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Samsung announced the Galaxy Note9 today, successor to the Galaxy Note8. After leaks on top of leaks, Samsung’s latest stylus-equipped phone is now official.

Preorders begin August 10, and the devices will begin shipping on August 24. Before you get your credit card ready, however, you might want to see exactly what you’re buying. On the surface, the Note8 and Note9 look almost identical. You might have trouble distinguishing the two devices if you sat them side by side. As is becoming more common with smartphones nowadays, it’s what is inside that counts.

The comparison tables below show you what Samsung has changed, comparing the Galaxy Note8 to the Galaxy Note9.

Galaxy Note8 Galaxy Note9
Display 6.3-inch QDH+, 2960×1440, 521 ppi 6.4-inch QDH+, 2960×1440, 516 ppi
Network LTE Cat 16 LTE Cat 18
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, MST Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, MST
Processors Octa-core 2.3GHz, 1.7GHz Octa-core 2.7GHz, 1.7GHz
Rear camera 12MP, ƒ/1.7 12MP, ƒ/1.5, ƒ/2.4
Telephoto 12MP, ƒ/2.4 12MP, ƒ/2.4
Front camera 8MP, f/1.7 8MP, f/1.7
Battery 3,300mAh 4,000mAh
Charging Wired, wireless Wired, wireless
Ports USB Type-C, headphone jack USB Type-C, headphone jack
Memory 6GB, LPDDR4 6GB/8GB, LPDDR4
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 512GB
microSD slot Yes Yes
Resistance IP68 IP68
Height 162.5 mm 161.9 mm
Width 74.8 mm 76.4 mm
Depth 8.6 mm 8.8 mm
Weight 195g 201g
SIM card Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Assistant Bixby Bixby
OS Android 7.1 Nougat Android 8.1 Oreo
Colors Black, Blue, Purple, Copper Black, Blue, Gold, Gray



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The biggest difference between the Note8 and Note9 is probably the S Pen. Samsung added Bluetooth to the Note9’s S Pen, resulting in features like taking pictures with a click, presenting slides, pausing/playing video, and so on.

S Pen aside, when you go with the Note9, you’ll get a slightly heavier and larger device with a significantly bigger battery (Samsung has apparently moved past the Note7 fiasco), more storage, and better cameras. That said, you’ll be paying more for those improvements: The Note9 starts at $1,000 (compared to $929).

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