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Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8: 11 key talking points

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8: 11 key talking points

Samsung Galaxy Note9 was released on August 9, 2018, with a better camera and connected S Pen. It is available for pre-order which will ship on August 20. The device will be officially available on August 24 in selected markets.

The Galaxy Note9 succeeds the Galaxy Note8, and here we’re going to talk about what’s new device and how different they are over ten parameters including camera, SoC, display and more.

Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8


Note9 vs Note8: The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is taller and thinner in design at 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm against 161.9mm x 76.4mm x 8.8mm of Galaxy Note9. The Note9 is heavier than Note8 at 201 gram against 195.

Note9’s S Pen vs Note8’s S Pen: The new S Pen that is Bluetooth Low-Energy enabled is heavier and thicker at 3.1 gram and 4.35mm against Note8’s S Pen at 2.8 gram and 4.2mm. The new S Pen is smaller and thinner at 106.37mm x 5.7mm against the old one at 106.4mm x 5.8mm.


Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8: 11 key talking points

Galaxy Note8

While the Galaxy Note8 sported a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440; 521ppi), the new Galaxy Note9 gets a slightly bigger screen at 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440; 516ppi) but a lower pixel density.


Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8: 11 key talking points

The new Samsung Galaxy Note9 is powered by newer and faster a 10nm 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8x Qualcomm Kryo 385 CPU, which clocks at 2.8GHz.

Its predecessor Galaxy Note8 was powered by the 10nm 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset with 8x Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU, which clocks at 2.45GHz.


Samsung Galaxy Note9: New Features, Pre-booking and Specs

Rear Camera: Galaxy Note9 sports a dual camera at the back with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). It has a wide-angle, super speed dual pixel 12MP AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS lens and another telephoto 12MP AF, F2.4, OIS lens.

Galaxy Note8 came with a dual camera at the back, same as Galaxy Note9 with the wide-angle lens at 12MP AF (F1.7) and the telephoto lens at 12MP AF (F2.4).

Both cameras support 2x optical zooms and 10x digital zoom.

Front Camera: The front camera remains unchanged. Both the devices sport a 8MP AF, F1.7 single lens camera up front.

Other than this, the camera on the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 device gets the following new features:

  • Scene Optimizer: The company claims that the Galaxy Note9 sports the smartest camera in their lineup yet. It’s special because it uses intelligence to identify elements such as scene and subject in a photo. The smart camera has 20 preset categories and instantly optimises the elements based on the category, which results in lifelike images with bold colours and dynamic definition.

  • Flaw Detection: Samsung Galaxy Note9’s intelligent camera will also let you know if a shot doesn’t come right so that you can take another picture instantly. A notification appears as soon as the image is clicked if it’s blurry, the subject blinked, the lens is smudged, or the backlight isn’t quite right.
  • Premium Camera: The camera also boasts of noise reduction technology, a dual aperture lens that adjusts to light like the human eye and helps you take a relatively better shot even in low-light conditions.


The latest device in the Galaxy Note lineup comes in two variants. One with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and another with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal memory. Both the variants have a MicroSD slot which supports up to 512GB of external storage.

Its predecessor — Galaxy Note8 — was launched in three variants with 64/128/256GB internal storage options expandable via MicroSD card up to 256GB. All of these variants had the same 6GB RAM.


Samsung Galaxy Note9: New Features, Pre-booking and Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is backed by a larger 4000mAh battery against the Galaxy Note8’s 3300mAh.

This means that the new Galaxy Note9’s larger power pack coupled with a more efficient SoC will give users more screen time.


Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8: 11 key talking points

While the older Galaxy Note8 ran on Android 7.1.1 ‘Nougat’ out-of-the-box, the new Galaxy Note9 is going to release with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The new device will also get the Android Pie update in the coming months.


Samsung Galaxy Note9 comes with LTE Cat.18 and an enhanced 4×4 MIMO, 5CA while the Note8 came with the LET Cat.16 and 4×4 MIMO, 4 CA.


Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8 dialogue doesn’t have anything to separate these two on this front as both of them support NFC and MST payments.


Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Galaxy Note8: 11 key talking points

Another front where there isn’t a lot of difference between the two is authentication. Both Galaxy Note9 and Note8 have the Iris, Fingerprint, Facial recognition, pattern, PIN and password.

But the newer Note9 has an intelligent scan, which combines Iris scan and facial recognition to provide enhanced security for certain authentication services

Galaxy S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note9: New Features, Pre-booking and Specs

While the S Pen on Galaxy Note8 had limited functionality that included writing, doodling and more, the new S Pen that comes with Galaxy Note9 comes with new Bluetooth connectivity.

The signature S Pen of the Samsung Galaxy Note series makes a serious comeback with Bluetooth capabilities on the Note9 that allows the pen to even work as a pointing stick to clicking photos, flipping pages and more from a distance of up to 10metres.

It began as a tool for writing but now with the Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support you can take pictures, present slides, pause and play videos and much more. Developers also have the option to integrate the S Pen’s new BLE functionalities into their apps.

Feeroz Shaani

Feeroz Shaani

Advisor at Candid.Technology, Feeroz is a journalist with 36 years of experience in print, digital, and television. After graduating from Delhi University, he began his journalistic journey with India’s leading news agency Press Trust of India, in 1986. After working for nine years in print media, he became the first batch of media professionals to switch to electronic media in 1995. Since then, he has worked with different news channels and digital media.