Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 release date is almost here, and that means buyers must choose if it’s the right phone for them. Do you buy something like the Galaxy S9+ now, or wait for Samsung’s new phone? We’re here to help answer that question for you.
In this post we’ll go over everything we know so far about the Galaxy Note 9. Then, we’ll compare it to the Galaxy S9+ so you know what it has to offer and can make the right choice.
At this point we know almost everything about the Galaxy Note 9, and that it’ll look nearly identical to recent Samsung phones. That said, there are a few exciting changes or upgrades that might help you make up your mind. Things like longer battery life, a bigger screen, or the new and improved S-Pen.
This is the Galaxy Note 9 😉
If you’re on buying a new phone in 2018 you have lots of options so far and more are on the way. You can snag the impressive Galaxy S9+, wait for the Note 9, or wait even longer for the Google Pixel 3 XL. It’s a tough choice. And if you already have a Samsung phone it might not even be worth the switch.
That said, if you’re debating between the Galaxy S9+ and the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 we’ll answer some important questions. Even though the phone isn’t official yet, we’re pretty confident in most of this information. Then, once Samsung unveils the Note 9 in early August we’ll update this post with every last detail.
Both of these phones have huge screens, fast performance, tons of features and plenty to love. If a big screen is all you’re after, either phone is a great choice. With a big 6.2 or 6.3-inch curved AMOLED display, everything looks good. That said, the big screen isn’t all these phones have to offer.
Our slideshow below compares all aspects of both phones so you’ll make the right choice on your next phone.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: Design
First thing first, we need to talk about the design because you’ll barely be able to tell these phones apart. Don’t worry though, there are changes throughout.
The easiest way to tell the difference between these two phones will be the S-Pen stylus, and likely the different dual cameras on the new Note 9. Samsung’s sticking to its popular big screen with curved edges, and the same design they’ve used for a few years now.
However, we are hearing Samsung might add a bigger 6.4-inch screen in the Note 9, which is a little bigger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus. So there’s that. Otherwise, you’ll get the same beautiful curved all metal and glass phone.
Basically, these two phones look identical from the front. Around back, however, you’ll notice Samsung changed the dual cameras to a landscape orientation instead of horizontal. Then, they slightly changed the shape and location of the fingerprint sensor.
Sadly we’re not getting triple cameras, an in-glass fingerprint scanner, or anything else crazy. Basically, the Note 9 will look like most high-end Samsung phones from the last two years. We’re not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
All said and done, both of these phones have huge screens, water-resistance, wireless charging, 3.5mm headphone jacks, expandable storage, and great cameras. Plenty of things to love. The Note 9 simply has a slightly bigger screen, and S-Pen stylus for content creation and consumption, and potentially a few other tricks up its sleeve.
If you don’t need all that, you might be ok with the S9 Plus. Keep reading for the other important comparison points though.
Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Specs & Features
The Galaxy S9 Plus arrived in March of 2018, so it’s not even six months old yet. It’s still fast, powerful, capable, and basically on-par with the Note 9. Well, aside from a few potential areas. Here’s how they stack up on paper.
Galaxy Note 9 Specs (Rumored)
- 6.3-inch Quad-HD Curved Infinity AMOLED Display (or 6.4-inch)
- Snapdragon 845 Processor or Samsung Exynos 9810 with 6-8GB of RAM
- 64/128/256GB storage options (256 is only a rumor)
- Android 8.1 Oreo or Android 9.0 P with Samsung UX
- Dual 12MP Rear Cameras with variable aperture, IOS, 960 FPS Slow-mo, more
- 8MP Front Selfie Camera with Portrait Mode & Improved AR Emoji
- Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
- 3,850 mAh or 4,000 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging (exciting rumor)
- IP68 Dust & Water-resistance
- USB Type-C, Bixby 2.0, Bixby AI, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Heart-rate sensor, Face Unlock, Iris Scanning
- S-Pen with Bluetooth, New Features, etc
- and more
As you can see, this is a high-end phone in every sense of the word. Samsung added some important changes that will make this its best phone yet. Well, best until the S10 in 2019.
Some important points to take note of are more storage, extra RAM, potentially a massive battery, and new S-Pen features.
Galaxy S9+ Specs
- 6.2-inch 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Curved Display
- 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor
- 64GB of internal storage (Micro-SD slot included) and 6GB of RAM
- Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI
- Dual 12 Megapixel Rear Cameras – OIS, phase detection auto-focus, variable f/1.5-2.4 aperture camera, 960 FPS, slo-mo, more
- 8-megapixel front camera with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture
- Fingerprint Scanner, Face & Iris Intelligent Scanner
- IP68 dust & water resistance up to 5ft for 30 minutes
- 3,500 mAh battery with Fast & Wireless Charging
- Always-On Display
- Dual Stereo Speakers that are 1.4x louder than S8
- Samsung Pay, Bixby Virtual Assistant, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, more
Look familiar? That’s because these phones are almost the same, save for the S-Pen and a few other things. We are expecting better stereo speakers, Bixby 2.0 with improved AI, camera enhancements, and an S-Pen that recharges automatically and has Bluetooth for added functionality.
We’re even hearing Samsung will let you unlock, turn on, and control the Note 9 all from the S-Pen. That could be cool, right?
That aside, if you can get the Galaxy S9+ for a good deal and you don’t need some of these small changes, get it. You won’t regret the decision.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: Cameras
Both of these phones have two powerful cameras on the back, and how they work will likely be very similar.
So far all leaks point to dual cameras on the Note 9, just like Samsung’s Galaxy S9+. However, we’re not sure if it’ll be just like the S9+ or completely different.
Samsung introduced an all-new variable aperture camera on the S9, and that will come to the Note 9. What that means is the aperture can change from f/1.5 to f/2.4 apertures for the best possible photo in any situation, speed, or lighting. Just like how the human eye adapts to its surroundings, Samsung’s camera can do the same thing.
Basically, letting in more light for better photos.
That said, we believe Samsung has another trick or two up its sleeve for the Note 9 camera, so we’ll have to wait and see. Recently leaked photos show one lens is significantly bigger (or more open) than the other. Something we didn’t see with the S9+.
Either way, both of these phones will take amazing photos and you’ll be happy with either phone. If we learn more once the Note 9 is official we’ll update this slide.
Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: Battery & Charging
We mentioned the size of the battery in the specs breakdown, but this is important enough that we need to go over it again. Personally, this is the single biggest reason people will (or should) buy the Galaxy Note 9. Well, if rumors are accurate.
This year multiple rumors believe Samsung will add a huge battery to the Galaxy Note 9. The popular leakster IceUniverse is positive it’ll be a 4,000 mAh cell. That’s bigger than the 3,500 mAh battery in the Galaxy S9+, and far bigger than the 3,300 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 8. Making the Note 9 last longer than any Samsung phone yet.
That’s worth waiting for, and worth the upgrade.
Additionally, we’re hearing they’ll introduce a new 15w “faster” wireless charging technology. The iPhone X wireless charging is slow because it only uses 7.5 watts of power. Samsung phones do “fast wireless charging” with 10 watts, but the new Galaxy Note 9 will reportedly boost that up to 15 watts and offer the fastest wire-free charge on the market. Between a huge battery and faster charging, you’ll want one.
Galaxy Note 9 Release Date & Price
In closing, this is going to be one expensive phone and it’ll be available in just a few weeks. Do you want one?
Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9th, 2018, in New York City. We believe the phone will get released around the globe a few weeks later around August 24th. A few reports out of Korea mention a global launch of August 24th, and we trust our sources.
It will probably cost around $899-$949, but don’t be surprised if they charge Apple iPhone X type prices, which is $999. Yes, the 128GB Galaxy Note 9 will be over $1,000 if they even offer one.
As a comparison, the Galaxy S9+ arrived in March and costs $839 from Samsung. You can pay a little more or a little less depending on which carrier you get it from. Is the Galaxy Note 9 changes or “side-grades” worth the probable $120+ increase in the price? That’s up to you and what you need.
Samsung might have a few tricks up its sleeve that will make the Note 9 a better buy, but for now, it’s a hard choice that we’re glad we don’t have to make. Both of these phones are excellent, but we’re not sure if the Note 9 has enough to warrant it over the slightly more affordable S9+.
If we learn anything that makes this choice easier once it’s announced in August we’ll update this slideshow with any and all details.