It’s always a joy to compare two huge flagships, and when it’s from Samsung, it’s even better. Galaxy S9 will be the earlier of the bunch, always first in line and a mainstream flagship. Note 9, on the other hand, comes in late, but it irons out the wrinkles made by the S9. Since we have a fair bit of information on both devices, this comparison is made much easier, also we have got renders for both the devices too.
Both Galaxy Note 9 and S9 will be identical in design more or less. The S9 will inherit design standards from the S8, keeping a few elements, replacing some, and a better placement of the fingerprint sensor will now be below the camera module for easier use. The Note 9 on the other is set have a completely curved body and display, and the fingerprint sensor is rumored to an in-display module, but some news about the slow development of the sensors has put it in a hold.
Even if it retains the placement from the S9, it will be much better positioned than the Galaxy phones of yesteryear. Speaking of display, the S9 will again retain the edge display from the S8 in a 6-inch package and 2K resolution, whereas the Note 9 will come with a completely curved display panel, a 6.3 inch sized one with 2K resolution.
Sitting above the display will be an all-new 12 Megapixel camera on the Galaxy Note 9 for selfies whereas the S9 is rumored to get an 8 Megapixel sensor. The Note 9’s front camera will come with a wide angle lens and f/1.7 aperture and OIS. Although OIS will be a feature on the S9, wide angle lens and buffed aperture will be omitted.
While we are on cameras, the Note 9 will be a pure photography machine with a dual 16 Megapixel sensor. One of the cameras will be at 28mm focal length and the other one 50mm, both will f/1.7 aperture and OIS. The S9 doesn’t get a dual camera package, but a 12 Megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS is something to note. Moving further down, we have got a new Snapdragon 855 on the Galaxy Note 9 following a new lithography, also pairing with two memory options with multiple storage options.
The 64GB variant will be paired with 6GB of RAM, and the 128 & 256GB variants will come with 8GB of RAM. S9, on the other hand, will be fitted with a Snapdragon 845 and rumored to come with 4GB of RAM for all the options, but a new news suggests 6GB option on the higher storage options.
Then there is the S-Pen which will only be exclusive to the Note 9, and the Note gets a 4800mAh battery whereas the S9 gets a tiny 3400mAh option, with both devices rated for IP68 dust and water resistance.
The pricing for the Galaxy S9 will be in the $700 range and the Note 9 will be a premium starting from $799 and above depending on the storage options.