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  • The largest battery in a note, ever. When you have a long-lasting battery, you really can go all day and all night.
  • The Note9 has twice as much storage as the Note8, which means more music, more videos, more pictures, and less worry when it comes to space on your phone.
  • The Note9 gives you a quick network connection for incredibly fast streaming and downloading, so you can do more, uninterrupted.
  • Still amazing on screen, but now the S-pen has more power off Screen. Remotely control different applications and use the S pen to capture shots from far away, scroll, and play music.
  • At 6.4″, the Note9 has the largest screen of any Galaxy phone. Perfect for gaming and streaming, our super AMOLED display is bigger than ever before
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Description

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 packs some firsts of its own, including an S Pen that doubles as a remote control. But after spending some time with Samsung’s new flagship, most of the key highlights this time around feel more like refinements of a great phablet than bold steps forward.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications

Product specs

  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 201g. Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple color schemes.
  • Display: 6.4″ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 516ppi; HDR10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length, 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/Software: Android 8.1 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home.
  • Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU. Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x3rd-gen Mongoose 2.7GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
  • Memory: 6/8GB of RAM; 128/512GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 512GB.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8/S9); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC(Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets (hybrid slot); LTE-A, 4-Band/5-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
  • Misc: Bluetooth-enabled S Pen stylus with 4096 pressure levels and multimedia controls; fingerprint/iris/face recognition; stereo speakers tuned by AKG; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones; DeX dock compatibility.

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Design

The Note8 looked half-reasonable, but certainly didn’t get it remotely right in terms of usability with its off-axis fingerprint reader – a pain point Samsung addressed on the Galaxy S9+, with a vertical camera arrangement and a fingerprint reader below it.

It’s a different layout on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – the side-by-side cameras are back, flash LED and heart-rate sensor to their right, fingerprint sensor along the central axis under the cameras. Why not the same as on the S9+? The S Pen silo takes up space on the side, the battery can’t be as wide and needs to be taller than in the S9+, hence it pushes the sensor higher. Or at least that’s how we reason it.

Then there’s the fingerprint reader position once again. This could be us overanalyzing it (it’s happened before), but it still feels a bit too high. As in, not Note8 high and uncomfortable, but still inconvenient. You do get used to it, and the fact that you’re stretching up and approaching it from below, means you’re likely to feel it and unlock the phone before actually touching and smudging the camera.

But since we have to (collectively) be that guy – it’s also the primary camera that’s in immediate proximity to the sensor instead of the supposedly less frequently used telephoto one, like it’s on the S9+. It’s always a good idea to wipe your lenses clean before a critical shot.

Over on the front, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ‘s 6.4-inch Super AMOLED takes center stage, now even more than before. The chin is noticeably slimmer, the forehead is perhaps identical to the Note8’s and in effect the phone is physically shorter despite the minor increase in display diagonal.

The top bezel still houses the entire array of sensors and lights and more pedestrian stuff – and like the S9+ does it in a somewhat more concealed manner than the S8/Note8. There’s no hiding the earpiece – it’s dead center and also doubles as a speaker. To its right is the selfie camera, the actual one for taking photos, and next to it – the iris scanner.

To the left of the earpiece are the proximity and ambient light sensors, followed by the IR illuminator, and an RGB status LED. So no, AlwaysOn displays don’t render status LEDs redundant, and we’re happy Samsung’s with us on this one. One LED that’s missing is a flash – there are mid-range Galaxies with front-facing flashes, but no flagships.

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9.5Expert Score
The largest battery in a note, ever. When you have a long-lasting battery, you really can go all day and all night. The Note9 has twice as much storage as the Note8, which means more music, more videos, more pictures, and less worry when it comes to space on your phone. The Note9 gives you a quick network connection for incredibly fast streaming and downloading, so you can do more, uninterrupted. Still amazing on screen, but now the S-pen has more power off Screen. Remotely control different applications and use the S pen to capture shots from far away, scroll, and play music. At 6.4", the Note9 has the largest screen of any Galaxy phone. Perfect for gaming and streaming, our super AMOLED display is bigger than ever before
Design
9
Functions
10
Battery
9
Camera
10
PROS
  • High-end build
  • One of the best displays in a smartphone
  • Excellent battery life
  • Universally great camera performance (video included)
  • Feature-rich custom software
  • The S Pen stylus is now also a remote
  • One of few current big-name flagships with 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, and microSD slot
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Not particularly original design and particularly unattractive back
  • Heavy - beyond the 200g mark
  • You can have too many software features

Additional information

Specification: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Color

Alpine White, Cloud Silver, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper, Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Pure White

Operating System

Android Oreo 8.1

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

CPU

Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU

Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM – China

Storage (ROM)

128GB

RAM Memory

6GB

Display

6.4", AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glas 5

Display Resolution

2960 x 1440, 516 PPI

Always-On Display Mode

Yes

Front Camera

1440p@30fps, 25mm, 8 MP, AF, Dual Video Call, f/1.7, Face Recognition, HDR, Selfie Timer

Rear Camera

12 MP f/1.5-2.4, 12MP Telephoto Lens, Portrait Lens, f/2.4, Background blurring, Burst mode, Dual Camera, Dual Pixel, Dual pixel autofocus, Face recognition, HDR imaging, LED flash, Low light enhancement, OIS, Optical image stabilizer, Panorama mode

Video

1080p@240fps, 2160p@60fps, 720p@960fps, Dual Video, HDR

Face Unlock

Yes

Fingerprint Unlock

Rear fingerprint sensor

Battery

4000mAh, QuickCharge 2.0

Charging

Quick Charge 2.0, USB Type-C

SIM Size

Nano-SIM

Dual SIM

Yes

Connectivity

2.4G WiFi, 5G WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Hotspot, LTE, NFC, WiFi Direct, WiFi Display

Dimensions

Height: 161.9mm (6.37");
Width: 76.4mm (3.01");
Thickness: 8.8mm (0.35");
Weight: 201g (7.09oz);

Sensors

Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Heart rate, Iris scanner, Proximity sensor, SpO2, Vibration motor

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

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