Design and Display
Going by last years build pattern, the Galaxy Note 9 is a large smartphone with a larger display and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 envelope.
The back of the smartphone looks very much like the Note 8 except that the fingerprint sensor is now below the camera. Due to the recent trend of reducing bezel, there is a bigger display which doesnt reflect too much on the overall size.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has an aluminium frame and a Water Carbon Cooling System to help during long gaming periods. It retains the Bixby button and is resistant to water up to 1.5m for 30 minutes and also immune to dust.
The 6.4-inch display is just wow, it is tapered at the side in the usual Samsungs way and has an impressive Quad HD+ resolution.
The Super AMOLED screen has a track record to prove itself with its impressive contrast and excellent colour reproduction. In numbers the resolution is 1440 x 2960 pixels with a 516 ppi pixel density with HDR support.
It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with an always on display feature. Remember the DeX mode, it is now built into the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and allows you to connect to a larger display using an HDMI adapter. You can use the phablet as a touch pad or virtual keyboard.
Battery and Camera
A significant bump is also seen in the battery department from last year to 4, 000mAh on this one which is sure to deliver more gaming time and general usage.
You also get to charge with Quick Charge and Qi wireless charging is also supported. All of this features is what makes up a flagship and it is much needed to power the features on the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 maintains more or less the same configuration has in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus but with an improved AI integration. Theres an algorithm to identify 20 different scenes so appropriate changes can be made to the settings to improve the picture taken.
In addition , there is a Flaw Detection feature that tells you to retake a picture if its blurry or the persons eye is closed. You still have the dual 12MP camera with dual aperture and optical image stabilization amongst other nice features. The same 8MP camera is also at the selfie side taking great pictures even in low light.
Hardware and Software
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is pretty much on par with other 2018 flagship in terms of hardware as it features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor while the Europe, Middle East and Africa models have the Exynos 9810 chipset. The former has an Adreno 630 GPU and the latter comes with a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. For convenience, there is Samsung Pay as well as NFC in case the store doesnt have NFC support.
The base model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has 6GB RAM and a storage space of 128GB. On the other hand, the more luxurious variant have a huge 8GB internal memory and an enormous 512GB storage that can also take a 512GB memory card, bringing it up to 1TB of storage space on the smartphone. On it, you have Android 8.1 Oreo with the Samsung Experience UI too
Stylus Pen (S Pen)
The signature of the Note series has always been the S Pen and it has gotten more functional features added and Low Energy (LE) bluetooth.
It can now function as a remote for your Samsung Galaxy Note 9, where you long press it to launch the camera app, tap to take pictures, a double tap to switch between back and front camera.
There is a separate menu where you can customize the tasks you want the pen to do. Once it is slot in, it recharges in less than a minute through a special semiconductor in the holster. It has a life span of 30 minutes or 200 clicks which you can certainly work with.
6.4-inch, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
Android 8.1 Oreo (Samsung Experience UI)
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU with 6GB/8GB RAM
128GB/512GB built-in storage, up to 512GB memory card supported
Dual 12MP + 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera
S Pen with bluetooth
IP68 water and dust proof
Samsung Pay and NFC
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Fingerprint scanner (rear)
4, 000mAh non removable LiIon battery
Design and Display