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Galaxy Note 9 vs. Galaxy Note 8: What Exactly Changed in One Year?

by Danny Zepeda | August 9, 2018August 9, 2018 9:30 am PDT

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 9, the next iteration in its famed stylus-laden line that helped usher in the era of super-sized displays. The 2018 version doesn’t usher in a revolutionary update like its predecessors have, but it is notably different from last year’s model.

The biggest changes can be surmised in three sections: bigger display, bigger battery and more storage. That would be a 6.4-inch AMOLED Infinity Display, 4,000mAh battery, and 512GB of storage upgradable up to 1TB via microSD card. Those are the biggest changes you’ll notice.

There are also the other usual spec updates like processor and a slight improvement of the optics for the camera. Samsung didn’t change much of the design aside from moving the fingerprint scanner to a more comfortable place underneath the camera.

Take a look at the spec list down below and let us know if the Note 9 is a worthy upgrade over the Note 8.

Samsung - Galaxy Note 9 Samsung - Galaxy Note 8
Display Size 6.4-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (514 ppi) 6.3-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (522 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 2960
Resolution Y 2960 1440
Display Type Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Quad HD+
Operating System Android 8.1 (at launch) Android 7.1.1 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor/Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor - Differs by market
RAM 6GB/8GB 6GB
Storage
  • 128GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 512GB
  • microSD up to 256GB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 8MP
Networks
  • Enhanced 4x4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Battery 4000mAh 3300mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MST
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyro
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • RGB
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Proximity
  • Pressure
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 161.9 mm (6.37 inches) 162.5 mm (6.40 inches)
Width 76.4 mm (3.01 inches) 74.8 mm (2.94 inches)
Depth 8.8 mm (0.35 inches) 8.6 mm (0.34 inches)
Weight 201 g (7.09 oz) 195 g (6.88 oz)
Colors N/A N/A
Supported Audio Formats 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, DSF, DFF, APE
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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