“The Galaxy Note9 comes with an advanced S-Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity”
The day is finally here and Samsung hosted its annual Unpacked Event in New York today. As was expected, the Chaebol unveiled the much-anticipated flagship, the Galaxy Note9 at the event. The latest launch from the brand comes as an incremental upgrade over its predecessor — the Galaxy Note8 (review) — and brings several upgrades under the hood as well as a refined design. If you are a Galaxy Note8 owner wondering whether you should upgrade to the Galaxy Note9, you are at the right place. Here’s how the newest Galaxy Note phablet stacks up against last year’s Note8.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: what’s new
At first glance, both the Galaxy Note8 and Note9 seem identical with an identical glass-sandwich design and Infinity Display. However, similar to the Galaxy S9 duo, Samsung has moved the fingerprint scanner at the rear from the side of the camera module to below it. This makes it easier to access the biometric module along with ensuring that your fingers don’t smudge the camera sensor at the back.
Moving on to the performance, the Samsung Galaxy Not 9 comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset in the US and Exynos 9810 in the other markets. On the contrary, the Note8 features the last-gen Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor, depending upon the region. The Galaxy Note8 was offered in three configurations – 6GB RAM with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB native storage. The Note 9 on the other hand, gets two RAM and storage variants – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 512GB. Another major difference comes in the form of expandable storage, which has been upgraded to 512GB in the Galaxy Note9, unlike the Note8 that supported microSD cards of up to 256GB.
On the imaging front, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 flaunts two 12-megapixel shooters at the rear with apertures of f/1.7 and f/2.4, respectively. The Galaxy Note 9 comes with the same pair of cameras, albeit the primary sensor has the ability to switch between the f/1.5 or f/2.4 apertures, depending upon the ambient lighting. The secondary telephoto lens however, continues with the aperture of f/2.4.
Lastly, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 comes with the most powerful battery in the history of Note series with a 4,000mAh unit. In comparison, the Galaxy Note8 is powered by a much smaller 3,300mAh cell.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: what’s the same
For starters, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Note 9 come with a Super AMOLED display with quad HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio with dual-curved edges. However, Note 9 has a slightly bigger display (6.4-inch) as compared to the 6.3-inch panel on Note8. The glass-sandwich body of both flagships are IP68-certified for dust- and water resistance.
The S Pen is also a common feature on both smartphones, however, the one on Galaxy Note 9 has now been upgraded with Bluetooth functionality. The new stylus doubles up as the remote shutter button for camera, can control music playback and much more.
The front cameras on both Note smartphones is an 8-megapixel unit. Samsung’s proprietary DeX accessory is also available for both handsets, but it has been improved further on the latest launch.
The batteries on the Galaxy Note8 and Note9 come with fast charging support, for both wired and wireless charging. The connectivity features also remain the same, comprising 4G VoLTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi and GPS with GLONASS.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is available in India for a starting price of Rs 67,900. In the US, the Note9’s starting price is almost similar at $999 (approx. Rs 68,500). While the Indian availability and pricing of the Note9 are yet to be announced, rumours have it that the handset will go up for pre-orders in the country starting August 19th. The latest launch certainly comes as an upgrade to the Note8 and takes care of the biggest gripe, i.e. the location of the fingerprint scanner, however that doesn’t necessarily make it that enough of an upgrade. That said, if you are coming from the Note 5 or older smartphone in the lineup or looking for a productivity-oriented smartphone, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes across as worthy buy. Will you be picking up the latest flagship? Let us know in the comment box below.