The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release is less than a month away and that means potential buyers have an important choice to make. Buy something like the S8+ or Galaxy S9 now, or wait for Samsung’s new phone.
With that in mind, this guide will go over everything we know so far about the Galaxy Note 9. Then, we’ll compare it to the Galaxy S8+ to help you decide which one to buy, or if you should upgrade.
Almost every leak and rumor we’ve seen suggests Samsung’s Note 9 will look just like it’s last few phones, but there are changes worth waiting for. Things like longer battery life, a bigger screen, or the new and improved S-Pen. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’re looking for a new phone you have lots of options here in 2018. You can get a Galaxy S8 or S8+ at big discounts, snag a Galaxy S9+ from carrier shelves, or wait for the new Note 9. It’s a tough choice. And if you already have the Galaxy S8+ you might be considering the switch. Personally, that’s not enough of an upgrade to make it worthwhile, but everyone is different.
That all said, the Galaxy S8+ is still a great phone. It’s barely a year old and still runs great. You have Android 8.0 Oreo and it takes amazing photos with its single rear camera. But if you want dual cameras, better battery life or a bigger screen, the Note 9 might be worth the wait.
Both of these phones have huge screens, fast performance, tons of features and plenty to love. If a big screen is all you’re after, either phone is a great choice. With a big 6.2 or 6.3-inch curved AMOLED display, everything looks good. That said, the big screen isn’t all these phones have to offer.
For those trying to decide between the Galaxy Note 9 and something else, we’re here to help. In closing, the slideshow below will compare all aspects of the Note 9 and S8+ to help you choose what’s best for you.
First off, we want to talk about the design. Mainly because again Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 will look like its other phones from the last few years. It'll be hard to tell the difference between the Note 9 and S8+ unless you see the two cameras on the back of the Note.
Samsung's sticking to its popular big screen with curved edges. However, we are hearing Samsung might add a bigger 6.4-inch screen in the Note 9, which is a little bigger than the Note 8, and even bigger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+. Otherwise, you'll get the same beautiful curved all metal and glass phone.
There is, however, two very noticeable differences on the back of the Note 9. Samsung finally moved the fingerprint scanner to the middle of the phone, under the camera. Instead of placing it off to the side, which was out of place and a far stretch. This makes the Note 9 instantly easier to use than the S8 series. We saw something similar with the S9. Additionally, the black bezels around the screen (on the top and bottom) are slightly smaller this year, which is why some believe the screen will jump to 6.4-inches. Sadly we're not getting triple cameras, an in-glass fingerprint scanner, or anything else crazy. Basically, the Note 9 will look like most high-end Samsung phones from the last two years. We're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
So, both of these phones have huge screens, water-resistance, wireless charging, 3.5mm headphone jacks, expandable storage, and great cameras. Plenty of things to love. Don't forget that the Note 9 finally has a centered fingerprint scanner, which is way easier to find and use than the S8+.
The screen is a little bigger on the Note 9 though, so keep that in mind. It also will support HDR playback.