Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note8

Compare the two most recent flagship Galaxy Note devices from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Product Name Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display size 6.4 6.3
Operating system Android 8 Android 7
Height (mm) 161.9 162.5
Width (mm) 76.4 74.8
Depth (mm) 8.8 8.6
Weight (g) 201 195
Battery size (mAh) 4,000 3,300
Front camera (1) megapixels 8 8
Rear camera (1) megapixels 12 12
Rear camera (2) megapixels 12 12
Water Resistance IP68 IP68
Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network Category Speed Category 18 Category 16

Note9 vs Note8: What to look for

Samsung all but carved out the big-screen smartphone market when it launched the original Galaxy Note in 2011. While there have been some fairly massive challenges along the way (we're looking at you, global recall of the Note 7), it has remained one of the company's most successful product lines.

Comparing the new Galaxy Note9 against its predecessor the Galaxy Note8 is an obvious comparison to make when looking to choose a Note smartphone.

The key improvements from a hardware perspective are the increase in battery life from 3,300mAh in the Note8 to 4,000mAh in the Note9 and the boosting of internal storage from 64GB to 128GB for the base model (and up to 512GB for the premium version).

What the specs above don't convey are the improvements to the S-Pen, Samsung's bundled-in stylus. This time around, Samsung has added Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, giving the Galaxy Note9 a much more versatile range of functions from camera remote shutter to PowerPoint presenter.

Under the hood, Samsung has naturally upgraded the processor to a newer version of its Exynos chip, while the cellular connectivity has also been given an upgrade to support Category 18 speeds in the Note9 versus the Category 16 speeds of the Note8. If you need a rundown on what that actually means, we have a handy guide to Category speeds that is well worth reading.

But while the differences are there, the Note8 is still a well-specced device worthy of consideration, despite its age. The IP68 water resistance rating is consistent and the design hasn't changed dramatically.

Where the Note8 now has the advantage is in its price, with discounted pricing available on outright purchase from a number of stores. You can check our weekly bargain phones round-up to see when the Note8 is being discounted.

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Nick Broughall

Nick is an award-winning journalist with 15 years experience writing about the latest technology. He has edited the Australian versions of some of the country’s leading technology publications, including Gizmodo, TechRadar and T3 magazine, as well as contributing to sites like the Sydney Morning Herald, Cnet, Lifehacker and In 2016 he was awarded the Best Reviewer title at the 14th Annual IT Journalism Awards and has been a finalist for the best reviewer, best consumer technology journalist and best news journalist on multiple occasions over the years. Currently, Nick is the Group Publisher for the Technology and Telco categories at finder and enjoys finding ways to communicate how technology helps to make life better.

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