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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: What’s the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus – What’s the difference?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now official, so a fair number of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus owners will be asking themselves whether it’s worth the upgrade. Also, if you’re intent on picking up the S9 Plus this might throw a spanner in the works.

The good news is we’re on hand to help make the decision-making process a little easier, as here we’ll run through all the differences between the two handsets.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus Design – Do they look the same?

Front on, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 looks much like the five-month-old Galaxy S9 Plus, with an edge-to-edge screen that’s flanked by a thin bezel. There’s also a front-facing camera, located to the right of the earpiece speaker, as well as an iris scanner that’s housed on the left.

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The most notable differences are on the rear, where a horizontal dual-camera resides on the Galaxy Note 9 as opposed to the vertical one on the Galaxy S9 Plus. Both have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor beneath the camera setup, which is made up of the same pair of 12-megapixel sensors and an LED flash.

On the Note handset’s frame, you’ll find a detachable S Pen (now armed with Bluetooth) – something the S9 Plus lacks. The rest is much the same: there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker along the bottom; a volume rocker on the left; and a dedicated Bixby key and power toggle on the right.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus Specs and features – Which is the most powerful?

The Galaxy Note 9 inches into the lead in the specs department with its colossal 4000mAh battery (the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 3500mAh cell, for comparison). That’s the main difference, though, with the firm’s latest handset toting the same Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 CPU and 6GB of RAM as the S9 Plus.

It even comes with the same camera setup, complete with a variable aperture. This means that the camera will switch to a wider f/1.7 aperture when its dark to let more into the sensor, but switch back to the narrower f/2.4 in daylight.

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Sure, the Note 9 has a couple of additional features thanks to the Note line’s trademark stylus, but these aren’t things that every person is going to use.

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Here’s a full breakdown of the internal differences between the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. Note the much larger battery on the Note 9, and the higher top-end storage now goes up to 512GB. If you pick up that 512GB

Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy S9 Plus
Battery 4000mAh 3500mAh
Display 6.4-inch Super AMOLED (1440 x 2960)
6.2-inch Super AMOLED (1440 x 2960)
Front Camera 8MP 8MP
Processor Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Storage 64/128/256/512GB 64/128/256GB
S-Pen Yes No

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus price – What’s the difference?

These two phones are similar on paper and similar in terms of pricing too. When it was launched earlier in 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus started at $839/£869 which is a very similar price to what the Note 9 costs.

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Early verdict

The Galaxy Note 9 is similar to the Galaxy S9 Plus from a cosmetic standpoint. There’s a not-quite-bezel-less edge-to-edge screen on the front, and a dual-camera on the rear. The only details that separate them is the orientation of the back-mounted camera and the inclusion of an S Pen stylus on the former.

The Galaxy Note 9 comes top in the specs department with its 4000mAh battery, versus the 3500mAh cell on the S9 Plus. The rest of the internals are near-identical to that of the S9 Plus, however, with everything from the Snapdragon 845 CPU to the 6GB of RAM that drives it matching up.

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