Samsung galaxy s9+ vs galaxy note 8: what's the difference?

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If you’re shopping for a powerful phone with a large screen, then Samsung’s heavyweights need to be on your radar. The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8 is the biggest phone the South Korean manufacturer offers, but the leaner, newer Galaxy S9 Plus has some important advantages over its opponent. Join us for a spec showdown as these two titans go head-to-head, and find out which one you should buy.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusSamsung Galaxy note 8
Size158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches)162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 milimet (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches)
Weight189 grams (6.67 ounces)195 grams (6.88 ounces)
Screen Size6.2-inch AMOLED display6.3-inch AMOLED display
Screen Resolution2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529 pixels-per-inch)2,960 x 1,440 pixels (521 pixels-per-inch)
Operating SystemSamsung Experience 9 (over app android 8.0 Oreo)Samsung Experience (over app android 7.1.1 Nougat upgradable to lớn 8.0 Oreo)
Storage Space64GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
MicroSD card SlotYes, up khổng lồ 400GBYes, up to 256GB
Tap to lớn Pay ServicesSamsung Pay, apk PaySamsung Pay, app android Pay
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM6GB6GB
CameraDual sensor 12MP rear, 8MP frontDual sensor 12MP rear, 8MP front
Video2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 60 fps, 720p at 240 fps
Bluetooth VersionBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Ports3.5mm tai nghe jack, USB-Type C3.5mm headphone jack, USB-Type C
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Water resistanceIP68IP68
Battery3,500mAh3,300mAh
App MarketplaceGoogle Play StoreGoogle Play Store
Network supportT-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, SprintT-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
ColorsMidnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac PurpleMidnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue
Price$840$950
Buy FromSamsung, Amazon, TargetSamsung, Amazon, Target
Review Score4.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars

Performance, battery life, & charging

The S9 Plus comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, whereas the note 8 has last year’s Snapdragon 835. The newer processor is faster, more power efficient, & enables a handful of other tricks. Since both phones have 6GB of RAM, we can unequivocally say that the S9 Plus is the better performer.

We also find a slightly larger 3,500mAh battery inside the S9 Plus, compared to lớn the 3,300mAh battery in the lưu ý 8, though weirdly we’ve found the lưu ý 8 to lớn have slightly better battery life in our testing so far. Both phones support wireless charging và fast charging at Quick Charge 2.0 speeds — expect a full charge lớn take around 90 minutes, & you can get 40 percent or more in half an hour.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Design and durability

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Samsung’s design language is pretty consistent, so these phones thể thao very similar screens with curved edges and thin bezels top and bottom. The S9 Plus is definitely more curved than the lưu ý 8, but there isn’t a big difference. When you turn them over, you’ll find that the fingerprint sensor placement on the Galaxy S9 Plus is below the vertically stacked dual camera module, whereas the lưu ý 8 has a horizontal dual camera with the fingerprint sensor at the side. The S9 Plus positioning is much better và makes it far easier lớn find & use without looking & without smudging your camera lenses. The S9 Plus is also slightly smaller & lighter, which is a good thing for such a big phone.

The S9 Plus also scores points for the stereo speakers, which the cảnh báo 8 lacks. There’s no separating them in the durability stakes as both are IP68 rated và equally likely to break if dropped.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Display


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Julian Chokkatu/Digital Trends

It’s tough to lớn separate them here, because both phones boast Samsung’s excellent AMOLED screens. The chú ý 8 has a slightly larger 6.3-inch display, compared lớn the 6.2-inch display in the S9 Plus. Since both phones have the same resolution, the S9 Plus has a fractionally higher px density. In the real world, it’s virtually impossible khổng lồ tell them apart.

Winner: Tie

Camera


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Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Samsung first made the jump khổng lồ a dual lens camera with the chú ý 8, which pairs two 12-megapixel sensors, one with an f/1.7 aperture và one with an f/2.4 aperture. That combination allows it to lớn zoom in without loss of detail, as well as capture some great bokeh shots with sharp subjects & a blurred background. Samsung reimagined the camera in the S9 Plus, so while it sports the same dual lens setup, the first 12-megapixel sensor has a variable aperture that can switch between f/1.5 và f/2.4. The larger f/1.5 aperture enables the S9 Plus lớn take in more light, so night shots or shots in darker indoor environments turn out much better than they bởi vì on the note 8.

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If you’re into shooting video, the S9 Plus is also capable of super slow motion, capturing 720p footage at 960 frames per second. The S9 Plus can also shoot in 1080p at up khổng lồ 240 fps, while the cảnh báo 8 is limited to 60 fps for 1080p or 240 fps for 720p. The front-facing cameras are identical, but the phenomenal low-light performance and slow motion tư vấn are enough for the S9 Plus khổng lồ take this round.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Software & updates

The Galaxy note 8 ships with android 7.1.1 Nougat và Samsung’s Experience user interface over the top. It is due to get an update to game android 8.0 Oreo in the very near future. The Galaxy S9 Plus ships with android 8.0 Oreo và Samsung Experience 9. The lưu ý 8 has a few S-Pen specific software options, but the S9 Plus has a newer version of Android và Samsung’s latest UI with all the latest tricks, such as the ability lớn switch lớn landscape view, even on the trang chủ screen, & have the display change orientation.

As a slightly newer device, we also expect the S9 Plus lớn get future software updates faster và for slightly longer than the lưu ý 8.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Special features

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When it comes lớn adding value with special features, you can count on Samsung. Both these phones have A.I. Assistant Bixby onboard & they can both pull duty as desktop computer replacements thanks to lớn the Dex Station. Only the chú ý 8 has the S-Pen stylus, which proves very handy if you lượt thích to take notes or even sketch on your phone. Samsung has worked on some clever integrations with the software to lớn make the S-Pen useful. Most people don’t use a stylus with their phones, but if you do like to, then this is a big win for the cảnh báo 8.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 8

Price

All the big releases from Samsung, including the lưu ý 8 và S9 Plus, are widely available to lớn buy unlocked from various retailers or direct from Samsung, or you can get them from all the major carriers on contract giao dịch if you prefer. The chú ý 8 is currently priced at $950 direct from Samsung, which is $110 more than the S9 Plus at $840. Samsung frequently runs promotions, và you might find trade-in deals if you have an old Galaxy lớn sell, so vì your homework — our lưu ý 8 buying guide or our S9 Plus buying guide will help you get the best deal.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus


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There’s no doubting the decision here, the Galaxy S9 Plus is a better phone at a lower price. If the S-Pen is a killer feature for you, then you might opt for the note 8, but everyone else should pick up the S9 Plus — it’s faster, has a more refined design, and sports an improved camera, newer software, và a bigger battery. Owners of the chú ý 8 pondering an nâng cấp have a tougher decision lớn make — jump to the S9 Plus or wait a few months for the cảnh báo 9. We don’t think you’ll notice a big difference switching khổng lồ the S9 Plus from the chú ý 8, so it might be better to lớn wait. The S9 Plus is certainly Samsung’s current cream of the crop, but they’re both great phones.

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