Galaxy S9 Plus vs Galaxy Note8

Which one is best for you?

The Galaxy Note8 and the Galaxy S9+ are both big-screen phones, and both feature Samsung’s gorgeous Super AMOLED Infinity Display. While the S9+ was launched six months later, they still have much in common – as well as one big difference.

Both feature dual rear-facing cameras, with the second lens set to 2x optical zoom. The Galaxy S9+, however, has the option to switch between two different apertures on the primary lens, so it performs better in low light.

Both have 6GB of RAM, though the Galaxy S9+ has the newer, faster and more efficient chip – giving improvements in performance and battery life. And the S9+ has added features like intelligent face recognition – giving you an easier way to securely unlock your phone. The same technology lets you map your face onto a 3D avatar to create fun AR emojis. You can even send a voicemail and let your animated ‘digital self’ read the message.

The Galaxy S9+, then, does have a few features that improve on the Note8 – but the really distinguishing feature between the two is the stylus, or S Pen. This slots into the Note8’s body just beside the USB port, and opens up a whole new way of using your phone. Live Message, for example, lets you create and share your own emojis, animated GIFs and more. You can even make notes on the screen without unlocking it – very handy for taking down a phone number or scribbling a quick to-do list to save for later.

So if the S Pen appeals to you, then the Note8 is the one to go for – but if you don’t think you’d use it, and you’re looking for the latest features, the Galaxy S9+ has the edge.

Name Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy Note8
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Display 6.2 inch Infinity Display 6.3 inches
Size and weight Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 73.8 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 189 grams
Height: 162.5 mm
Width: 74.8 mm
Depth: 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 grams
Rear camera 12 MP + 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 8 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps 2160p@30fps
Processor Octa-core Exynos 9810 Exynos 8895
Battery 3500 mAh 3300 mAh
Storage 128 GB 64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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