Samsungâ€™s latest flagship, the Note 9 is out and if you already own a Galaxy S9/S9+ or were planning to get one soon and were confused between that and the new Note, we make your job easier by pointing out differences between the two. Weâ€™ve also compared it with last yearâ€™s flagship, Note 8, so make sure you check that out as well. Letâ€™s have a look to decide if you should make the switch to the new Note 9.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Compared to the Galaxy S9+, the display on the Note 9 is just 0.2-inches bigger while the resolution stays the same. Nothing much to differentiate here, except for the extra digitizer on the Note 9 which supports the S-pen input.
Under the hood, both phones run on the same SoC, which is Samsungâ€™s current-gen flagship chipset, the Exynos 9810 on global variants, while the US variant sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. This means there shouldnâ€™t be any difference in the performance between the two devices in day to day as well as CPU intensive tasks.
While the S9+ came with a maximum storage capacity of 256GB, the Note 9 takes it a step further and doubles it up to 512GB with up to 8GB of RAM as opposed to 6 on the S9+. The minimum storage as well has been upgraded from 64GB to 128GB.
The camera department is similar to the S9+ as well with the same 12MP dual camera setup with variable aperture, with the addition of some intelligence built in like detection of closed eyes while taking a picture.
The battery on the Note 9 though is a huge leap when compared to 3500mAh on the S9+, to 4000mAh.
The highlight of the Note series is the glorified S-pen which has now received an upgrade. Apart from the ability to take notes, the S-pen can now connect to your phone through Bluetooth and perform multiple functions like a remote shutter for your camera, play or pause music/videos, change presentation slides, etc. If the S-pen fancies your taste, then the Note 9 should be your obvious choice.
Samsungâ€™s Dex which provides a PC like-experience can now be used without the dock unlike the S9+, and just requires an HDMI adapter.Â The dual stereo speakers from the S9+ make it to the Note 8 as well. A new addition to the Note 9 which is absent in the S9+ is a liquid cooling system.
While the Note 9 might seem very similar to the S9+, there are some notable changes like a beefier battery, smarter cameras and of course the multifunctional S-pen with a feature overhaul. So are these improvements worth upgrading from an S9+ or are they enough to convince you to get a Note 9 over the S9+? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.