Beat by the older sibling: people would rather buy the Galaxy Note 8 over the Note 9

Beat by the older sibling: people would rather buy the Galaxy Note 8 over the Note 9
Samsung wasted no time and slashed the price of the Galaxy Note 8 almost immediately after the Note 9's unveiling. You can now get last year's model for either $550, if you go with T-Mobile, or $600 if you opt for the Verizon version. In contrast, the brand-new Galaxy Note 9 starts off at $999.

That's definitely a price difference to consider, especially when you have to really squint in order to tell the Note 9 apart from the Note 8! For almost twice the price, the Galaxy Note 9 has a new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, loud stereo speakers with the "Tuned by AKG" logo, a slightly upgraded camera, and a blood pressure sensor. Under the hood, it's powered by the latest-and-greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, has 6 GB of RAM, and its storage space starts at 128 GB. But the Note 8 is absolutely no slouch, with a Snapdragon 835 of its own, 4 GB of RAM, pretty great cameras, and still-good performance.

We were curious — could the Note 8's crazy discounts cannibalize the Note 9's sales and... is it a good idea to sell the predecessor that crazy low?
Turns out a ton of people would rather go for last year's model. But, as some commenters pointed out — Samsung has some very generous Note 9 deals, like BOGO offers or mad price rebates for returning an old Note phone with your new purchase, so that's something to keep in mind!

Which would you buy: Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9?

Galaxy Note 8 for $550 - $600
74.78%
Galaxy Note 9 for $999+!
25.22%

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)
Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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39 Comments

1. mrochester

Posts: 1036; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

This is pretty damning for Samsung. Android phones just aren’t worth £1000 the way that iOS phones are.

6. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I wont say they are not worth. The Note series is a hardware marvel. These phones unfortunately do not have enough to justify the $1000 price tag. Maybe next years bendable screen tech will justify all the big numbers.

7. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

rubbish, NO phone is worth a £1000, not quite sure how you think that iPhones are worth that much to begin with?

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Seriously? Haha. No phone is worth $1000. But the Note is certainly far more worth the cost than any limited phone running iOS. If you just like the iPhone, then just like it. Its not better than the Galaxy S or Note, not by a long-shot.

21. mrochester

Posts: 1036; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You guys post in such a way that it almost looks like you actually believe what you type, then I realise how propostuous it is and realise you are actually joking.

23. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

You post as though you really know what you're talking about, but alas.....

31. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Hahaha. That is a good one.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agree.

12. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That's the most ridiculous comment I have ever read on here, and I've been here a long time. When iOS lets me do all of the things that Android does, then it might actually be worth something.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

When iOS lets me do all of the things that "Android does, then it might actually be worth something" That is the stupidest thing I have read on here. They S models and the note models do more then any iPhone. The ONLY thing a some iPhones do is open a few, VERY few apps a second or two faster.

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL...This is so embarrassing.

29. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You can use iMessage and FaceTime and Apple Pay and Airdrop on which android device?

30. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah now that Apple Pay has added MST, it works everywhere! Take that Samsung Pay! Edit: oh my bad.......Apple Pay doesn't have MST. Sorry for the fake news.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! I actually thought you were being serious as I read your comment lol.

35. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Lol it's called trolling the troll

39. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yeah, enjoy using MST on the new Galaxy watch ;)

25. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

The only phone that might actually be worth $1000 is the Cat S61 because of the specialized tools it has built in.

2. errodd

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Just wait a couple of months. The price will come down on the Note 9.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Since note 9 isn't a big upgrade it is only logical that many people will choose last year's note over this and the price doesn't help note 9 eather

4. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Note 8 is a beast. People buying it for 550 are making the right choice. I dont think its a loss for Samsung as long as people still buy their phones even if it means Note 8. iPhone 7 units sold a lot last year after iphone 8,x launched. It just shows that 1 year old phones for cheap are better than the latest and greatest for many.

5. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Price is the obvious reason. if VZW didn't do a BOGO deal, and gave $450 trade-in for my 8's; I wouldn't have bought the 9. But since I will get the 512GB model for just $350 out of pocket, and the 128GB model free, it was worth it. I should have gotten both at 512GB. I might exchange it.

18. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Damn TechSceptic, I thought you were a Dane. Now you're an American. Different account different nationalities damn damn

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Is the Note 9 better than the 8? Absolutely. Is it $400-450 better? Not really. It's an iterative improvement more than anything.

10. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

i got my note 9 through carphone warehouse in the UK, a trade in for my note 8 and £324.99 got me the 9, i want it solely for the battery, and S pen, camera is also slightly better, other then that its my yearly upgrade

11. shiv179

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Is this really surprising? Lower cost = more appealing.

13. Mr8Sin

Posts: 24; Member since: May 17, 2018

Am I the only one who noticed he said the Note 8 has 4gb of ram.

15. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I caught that too, I was gonna chime in if no one mentioned it. Even dbl checked my Note 8 to verify it had 6GB of ram.

14. sherman0422

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Just to clear up the confusion. The Note 8 at Verizon is only $599 with a qualified trade worth $300. So in all reality the Note 8 at Verizon is $899 before promo and the Note 9 is $999 before promo (BOGO). Playing the number games!! The Note 8 after a qualified trade is still $599 each if you buy 2 and the Note 9 is $499.99 if you buy 2 and you qualify for the BOGO. Hmmmmmm I think the sales numbers won't be so obscure.

16. axc06j

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I can agree with both sides personally, I'm getting the note 9. But not sure after that since the next note will be more than $999.

17. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Nothing surprising here. Almost any device in any category with so little differentiation between successive models is subject to similar results. The issue is always that people will pay for different or significantly better/more, but what's been offered for the past few revisions of the S/Note series just aren't different or better/more enough to justify price jumps. Even worse is that many of the revisions/updates are corrections of things that should have been done differently in the first place (e.g. fingerprint location in wrong place, older/slower chipsets, bigger batteries, etc.). You wouldn't expect to pay more for shoes each year if all they offered were new insoles, shoelaces, and colors. That's pretty much how people see it.

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