Samsung Galaxy Note 9


Key Specs

Operating System
12 Megapixel
Primary Camera
Display Size
6/8 GB RAM
128/512 GB Internal Storage
4000 mAh
Non-removable Battery
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General Information
Released on
August, 2018
  • 2G
  • 3G
  • 4G
Nano SIM (Single SIM, Dual SIM)
  • Height: 161.9 mm
  • Width: 76.4 mm
  • Thickness: 8.8 mm
201 gm
Body Features
  • S Pen: Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37 mm (Weight: 3.1 g)
  • Front and back build with glass and aluminum frame
  • Dual SIM, dual stand-by
  • Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
  • IP68 certified - dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
  • Stylus
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.4 inches
Screen Resolution
1440 x 2960 pixels
Touch Screen
Protection Type
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features
  • ~516 ppi density
  • ~83.4% screen-to-body ratio
  • HDR10 compliant
  • Always-on display
Rear Camera
12 Megapixel
Front Camera
8 Megapixel
Camera Features
  • Dual 12 Megapixel (f/1.5/2.4, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12 Megapixel (f/2.4), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
  • Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
  • 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps Video, HDR, dual-video rec
  • 8 Megapixel Secondary Camera (f/1.7), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
Sound Features
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker with stereo speakers
  • With 3.5mm Audio jack
  • 32-bit/384kHz audio
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
6/8 GB
Internal Storage
128/512 GB
Card Slot
microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Operating System
Android, version 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Exynos 9810 Octa - EMEA
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 - USA & China
  • Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
  • Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA & China
  • Mali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
  • Adreno 630 - USA & China
Wireless LAN
Non-removable, 4000 mAh
Other Features
Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
  • Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
  • ANT+ support
  • Bixby natural language commands and dictation
  • MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM player
  • Photo editor
  • Video editor
  • Document editor
  • Video Wallpaper (15 seconds of video can be used)
  • Face Widgets
  • Pin to AOD
  • AOD Themes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

It’s as though Samsung was aware of how far behind it was falling in the smartphone race. The S9 and S9+ both proved that spending just one release cycle to iterate and finely hone their devices is too long for people to gracefully accept, and many cited the S9 models as merely being faster variants of the S8 releases. The Note 8, of course, remains a wild success; however, leaving out the in-glass fingerprint scanner was considered a sure sign of failure earlier in the year. The Korean tech giant has proven that there’s more to the picture than biometrics and a chip bump as a Bluetooth-powered S-Pen, 4,000mAh battery, 8 GB of RAM and terabyte storage are here to show that some numbers still hold meaning to the masses.

The Galaxy Note 9 is rumored to be the final phone in the Note series although if true, it doesn’t mean that your beloved S-Pen is going anywhere; we might actually see the Note and S lines merge with the S10 instead. Still, that's just a rumor! For now, let’s dive into the technical bits of the newest superphone on the market and embrace Samsung's comeback.

Processing and Storage

As the years pass, improvements to smartphone processing power have failed to impress like they once did. Long gone are the days of getting excited about dual-core or quad-core computing in your pocket; octa-core CPUs are the mainstay now with 6-8 GB of RAM forming the base. The one area that manufacturers have always skimped on, however, is the storage. It’s cheap, especially in the hands of a worldwide producer such as Samsung, so it’s never made sense that Samsung waited this long to grace their handset with 512 GB of UFS 2.1. Take note — ha, see what we did there — that the cheaper 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage model of the Note 8 is also an option if you don’t need so much space.

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • CPU: 64-bit octa-core 2.6GHz Kryo 385, 10nm
  • RAM: 6 or 8 GB LPDDR4
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Inbuilt Storage: 128 or 512 GB
  • MicroSD Support: Yes, up to 2 TB
  • Camera

Of all the features that Samsung worked to improve upon, the camera has remained mostly the same from the S9, which wasn’t all that much of a bump from the Note 8 to begin with. The resolutions are the same from last year’s stylus-laden phablet, but you now have 4K video capture at a wholesome 60 fps and a variable aperture to boot. It’s not the strongest camera on the smartphone market, but you’ll find that it’s a top-five pick for superb photo and video reproduction.

  • Photo Resolution: 12 MP back, 8 MP front
  • Video Resolution: Up to 4K@60 fps (rear), 2K (front)
  • Aperture: F1.5-F2.4 variable
  • Pixel Size: 1.4 μm
  • Camera Features: Exposure compensation, HDR (high dynamic range), panorama, RAW image capture
  • Display

It’s almost pointless to discuss the display anymore on Samsung flagships when it’s universally recognized as the best on the market. That’s a good thing! The newest talk says that the Note 9’s panel is “indistinguishable from perfection” to the bare human eye although we’d like to argue that’s already been the case since the Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display made its debut. With that said, our number one concern here is whether this display will burn in as easily as the Note 8’s did.

  • Screen Size: 6.4 inches
  • Resolution: 1,440 x 2,960 QHD+
  • Pixel Density: 516 ppi
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio: 83.51%
  • Display Technology: Super AMOLED
  • Protection: Gorilla Glass 5
  • Battery

Here’s one of the Note 9’s golden points: the sheer size of the battery. Now, it’s not like 4,000mAh is revolutionary in the smartphone world when 5,000mAh juicers have been a thing in the past, but it never seems like the popular flagship brands ever make it past the 3,000 range. Don’t get us wrong: The Note 8 has ridiculously awesome battery life for most folks, but there’s no sense in that if you’re not going to complement it with a massive battery on top.

  • Capacity: 4,000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Technology: Li-ion
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C (reversible)
  • Features: Fast Charging, Qi wireless charging
  • Design and Features.

Let’s be honest: You probably couldn’t tell the Note 8 apart from the Note 9 at a glance, and most folks probably couldn’t see one even if you set the two side by side on a table. The materials have also remained the same. What do we think? This is perfectly fine with us seeing as the minimized bezels leave little for design at this point. The Note line is designed for functionality and power-minded users, and we’d prefer that Samsung stick to that as a priority for now. It’s not exactly a lightweight or thin device, but at the end of the day, it’s a rugged phablet; it’s not going to be small.

  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Material: Glass body, aluminum accents
  • Dimensions: 6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches (161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm)
  • Weight: 7.09 oz (201 g)
  • Ruggedness: IP68 water- and dust-resistance
  • Features: Bluetooth S-Pen for conducting functions from a distance in addition to writing notes and producing digital art; also includes back-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Colors: Blue, Purple, Brown and Black
  • Value

The price tags on both versions of this handset aren’t light, especially the 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage option. We think that for a power user who needs the S-Pen and is overdue for an upgrade, the more powerful option is worthwhile just on the variant differences alone. The base model that brings 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is reasonable at its own price point, which is more in line with previous Note entries. Whichever way you go, there’s definitely a market that’s being targeted here, and if you’re not keen on the S-Pen, you might consider the far-cheaper OnePlus 6 to fill in the basics. However, we think that if you waited for the cost to dip, you’ll love what Samsung is offering here.

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