After months of leaks, rumors and hypothesis the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has lastly arrived, and whereas there weren’t many surprises left for the launch, that is nonetheless an thrilling cellphone, with top-end tech and a few progressive options.
However how does it evaluate to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Samsung’s earlier phablet flagship is only a 12 months previous and nonetheless an ideal handset in its personal proper, so how a lot has actually modified and improved right here?
To assist reply that query we’ve put the 2 telephones face to face, evaluating them throughout all the important thing classes, from design to display screen to digital camera and past.
Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 vs Be aware eight design
From a design perspective not a lot has modified. The Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 has slim bezels above and under its curved display screen, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight.
Each telephones even have a metallic body and a glass again, with the primary visible change merely being the place of the fingerprint scanner. On the Galaxy Be aware eight that is to the suitable of the dual-lens digital camera, whereas on the Galaxy Be aware 9 it’s slightly below the digital camera.
Meaning it’s barely decrease down on the Be aware 9, and in a extra central place that’s prone to be simpler to succeed in for most individuals.
One other distinction is of their dimensions and weight, with the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 coming in at 161.9 x 76.Four x eight.8mm and 201g, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight is 162.5 x 74.eight x eight.6mm and 195g.
There’s not a lot distinction then, however the Be aware 9 is barely shorter wider, thicker and heavier, however not as lengthy.
Oh, and for one last similarity: each telephones are IP68-certified, which means they’re dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters for as much as 30 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 vs Be aware eight show
You gained’t discover an enormous distinction between the screens of those two telephones both – although large is an correct description for each.
The Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 has a 6.Four-inch 1440 x 2960 Tremendous AMOLED display screen, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight has a 6.Three-inch show of the identical sort and determination.
That does imply the Be aware eight has a slightly greater pixel density of 521 pixels per inch to the Be aware 9’s 516, however it’s a distinction we’d problem anybody to note.
We’ll put the Galaxy Be aware 9’s display screen to the take a look at for our full assessment, however we count on good issues, as our Galaxy Be aware eight assessment concluded that its display screen was glorious.
Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 vs Be aware eight OS and energy
The Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 runs Android eight.1 Oreo out of the field, however whereas the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight has now been up to date to Android eight.zero, it began on Android 7. That’s related as a result of whereas the software program is analogous now, the Be aware 9 will nearly definitely be supported with updates for longer.
Each telephones have related software program highlights. There’s Bixby for one – Samsung’s AI assistant that comes baked in.
Then there’s the S Pen stylus, which helps you to write by hand in addition to do helpful issues like write notes on the display screen even when it’s off.
Nevertheless, the S Pen has been improved for the Galaxy Be aware 9, as with the Be aware 9 you may click on the S Pen to play or pause music, take photographs, current slides and extra. And whereas it wants charging to make use of you are able to do so in beneath a minute.
One other characteristic that’s been improved for the Be aware 9 is DeX. It is a characteristic that permits you to hook your cellphone as much as a monitor for a PC-like expertise. However whereas the Be aware eight wants a docking station for this, with the Galaxy Be aware 9 you simply want an HDMI adaptor.
As for the ability, with the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 you’re getting a Snapdragon 845 chipset if you happen to’re within the US and an Exynos 9810 elsewhere on this planet. These are each top-end chips and so they’re the identical as those you’ll discover within the Samsung Galaxy S9.
They’re additionally a step up from what’s within the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight, with the US model of that having a Snapdragon 835 and the worldwide mannequin having an Exynos 8895, each of which have been top-end when the cellphone launched in 2017. Whereas not top-end anymore, they’re nonetheless on the higher finish.
The Galaxy Be aware 9 additionally has extra storage and probably extra RAM, as there’s each a 6GB RAM mannequin with 128GB of storage and an 8GB of RAM model with 512GB of storage. The Be aware eight however comes with simply 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Each telephones even have a microSD card slot although.
Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 vs Be aware eight digital camera
Samsung has borrowed from the Galaxy S9 for the digital camera on the Be aware 9, which suggests it needs to be an improve on the Be aware eight’s snapper.
The Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 has a dual-lens rear digital camera, with one lens being a variable aperture wide-angle one which may swap between an aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.Four, whereas the opposite lens is a telephoto one with a hard and fast f/2.Four aperture. Each lenses additionally sport optical picture stabilization (OIS).
Their options embody 2x optical zoom, clever scene recognition (with the digital camera capable of optimize its settings based mostly on what’s within the viewfinder), and a flaw detection instrument, which is able to provide you with a warning whenever you take a photograph that’s, for instance, blurred or one the place the topic blinked, providing you with an opportunity to take a greater shot earlier than you miss the second.
The Galaxy Be aware eight however additionally has a dual-lens digital camera, however there’s no variable aperture right here. As a substitute it has a 12MP lens with an f/1.7 aperture and one other 12MP lens with an f/2.Four one. Each lenses do nonetheless sport OIS although and it’s additionally able to 2x optical zoom.
The Be aware eight lacks the Be aware 9’s clever digital camera options listed above, however it’s nonetheless able to nice photographs. It additionally has an 8MP f/1.7 front-facing digital camera, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9.
Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 vs Be aware eight battery
Samsung has massively elevated the battery dimension for the Galaxy Be aware 9, bringing it to Four,000mAh, up from simply Three,300mAh within the Galaxy Be aware eight.
In our assessment we tended to seek out the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight supplied all-day life, so we’d be stunned if you happen to don’t get at the very least that a lot from the Be aware 9. We’ll have an interest to see whether or not it could possibly get far via a second day or not although.
Each telephones assist quick and wi-fi charging too, so there are many methods to get them juiced up.
Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 vs Be aware eight value and availability
On the time of writing we don’t have value info for the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 within the Australia, however within the US and UK at the very least you’ll be capable to pre-order the cellphone from August 10 and August 9 repesticely, and it’ll hit shops on August 24 at a value of $999.99 (£899, round AU$1,350) for the 128GB mannequin and $1,249.99 (£1,zero99, roughly AU$1,685) for the 512GB model.
The Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight is after all out there now and it’s a good bit cheaper. It launched at $929 (£869, AU$1,499), and is now out there for a number of hundred /kilos much less if you happen to store round.
The Samsung Galaxy Be aware 9 appears to be like similar to the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight, however beneath the floor fairly a number of issues have modified, from the battery to the digital camera, chipset, RAM, storage and display screen.
Some modifications are larger than others and few come as a lot shock – particularly given all of the leaks forward of launch, however on paper the Be aware 9 appears to be like to be about what we’d count on.
We’ll let you understand precisely how nicely all of the options come collectively and the way good the cellphone is as soon as we’ve had extra time with it, however based mostly on the specs it appears to be like set to please Be aware followers, whereas the Galaxy Be aware eight has now develop into a much more inexpensive however nonetheless pretty high-end possibility.