The next Samsung phone is here. The Galaxy Note 9 includes a larger screen than ever, along with the usual updates of power, style and camera technology.
From its iconic S Pen and powerful features, here you will find everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Like with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, this year Samsung has taken a more relaxed approach to more physical updates. But this does not mean that there are no design differences between Galaxy Note 8 and today’s Galaxy Note 9.
The bezels coming from the Galaxy Note 9 have been slightly reduced, but the two phones are almost at the same size. The Galaxy Note 9 is a bit ‘wider and thicker, but it is not as high as the Note 8.
The highly defamed position of the Note 8 fingerprint scanner has been moved to a more delicate position under the dual camera lens on the back and the equally criticized Bixby key is still on the left side of the phone, under the rocker volume.
You’ll definitely be happy with this one, because Samsung aims to give you what you truly need, and one of it is bringing you the all-mighty headphone jack.
The power button is on the right, while the USB Type-C port and the headphone jack take their usual places at the bottom of the phone, next to a lower power speaker. This speaker works in conjunction with the headset on top, providing a stereo sound. The audio system has also been developed by AKG, the usual audio partner of Samsung, and also has the support of Dolby Atmos.
It’s a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2960 x 1440, in a format of 18.5: 9. Like all AMOLED screens, it shows incredibly deep blacks and vivid, bright colors. The Galaxy S9 received the highest score on DisplayMate tests and we expect Note 9 to surpass it.
The Note 9 is made of glass on a metal frame, with the exclusive curves of Samsung that combine effortlessly into the curved Infinity display that dominates the front of the phone. It’s as fragile as ever, which means you probably want to take care of it properly. The resistance to water makes a return, with a degree of protection IP68 that should allow the note 9 to survive accidental drops in the pool.
Specs and Internal Storage
Although Note 9 has not received many improvements when it comes to its design, its interior system has some pretty serious changes that you’ll definitely be interested in.
The biggest improvement is the addition of the Snapdragon 845 processor, which was boosting almost all flagship smartphones in 2018, including the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
At the same time, you will see a slightly improved performance in Note 9 compared to other phones that use this processor due to Samsung’s new water-based carbon cooling system. According to Samsung, it should be three times better for heat dissipation than Note 8. This means that the processor can offer higher performance over a longer period of time. This is useful when you play or perform any type of intensive program.
There are two models of Note 9 on sale this year. The first model simulates the Note 8, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, but it is the second model that will gain more attention than anything. It has 8GB of RAM and an incredible storage capacity of 512GB.
If the 512 or 128GB storage is not enough for you, Samsung has announced that they will launch their 512GB MicroSD card by the end of the year, which will support the Note 9, which means you can walk with a terabyte of data in your pocket.
Powering all of these high-end specifications is a massive 4,000 mAh battery that should be able to keep the Note 9 up and running longer. The adaptive fast charging of Samsung is back, as is the wireless charging. The new Samsung Wireless Charging Duo pad will also allow you to simultaneously charge your Note 9 and any other device with wireless charging capabilities.
All-new Smart Camera
The core of the camera technology in Note 9 is still the same as the Galaxy S9 Plus, with two 12-megapixel lenses on the back and an 8-megapixel lens on the front. Built into the main lens is the same variable aperture technology of S9 and S9 Plus.
Essentially, the camera can switch between aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the lighting: the f/1.5 aperture helps to provide better photos in low light conditions.
The second lens adds the same 2x optical zoom and you can take bokeh-style photos with Samsung’s Live Focus mode. In addition, Samsung is adopting the artificial intelligence revolution (AI) since the camera application is now supplied with A.I. assistance.
With great scene detection, the camera can identify up to 20 different scenes and the A.I. will grant exposure, color, and contrast to provide a better image for you.
The brand-new S Pen
The signature of the range of notes has always been the S Pen, and Samsung has really thrown this little pencil this year. The recording of memorandums on the sleeper screen of note 9 is back, and this year has a new twist. The color of the writing on the screen is determined by the color of the S Pen.
But that is not all. It now comes with Bluetooth Low-Energy included, allowing new features up to 30 feet away from the phone via the tree button. You can control a PowerPoint presentation with just the S Pen or open the camera, switch to the selfie lens and take a picture, all without having to touch Note 9.