Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Officially launched:
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is now official. It was not very difficult to guess how the next Galaxy Note will be: it’s a bigger Galaxy S9 + with an S-Pen. But that’s us simplifying too much. This phone employs all the cutting-edge technologies that Samsung has at this time and is based on the legacy that once ignited the phablet revolution.
It’s been a while since Samsung improved the S-Pen and that’s probably the biggest change since the Note8. Sure, there’s a new chipset, an improved camera, and a bigger battery, but the Note8 is still a beast even a year later. The S-Pen, on the other hand, the key feature of each note, remained on hold for several generations. That changes with the Galaxy Note9.
The new S-Pen looks a lot like the previous one but has some new striking color accents. But now it works, connects via Bluetooth and works as a remote control in several use cases. And to make things even sweeter, Note9 does not need a DeX keyboard for Samsung’s desktop mode, it just needs a proper cable. That is certainly a way to reinvent those powerpoint presentations.
The design of Note9 has not changed much and obtained most of its internal components of the Galaxy S9 +: the chipset, the dual camera with variable aperture and even the snapper selfies. There’s more storage capacity and RAM, of course, and a bigger battery, but it’s the Galaxy you know.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Quick Specs:
- Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple color schemes.
- Display: 6.4″ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 514ppi; HDR10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
- Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length, autofocus, OIS; 2x zoom. 2160p/60fps, 1080p/240fps slow motion, 720p/960fps super slow-motion video recording.
- Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
- OS/Software: Android 8.1 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home
- Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU. Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x3rd-gen Mongoose 2.7GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
- Memory: 6/8GB of RAM; 128/512GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 512GB.
- Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8/S9); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC(Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
- Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets (hybrid slot); LTE-A, 4-Band/5-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
- Misc: Bluetooth-enabled S-Pen stylus with 4096 pressure levels and multimedia controls, Fingerprint/iris/face recognition; stereo speakers tune by AKG; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones; DeX dock compatibility.
The Galaxy Note9 is full of features, that’s why we love the notes. It has everything a phablet should have and more. There is no notch in the iconic Super AMOLED screen, fortunately, and it seems that Samsung could successfully wait for this trend. And it’s probably for the best.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Hardware and Design:
Samsung made just subtle changes to the Galaxy Note8 design, but all of those combined improve the overall experience and handling of the new Note9.
For starters, the Note9 uses the Samsung’s favorite glass-sandwich design. The Gorilla Glass pieces, both front, and rear are curved towards the longer sides of the frame. At first, we thought Samsung had flattened a bit those curved, but upon further inspection we found those to be the same as on the Note8.
The metal frame is different, however. Its shape is different on the longer sides of Note9 and completely flat on the shorter side. But what is really nice is that the frame has a matte finish and ends in the bevels with diamond cut.
The aluminum frame now gripped and flattened improves overall grip by a mile and we really appreciate it. The chamfers give an additional sense of security when using the Note9 in the horizontal orientation, especially for the camera.
The Note9 is as big as the Note8, despite having a larger screen and a larger battery. It weighs only 6g on the Note8 at 201g.
Samsung managed to maintain the same footprint but added a slightly larger Super AMOLED screen of 6.4 “This, of course, was possible by cutting out the frames: the lower black bar is a bit thinner than in the Note8. The aspect of the screen and resolution the same as before – 18.5: 9 and 2960 x 1440 pixels. Samsung will send the Note9 set to a resolution of 1080p by default but can go in QuadHD + from Settings.
While most of the front is Super AMOLED, there is much more than meets the eye. On the screen is the headset, which now also functions as a speaker. The iris scanner is here to stay, of course, there is an RGB LED notification light, and the excellent 8MP selfie patch with f / 1.7 lens, autofocus, and large pixels just cannot be better than that, can it?
Samsung is sticking to its pressure-sensitive start key: the sensors are again on the bottom and work like the S9 and Note8.
A look at the sides of the Note9 reveals the SIM and microSD tray at the top, while the bottom has the USB port, the 3.5 mm audio port and the other speaker.
Samsung Note 9 Camera:
On the back of the Note9 has seen the most remarkable external change: the fingerprint scanner has moved under the camera, which ends the excessive stretching of the fingers and always blurred lenses.
The cover of the camera seems as big and odd as before, but that has been the vision of Samsung for quite some time. The optically stabilized dual configuration is absolutely the same as in the S9 + – a 12MP main camera, with the variable aperture (f / 1.5-2.4) and a telephoto lens, with a 12MP sensor and aperture f / 2.4. There is a single LED flash and right next to it is the heart rate sensor.
Regarding the exterior, it is difficult to distinguish a Note9 from a Note8. The visual changes are minor and if it were not for the fingerprint scanner now carefully placed, it would have been almost impossible. But Samsung made enough improvements in the frame and the grip benefits more from them.
The Note9 is waterproofed, like the Note8, and since the S-Pen now has some technology inside, it also has water insulation. The pen is shown as before, and do not worry, you can not insert it from the wrong side.
It’s good that we do not have to worry about charging the S-Pen, it does not really have a battery, but a kind of capacitor that charges inside the phone and takes only 40 seconds. Charging is sufficient for up to 30 minutes of use through the BLE connection or 200 clicks on the remote control. The maximum range is 10 meters.
And when the load runs out, it’s the good old S-Pen of the Note8: you can still write, draw, swipe and use your key very close to the screen.
The Galaxy Note9 supports fast wireless charging as well as fast cable charging. However, there has not been any standard update: it’s the familiar Samsung adaptive load and QuickCharge 2.0 – speeds. Which is somewhat disappointing: that the large 4,000 mAh battery takes a while to load with respect to QC2.0.
The Note9 will be available in Metallic Copper, Purple Lavender, Ocean Blue and Midnight Black. Samsung did not give in to the competition and stuck to its usual color schemes instead of opting for gradient trends or false transparency. But that’s not a surprise, Samsung is not a trendsetter, you can not see a notch in a Galaxy, can you? However, we are happy that the manufacturer used some of those paintings in the S-Pen: it looks fresher, and well, cooler now.