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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs, review, opinions, comparisons

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs, review, opinions, comparisons
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Top Specs

  • Release Date: 2018, August
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
  • Weight: 201 g
  • Screen: 6.4", Super AMOLED
  • Main Camera: Dual, 12 MP
  • Selfi Camera: Single, 8 MP
  • Memory: 512 GB, 8 GB RAM 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • CPU: Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

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Technical specifications

General specs
Brand and model Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Release date 2018, August
Dimensions (HxWxD) 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | 6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in
Weight 201 g | 7.09 oz
Body build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Colors Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Pure White, Alpine White
Battery 4000 mAh,  Non-removable Li-Ion
Approximate price750 EUR
Screen
Technology Super AMOLED
Touchscreen capacitive touchscreen
Display colors 16M
Screen size 6.4" inc
Screen area 103.2 cm2
Screen format 18.5:9 (height:width)
Screen to body ratio83.4%
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 px
PPI /points per inch/ 516 PPI
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Other - HDR10
-Always-on display
Camera and Video
Rear camera, main 12 MP, Dual
Camera specs
-12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55'', 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
-12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4'', 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
Functions LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
DxOMark Main Score103
DxOMark Photo107
DxOMark Video94
Front camera, selfie 8 MP, Single
Specifications 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6'', 1.22µm, AF
Functions Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video 1440p@30fps
DxOMark Selfie Score92
DxOMark Photo96
DxOMark Video86
Performance
Operating system OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
Chipset - Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm)
- Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) - USA/LATAM, China
Processor CPU
- Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
-Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA/LATAM, China
Graphics processor GPU - Mali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
-Adreno 630 - USA/LATAM, China
External memory microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only
Internal memory 512 GB, 8 GB RAM 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Antutu 8 score320265
Antutu 7 score249456
GeekBench 5 Single Core480
GeekBench 5 Multi-Core2002
GeekBench 4 Single Core2358
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core8531
GeekBench 4 RenderScript9353
GeekBench 4 Battery5154
Communication and Connectivity
SIM card Single SIM (Nano-SIM)Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
Show all network frequencies:
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
Music and Audio
Radio No
Headphone jack Yes
Others
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
-Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Other features
- Sensors - Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
-Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
-Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
-ANT+
-Bixby natural language commands and dictation
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
-IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
-Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
- SM-N960F/DS (Global); SM-N960U (USA); SM-N9600/DS (LATAM, Brazil, China)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

With each passing year, smartphone manufacturers are finding it more difficult to create impressive flagships. Top processors and ultra quality displays can be seen in the mid-price range, even in budget models. This makes the consumer to be more critical and not take flagships as the only solution to their needs. In the face of the Samsung Note 9, we see a great device with top specs and interesting features.

Design

Samsung Note 9 will not surprise you with a new design. The adjustments are quite slight, but on the positive side. In the screen diagonal size, there is a slight increase compared to the Note 8. This has not only improved the comfort of using the smartphone by a whisker, but also improves the overall perception.

The biggest changes in the look of the Samsung Note 9 concern the rear panel of the body. The fingerprint scanner is no longer on the same level as the cameras, but below them. Thanks to this decision, it is simpler to find it with your fingers and harder to smudge the lenses of the cameras.

For the construction of the Samsung Note 9, the company has mainly used glass and metal. Thus, in your hands will lie a device with curved at the edges glass panels attached to an aluminum frame that perfectly fits them.

The case itself is protected against moisture and dust to IP68 standard. That is, you can without a drop of worry submerge the Samsung Note 9 to a depth of up to 1.5 meters for about half an hour.

Display

Samsung Note 9 will not disappoint you with its display. The smartphone features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. The screen has wide viewing angles, great brightness reserve and good color rendering. The latter can be adjusted in the settings according to your own preferences.

Thanks to the high maximum screen brightness, the Samsung Note 9 can display video in HDR10. You can easily read information from it even on a sunny day.

Performance

Under the hood of the Samsung Note 9 lies an Exynos 9810 processor combined with a Mali-G72 MP18 chip, an LTE Cat.18 modem, 6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a memory card up to 512 GB. You'll also find a version with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage.

The flagship offers several ways to unlock: fingerprint scanner, eye retina recognition, facial recognition, and more. The former is located on the back of the device, just below the camera unit. It works quickly and precisely.

The Samsung Note 9's owner recognition on the retina of the eye also works well. It is necessary to stand at a maximum distance of 25-35 cm, remove sunglasses or contact lenses.

Another reason to buy the Samsung Note 9 is the S Pen stylus. You can work with it for about 30 minutes, after which you need to recharge it.

Also worth attention is the DeX mode, which transforms the smartphone interface into a desktop.

Cameras

There are two main cameras in the Samsung Note 9. The first is a 13-megapixel, wide-angle with autofocus, optical stabilization and an aperture that can switch from f/1.5 to f/2.4. The second module is a 12-megapixel telephoto. It is also equipped with autofocus and optical stabilization. Its aperture is constant - f/2.4.

A characteristic feature of the Samsung Note 9 cameras is that they are able to determine the subjects of the frame themselves. There are 20 scenes set: portrait, food, flowers, room, animals, landscape, trees, sky, beach, sunset, sunrise, night, waterfall, birds, etc.

When you shoot with the auto mode, you will get shots with more saturated colors. In good light, you can also count on excellent detail.

The front camera of the Samsung Note 9 is a single, 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture.

Autonomous operation

The Samsung Note 9 is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery. In comparison, its predecessor had only 3300 mAh. With active use of the phone - calls, emails, messengers, social networks, watching YouTube videos, etc., you can count on up to a day and a half of autonomous work.

Conclusion

The Samsung Note 9 is a worthy representative of the Note series. It offers a large display, a performance platform, quality cameras, a large battery and, of course, an S Pen stylus with interesting capabilities. It deserves to get a place in the heart of fans of this type of smartphones.

Pros:

  • Modern design
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Beautiful display
  • High performance
  • Memory card slot
  • Efficient cooling system
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Facial recognition system
  • High photo quality
  • Fast and wireless charging

Minuses:

  • High price

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Frequently Asked Questions

The base approximate price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was around 750 EUR after it was officially announced. At this point, the price may be lower.
The official release date is 2018, August.
The weight of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is 201 g.
The screen size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is 6.4" inches.
The size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (HxWxD).
No, it does not support 5G
Yes, it supports fast charging.
Yes, it supports wireless charging.
Yes, it supports the services of Google Play store, gmail, youtube, etc.
There is Dual main camera and Single selfi camera.
To turn on the phone, press and hold the power key until the logo appears on the screen, then release the key. If the phone does not turn on after a few seconds, connect the charger and try again in a minute.
To turn off the phone, press and hold the power button until the power icon appears, then tap the power icon.
To restart the phone, press and hold the volume down key and the power key at the same time until the logo appears on the screen, then release them. This may take up to 30 seconds.
To take a screenshot, press and release the volume down button and the power button at the same time. A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear immediately after that.