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Should you upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Note9?

By James Lu - 25 Aug 2018,3:17pm

From S9/S9+ to Note9

Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy Note9 is finally available. If you're undecided on whether you should upgrade or not, we're here to help. First of all, here's a quick video recap of what's new in the Note9:

  Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512GB)
  Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1728
Latest Price
  • From S$1280
Operating system
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience
Processor
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
Built-in Memory
  • 8GB RAM
Display
  • 6.4-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (516 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
Camera
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 512GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion (up to 512GB)
Battery
  • 4,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
Dimensions
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
Weight
  • 201g

For a more in-depth look at the Note9, check out these articles:

 

Should you upgrade?

Next, let's compare the Note9 against older Samsung devices to see what you're getting if you upgrade.

 

From S9/S9+ to Note9

The S9 and S9+ look fairly similar to the Note9 and use the same processors. The S9+ has the exact same rear camera setup too, so the only real reason to upgrade is for the Note9's S Pen.

What stays the same

  • Very similar design (Note9 is thicker and heavier)
  • QHD+ resolution (2,960 x 1,440)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 processor
  • 12-megapixel main camera with dual aperture f/2.4 and f/1.5 lens and "Super Speed" Dual Pixel sensor
  • On the S9+: Same secondary 12-megapixel, f/2.4 rear camera
  • Front-facing 8-megapixel f/1.7 selfie camera
  • Portrait Mode
  • Expandable storage via MicroSD card (but only up to 256GB)
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Intelligent Scan biometric security that combines Iris and Face scanning
  • AR Emoji
  • Super slow motion recording at 960fps
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Always-on display
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • Iris scanning
  • Face unlock
  • Most Bixby features
  • Wireless charging
  • Fast charging
  • Reversible USB Type-C port
  • 3.5mm headphone port
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

 

What you get for upgrading

  • Larger display: 6.4-inches
  • More RAM: 6 or 8GB
  • More storage: 128GB or 512GB
  • MicroSD card compatible up to 512GB
  • Larger battery: 4,000mAh
  • Bluetooth Low Energy S Pen with remote control feature
  • Desktop mode without DeX dock

  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB) Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512GB)
  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB) Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1198
  • From S$1498
  • From S$1728
Latest Price
  • From S$720
  • From S$990
  • From S$1280
Operating system
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience
Processor
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
Built-in Memory
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
  • 8GB RAM
Display
  • 5.8-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (570 ppi) / 18.5: 9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.2-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.4-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (516 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
Camera
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 512GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion (up to 512GB)
Battery
  • 3,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,500mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 4,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
Dimensions
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
Weight
  • 163g
  • 189g
  • 201g

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