Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB 
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Buy Now Buy Buy
Excellence Score
90.5
85.0
Value for Money Score
64.6
63.6
Price ₹ 61,900 onwards ₹ 55,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2960 pixels (~ 514 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 9810 OctaRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, 25mm Focal Length, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.8 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 201 gm 189 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 2.0 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Big, stylish phablet, mostly continuing the design from the previous Note series - Samsung continues to do an impressive job cramming a lot of screen into a manageable footprint
  • The fingerprint sensor has now (thankfully) migrated from the side of the camera to underneath it, making it more intuitive to use
  • The new stylus (S-Pen) comes in vibrant color options, and now can be used as a (bluetooth) remote control for the phone - serving as a handy surrogate for those who don’t own a compatible smartwatch - for instance you could control your music player (single click plays/pauses a song, and a double-click extends the track), or you could use it as a shutter button in the camera app which could be a useful way to take a selfie without having to hold the phone at arms’ length
  • Samsung's Android UI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and includes the (somewhat useful) Bixby AI assistant
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras - up there with the best of the lot, the Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S9 Plus - this time out, most of the camera improvements are on the software side of things - as has been the case for a lot of flagships this year - two features in particular stand out: Scene Optimizer (AI engine to pick the scene you are shooting and tweak settings accordingly) and Flaw Detection (AI engine to pick out and warn about blurry shots, people blinking in the picture etc)
  • Very good selfie camera
  • Very good battery life - with a 4000mAh battery this time, you can now expect the phone to last a full day and night
  • Fast charging, and wireless charging support
  • The new blue and purple paint jobs look excellent
  • On the whole, the Note continues to be Samsung's “innovation brand”, the uber-premium device that allows the company to push the limits of its mobile hardware, and at least for the time being, the Note remains one of the best methods for transporting a whole lot of screen around on your person - the big screen and stylus come together to walk the line between productivity and entertainment - it’s big, it’s bold, and it remains the phablet to beat
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors looks deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The company’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the Note line means there are plenty of features that will probably never really make their way into your daily routine - the Note continues to be a phone that's best suited for the most hardcore users
  • Like always, one of the key things about whether you should buy the Note, should be if you see yourself using the stylus for handwritten notes, annotations, making drawings, and the likes - this is always a divided house - some people find it useful as a productivity device, and others not so much
  • The storage options on the line are arguably too extreme (and likely play a part in making the phone so expensive) - with cloud syncing and the rest, it’s hard to imagine many people would come close to those limits in the two or so years until they upgrade the handset
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the standard version, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9+ is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9+ will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
Expert Reviews
  1. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s too expensive for a lot of us. But it remains the phablet to beat.
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  27. bgr.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  33. pcworld.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. gizmodo.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. telegraph.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  32. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. recombu.com in-depth Read Review »
  34. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  35. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  36. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  37. cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  38. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  39. thenextweb.com in-depth Read Review »
  40. gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  41. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  42. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  43. wired.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
User Reviews
  1. Flipkart4.7 109+ reviews »
  2. Amazon1.0 1+ reviews »
  1. Flipkart4.7 536+ reviews »
  2. Amazon2.8 3+ reviews »
Official Website Official Website » Official Website »
Unofficial specs? N/A N/A
Compare: Full 1
  • Compare: Full 1
  • Compare: Speed Test 1
  • Compare: Camera 1
  • Compare: Battery 1
  • Individual Review 2
Compare: Full

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs S9 Plus

SuperSaf TV

Top Pick

Compare: Speed Test

Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus Speed Test!...

Nick Ackerman

Top Pick

Compare: Camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs S9+: In-Depth Camera Test Compa...

MiTechGuy

Top Pick

Compare: Battery

iPhone XS MAX vs Note 9 /S9+ / POCOPHONE F1 / P20 Pro / ...

XEETECHCARE

Top Pick

Individual Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: The Total Package!...

Marques Brownlee

Top Pick

Individual Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

The Verge

Top Pick

Full Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: The Total Package!

Marques Brownlee

Full Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

The Verge

Did you find phonecurry useful in your phone search? Drop us a testimonial, or Tell us how we can improve