Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Specs & Review
Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the eldest sibling of the note series, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, offers exceptional performance, has a gigantic battery and huge storage that one could not have imagined few years back.
If you have been familiar with the “Note” line up, they always have something “more” to offer. With bigger displays, bigger batteries and amazing performance, they have always been favorites of the power users. The Note 9 also costs much more than its predecessors.
Specs at a glance
- 6.4-inch quad HD OLED display
- Snapdragon 845 processor with 6 / 8GB RAM
- 128 / 512GB storage with microSD support
- 8-megapixel front camera with autofocus
- Iris, facial, and fingerprint biometric authentication
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 4,000mAh battery with wired and wireless fast charging
- Dual 12-megapixel rear camera with OIS and switchable aperture
The Note 9 sports a 6.4 inch Quad HD OLED display which is 1440*2960 px with a 514 ppi. The display comes with a strong Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Screen Protection. Turning away from the on-paper display of the device, the display is amazingly beautiful. It’s pixel-dense OLED panel has deep blacks and great viewing angles. It is easily the best screen available in any smartphone right now and is beautiful be it indoors or outdoors.
The 6.4 inch Super AMOLED curved infinity display produces great colors and the content appears crystal clear and pin sharp. Comparing it to the Note 8’s 6.3 inch display, the phone does not feel significantly bigger. Samsung has been kind enough to decrease the bezels more and thus give the users an astonishing experience.
The rear camera is a 12-megapixel system, with a wide-angle lens with switchable apertures and a telephoto lens for zooming in closer on your subject or creating portrait blur effects. It is similar to the Galaxy S9 Plus camera system. The photos are crisp and clear. Thus, it is definitely a camera friendly phone and is best for those short trips if you do not have your DSLR on the go. The font camera is an 8 – megapixel autofocus lens and fulfills all your needs for those crisp selfies.
Performance & Battery Life
The Note 9 comes with two internal storage options – 512 gb and 128 gb, both of which are expandable upto 1 terabyte of storage. Along with the 512gb model you get 8gb of ram and the 128gb comes with 6 gb of ram. The extra ram doesn’t add up much to the performance, but, it does give you that little extra punch.
The battery is a 4000 mAh power pack which lasts longer than its rivals and should easily last you a full day if no longer. It is also an upgrade from the Note 8’s 3100 mAh.
Taking about the main feature of the Note series, the S pen has received a significant upgrade which allows it to be used as a remote to snap a picture, skip a track in a music player, or advance a slide in a presentation. However it is not for someone who’s never really found much use for the S pen. But you jot down notes very often or doodle, then you must consider using the S pen.
The Note 9 also brings some improvements to Samsung’s DeX feature, which lets you plug the phone into a computer monitor and use it like a desktop computer. Instead of requiring a special dock, you can load DeX with a simple USB-C to HDMI adapter on the Note 9, which makes it a bit easier to get up and running than with an S9. The Note 9 can be used as a trackpad when it’s plugged in to a larger screen, or you can doodle on it with the S Pen and have your drawings show up on the big screen.
The placement of the fingerprint has also been placed at a much convenient position as compared to it’s predecessor.
With a price tag of more than ₹65,000 it is definitely the best buy for those who can afford it. But, for those looking for a cheaper buy, you should definitely consider the OnePlus 6.