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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.

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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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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.

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

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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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What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

 

Former National Defence Academy Cadet, Mukul Sharma is an Android Lover. He makes Android reviews on Android Updated. You can find him at Android Updated or at Stuff Listings.

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Huawei Mate 20X 5G variant live shots and retail packaging leaked

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The Huawei Mate 20X 5G (a part of the previously launched Huawei Mate 20 lineup of smartphones) has recently made its way to the world of leaks as Sudhanshu Ambhore, a leaker on Twitter has recently posted a couple of images of the same.

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We are going to get a gigantic 7.2-inch display coming up with the Huawei Mate 20X 5G. There will be a waterdrop notch at the top of the display.

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At the back, we will get a triple rear camera setup and a fingerprint scanner.

In yet another tweet, he has given us a glimpse of the retail packaging of the device.

The Huawei Mate 20X 5G is tipped to launch somewhere in the second half of the year. The device will most certainly be launched before the Huawei Mate X makes its way to the general public.

What are your thoughts on the device? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

 

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Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone to be official on April 28

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So far, we have got plenty of leaks, rumors, and reports surrounding the Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone. The days of rumors are soon going to end as the company has finally given us the official launch date – April 28.

The device will be unveiled on the said date at RNG’s center in Beijing, China.

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The variant tested in the benchmark is the 8GB RAM variant, but we already know that there will be a 12GB variant as well which will give even more impressive scores. Nevertheless, the presence of a 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset has been confirmed now.

Here is a quick comparison between the benchmark scores of the Red Magic 3 with the Black Shark 2 and the upcoming Oppo Reno.

Recently, a new Nubia smartphone with the model number NX629J has received the 3C certification. If the reports are to be believed, the device is going to be the Nubia Red Magic 3.

As per the listing, the Nubia Red Magic 3 will come with 30W (15V/2A) fast charging support.

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To make things more interesting, the company’s CEO Ni Fei recently hinted at a battery that starts with “5” which indicates it could be packed with at least 5,000mAh battery.

Furthermore, the Red Magic 3 will be powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset which will be coupled with an astonishing 12GB of RAM.

We will also get a 4D vibration motor which would provide for customizable haptic feedback.

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As far as the general gaming performance is concerned, the Red Magic 3 will possibly feature a 120 Hz refresh rate like the Razer Phone.

As of now, this is all we know about the device, but we are sure to receive further intel on the same in the coming days.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Nubia Red Magic 3? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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Xiaomi teases the Redmi Y3 with a 4000mAh battery and gradient rear

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Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Y3 on April 24. Right ahead of the launch, the company is hyping up the device all it can.

We already know that the Redmi Y3 will sport a 32MP selfie snapper. Now, the company has posted two new tweets on its official Twitter handle.

The first tweet reveals that the Redmi Y3 will come with a massive 4000mAh battery. The second tweet makes things all the way more interesting as it confirms that the Redmi Y3 will come with a gradient rear design.

Recently, Manu Kumar Jain, CEO, Xiaomi India has posted a tweet which pretty much confirms that we will get a 32MP selfie snapper coming up with the Redmi Y3.

Manu took 32 selfies with 32 colleagues in the company which clearly hints that a 32MP front camera is confirmed.

The device received the Wi-Fi certification last month which reported Android 9 Pie coming out of the box.

All in all, the Redmi Y3 is believed to be the Pro variant of the previously launched Redmi 7. The specifications of the device will be more or less the same.

To know more about the Redmi Y3, you can head to our existing coverage of the same.

What are your thoughts on the Xiaomi Redmi Y3? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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