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Do you plan on keeping your Galaxy Note 9 through 2020?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in Cloud Silver
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in Cloud Silver (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

As hard as it is to believe, the Galaxy Note 9 will turn two years old this August. Two years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, but in the smartphone world, it's basically a lifetime.

The Note 10 from last year is Samsung's newest flagship, the Galaxy S20 should be unveiled next month, and then we have the Galaxy Note 11 to look forward to in the second half of the year.

Even with all of that being the case, a quick look through the AC forums reveals that a lot of people are still perfectly content with their Note 9.

Already its 2020, I Intend to keep my note 9 until late 2021, so interested to know what other people think about upgrade

Prince Aashiq

I think the Note 9 will go strong another year for sure . It's a very solid phone .


I got the 8/512 version of the Snapdragon Note 9 with the intent of keeping it as my daily driver for at least 4 years.


Right now have the Note 8 and Note 9 active on 2 phone lines. Note 8 is due for upgrade in April. I'm waiting to see how good the camera is in the S20 before I decide. I might get a Note 10+ as I've owned every Note, may get the S20, or could wait for the next Note. I'm in not rush to upgrade, have no actual need to, I just love tech.


What about you? Do you plan on keeping your Galaxy Note 9 through 2020?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • For sale later this year.....
  • Still rockin my Note 8
  • Me to until the surface neo comes for me.
  • Same here..Note 8 is doing just fine
  • Currently own the 3,4,5,8, and 9. I have no need for a new phone right now, may upgrade later this year but only if I have excess money to throw away.
  • The Note 9 is the last flagship that really ticked all of the hardware boxes I wanted a phone. SD card slot
    Large battery
    Good camera (that has a workable gCam port)
    Headphone jack High end phones seem to be racing to delete features. My next phone will probably be a mid ranger, but I don't look to replace the Note for a little while
  • I would totally agree with you except I don't need all that Samsung crap (Apps) to deal with. Give me all that pure Android.
  • You forgot that it also has a notification light.
  • Smartphone advancements have finally plateaued!! Phone reviewers are always looking for the latest and greatest and phone manufacturers listen to them more than they do the average consumer. All the average person wants are so simple. Give me 64 gigs memory, 8 gigs Ram, expandable storage, a headphone jack and maybe throw in wireless charging with some water resistance. Anything after that is the phone manufactures excuse for jacking the price up because anything else would be non-essential!!
  • Yes I plan on keeping my Note 9 through 2020. I don't have a need or desire to upgrade or change my device. I have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot, an FM radio chip and a battery that lasts full day.
  • Like I said it would be a perfect phone with the exception of all that Samsung bloatware. If Samsung made that phone an Android One phone, I would buy 10 of them!!
  • If it were an Android One phone, they wouldn't have made 30% of the sales they did - which were made largely based on features that are part of the Samsung Experience/One UI or Samsung's dual ecosystem in the device. Without that, you end up paying more money in the Play Store getting an email client as good as Samsung's for your non-Gmail (or work Exchange) account, a better Camera app, etc. etc. The Android One argument is better in theory than in practice. There's a reason why only failing OEMs go that route. It only makes sense when you're so cash strapped that you can't invest in software development, anyways. Even Google has stopped using "stock" in order to make their devices more attractive at higher prices. There's a reason for that :-P
  • It will go when the Surface Duo appears.
  • Yes. Waiting for the next iPhone to release, then getting that - or maybe even the 11 Pro when the new one releases and the prices drop :-P I own my Note 9 outright, so there is not much incentive to upgrade early, given the price of phones these days. 1. I don't really care about SD Card Support, now that you can get most flagships with 265 GB Capacity. 2. I don't care about super high screen resolutions, or even refresh rates (as I don't game on my phone, and barely notice it in other areas - I've tried phones with higher display refresh rates). 3. I still don't like the update cadence for Samsung phones, largely because they often ship with an Android version that is basically a revision old, and then take forever to upgrade. 4. Android forces me to ride an ecosystem fence, since I don't use Google for EVERYTHING - just the Play Store and Account Notifications, etc. Without Android, I wouldn't have a Google Account at all. 5. I want iMessage back. Too many people I know use iPhones, and sending Photos or Videos form an Android phones results in potato quality media on their end. I basically have to upload all media to OneDrive and share links to them. RCS won't change that, since Apple is almost undoubtedly not going to jump on that. I need an iPhone, because I am not joining social media "just" for decent messaging. 6. Samsung removed Pro Video Mode, which was a huge incentive for me to buy the phone. It basically alleviated the fact that Android is pretty awful for 3rd party camera apps, due to the inconsistent implementation of Camera2 APIs across OEM devices. iOS is much better here. 7. Some apps that I used on iOS exist on Android, but are out of support on the platform (still sold, but the developers will tell you that they only support iOS devices when you email them about issues and feature disparities). The disparity in app quality is VERY noticeable, in iOS' favor. 8. I prefer Apple's media stores, where you can download everything offline on your PC and access it even if you don't have an internet connection. Even on a Windows PC (iTunes). Google chains you to web browsers too much, so I've never used their content stores. 9. Don't care about 3.5mm headphone jacks. I've embraced BT, and frankly they sound as good as/better than the cheap earbuds/headphones 90% of the people here use, anyways. 10. A lot of PC apps have companion apps that exist on iOS, but not on Android. Notion 6 has an iOS App, but not an Android App. Control Apps for some DAWs exist on iOS, but not Android. Et cetera. 11. Apple supports their peripherals much better (Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad, etc.), so it is less risky investing in "companion devices" in that ecosystem compared to Android (Google, Samsung, etc.) where OEMs routinely drop support for devices or aggressively back-burner them in order to push new devices (and they often release too many inter-competing devices concurrently, anyways).