Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Exactly a year after Galaxy Note 8 was released by the South Korean company Samsung, the Galaxy Note 9 was announced. This (Note 9) will be the Note of year 2018. By now them who follow closely on Samsung flagship smartphones understand that Samsung releases a Note Flagship Phablet each year. And the same is the case for S line of Samsung high end smartphones. This article will try extensively describe Galaxy Note 9 with its pros and cons as well so as to give true impression of this phone you prospect buyers, and also just persons interested to know. But first we take a look at the features of the samsung Galaxy Note 9 as provided by Samsung.
Network GSM, HSPA and LTE
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA or Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 – USA/LATAM, China chipset
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA or Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China CPU
Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA or Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China GPU
512 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM internal memory
microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Main Camera: Dual 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.4″, 1µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Selfie camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
Colors Metallic copper, Lavender purple, Ocean blue, Midnight black
Design and build
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn’t one of those phones that you will look at and know straight away it is a Samsung smartphone. Typical Samsung looks if I must say. Not that it is boring or anything, just that it is so Samsung you cannot miss-tell. It does look and/borrow a lot from looks of the previous Note device the Note 8. Now this has been a major cry from Samsung lovers and followers, me included. We would have wished for something distinct far from what we have seen in previous years. But that really shouldn’t stop you from considering this smartphone.
The build of this phone is Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5) with an aluminum frame.it has these dimensions 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weighs about 201 grams. This build allows for the Note 9 to have IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins).
The stylus pen
There is something different here. The stylus has a new feature now. I think Samsung saw other smartphone companies are embracing this feature so why not do it differently? I’m talking about a Bluetooth stylus that some reviewers describe as a remote. Yes, with it pushed out of the samsung Galaxy Note 9 you can perform quite a number of operations without any display contact. You can for example click the stylus button (depending on how you have customized it) to take selfies from a distance. Thanks to Bluetooth tech. It rocks Bluetooth 5.0 by the way. This is new, different and I think I like it, and most if not all persons should. Good job Samsung for this re-invention of the stylus.
Display and camera
Come on, the display on Samsung phones are ever great. And with samsung Galaxy Note 9 it can only get better. It rocks a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors on a 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio) display. That is one heck of a display estate. Imagine doing your favorite whatever on a 6.4 inches display screen size. Be it watching a movie, streaming videos, surfing the net you name it all. This same display has a 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density) resolution. Sharp, crisp and beautiful to look at. I am tempted to say I am yet to see a display as great as this. But cool, I can fight the temptation. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects and ensures durability of this display while the Always-on display feature can never miss to feature here.
I’ll be brief here so I get enough time to talk about the features more. The primary camera is a dual 12 + 12MP shooter while selfie camera has been maintained at 8MP. Video recording with the primary camera is 4K no question about that. If that wasn’t the case I doubt anyone would even consider buying this phone. There is Optical Image stabilization here, HDR, panorama and artificial intelligence to detect/tell what’s on focus when using the primary camera. For example, you focus on a bottle of wine on a supermarket shelf and it will tell you what that is and even suggest stores where it is available with prices. It is a feature you can really enjoy using. All three cameras are magnificent. They shoot like it’s all they are meant to do, and well that’s just coz it is. With its extra ordinary display you will view images and watch videos shot by your cameras with enjoyment.
Performance and memory
There are two versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with respect to platform performance. The first has:
Exynos 9810 Octa chipset, Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU and a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. The other: Snapdragon 845 chipset, Adreno 630 GPU and Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU. These are top of the table specifications (in 2018), almost a bench mark for most smartphones out and coming soon.
512 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM internal memory with microSD support up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only. Isn’t it great that even with all that internal memory you can still expand it even further? With this you can have up to 1TB of storage in your pocket, or in wherever you put your phone, people are different.
This is one area of the Note 9 I love. It packs a Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery that supports Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0) and depending on the market, Qi/PMA wireless charging. With 4000mAh you get up to a whole day of usage until next quick or wireless charging.
|Pros of Galaxy Note 9||Cons of Galaxy Note 9|
|Great design and build
Impressive camera performance with AI features
Improved stylus pen (low Bluetooth powered)
Large and expandable internal storage
Water and dust resistance
Good battery performance with quick charging
|No stock Android hence delayed OS update
Hard to reach fingerprint scanner (for small hands)
That price tag
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