Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: The device features a capacitive 6.4 inches’ touchscreen display. This device runs on an operating system of Android 8.1 (Oreo). The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Price is $856.  The device comes with dual 12 MP rear cameras. The front side also has 8 MP selfie camera. It comes in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM versions. A non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery powers the device.

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SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 9 SPECIFICATIONS

The phone comes with 6 GB and 8 GB RAM as it has variant versions of RAM. The device has processing speed that is improved due to the octa-core processing technology. The Galaxy Note 9 just like the Samsung galaxy S7, galaxy S8, galaxy S8+, galaxy S9 and galaxy S9+ also has a corning gorilla glass 5 covering it front and rear section with an aluminum frame rounded on its edges. The device has different color versions which includes Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Pure White and Alpine White color versions.

The Galaxy Note 9 has two versions of internal memory which are 128 GB and 512 GB internal memories. And these internal storage memories be supported with a microSD card of up to 512 GB. The 128 GB internal memory version comes with a RAM of 6 GB, while the 512 internal memory version comes with a RAM of 8 GB.

Operating systemAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
Display6.4 inches
Dimension161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
Screen Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels
NetworkGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
CPU·         Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA

·         Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China

Rear CameraDual 12 MP + 12 MP
Internal Memory128 GB and 512 GB
RAM6 GB and 8 GB
Battery Capacity4000 mAh battery

 

The operating system of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the Android 8.1 (Oreo) which seems not to be upgradable to a higher version for now. It has a Chipset Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) for EMEA regions and a chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) for USA, LATAM and Chinese regions. The CPU for EMEA regions is a mongoose M3 and cortex Octa-core CPUs that runs at 4×2.7 GHz and 4×1.8 GHz respectively.

The CPU for USA, LATAM and Chinese regions are kyro 385 Gold Octa-core CPU and kyro 385 Silver that runs at 4×2.8 GHz and 4×1.7 respectively. The graphics processor for EMEA regions is a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU while that of USA, LATAM and Chinese regions is an Adreno 630 GPU. You should know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price is moderate for a device which such performance capabilities.

The rear cameras are dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, making the Galaxy Note 9 the second galaxy Note mobile phone to come with dual rear cameras after the galaxy Note8. The camera comes with LED flash, auto-HDR and panorama. You can capture videos of about 4k resolution with the rear camera of the Galaxy Note 9. While the 8 MP selfie camera can capture 1440p videos.

See also: Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)

There is an AMOLED screen of 6.4 inches at its front that has a resolution of 2960 pixels by 1440 pixels. The display is HDR10 compliant and has 3D Touch technology for home button only. The display also has an Always-on display technology.  The device comes with single SIM and hybrid dual SIM models.

The fingerprint sensor is there along with the iris scanner for maximum security of the phone. There is an earphone jack and a single speaker. But the battery is not impressive at 4000 mAh though it charges fast.

Unboxing

Unwrapping the black cartoon of the device that has a pen drawn on it with gold color will reveal many black accessories like a two-pinned black charger adapter, a black AKG headphones, a black USB chord. Always make sure that the cartoon is properly sealed so as to get the full content in box. If not, you might be getting half or fewer contents when you unbox a supposed new device. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price is not much because you will get some phone covers and manual books in the box.

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Design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with a physical dimension of 161.9 millimeters making it 3.8 millimeters longer than 158.1 millimeters long galaxy S9+. it is 76.4 millimeters wide which is 2.6 millimeters wider than 73.8 millimeters galaxy S9+. The note 9 is 8.8 millimeters thick.  The Galaxy Note 9 weighs 201 grams making it 12 grams heavier than 189 grams’ galaxy S9+.

The front side of the phone is made with a corning gorilla glass 5 that also acts a protection for the super AMOLED screen of the device. The rear part of the phone is also made with corning gorilla glass 5. These body features beats that of galaxy S7 that comes with gorilla glass 4 as its body covers and it is the same body covers that galaxy S8, S8+, S9 and S9+ comes with. The frame of the device is an aluminum frames just like previous galaxies.

Samsung galaxy note 9 review

At the front side of the Galaxy Note 9, you will see a 6.4 inches’ super AMOLED display which is far longer than 5.8 inches’ display screen on galaxy S8 and galaxy S9. The 6.4 inches’ display screen on Galaxy Note 9 comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 18.5:9. The display almost covered every part of the front view including the part were the home key was supposed to be. But it didn’t cover the region meant for the earpiece and selfie camera with its sensors. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price justifies the awesome design of the phone.

The device comes with an audio jack and also comes with a wired paired AKG headphones. The device is a waterproof and dustproof itself. It resists water and dust up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. But makes sure the device or any other waterproof/dust proof mobile phone is dry before plugging it into the power outlet so as to avoid electric shocks.

With the earpiece at the top front-side of the phone, the front side also sees an 8 MP camera. The is no button on the front side of the device. The left side of the phone has two volume keys and Bixby while the right side has power button. The SIM slot for a Nano SIM is at the top of the phone, so is also the memory card slot.

At the bottom of the phone, there is an earphone jack at the bottom-left with a USB port for USB Type-C separating the earphone jack from the loudspeaker that comes after the primary microphone at the bottom right. The primary mic is located at the right side of the USB port. And after the loudspeaker, you will see the Stylus pen silo. At the back you will see two 12-megapixel cameras vertically place at the center-top of the rear part of the phone.

The camera has its flash and sensor placed at its right side while the fingerprint of the device is placed beneath the dual 12 MP camera at the rear. This device has variant colors like Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Pure White and Alpine White colors. With this great physical designs from Samsung, you should know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price is a token for the great masterpiece.

Display

The device has a 6.4 inches’ display which is 0.6 inches longer than the 5.8 inches’ display on the galaxy S8. The display comes with a 1440 pixels by 2960 pixels’ resolution that has a pixel density of 516 ppi.   The display type is a super AMOLED screen that has 3D touch for the home button enabled on it.

Samsung galaxy note 9 review

The device has a brightness of 658 nits which comes with an always-on display technology. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 screen also complies with HDR10. With regards to AMOLED innovation, Samsung has practically been the business pioneer for many years now.

The business is moving to new extensive screens yet the change will definitely take some time.  The Galaxy S9+ likewise deals with this picture quality, while keeping up a low dimension of reflectivity. Normally, joined with the high brightness, this conveys amazing sunlight decipherability.

Apps and games are certain things on android phones, Android can scale those so no major ordeal. Media content, then again, will either take a very long time to adjust to the new organization or won’t do it by any means.

Performance and Memory

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by an operating system of Android 8.1 (0reo). The Galaxy Note 9 comes with either Snapdragon or Exynos chip depending on the version you go for. The Exynos chip is for the EMEA countries while the Snapdragon chip is for the USA, LATAM and Chinese counterparts.

Chipset Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) for EMEA regions and a chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) for USA, LATAM and Chinese regions. The CPU for EMEA regions is a mongoose M3 and cortex Octa-core CPUs that runs at 4×2.7 GHz and 4×1.8 GHz respectively. The CPU for USA, LATAM and Chinese regions are kyro 385 Gold Octa-core CPU and kyro 385 Silver that runs at 4×2.8 GHz and 4×1.7 respectively.

The graphics processor for EMEA regions is a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU while that of USA, LATAM and Chinese regions is an Adreno 630 GPU.

This device comes with two variant RAMs which include 6 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM. The device has two versions of internal memory including 128 GB and 512 GB internal memory. The 6 GB RAM is for the 128 GB internal memory version while the 8 GB RAM is for the 512 GB internal memory version.

But the internal memory can be expanded up to 512 GB using a microSD card. This memory expansion is only available on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 dual SIM model only and the SD card is placed in SIM 2 slot. A Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price for an 8 GB RAM smart phone seems nice.

Samsung truly made a special effort in the Note 9 performance division. Only the best, which for this situation is the present offers both Qualcomm and Samsung’s very own silicon divisions. Obviously, we are discussing the Exynos 8895 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 – both based on a cutting-edge 10nm manufacturing process.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes dual rear cameras of 12 megapixels. The Galaxy Note 9 has one of its 12 MP camera being a wide angle 26mm camera which has a pixel size of 1.4µm. This particular camera has a variant aperture lens of f/1.5-2.4, giving the user the chance to make a choice between the apertures. This camera also has a Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS. There is also the “Multi-Frame Image Processing”, which was mentioned by Samsung on few of occasions, during flagships and presentations.

The secondary rear camera is a telephoto camera with a pixel size of 1.0µm. the camera has an aperture of f/2.4. It also has an AF, OIS and 2 times optical zoom capability. This camera can stack images into 4-frames for three times, after which the three different images will be combined to cancel out noise.

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Instead of the camera taking a single shot, it will capture several shoots and blend them together, in order to pick up as much detail to make an image that is very clear. This camera technology encompasses pixel by pixel assessments to insulate noise and other unwanted objects and to scale sharpness and all this activity happens in the background as you shoot.

The camera does not have a dedicated video recording UI and some dedicated shortcuts for new camera effect where permanently placed on the viewfinder. These shortcuts are for four categories which includes two hold filters. You will get stamps that come with convenient controls for rotating, resizing and moving an image. There are also dynamic overlay effects for tracking and face detection.

You can capture 4k videos with the 12 MP camera on the Galaxy Note 9. You can also capture 1080p videos 60fps and 720p videos at 240fps. 4K videos for 10s takes 61MB, 1080p videos shot at 60fps for 10s takes 36MB, and 1080p video shot at 30fps for 10s takes 25MB. With a dual rear camera, that may be why Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price seems higher than other galaxy S Series.

HDR on the camera can be put off, on or on automatic activation. The automatic mode is better because it comes in the best scenarios that in which they are needed. The Galaxy Note 9 also captures paranomic photos with high contrast. The panorama also works in video shooting.

See also: Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)

The selfie camera is 8MP camera on Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The front camera comes with an aperture size of f/1.7 with a video recording resolution of 1440 pixels. The selfie camera comes with Dual video call and Auto-HDR.

Connectivity and Sensors

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct and a hotspot. A 5.0 version of Bluetooth is on the device, as it comes with an A-GPS and also an NFC. The USB port is version 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.

The device comes with an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor mounted at the rear of the phone. It also has an accelerometer, a gyro, a proximity, a compass, a heart rate, SpO2 and a barometer.

Talking about the network technology, we have 2G bands (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only), (CDMA 800 / 1900 – USA); 3G bands (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global, USA), (CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – USA).

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4G bands (LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100) – Global; LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 46, 66(1700/2100), 71(600) – USA. Connectivity features like these will atone for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price.

The connectivity speed for HSPA is 42.2 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload, LTE-A (3CA) Cat18 is 1200 Mbps download and 200 Mbps upload.

There are two adapters in the pack. They have a ton to do with changing far from the more seasoned micro USB standard and towards Type-C. The huge connector gives you a chance to associate any USB stuff with the new port. Since the S9+ bolsters USB Host, a more established Type-A thumb drive would be the clearest decision. You can even interface your old telephone and have the Galaxy S9+ exchange all data when you set it up. The micro USB connector is more for comfort – it enables you to utilize a normal micro USB cable or charger with the S9+. It doesn’t have USB have usefulness not at all like the bigger connector.

Software and Applications

It is pre-installed with messaging features like SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM. The browser is HTML5. Samsung preinstalled cool software like 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/DivX/XviD/H.265 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, Photo/video editor and a Document editor.

Samsung galaxy note 9 review

The game Launcher on the device groups games in one place, so they can be reached with ease instead of being scattered all over the screen or device. The game launcher also gives you an uninterrupted gaming experience. The Game tools on the device can block notifications while you play a game; it can also put off the ability of the screen or its edges to touch.

The AR Emoji uses the selfie or front camera to take a facial photo, that it will turn into an animated character that can be customized eyeglasses, with hairstyles, skin tones and different sets of clothes. You can also create GIFs with the AR Emoji. There are many more major and minor Apps and software on the device which makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price higher.

There is a Google Play Music App for playing music. And it is the default music player for Galaxy Note 9. The Google Play Music on Galaxy Note 9 comes with new features like SoundAlive tool and a manual 9-band equalizer.

Battery and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Price

A non-removable Li-Ion battery of 4000 mAh powers the device. Its talk time is up to 25 hours on 3G mode. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price is about $856.

 

Conclusion

These device comes with a 6.4 inches Super AMOLED Display on curved edges that has a 2,960 by 1440-pixel resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 18.5:9, leaving its pixel density at 516ppi.

With an aluminum frame and a Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back of the Galaxy Note 9, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price is good enough for its physical design. It also has IP68 technology certified and meant for water and dust resistance. The device comes in variant colors like Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Pure White and Alpine White color.

Samsung had to make the Note 9 come with a dual rear camera, making it the second galaxy Note series to come with dual rear camera. These rear cameras have wide and telephoto angles respectively and they can record 4k videos. There is also a LED flash, an auto-HDR, panorama for taking paranomic shots. The front facing camera has been 8 MP pixel for a very long time on galaxy S series.

Android 8.1 Oreo is the operating system that powers the device and no news has come for further upgrade to a higher operating system like the Android 9.0 (Pie). The chipsets are Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon. The GPUs are Adreno and Mali GPU for different versions.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 would have been a carbon copy of galaxy S9 plus if not for the presence of the stylus pen and other features. So if you already have an S9+, you may not need to go for a galaxy S9 or S9+.

 

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Ify Onuoha

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