Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Note 8

After the unexpected failure of Note 7, Note 8 from Samsung was another attempt from the company to gain back what they have lost. Also, it is proven to be successful. According to most of the avid smartphone geeks around the world, Galaxy Note 8 was the best thing Samsung ever made.

Now that Samsung’s own S9 and S9 Plus are out, it’s the best time to see if the new devices are able to beat the reigning king or not. Today, we’re going to be looking at the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

We’re discussing two of the best devices by Samsung yet and hopefully, this comparison will help you decide which one to go for. Also, if you are looking for the S8 Plus Vs S9 Plus comparison then feel free to check it out.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Build & Design

Starting off with the build and design, we’ve got a very similar build and design, here, there’s a metal frame, with curved, symmetrical, glass panels on the front and back. This is a unique design with all of those curves and actually makes the larger devices a little bit easier to hold.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Both devices are also IP68 water and dust resistant, so getting a bit of a splash on them is not going to be a problem. The combination of metal and glass also make these devices look and feel very premium, but the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is slightly smaller compared to the Note8, both in terms of the height and width, although it’s the same thickness.

The S9+ also has more curved edges, so this actually makes it a little bit more comfortable to hold compared to the squared edges of the Note 8. Now, there’s not too much of a difference in terms of the weight.

The S9+ is slightly smaller because it has a slightly smaller display, 6.2 inches versus 6.3 inches on the Note 8. Now, both these displays are what Samsung is calling Infinity Displays, and that’s because they have minimal bezels, although the S9+ actually has slightly smaller bezels compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Both of these have an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, with quad HD resolution, and they’re both super AMOLED displays, which means these are some of the best in the market right now, with deep blacks and very vibrant colors.

With the S9+, you can use it more in horizontal mode, so, even the menu, as well as the home screen, will switch to horizontal mode, and that is because Samsung is saying more people are using their devices in the landscape to consume content.

This is something that’s not currently available on the Note 8. Whether or not it’s going to be available later on, we’re not too sure.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Specifications

Looking at the internals, the Note8 comes with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung’s Exynos 8895. This will vary depending on your region, and these are pretty powerful processors, but they are last year’s processors.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Processor

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ now comes with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or Samsung’s Exynos 9810.

So you’re going to be getting improvements here, we know that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is 30% more faster in terms of the graphics performance, and also 30% more efficient. Generally-speaking, the S9+ with the new internals, is going to be the faster device.

Now, both devices actually come with 6 Gigs of RAM, so that’s plenty, and they should be great for multitasking. For storage, the Note 8 comes with a base storage of 64 gigabytes. The S9+ actually comes with a base storage of 128 gigabytes, so there’s another improvement, here. Now, the good thing is you can expand the storage on both of these with the MicroSD card slot, so, you’re not going to be stuck with the storage that you get with the device.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Camera

Now, let’s move on to the cameras. This is where things get really interesting. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you’ve got a dual 12-megapixel camera setup. The primary is a wide-angle camera with a f/1.7 aperture. And then we’ve got a telephoto camera with a f/2.4 aperture, and that’s going to give you optical zoom.

We’ve still got a dual camera setup, with one telephoto which has a f/2.4 aperture, but for the primary, wide-angle camera, things get very, very interesting. The S9+ has a dual-aperture camera. There’s f/1.5, which is the widest aperture on any smartphone right now, and it’s going to allow 28% more light compared to the S8’s last year.

S9 Dual Aperture

And then you’ve also got f/2.4, and this is actually a mechanical change. You can actually see this change if you look up close, and it’s absolutely insane that we’ve got this on a smartphone right now. And the way this is going to work is that if it notices that you’re in anything above 100 Lux of light, then it’s going to switch to the f/2.4 aperture, and that’s going to get more things in focus and get a more pleasing shot in good light.

Now, because of the secondary camera on both devices, we do have live focus, which is a portrait mode. This is going to blur the background, and the good thing is you can edit the blur after the fact on both devices.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Note 8 Camera

And it’s also going to take two shots, one wide angle as well as one telephoto, so you’ve always got that wide-angle shot if needed. Both devices can film at 4K, but we’ve got 30FPS on the Note 8. On the S9+, we’ve got up to 60FPS. Not only that, we’ve also got Super Slow Mo.

Now, this is just a short burst, like we had on the Sony devices last year, but the problem with the Sony devices last year was that you’d have to press it at the exact time when you wanted that slow motion, and more often than not, you’d just end up missing that shot.

The good thing with Super Slow Mo on the S9+ is that you’ve got automatic motion detection, so this is going to allow you to put a square around where it needs to look for motion, you can start recording, and whenever it does detect motion, in that square, that’s when it’s going to start recording, and you can get some really impressive results.

It’s also going to then add music to your slow motion automatically, it’s going to allow you to change those slow motions to GIFs, and you can also use those slow motions as live wallpapers.

Galaxy S9 Selfie

Now, for the front-facing camera, we’ve got 8 megapixels on both, with a f/1.7 aperture, as well as auto-focus. Now, although we’ve got very similar, or the same hardware, we’ve got some improvements in terms of software.

And with the S9+, you also have Selfie focus. This is basically a portrait mode from the front-facing camera, it’s something that we’ve seen on the iPhone X as well as the Google Pixel 2.

Now, we do have selective focus from the front-facing camera on the Note 8. It’d be interesting to see how much the Selfie focus has improved on this on the S9+.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Software & OS

Now, in terms of software, both of these are running Android. Note 8 is still on Android version 7.1.1. The Oreo update has not yet come. It’s supposed to be coming soon, but with the S9+ it is going to come with Android Oreo out of the box, so you are going to get that advantage there, and both of these have Samsung’s Experience again, on top.

S9 Software


The S9+, being the new device, as well, we’d expect it to get updates quicker compared to the Note 8 going forward.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Additional Specs

Sound & Speaker

When it comes to audio, the good news is, both of these have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. As you guys know, this is something we’re seeing much less of these days, so it’s great that Samsung has still included this, and with the Note 8, you’ve got a single bottom-firing speaker.

Galaxy S9 Dolby Atmos

This is okay, but it can be covered easily, and it’s not great compared to stereo speakers, which the Samsung Galaxy S9+ now has. Now, these speakers are tuned by AKG, we’ve got one in the earpiece, and one bottom-firing.

And they’re one point four times louder compared to the S8 last year, and they also incorporate Dolby Atmos. So you are going to be getting a much more massive experience on the S9+, and you can switch the Dolby Atmos on when you like, it’s a toggle in the notifications.

Fingerprint Scanner

Now, looking at the additional features. First thing’s first, fingerprint scanner. On the Note8, as you guys know, it’s not in an ideal position, it’s right up there near the cameras, and you do have to reach for it, which is quite difficult on the larger device.

With the Samsung Galaxy S9+, it’s below the cameras, in the middle, and it’s much more accessible, and we’re glad that Samsung has made this change. Yes, we don’t have a fingerprint scanner on the display as yet, and that might come for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but having it in a much more accessible position at the back is definitely a plus.

S9 Intelligent Scan

Both devices also have an Iris Scanner, as well as Facial Recognition, but with the S9+, you have Intelligent Scan, and that’s basically a combination of using the Iris Scanner as well as Facial Recognition. This is going to make things more secure, and it’s nice to have this in addition to everything else that we have.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 does, however, have something that not many other devices have, and that is the S Pen. This has mixed opinions, some people like it, some people don’t. Especially useful if you’re somebody who signs documents on the go on things, and there are lots of other features that it does include, as well.

AR Emoji

Now, the S9+ does come with a new feature, which is not available on the Note 8, and that is AR Emoji. Think of this as Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. Now, what this actually does is it scans your face, and it creates a character based on your appearance.

AR Emoji

It basically looks at a hundred features on your face and it tries to give the AR Emoji realistic expressions, and then you can use these in things like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Bixby AI

Now, let’s move on to Bixby. So, Bixby is Samsung’s AI assistant, which is present on both the Note8 as well as the S9+, but we’ve got somS9 Live Translatee improvements on the S9+, especially in terms of vision. We’ve got live translate, within Bixby vision. This is going to allow you to point your camera at, say, a menu, or something, and translate that for you live there and then.

There are also other improvements. You’re going to be able to point your camera at food and it’s going to give you information about that food, such as how many calories it has. Whether or not these Bixby updates are going to come onto the Note8, this is still a bit of a question mark. They may or may not.

Battery Life

Now, looking at the batteries, the S9+ actually has a slightly larger battery compared to the Note 8. We’ve got 3300 mAh on the Note 8, 3500 mAh on the S9+.

S9 Plus Wireless Charging

With the S9+, because of the slightly bigger battery, as well as the new processors, we’d expect it to be more efficient, and you should be getting better battery life from the S9+.

The great thing is that both devices do support fast charging, as well as fast wireless charging, so this is great whenever you need a quick top off.


Now finally, looking at the pricing, the S9+ is actually coming in at the same price that the Note 8 was introduced at last year. This is high compared to the S8+, but we do have the additional features this year, and with the Note8, because it has been out for a few months, now, you can expect to pay a little bit less compared to when it was released.

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Now, pricing will obviously vary from place to place, and after the S9+ is available, then we would expect the Note8 to drop even further.


In terms of availability, the Note8 is available to buy right now. With the S9+ you can pre-order it right now, and it is going to be available from the 16th of March. However, if you do pre-order early, then you should be getting the device earlier.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Galaxy Note 8: Comparison Infographic

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Vs Galaxy Note 8

So, there we have it, guys, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Some interesting devices, and some interesting improvements here, on the S9+, too. Obviously, the S9+, being the new device, has the new features such as the dual aperture as well as the newer processors, but with the Note 8 we have the S Pen, and because it is an older device, it is going to be dropping in price, so if you are on a budget, then the Note 8 might be the option to go for.

As we’ve said before, it was definitely one of the best devices of 2017, and it still holds up right now. That’s what we think, anyway, what do you guys think, and what do you guys think of the S9+?

Definitely, drop a comment below and let us know. We hope you found this article useful. Make sure you share it with your friends and family to help them out choosing the best device for them.

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