Samsung pulled the wraps from the Note 9 at an event in New York. Apparently, Samsung is also employing the tick-tock cycle that Apple and a few other manufacturers follow. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the “S” upgrade and this means that it comes with upgraded specifications and minor design changes.
As expected the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes fitted with a 6.4inch Super AMOLED+ display that offers a resolution of 1440 x 2960. The device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US and in China, while the other regions will get the Exynos 9810. Samsung claims to have tuned the Exynos 9810 in order to offer better performance characteristics as opposed to the Galaxy S9. That being said, Samsung continues to offer 6GB of RAM and there is an option of 8GB as well.
Galaxy Note 9's base model offers a monster 128 GB of the onboard store. But that's not it, there is another version with 512 GB as well. Samsung says that with another 512 GB of Samsung MicroSD card users can bump up the storage to 1 TB.
Samsung seems to believe in “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” Well, the Galaxy Note 9 looks similar to the Note 8, at least from the front. The rear panel comes with some changes, for instance, the fingerprint sensor has been displaced from beneath the camera sensor in the Note 8 and is now placed next to the camera sensor. Hopefully, this should put an end to ergonomic nightmares, that is if any. The phone will also have carbon water cooling for smoother performance.
The S-Pen has been the cornerstone of note series. In fact, I don't seem to recall any other smartphone in the recent past that have reinvented the “Stylus” into an intuitive tool. The all-new S-Pen now let you control music with the S-Button. That apart the S-Button will also double up as a remote camera trigger and it is useful in taking your own pictures without having to hold the phone in your hand.
Here is another party trick, the Galaxy Note 9 automatically unlocks once you remove the S-Pen and locks the device once the S-Pen is back into its holster. The S-Button can be programmed to open any apps with a single or double press. And Samsung has also taken due care of the S-Pen battery. The S-Pen is rated to offer 30 minutes of usage by charging it for just 40 seconds, stellar indeed!
I must say Samsung has been pretty conservative when it comes to camera upgrades. The Galaxy Note 9 borrows the dual 12-megapixel camera unit from the Galaxy S9 alongside the 8-megapixel selfie camera. Samsung claims to have made software upgrades aimed at improving the camera quality.
In totality, the Galaxy Note 9 offers more than one way of authenticating yourself. The Fingerprint sensor, the iris scanner, and the facial recognition feature. Samsung also offers a fourth authentication feature called Intelligent Scan, this blends facial and iris scanning. Well, it seems like Samsung loves borrowing a page or two from iPhones playbook. The AR emoji is one such feature and the Galaxy Note 9 has it. Other novelties include Bixby Vision, DeX support. I totally loved the split-screen mode on the Galaxy S9 and the Note 9 offers the same. Also, Fortnite from Epic games will be offered as a beta on the phone through Galaxy store
Samsung has tactfully handled the Note 7 debacle and two iterations later the South Korean company has decided to offer a 4000mAh battery for the Galaxy Note 9. This literally translates to a 700mAh increase as opposed to its predecessor. Bigger battery+More Efficient SoC should ideally result in better battery back up.