Specs Showdown: Samsung Galaxy Note9 Vs Samsung Galaxy S9+

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Samsung reckons the Galaxy Note 9 is its best smartphone ever. But how does it compare to its direct predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S9+? We take a look at the specs to find out what's different.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ originally launched in March, 2018. It comes with a slightly smaller 6.2-inch display compared to the Note 9 but otherwise the phones are very similar - both come with 6GB of RAM, an improved dual rear-facing 12-megapixel camera. The Note 9, however, comes with a larger 4000mAh battery.

Here's how the specifications compare:

Galaxy Note9 Galaxy S9+
Operating System Android 8.1 (Oreo) Android 8 (Oreo)
Display 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi) 6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)
Body 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mmm, 201g, IP68 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g, IP689
Camera Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4) - Telephoto: 12MP AF (F2.4) - 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom Front: 8MP AF, F1.7 Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS - Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4) - Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4) Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)
AP 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz) 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz) 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
Memory 6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB) 6GB RAM 64GB/128GB/256GB + Micro SD Slot (upto 400GB)11
Sim Card Single SIM: Nano SIM Single SIM: Nano SIM
Battery 4,000mAh, Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC, Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA 3,500mAh, Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0, Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
Network Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18 Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
Payment NFC, MST NFC, MST
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
Authentication Lock Type: Pattern, Pin, Password. Biometric Lock Types: Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Facial Recognition. Intelligent scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition for convenient unlocking and in some cases provides enhanced security for certain authentication services Lock type: pattern, PIN, password. Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan: multimodal biometric authentication with iris scanning and face recognition
Audio 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, APE, DSF, DFF
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Price From $1499 From $1199

On paper there's not a whole lot seperating these two phones as can be plainly seen above. On the other hand, the Note9 comes with a fancy inbuilt stylus which boasts Bluetooth connectivity for the first time.

It also promised longer battery life and brings some extra photography software to the table. Whether that's worth a $300 premium is up to you.


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