Samsung Galaxy Note 9 full review: Subtle and Substantial

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Samsung has finally unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It comes as no surprise that most of the predicted specifications and leaks were indeed legit and the final product is more or less the same. As already known, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a slightly bigger version of the current flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ with some subtle differences. For starters, we have a much advanced S-Pen this time around. The Pen is gifted with a lot of new catchy colors and has a lot of things going on in the productivity department.

Let’s begin the review with the full specifications of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full specifications

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  • Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ giving out a resolution of 2,960×1440 pixels resolution, an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and a pixel density of 514ppi
  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back), IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.
  • Color variants: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple.
  • Rear camera: Dual camera (12MP, Type 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, OIS + 12MP, Type 1/3.4″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 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: Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Samsung Experience 9.0 on top of it.
  • Other features: Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home, 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.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core CPU coupled with Adreno 630 GPU or Exynos 9810 octa-core CPU coupled with Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
  • Memory: 6/8GB of RAM and 128/512GB of storage with further scope of expansion via a microSD slot for cards up to 512GB.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po battery with support for Adaptive Fast Charging, QuickCharge 2.0 support, WPC(Qi) & PMA wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.

Clearly, the specifications speak for the device. Performance is not going to be an issue at all with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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The design has not changed much this time around. We get the beautiful glass-metal combo wrapped around the eye-pleasing Infinity Display. Honestly, Samsung could stay with this design language for at least a full year and we won’t mind a “notch” bit.

Talking about the design furthermore, the Note 9 is way grippier and way better to hold compared to the last year’s Note 8 as it has slightly flatter aluminum frame. The bezels have become slightly thinner and that’s how the company has managed to fit in the 6.4-inch display in the same overall footprint as the predecessor.

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The 512GB variant of the Galaxy Note 9 will take your media worries away

Just like the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup, the device’s earpiece doubles as a stereo speaker and given that the audio output in those devices was incredible, we can certainly expect that the Note 9 will be no exception either.

Love it or hate it, the Bixby button is still at its regular position. Personally, I do not mind having an additional virtual assistant. That said, it is totally up to personal preference and you can always turn off the button by going into the device settings.

At the back, we get the dual camera setup which is the exact replica of the Galaxy S9+ meaning that we get the amazing variable focus with the Note 9 too.

samsung galaxy note 9 variable aperture

The S-Pen can now draw stuff in various colors on the lock screen which is again rather a novelty feature only.

As of now, the Galaxy Note 9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and given the company’s track record of pushing the updates pretty slowly, we are not so sure as to when the device will receive the Android Pie update.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Worth or not?

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There is no denying the fact that the Galaxy Note 9 is a mere incremental update over the predecessor. As a matter of fact, if you remove some key elements from the device like the repositioned fingerprint scanner and the S-Pen, you won’t find it to be much different from the Galaxy S9+. If you are a fan of Samsung devices and you want to invest in the latest flagship the company is offering, the Galaxy Note 9 is the one for you, not for those who already own a Galaxy S9+ as you probably won’t feel much of a difference, at least in terms of performance.

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A Noteworthy device

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is probably the best smartphone launched this year. Too hard to find the flaws in here

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