Another reason we strongly recommend an upgrade is simply for the increase in specs. The Galaxy Note 5 is nearly three years old, and a lot has changed since then. Here’s a quick comparison.
Galaxy Note 9 Specs
- 6.4-inch 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Infinity Display
- 8-Core Snapdragon 845 Processor
- 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM (or 512GB storage model)
- Android 8.1 Oreo with Android 9 coming soon
- Dual 12 Megapixel Rear f/1.5 aperture cameras, variable aperture, 960 FPS slo-motion, 2X optical zoom, both have OIS, more
- 8 Megapixel front-facing camera (Selfie mode, portrait photos, AR Emoji)
- 4,000 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging
- IP68 Dust & Water-resistance, Stereo Speaker tuned by AKG
- USB Type-C, Bixby 2.0, Bixby AI, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Heart-rate sensor, Face Unlock, Iris Scanning
- S-Pen with Bluetooth, New Features, etc
That’s quite the list. You’ll get a bigger screen, tons of RAM, 4x the storage, lots of power, two sweet new cameras and all-day battery life. Convinced yet? Here’s what your Note 5 has.
Galaxy Note 5 Specs
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Display
- Samsung Exynos processor with 4GB of RAM
- 32GB storage, no micro-SD slot
- 16 Megapixel Rear camera with OIS, 5 megapixel front camera
- 3,000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, Wireless Fast Charging
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop & TouchWiz (now on Android 7.0 Nougat)
- Fingerprint Scanner
- All metal and glass design
- S-Pen Stylus
For me, the most exciting aspect of the Galaxy Note 9 is the bigger battery. Even Samsung’s 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ only has a 3,500 mAh battery, and it lasts plenty long. So, packing a massive 4,000 mAh battery in the phone it’ll last a lot longer than your old Note 5. Way longer, actually.
Combine that with all the other changes, and the improvements in Android 8.0 Oreo, and you’ll get a phone you’ll absolutely love. Basically, yes, this is worth the upgrade.
GALAXY NOTE 5 VS GALAXY NOTE 9: CAMERA
Another area where Samsung has improved by leaps and bounds is the camera. They’ve always had some of the best cameras on the market, but that really took off in 2017.
The Note 5 has a 16 Megapixel camera and the Note 9 is only 12 Megapixels, that doesn’t matter though. It’s a 12 DualPixel sensor that uses 95% of the pixels to have a laser-fast autofocus, and it captures more light faster. Resulting in crisp and clear pictures in almost any situation. The sensor is bigger too, which improved low light photography. If you’ve enjoyed the camera on the Galaxy Note 5, you’ll absolutely love the Galaxy Note 9 cameras.
Oh, and did we mention there are two of them. Samsung’s using a new dualpixel camera array that’s fast, clear, and can take 960 fps slo-mo video. Additionally, the Note 9 features Samsung’s new variable aperture technology.
What that means is the aperture can change from f/1.5 to f/2.4 apertures for the best possible photo in any situation, speed, or lighting. Just like how the human eye adapts to its surroundings, Samsung’s camera can do the same thing. Basically, letting in more light for better photos. If it doesn’t need a lot of light it uses a faster aperture for crisp, clear photos. Then, that second lens can zoom in closer on subjects, and help see the depth of field for portrait photos and other imagery.
Basically, the Note 9 camera is a good 3-4 years ahead of the Note 5, and worth the upgrade across the board.
GALAXY NOTE 9 VS NOTE 5: BATTERY LIFE & CHARGING
I used the Galaxy Note 5 for over a year, so I know how average (at best) battery life is. You have a somewhat small 3,000 mAh battery inside the phone. It was the first phone with “fast wireless charging” which helped make up for the small battery.
With the Galaxy Note 9 though, you’re getting something completely different. Samsung was very cautious about the battery last year after the Note 7 fiasco, but the Note 9 went all out.
This year Samsung threw a huge 4,000 mAh battery into the Galaxy Note 9. The biggest of any Note device ever released. And with an 8-point battery inspection process and outside companies ensuring they’re safe, buy one without worry.
Between a huge battery and faster charging, I want one already.
RELEASE DATE & PRICE
Does any of this sound exciting to you? The Galaxy Note 9 will be a significant upgrade for anyone that still uses the Galaxy Note 5.
So, when can you get one and how much will it cost? Those are two very important questions.
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9th, 2018, in New York City. It’s available for pre-order as we speak, and it’ll hit store shelves around the globe from August 22-24th. The release date is the 24th, but some buyers will get it early.
The Galaxy Note 9 is $350 price in china, tons of power, 4x the storage, two cameras, a bigger battery and more.
As for Galaxy Note 5, the price has dropped a lot. Now only $178 is needed.
Either way, the Galaxy Note 9 is arguably one of the best phones of the year and a great phone to upgrade to.