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. 

Watch this: Galaxy Note 9 vs. S9 Plus: What's the difference?

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 9Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusSamsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display size, resolution 6.4-inch Super AMOLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels6.2-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels6.3-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 516 ppi529 ppi570 ppi522 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.37x3.01x0.35 in6.22x2.91x0.33 in5.81x2.70x0.33 in6.4x2.9x0.34 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161.9x76.4x8.8 mm158.1x73.8x8.5 mm147.7x68.7x8.5 mm162.5x74.8x8.6 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.09 oz.; 201g6.66 oz; 189g5.75 oz; 163g6.9 oz, 195g
Mobile software Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)12-megapixelDual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K
Processor Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or octacore Samsung Exynos 9810Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or octacore Samsung Exynos 9810Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or octacore Samsung Exynos 8895
Storage 128GB, 512GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB
Expandable storage 512GBUp to 400GBUp to 400GBUp to 2TB
Battery 4,000 mAh3,500 mAh3,000 mAh3,300 mAh
Fingerprint sensor BackBackBackBack
Headphone jack YesYesYesYes
Special features Water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; S-Pen with Bluetooth connectivity; iris and facial scanningDual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanningDual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanningS Pen stylus, water-resistant, wireless charging, Gigabit LTE-ready
Price off-contract (USD) $1,000 for 128GB, $1,250 for 512GBVaries: $840-$930Varies: $720-$800Varies: $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 512GBAU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,499 (256GB)AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)AU$1,499

Galaxy Note 9 looks stunning in these photos

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