Samsung is disappointing on its Galaxy S9, but it does not mean that the company shakes up things for its next big smartphone. Galaxy Note 9 is officially released today, and Samsung doubles on everything that the Notes series represents: productivity and performance. It has the best specifications you’ll find on all Android phones, the screen is bigger, its S Pen has more tricks than ever before, and the battery is huge. Oh, and Samsung’s DeX software is now built directly on the phone – no docking station required – so you can connect it to an external monitor for a desktop-like experience.
Note 9 will be sold in two configurations: There is a 1
28 GB / 6 GB RAM for 999 USD and a 512 GB / 8 GB RAM version for $ 1,250. Pre-orders start on August 10th and the phone will be available on August 24th of all major operators or directly (and unlocked) from Samsung.
By looking alone, note 9 is almost identical to the predecessor, in addition to the rear fingerprint sensor that has been moved to a more sensible place under the camera. All Samsung’s other hardware signatures such as water resistance, fast wireless charging, expandable microSD storage, and headphone jack are still here. (So is the Bixby button for that matter.) Turn a 512GB microSD card into 512GB Note 9, and you get a phone with 1TB storage. There are nuts.
Note 9 is sent with Android 8.1 Oreo and the same user experience as Samsung’s latest multiple phones. Samsung Pay is still present and has the ability to imitate a credit card’s magnetic tape in stores where NFC payments do not always work, is a good return.
The new note will be available in blue and pink / purple in the United States; The blue model contains the light yellow S Pen shown in all leaked images. There is no black option (at least in the US), which is quite surprising. Notan’s width and thickness measurements have increased slightly due to an ever-increasing image – 6.4 inches compared to last year’s 6.3-inch screen – and a larger battery. 9 is actually a hair shorter than 8 due to continued cuts of top and bottom.
Last year’s note felt like a really monstrous phone, and this is no different. It’s bigger than what you see “big” phones to be. If you are looking for one-hand efficiency, look at the wrong place. But in exchange for giving it up, you will enjoy the giant Super AMOLED Quad HD + screen. It’s phenomenal to watch, as always. Note 9 also has a really fine matte aluminum frame with beveled edges reminiscent of the old Galaxy Note 5.
The battery is 4000mAh which is the largest ever in a note. It also darkens many of today’s other Android flagships. While noting the disaster on Note 7 is in the Samsung rearview mirror, it really has not been forgotten. In addition to running the Not 9 battery through its own multipoint security check, Samsung has been validated and certified by external companies UL and Exponent. So yes, the company got ready for your exploding phone joke.
Like the Galaxy S9, Note 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. But this time, Samsung says that it has made optimizations for the GPU. And get this: There is a new water cooling system in the phone. It may be the most abandoned Galaxy Note thing I’ve ever heard of, but why not, right? It’s too early to know if this in the end is just a marketing gimmick, but the company says its “Water Cooling System” is designed to ensure consistent and consistent performance during long game sessions when playing Fortnite . Yes, the incredibly popular Battle Royale game comes first to Samsung devices, and yes, you can earn bonus points in the game if you choose Fortnite pre-order package . (The second choice is acoustic AKG headphones.)
Samsung pulled 9’s camera system straight out of the Galaxy S9 Plus. You get the same two 12-megapixel cameras and the same dual aperture (f / 1.5 or f / 2.4) trick with the primary wide-angle camera. Both lenses have optical image stabilization. For the note, Samsung focuses on camera enhancements to software and artificial intelligence.
A new Scene Optimizer mode can analyze the subject you point to the camera at and identify up to 20 different scenarios (food, pets, sunsets, plants, city / street, etc .). It automatically applies changes in brightness, contrast, saturation and white balance before snapping the shot to ensure the best possible end result. Many Android answering machines try these AI optimizations, but the results have become very mixed. There is always common auto mode or manual mode if you prefer. More useful – provided it works – is the new error detection feature that lets you know if a shot was blurred, if someone was blinking, or if a picture was backlit and blown.
Note 9s S Pen comes with the same drag and pressure sensitivity levels as last year, but now Samsung has added Bluetooth to the stylus (Bluetooth Low Energy, more specifically). This way, you can use S Penna as a camera shutter, which may be useful if you take a large group photo or other shot. It may be your display button during presentations, or you can play / pause your music apps with the buttons on the button. Obviously, all these things are optional. By default, press and hold the S Pen button, but you can customize that shortcut to open which app you want. Sure, it would be nice if the Bixby button could do it.
In order to relieve battery life with its pen, Samsung built a supercapacitor for ultra fast charging when it is in the phone. Despite its flexible capacity, the company insists that S Pen will be ready to go when you leave it out of the castle.
Last on the list of remarkable upgrades to Note 9 is its DeX software, which can now be accessed by simply connecting an external display to the phone with an HDMI adapter. Once done, you get a traditional PC-like experience on the larger screen that works very well with a keyboard and mouse. Note as usual when DeX is running, but you can swipe down to use the screen as a touchpad or enter text with the virtual keyboard if you need.
I do not know if this simplified DeX mode will be an important point of sale, but it seems like a convenient option to have. With these types of specifications, Note 9 can definitely be a very capable laptop with minimal hassles – probably better than the new Tab S4 under certain circumstances.
With Note 9, Samsung hurries back to Jack-of-All-Trades echelon, which helped former Notes to find a loyal audience. It has the big, beautiful screen, the long-lasting battery, a touchscreen, a very good camera, a top-notch special sheet, and it’s aiming to be more than just a bigger Galaxy S9 with a touchscreen. There is also a water cooling system and supercapacitor in this phone.
So I would say that it looks like a solid refinement and development on last year’s Note 8. I think people who like Notes phones will be very pleased with it. But they are sure to pay a lot of money to own it. And after Samsung faltered with the Galaxy S9, there is more riding on this monstrous productivity machine than usual.