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Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs Samsung Galaxy Note8

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is the company’s most powerful smartphone to-date. However, there’s another device in the Galaxy lineup that can go head-to-head with this new flagship, the Galaxy Note8. Check out which phablet is better on paper in our specs comparison below.

Samsung Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy Note8
6.2-inch WQHD+ (2960 x 1440) 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display, 531ppi 6.3-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440) 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display, 522ppi
Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back)
Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core CPU (4 x 2.7GHz Custom CPU + 4 x 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A55)Samsung Exynos 8895 CPU (4 x 2.3 GHz & 4 x 1.7 GHz)
Mali G72-MP18 GPUMali-G71 GPU
64GB, 128GB, 256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
microSD card slot (uses SIM 2 slot)microSD card slot (uses SIM 2 slot)
12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 Dual Pixel, OIS, 2x optical zoom + 12MP f/2.4 dual pixel, OIS, wide-angle, dual-tone LED flash12MP f/1.7 DualPixel +12MP f/2.4 TelePhoto dual rear cameras: OIS, Dual Tone LED Flash
2160p @ 30fps video recording, Slow-mo 960fps @ 720p (0.2 secs)2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, Slow-mo 240fps @ 720p
8MP f/1.7 front-facing camera8MP f/1.7 front-facing camera
Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
4G LTE Cat. 18 6CA 1.2Gbps4G LTE Cat. 16 5CA
WiFi 802.11acWiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptXBluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
Iris scannerIris scanner
Heart rate scannerHeart rate scanner
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
GPS with aGPS, GLONASS, BeiDouGPS with aGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
IP68 dust and water-resistanceIP68 dust and water-resistance
Dual AKG speakers, Dolby ATMOSSingle speaker
S-Pen Stylus
Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision 2.0Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision
Android 8.0 with Samsung Experience 9Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Upgradable to Oreo)
3,500 Li-Po battery, Fast Charging, Wireless Charging3300mAh battery, Fast Charging, Wireless Charging
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
189 g195g
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral BlueMidnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue

Summary of advantages

Samsung Galaxy S9+:
* Newer and more powerful CPU and GPU
* Up to 256GB storage
* Wider main rear camera aperture
* Slow-mo 960fps @ 720p
* Faster LTE modem
* Stereo speakers
* Android Oreo out of the box
* Larger battery
* Thinner and lighter

Samsung Galaxy Note8:
* Slightly larger screen
* S-pen stylus
* S-Pen feat es

Looking at the summary above, it looks like the S9+ has plenty of improvements over the Note8, like the updated chipset, stereo speakers, 256GB storage option, and the larger 3,500mAh battery.

The cameras are almost identical, having dual 12MP shooters with 2x optical zoom, but the S9+ has a wider main camera aperture at F/1.5 versus the F/1.7 on the Note8. The S9+ can also take 960fps slow-motion videos at 720p while the Note8 maxes out at 240fps.

The Note8, though, still have some aces up its sleeves, specifically the S-Pen and the S-Pen features which are still exclusive to the Note series. So if you’re one of those who can’t live without the S-Pen, there’s little reason to upgrade to the S9+ and just better wait for the Note9.

The Galaxy S9+ is priced at Php52,990 (64GB), Php55,990 (128GB), Php60,990 (256GB). The Galaxy Note8 launched in the Philippines last year for Php49,990 (64GB).

Check out more stories from our Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ coverage:
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ now official
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ price and pre-order in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ in-depth Hands-On
Samsung Galaxy S9 Review
7 Best Features of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Comparison
WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X Comparison
INFOGRAPHIC: Evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S series
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