Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy Note 9 is perfect for people who want an immense amount of storage, a large screen, and some clever S Pen functionality, but its $999 starting price certainly isn’t cheap. It’s worth remembering that you can get a lot of what’s good about the Note 9 in the Galaxy S9, and it’ll cost you less money.
Amazon is running a deal on the S9 and S9 Plus that tosses in a Samsung Chromebook 3 for free. Starting at $719, you can buy the S9 with the Chromebook 3. If you want the S9 Plus instead, that will cost $839. Both of these prices reflect how much each phone costs to buy unlocked, but you’re also getting a free Chrome OS laptop.
The Note 9 will definitely be a better choice for some, but if you’re loading up on tech for back to school or any other reason, settling for Samsung’s other flagship from earlier this year doesn’t mean you’re compromising much. You won’t be very far behind the curve when it comes to specs.
You’ll get a similarly tall, pixel-dense screen, a microSD slot to expand storage, the current Snapdragon 845 chipset, and the revised fingerprint sensor location that’s settled under the camera. On the S9 Plus, its 6GB of RAM matches what the Note 9 starts with, but for less cash upfront. And, at least for a few days, you’ll get exclusive access to Fortnite on Android.