo support on the way, many are wondering whether the stylus-equipped Note8 might be a better buy – especially now that it’s a little cheaper.
For the perennial fence-sitter, it’s now time to make a decision: do you stump up the cash for the sleekest and shiniest Galaxy phone on the market, or plump for its immediate predecessor? Let’s take a look at the specs to see which one comes out on top.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 originally launched in August, 2017. It comes with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, 6GB of RAM, a 3300mAh battery with fast and wireless charging and an “enhanced” S Pen which boasts a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity. It runs Android 7.1 out of the box, although an update to Android 8.0 is reportedly coming.
The Galaxy S9+ launched last month. It comes with a slightly smaller 6.2-inch display that is otherwise identical, 6GB of RAM, an improved dual rear-facing 12-megapixel camera and a a 3000mAh battery. It runs Android 8.0 on Octa-core processors (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad.)
Here’s how the specifications compare:
|Samsung Galaxy Note8||Samsung Galaxy S9+|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)||Android 8.0|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm||158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm|
|CPU||Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor||Octa-core (2.7GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64bit, 10nm processor|
|Storage/Memory||64/128/256 GB||64/128/256 GB|
|Display||6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED||6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)|
|Resolution||2960 x 1440 (521 ppi)||2960 x 1440 (570 ppi)|
|microSD support||Yes, up to 400GB||Yes, up to 400GB|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes||Yes|
|Camera||12MP OIS (Wide-Angle F1.7; Telephoto F2.4) Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)||Dual Camera with Dual OIS – Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4) – Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4) Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, Deep Sea Blue||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple|
|Price (64GB model)||From $1579||From $1349|
As you can see, there’s not much terribly different about these two phones. The S9+ benefits from a newer operating system which includes the latest version of Bixby; Samsung’s voice-controlled AI assistant. It also has a better camera. On the flipside, the Note8 has a larger display and comes with an inbuilt stylus.
In the end, it probably comes down to price. At the time of launch, Note8 had a higher price tag than the S9+ but it has since come down to under $1000. If you’re buying outright (and really dig the idea of a stylus), the Note8 is the smartphone to get. Otherwise, the only real reason to buy the S9+ is for its superior camera.