Samsung reckons the Galaxy Note 9 is its best smartphone ever. But how does it compare to its direct predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S9+? We take a look at the specs to find out what's different.
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ originally launched in March, 2018. It comes with a slightly smaller 6.2-inch display compared to the Note 9 but otherwise the phones are very similar - both come with 6GB of RAM, an improved dual rear-facing 12-megapixel camera. The Note 9, however, comes with a larger 4000mAh battery.
Here's how the specifications compare:
|Galaxy Note9||Galaxy S9+|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 (Oreo)||Android 8 (Oreo)|
|Display||6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)||6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)|
|Body||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mmm, 201g, IP68||158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g, IP689|
|Camera||Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4) - Telephoto: 12MP AF (F2.4) - 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom Front: 8MP AF, F1.7||Rear: 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)|
|AP||10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz) 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)|
|Memory||6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)||6GB RAM 64GB/128GB/256GB + Micro SD Slot (upto 400GB)11|
|Sim Card||Single SIM: Nano SIM||Single SIM: Nano SIM|
|Battery||4,000mAh, Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC, Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA||3,500mAh, Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0, Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA|
|Network||Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18||Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)|
|Payment||NFC, MST||NFC, MST|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor||Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password. Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition. Intelligent scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition for convenient unlocking and in some cases provides enhanced security for certain authentication services||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password. Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan: multimodal biometric authentication with iris scanning and face recognition|
|Audio||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF|
|Video||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
|Price||From $1499||From $1199|
On paper there's not a whole lot seperating these two phones as can be plainly seen above. On the other hand, the Note9 comes with a fancy inbuilt stylus which boasts Bluetooth connectivity for the first time. It also promised longer battery life and brings some extra photography software to the table. Whether that's worth a $300 premium is up to you.