Galaxy Note 9 Vs Galaxy Note 8 : is it worth upgrading from the Note 8 to the Note 9?”

Is it worth upgrading from the Note 8 to the Note 9? Yes, The Galaxy Note 9 offers the expected improvements in regards to RAM, camera performance, bigger, heavier, massive battery and obviously costs more than the previous Galaxy Note 8. The new Galaxy Note 9 also comes with an advanced S pen that you can use as a remote, and it comes in bright yellow if you buy the blue version. If you’re trying to decide between the two phones or considering upgrading from the Galaxy Note 8 to the Galaxy Note 9, here are some of the differences to help you decide whether it is worth upgrading from the Note 8 to the Note 9 or not.

1. The Galaxy Note 9 ( blue version ) will come with a bright yellow S Pen.

Previously, Samsung always design the S Pen to match the colour of the device. But for the first time now with the new Note 9, Samsung changed the colour of the Spen but only the one that comes with the The Galaxy Note 9 ( blue version ). The Spen is bright yellow and will surprisingly appear bright yellow as well when you write it on the phone screen.

2. The S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 is more advanced.

The new Spen allows you to use it as a remote for giving presentations, taking photos, or controlling music. The new S Pen also has Bluetooth Low Energy, which means it can work with your phone up to 30 feet away.

The new S Pen can also be charged automatically from the Galaxy Note via a supercapacitor so it is always ready and won’t drain much battery from the phone itself. The only thing which remains the same as the S Pen in the Note 8 is its 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The only downside regarding to the Spen is that the new S Pen will need to charge from time to time. Thankfully, it does that while clipped in to the Galaxy Note 9, and you’ll get 30 more minutes of use after 40 seconds of charging.

3. The Galaxy Note 9 comes in new, different colours.

Unlike the previous Galaxy Note 8 which comes in more different colours  such as in midnight black, deep sea blue, orchid gray, and maple gold. In Australia, the Galaxy Note 9 will come in Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, and Ocean blue.

4. The Galaxy Note 9 has a slightly more advanced camera than the Galaxy Note 8.

There are two major upgrades to the Galaxy Note 9’s camera which can be found on the Galaxy s9 as well:

  • Dual aperture

When you don’t have a lot of light or your subject itself is dark, the Galaxy Note 9 can use its variable aperture to allow in more light. This results in better low-light photos  even better than the Pixel 2.

  • 2x optical zoom

It allows for significant sharper zoomed-in images. Even phones like the Google Pixel 2, which has one of the best smartphone cameras in the world, doesn’t have 2x optical zoom.

5. The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a newer version of Android than the Galaxy Note 8.

The Galaxy Note 9 has upgraded to a newer version of Android. Though it’s not the recently released Android 9 Pie but the Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s a bit surprising to know that the phone won’t run the latest version of Android, Android 9 Pie.

6. The Galaxy Note 9 has more storage space than the Galaxy Note 8.

The storage option is one of the major selling point of the Galaxy Note 9. The device has a starting storage of 128 GB, or you can opt for the 512 GB version.

Moreover, the Galaxy Note 9 lets you use memory cards (sold separately) to expand the storage another 512 GB, which means you could have a 1 terabyte phone on your hands.

7. The expandable storage is higher on the Galaxy Note 9 too.

you could potentially bring your phone’s total storage to 1 terabyte because the Galaxy Note 9 has room for a 512 GB microSD card. While the Galaxy Note 8 has a microSD slot too but can hold only a 256 GB card.

8. Longer battery life than the Galaxy Note 8.

The battery life is 4,000-mAh battery, which should give it excellent battery life all day long. While the Galaxy Note 8 has a smaller battery life-3,300-mAh battery.

9. The Galaxy Note 9 is heavier than the Galaxy Note 8.

Give someone the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Note 8 and it would be difficult for many people to tellthe difference, but they might notice a slight increase inweight and size. Galaxy Note 9 - 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in), 201 g (7.09 oz) and Galaxy Note 8 - 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), 195 g (6.88 oz).

10. The Galaxy Note 9 has a slightly larger display.

If you look closely to the screen, you might notice a slight difference on the screen. The 6.4in Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen is slightly bigger than last year’s model. 

Here are some of the features that Samsung kept when designing Galaxy Note 9:

  • It has the same headphone jack.
  • The wired and wireless fast charging is the same.
  • Galaxy Note 9 has the same screen resolution, 2960 x 1440.
  • The new phone has a dedicated button for Bixby, Samsung’s smart assistant.
  • It has Samsung’s infinity display. It still has a bezel along the top and bottom of the screen, just like the Galaxy Note 8.

Galaxy Note 8 & Note 9 Comparison


Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 8


6.4-inchSuper AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution
18.5:9 aspect ratio

6.3-inch Super AMOLED 
2,960 x 1,440 resolution
18.5:9 aspect ratio


Samsung Exynos 9810

Samsung Exynos 8895





expandable via microSD

expandable via microSD


Rear camera
- Main: 12MP wide-angle AF Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4 dual aperture, OIS
- 12MP telephoto AF sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture, OIS

Front camera
- 8MP AF sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture

Rear camera
- Main: 12MP wide-angle AF Dual Pixel sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture, OIS
- 12MP telephoto AF sensor with ƒ/2.4 aperture, OIS

Front camera
- 8 MP AF sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture




Water resistance




Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 7.1.1 Nougat 
(can be upgraded to 8.0 Oreo)

Dimensions and weight

Dimension: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm

Weight: 201g

Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
Weight: 195g


Overall, the Galaxy Note 9 has a very similar design to the Galaxy Note 8, identical features like wireless fast charging, a nearly edge-to-edge display and the same camera from a hardware standpoint as last year’s model. Though the downside is that it has a near-identical design to last year’s Galaxy Note 8 and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo, which isn’t the latest version of Android. The newest version of Android today is the Android 9 Pie.

So to answer the question, “ is it worth upgrading from the Note 8 to the Note 9?” Well, if you’re currently on the Note 8 - the Galaxy Note 8 is still an excellent phone and has dropped quite a bit in price. But if you’re  after the new features on the Note 9, the bigger battery, more storage,the performance improvements,as well as that all unique S-Pen with the remote control functionality, then the Note 9 seems like a great option is probably one of the best all-around devices that you can buy right now. The choice is yours.

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