So, the Note 8 now costs $550... would you buy the Note 9 or Note 8?

So, the Note 8 now costs $550... would you buy the Note 9 or Note 8?
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 some difference! For almost twice the price, the Galaxy Note 9 offers a very slight redesign, which is almost negligible, a new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, which transforms the stylus into a remote with limited capabilities, 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.

The Note 8 still has that sleek Samsung design, a capable dual camera, an S Pen that is just as accurate and responsive — just sans the Bluetooth connectivity —, and hardware that may be last year's but is still more than adequate.

Some people call the Galaxy Note 9 a marginal upgrade over last year's offering. So... is Samsung shooting itself in the foot by selling the still-capable Note 8 so cheap? Which one would you rather buy?

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

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

Related phones

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)
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)



1. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

None. Thanks

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

^^^HAHA^^^ Seeing as I will get 2 Note 9's for the price of one, and will get $450 trade in for both, my only out of pocket will be $350. So I have both phones as far as price beat, and I got the 512GB model, for almost 1/3 the price of an X. Marvis, why does the iPhone X have to win? Why not just like it as it is. It doesn't have too win anything, except your money. It's not really winning over anything else.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Either one, just would depend on how much money I had at the time. Blue note 9 for me.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

i wait for the next galaxy build in fingerscanner.

6. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

None. If both of these Note have flat screen, then I will get the note 8 almost the same functionality for a lesser price then get the Note 10 next year assuming a flat screen version is available.

7. adecvat

Posts: 659; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

500$ for Bluetooth stylus, lol.

8. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Wow! I just noticed, the Note 8 customers rating was 9.9 vs. PhoneArena's 8.9 which is quite the opposite of the fruit phone. I wonder what would be the customers rating for Note 9.

12. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Note 8 is a great phone indeed. Customer rating is well deserved. I'm not upgrading btw

9. cjreyes666

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

With other perks and discount it can easily go under 400 that is one hell of a deal.

10. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If only those two to choose from, I would pick Note 9 over Note 8. Because my Galaxy S8 has shown some lags compared to my Galaxy S9. But for the price of Note 9, I will wait for the S10.


Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

I'm already using samsung galaxy note 9 it's great. Today my fifth day with my note 9 I'm happy with it :)

13. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I bought a Note 8 and cancel. The Snapdragon 845 catch up a bit to the iPhone X and made the difference. Much faster chip, better radio, two back cameras. it is worth it. Actually I think it is smarter to buy an S9 at a discount than a Note 8 for the same reasons and the double cameras if one wants to save money.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Note 9. The more I find out about it, the more I want it.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011 There’s some I hadn’t seen.

16. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Where can you get the Note8 for $550? I checked and it's $670

19. paul.k

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

T-Mo version on, choose Orchid color

17. D34ever

Posts: 236; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

TMO gives me $500 for my S7. Samsung throws in a pair of headphones. So I pre-ordered a Note 9. If not for these incentives, I'd go for the Note 8 in a heartbeat.

18. evernet

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

I would get the Note 8 and then save up for the Note 10 which (should) have 5G capabilities next year. my motorola was dying on me last year so I got the Note 8 when it was released. I'll be skipping the 9 and be waiting anxiously for 5G in the 10 next year! Hope sammy offers decent trade-ins next year! The way this 8 is going it should have a solid 2 to 3 years left of life. Fantastic phone all around.

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