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Galaxy Note 9 specs vs. Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 8: What's new

See how Samsung's newest flagship phone compares spec-by-spec with other Galaxy devices.

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From left-to-right: The Galaxy Note 8, S9 Plus and Note 9.

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Samsung's heavily rumored Galaxy Note 9, announced Thursday in New York, is a 6.4-inch phone with dual rear 12-megapixel cameras, up to 512GB of storage and a new Bluetooth S-Pen stylus. 

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It goes on sale on Aug. 24 with a starting price of $1,000 for the 128GB version, but you can reserve the Galaxy Note 9 right now.

As Samsung's newest top-tier phone, it naturally draws comparisons to devices like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2XL and LG V35 ThinQ

But the Galaxy Note 9 falls into an interesting spot in Samsung's phone portfolio, especially since it has many similarities to the Galaxy S9 Plus, which costs $110 less for the 128GB model. Then there's last year's Galaxy Note 8, which can be bought new for $250 less than the Galaxy Note 9

To put it all in perspective, check out the chart below, which compares the Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, S9 Plus and S9. And for everything Samsung announced today, check out CNET's full coverage here.

Galaxy Note 9 comparison chart


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display size, resolution 6.4-inch Super AMOLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels 6.2-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels 5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels 6.3-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 516 ppi 529 ppi 570 ppi 522 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.37x3.01x0.35 in 6.22x2.91x0.33 in 5.81x2.70x0.33 in 6.4x2.9x0.34 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161.9x76.4x8.8 mm 158.1x73.8x8.5 mm 147.7x68.7x8.5 mm 162.5x74.8x8.6 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.09 oz.; 201g 6.66 oz; 189g 5.75 oz; 163g 6.9 oz, 195g
Mobile software Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or octacore Samsung Exynos 9810 Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or octacore Samsung Exynos 9810 Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or octacore Samsung Exynos 8895
Storage 128GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB
RAM 6GB, 8GB 6GB 4GB 6GB
Expandable storage 512GB Up to 400GB Up to 400GB Up to 2TB
Battery 4,000 mAh 3,500 mAh 3,000 mAh 3,300 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back Back Back Back
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special features Water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; S-Pen with Bluetooth connectivity; iris and facial scanning Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning S Pen stylus, water-resistant, wireless charging, Gigabit LTE-ready
Price off-contract (USD) $1,000 for 128GB, $1,250 for 512GB Varies: $840-$930 Varies: $720-$800 Varies: $750-$960
Price (GBP) £899 for 128GB, £1,099 for 512GB £869 £739 £869
Price (AUD) AU$1,499 for 128GB, AU$1,799 for 512GB AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,499 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB) AU$1,499