Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: Preliminary size comparison

Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: Preliminary size comparison
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — one of the most anticipated phones of 2018 — is just around the corner, with a launch date set for August 9th, according to the latest reports. And as the the day approaches, the number of leaks surrounding Samsung's upcoming phablet is reaching critical mass. Not that we're surprised, as it was the same with the Note 8 last year.

This year, however, we've got conflicting information on the Note 9's design. And more specifically, on the size of the bottom bezel. That's why we'd like to begin by addressing this.

Last month, a leaked photo of an alleged Galaxy Note 9 protector suggested that Samsung's flagship phablet will have a substantially smaller bottom bezel than last year's model. Based on this leak, we created some design images, in an attempt to imagine what the Galaxy Note 9 would look like. Our readers were especially dazzled with the slimmed down bottom bezel, and our designs were further validated by serial leakster @OnLeaks, who recently posted some snazzy-looking, allegedly CAD-based Note 9 renders that depict the device with a very thin bottom bezel. 

Portion of a Galaxy Note 9 CAD blueprint, courtesy of an anonymous tipster, showing the dimensions of the camera module and fingerprint scanner (in milimeters)

Unfortunately, however, another prolific leakster, @UniverseIce, then released what is allegedly the "real" Note 9 screen protector, and the bottom bezel is, well, not quite as thin as the first leak had suggested. So, there's something to keep in mind – we don't know how big the bottom bezel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be. It could be as slim as in our first batch of renders, or it could be barely any thinner than the one on the Note 8.

What we do know, however, are the dimensions of the Galaxy Note 9. An anonymous party in possession of Note 9 CAD blueprints has reached out to us to provide us with the dimensions of Samsung's upcoming phablet, and as we had anticipated, it is pretty much exactly the same size as the Note 8. Here's a side-by-side:

Galaxy Note 9 dimensions acquired from CAD blueprints for the device

Galaxy Note 9: 162 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm
Galaxy Note 8: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

The Galaxy Note 9 will also feature a 6.3-inch QHD+ display, almost identical to the one we saw on the Note 8. In fact, the biggest design change comes in the form of a relocated fingerprint sensor on the back. As we had already predicted last month, the Note 9 will have its fingerprint scanner under the camera lenses, instead of to the side, although the phone will feature a horizontal camera setup, similar to the one on the Note 8. This was allegedly done to provide more space for a bigger battery, as shown in the image below:

Image source: Ice Universe

We are not really surprised by the reported dimensions of the Galaxy Note 9, as we were already expecting it to be quite similar in size to the Note 8. However, we've got our fingers crossed for thinner bezels and a bigger battery.

Disclaimer: The images featured in this material have been made by PhoneArena and are based on preliminary information about the respective device(s), such as, but not limited to, factory CAD blueprints and live photos of the device(s), or accessories thereof. As such, the images found herein may not be fully representative of the final design of the device(s).


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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 128GB + 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 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is going to be a Bomb device! Cannot wait...

4. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Wow. Corny Note bomb jokes in 2018. Someone lacks originality.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It'll be the best, you'll be raging about it.

14. Tipus

Posts: 913; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

The pain is real :)))

18. PopeFrancis

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

He's still waiting for stereo recording.

19. kEaNu

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2018

Who wants that? I guess you are waiting too to record in 4k 60 fps more than 5min lol

2. KashunatoR

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

1.5 mm wider is pretty significant IMO and I don't see anyone at least trying to come up with a theory to explain that

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why does it need to be explained?

7. KashunatoR

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Because it's a size comparison... duh!

8. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

The screen probably will have a shorter angle of curvature, like S9 compared to S8, and will be shorter because of reduced top and bottom bezels

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 778; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

It's 2% wider. I wouldn't call that significant at all. Besides, the reason is obvious. It's the same reason the S9 family is wider than the S8 family. The curves flair out more rather than straight down.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Because Samsung listens to it's customers. People wanted a wider and not as tall note and that is what the are giving the note fans

12. skolomon

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 12, 2018

I think that's because the screen size will increase. It was previously rumored it would become 6.38". This is about 1% increase in size (compared to 6.32"), approximately 1 mm in screen width. This means the screen height will also increase, thus the bezels MUST be smaller (as the phone height stays almost the same)

17. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Find a tape measure or ruler and look how insignificant 1/16" is. Oh, and that 1/16" (0.0625") is actually larger than 1.5 mm (1.5 mm = 0.0591"). You're entitled to your opinion, but I doubt you'd be able to notice the difference in a blind hold test.

5. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

So does this mean when the actual Note 9 comes out you're not gonna do a size comparison or will you still post the redundancy?


Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What phone you getting?

21. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Have the Note 8. Most likely getting the Note 9.

13. deleon629 unregistered

Being that I have large hands, I'm glad I bought a Note 8 instead of waiting for this. The narrow build makes it easier to use one-handed. Though the Note 9 renders look seem more practical for heavy S-Pen users, it looks a bit ridiculous for anyone wanting to use the device as an actual phone as it tetters more on the tablet side.

15. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

I like this size but only with 4k batt. If not go Mi Max 3 or X+!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note 9, and 6.5 inch iPhone (we know it’s coming), are gonna kill it this year. Great tech coming this Fall.

22. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I have a feeling Apple Pencil will be compatible with the iPhone XI Plus/Pro.

28. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

May I ask , where would you shove in, the hot-dog sized Apple Pencil while carrying the imaginary iPhone XI Plus/Pro?

30. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Who needs pen on a phone, if it's not embedded. It's not practical.

29. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

6.5 inch iPhone could be actually 5.8 inch real size with notch. Otherwise would be much bigger device than Note 9

20. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Too skinny. Must have massive phone. Nice and wide 16:9. Leave the S9+ skinny 18.5:9 display for the skinny jean wearing hipsters. But Samsung won't. They'll just keep producing the same phone over and over. Then Note 8 is nothing more than an S8+ with an S pen. And I don't care about low light photography or stupid Clayton Bigsby assistant. So I'll keep hangin on to my Note 5. Nothing in the last 2 years is a worthy upgrade.

23. Chumley

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Too big, no thanks. If they weren't mindlessly determined to make this a niche product, they'd ditch the one-off aspect of this and offer the standard S9 and S9+ in note versions. I know a ton of people who are intrigued by some of the features but have zero interest in carrying around a tablet. I have an S8 and something sized between the normal S and S+ but with note features and a pen would dominate and appeal to a more mainstream audience,

24. Cat97

Posts: 2026; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Any larger than it already is and you will need to buy a trailer for your car.

25. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 778; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm amazed at how many people are on here complaining about the size as if it wasn't always one of the biggest phones on the market from its inception. This is the 8th iteration of the phone. This is nothing new. If you don't like the size, there are plenty of smaller alternatives out there. Move on & stop whining.

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