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.
Galaxy S9 Plus
Take stunning images in any light and create pro effects with ease with Dual Aperture and 2x optical zoom lenses
Turn your selfie into an animated emoji and discover a new way to share your stories
Point the camera to discover more about the world around you with Bixby Vision
Stretch time and capture moments in vivid detail with Super Slow-mo video mode
See the big picture on a wide-aspect 6.3-inch curved Infinity Display
Take amazing pictures and video with a dual lens camera and use Live focus to instantly create professional looking images
Take notes, personalise messages create your own GIFs, and more with the S Pen
Capture all the action in Super Slo-mo video mode
|Name||Galaxy S9 Plus||Galaxy Note8|
Buy the Galaxy S9+
Buy the Galaxy Note8
|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|
|Buy now||Buy the Galaxy S9+||Buy the Galaxy Note8|