While the Galaxy Note9 features a larger battery and display, as well as expanded storage, Samsung has managed to keep the weight to a similar level as with the Note8. The Note9 weighs 0.44 of a pound, on par with the Note8 at 0.43 of a pound.
For the processor, Samsung goes with the most-obvious choice for the Galaxy Note9 release in North America. That would be Qualcomm's latest top-of-the-line mobile processor, the Snapdragon 845. The eight-core processor runs at up to 2.8GHz, significantly faster than the chip found in the Galaxy Note8, the 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835.
For improved audio, the Note9 offers stereo speakers that are enhanced through special tuning by acoustics expert AKG, as well as by surround sound from Dolby Atmos. Samsung also retains the 3.5mm headphone jack with the Galaxy Note9.