Samsung has developed and marketed the Galaxy Note series in 2011, which is composed of high-end Android-based smartphones and tablets. Recently, the company released its latest product from the Galaxy Note series: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Now, it may seem like there are no major changes done to the Note 9, but it is actually jam-packed with a lot of new features. As some people would say, it is a massive and extremely expensive device that is packed with virtually all high-end features found in every device on the market today.
Pros and Cons
- Long-lasting battery
- Bright and vivid screen
- Great camera
- Excellent overall performance
- DeX without the dock
- Wireless charging
- Sizeable storage capacity
- Extremely expensive
- Bulky and wide
- Least optimal placement of fingerprint scanner
- Bixby is not good enough
The Note 9 boasts a 6.4-inch quad HD+ AMOLED display and an octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 and octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It is powered by a 4,000mAh battery and weighs around 205g. As for the camera, the Note 9 has a dual camera, with the 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. It also comes with an option between 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 512GB of internal memory.
The Note 9 is possibly the best performing Android device on the market. Moreover, it is perfectly capable of maintaining a high-level performance for a long period without overheating, which was quite evident when playing Shadowgun Legends, for instance.
When talking about design, the Note 9 doesn’t look much different than the Note 8. In fact, I’m sure most people will be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the two. The Note 9 sports a curved front and is sandwiched with metal rims, which particularly feels modern.
If there is a difference in terms of design, then that would be the placement of the fingerprint sensor: it is now located below the camera and not beside it, which is where it was placed for the Note 8.
Even though it isn’t exactly an optimal placement for the sensor, it appears to be an improvement because people no longer end up smearing the camera sensor when they unlock their phone.
The color scheme for the Note 9 is blue with a sharp-yellow S Pen. Other available colors are lavender purple, standard black, and copper.
Compared with other smartphones on the market, the Note 9 perhaps has the best display, with its 2960 x 1440 panel and sloping “Infinity” edges. Furthermore, the Note 9 can fully support HDR content.
On top of that, the Note 9 uses an OLED panel instead of LCD, which is a good decision for Samsung because it uses less power and will only power the required pixels. As a result of that, the Note 9 can perfectly display black or dark scenes.
The camera for the Note 9 is exceptionally brilliant. It could capture a rich amount of detail, even when using the telephoto lens and under various lighting conditions. In fact, it could still capture excellent shots even under low light conditions.
Perhaps the only disappointment is with its AI element, which is said to optimize scenes for shots and spot blurry images and peoples with their eyes closed. Well, sometimes it works just fine; however, it often created oversaturated images that didn’t look natural. In addition to that, it is unable to spot people with their eyes closed most of the time, which is quite frustrating.
If you’re looking for a phone that could do anything, then I would recommend the Note 9. It is a powerhouse phone that basically has everything.
It is bulky and a bit difficult to handle, but that is a compromise that I can make for having such an amazing phone. The camera is exceptional, the display is top-notch, and there are a number of features that just shouts excellence. Most importantly, the battery life is really good, which is further optimized by the OLED display.
The Note 9 is indeed one of this year’s best phones in the market. If you’re willing to spend a lot of money on a phone, then the Note 9 will prove to be worth every cent.