After months of leaks, rumors and hypothesis the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has lastly arrived, and whereas there weren’t many surprises left for the launch, that is nonetheless an thrilling cellphone, with top-end tech and a few progressive options.

However how does it examine to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Samsung’s earlier phablet flagship is only a 12 months previous and nonetheless an important handset in its personal proper, so how a lot has actually modified and improved right here?

To assist reply that query we’ve put the 2 telephones face to face, evaluating them throughout all the important thing classes, from design to display screen to digital camera and past.

Samsung Galaxy Word 9 vs Word eight design

From a design perspective not a lot has modified. The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 has slim bezels above and beneath its curved display screen, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Word eight.

Each telephones even have a metallic body and a glass again, with the principle visible change merely being the place of the fingerprint scanner. On the Galaxy Word eight that is to the fitting of the dual-lens digital camera, whereas on the Galaxy Word 9 it’s just under the digital camera.

Meaning it’s barely decrease down on the Word 9, and in a extra central place that’s more likely to be simpler to succeed in for most individuals.

The Word 9 seems to be similar to the Word eight aside from its fingerprint scanner place

One other distinction is of their dimensions and weight, with the Samsung Galaxy Word 9 coming in at 161.9 x 76.Four x eight.8mm and 201g, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Word eight is 162.5 x 74.eight x eight.6mm and 195g.

There’s not a lot distinction then, however the Word 9 is barely shorter wider, thicker and heavier, however not as lengthy.

Oh, and for one remaining similarity: each telephones are IP68-certified, that means they’re dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters for as much as 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Word 9 vs Word eight show

You gained’t discover an enormous distinction between the screens of those two telephones both – although big is an correct description for each.

The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 has a 6.Four-inch 1440 x 2960 Tremendous AMOLED display screen, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Word eight has a 6.Three-inch show of the identical sort and determination.

The Note 8's screen is slightly smaller than the Note 9's

The Word eight’s display screen is barely smaller than the Word 9’s

That does imply the Word eight has a slightly increased pixel density of 521 pixels per inch to the Word 9’s 516, but it surely’s a distinction we’d problem anybody to note.

We’ll put the Galaxy Word 9’s display screen to the check for our full assessment, however we count on good issues, as our Galaxy Word eight assessment concluded that its display screen was wonderful.

Samsung Galaxy Word 9 vs Word eight OS and energy

The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 runs Android eight.1 Oreo out of the field, however whereas the Samsung Galaxy Word eight has now been up to date to Android eight.zero, it began on Android 7. That’s related as a result of whereas the software program is analogous now, the Word 9 will virtually actually be supported with updates for longer.

Each telephones have related software program highlights. There’s Bixby for one – Samsung’s AI assistant that comes baked in.

Then there’s the S Pen stylus, which helps you to write by hand in addition to do helpful issues like write notes on the display screen even when it’s off.

Nevertheless, the S Pen has been improved for the Galaxy Word 9 with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity, so you may click on the S Pen to remotely play or pause music, take pictures, current slides and extra. And whereas it wants charging to make use of you are able to do so in underneath a minute.

Both phones have a stylus, but the Note 9's has more skills

Each telephones have a stylus, however the Word 9’s has extra expertise

One other characteristic that’s been improved for the Word 9 is DeX. It is a characteristic that permits you to hook your cellphone as much as a monitor for a PC-like expertise. However whereas the Word eight wants a docking station for this, with the Galaxy Word 9 you simply want an HDMI adaptor.

As for the ability, with the Samsung Galaxy Word 9 you’re getting a Snapdragon 845 chipset for those who’re within the US and an Exynos 9810 elsewhere on this planet. These are each top-end chips, and so they’re the identical as those you’ll discover within the Samsung Galaxy S9.

They’re additionally a step up from what’s within the Samsung Galaxy Word eight, with the US model of that cellphone having a Snapdragon 835 and the worldwide mannequin an Exynos 8895, each of which have been top-end when the cellphone launched in 2017. Whereas not top-end any extra, they’re nonetheless very a lot within the higher echelons.

The Galaxy Word 9 additionally has extra storage and doubtlessly extra RAM, as there’s each a 6GB RAM mannequin with 128GB of storage and an 8GB of RAM model with 512GB of storage. The Word eight, however, comes with simply 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Each telephones even have a microSD card slot although – for those who get the 512GB Word 9 and slot in a 512GB you will be one of many first individuals packing a 1TB mass-market smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Word 9 vs Word eight digital camera

Samsung has borrowed from the Galaxy S9 for the digital camera on the Word 9, which suggests it ought to be an improve on the Word eight’s snapper.

The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 has a dual-lens rear digital camera, with one lens being a variable-aperture wide-angle one which might swap between f/1.5 and f/2.Four, whereas the opposite lens is a telephoto one with a set f/2.Four aperture. Each lenses additionally sport optical picture stabilization (OIS).

Their options embody 2x optical zoom, clever scene recognition (with the digital camera in a position to optimize its settings based mostly on what’s within the viewfinder), and a flaw detection instrument, which is able to warn you whenever you take a photograph that’s, for instance, blurred or one by which the topic blinked, supplying you with an opportunity to take a greater shot earlier than you miss the second.

The Galaxy Note 8's camera lacks a variable aperture

The Galaxy Word eight’s digital camera lacks a variable aperture

The Galaxy Word eight additionally has a dual-lens digital camera, however there’s no variable aperture right here. As a substitute it has a 12MP lens with an f/1.7 aperture and one other 12MP lens with an f/2.Four one. Each lenses do nonetheless sport OIS although whereas the f/2.Four lens can also be able to 2x optical zoom.

The Word eight lacks the Word 9’s clever digital camera options listed above, but it surely’s nonetheless able to nice pictures. It additionally has an 8MP f/1.7 front-facing digital camera, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Word 9.

Samsung Galaxy Word 9 vs Word eight battery

Samsung has massively elevated the battery dimension for the Galaxy Word 9, bringing it as much as Four,000mAh, from simply Three,300mAh within the Galaxy Word eight.

In our assessment we tended to seek out the Galaxy Word eight provided all-day life, so we’d be stunned for those who don’t get a minimum of that a lot from the Word 9. We’ll have an interest to see whether or not it might probably get far right into a second day or not although.

Each telephones assist quick and wi-fi charging, so juicing them up will not be an issue.

Samsung Galaxy Word 9 vs Word eight value and availability

On the time of writing we don’t have value data for the Samsung Galaxy Word 9 within the Australia, however within the US and UK a minimum of you’ll be capable to pre-order the cellphone from August 10 and August 9 respectively, and it’ll hit shops on August 24 at a value of $999.99 (£899, round AU$1,350) for the 128GB mannequin and $1,249.99 (£1,zero99, roughly AU$1,685) for the 512GB model.

The Samsung Galaxy Word eight is after all accessible now, and it’s a good bit cheaper. It launched at $929 (£869, AU$1,499), however is now accessible for a number of hundred /kilos much less for those who store round.

Samsung's latest is an expensive phone

Samsung’s newest is an costly cellphone

Takeaway

The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 seems to be similar to the Samsung Galaxy Word eight, however underneath the floor fairly a couple of issues have modified, from the battery to the digital camera, chipset, RAM, storage and display screen.

Some adjustments are larger than others, and few come as a lot of a shock – particularly given all of the leaks forward of launch – however on paper the Word 9 seems to be to be about what we’d count on.

We’ll let precisely how properly all of the options come collectively, and simply how good the Galaxy Word 9 is, as soon as we’ve had extra time with it, however based mostly on the specs it seems to be set to please Word followers, whereas the Galaxy Word eight has now grow to be a much more reasonably priced however nonetheless pretty high-end choice.

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