Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on Preview
Samsung unveiled its latest flagship phone the Galaxy Note 9 at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York city. They entertained a crowd of 3000 fans and reporters while millions watched online. Off the bat, its blueprints are based on the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch half a year ago with the addition af the much hyped connected S-Pen. Samsung also added an AI photography feature, updated the dual cameras and threw in some compelling performance improvements that power users will appreciate. The Korean consumer electronics maker has set this phone up for greatness to dominate the smartphone industry before its successor comes along in about a years time. Here we try to bring to life the hanson experience we had of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at the Galaxy Unpacked event
Galaxy Note 9: Design
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 builds on predecessor the Note 8. Samsung retouched the note 8’s design to achieve the beauty that is the Galaxy Note 9. The front top and down bezels have been pushed further to make for more screen real estate. On the back, the camera-fingerprint sensor setup in the note 8 has been reorganized putting the finger print sensor in a more same location which will easily be reached by fingers. The finger print sensor has been placed underneath the dual Camera setup.
Galxy Note 9: Colors
Samsung decided to scrap the old boring colors it used for the note 8 in favour of more exotic colors, actually color names. Ocean Blue” or “Lavender Purple,” are both notably different from previous hues. I have a soft spot for the blue variant especially with its exclusive contrast-colored yellow S Pen, but the purple is appealing to anyone doesn’t who want something so harsh. Samsung will also be releasing a standard “Midnight Black” color alongside a new “Metallic Copper” for international markets — unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see these in person.
Galaxy Note 9: Display
The Note 8 and the Note 9 look almost the same when held face up. You can barely notice the bigger 6.4 inch from the Note 8’s 6.3. The display is gorgeous, bright and the colors just pop. It’s an 18.5:9 2960×1440 Super AMOLED panel with the same wonderful characteristics we’ve come to expect from Samsung. That means it’s poised to once again be the best smartphone display available today.
Galaxy Note 9: Specs
The Galaxy Note 9 sports the best chips available now. Some are even better that necessary. All these in a bit to make its user experience as buttery as possible which it was. I did find the Note 9 responsive and speedy in launching apps and taking pictures. In terms of basic specs, it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, Samsung Experience 9.5,6.4-inch Super AMOLED 2960×1440 (18.5:9) Display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 128/512GB storage Expandable MicroSD up to 2TB, 6/8GB RAM, 12MP Primary rear camera with Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.4, 12 MP telephoto lens Secondary rear camera with OIS, f/2.4, 8MP f/1.7 Front camera with auto focus, Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone, 4000mAh non removable Battery, Quick Charge 2.0, Fast Wireless Charging (15W), IP68 Water and dust resistance, One-touch fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Samsung KNOX, 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 201g, available in Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple (U.S.) Midnight Black, Metallic Copper (intl).
Galaxy Note 9: The S-pen
The new S Pen was the highlight of the Note 9 launch. The Bluetooth Low Energy module and a supercapacitor in the S-Pen makes a ton of difference. The stylus can act as a remote control for the phone. Take for example you are doing chores and the Note 9 is playing music or a video a few feet from you, holding the S-Pen, you could kip to the next song on your playlist or trigger your camera shutter, change slides in your presentation depending on what you are doing. This feature will definitely make me use the S-Pen more than i did the note 8’s. Also Read: Download Samsung Galaxy Note 9 wallpapers HD and 4K Each time you slide the S Pen back into its dock on the phone, it recharges in under a minute. On a full charge, the stylus should last about 200 clicks or 30 minutes idle. For now, the feature only works with some apps, including Samsung’s own native ones, Microsoft’s and Google’s suite of tools as well as Spotify. Samsung is making its SDK available to developers so others can implement it. I really hope they do, because during my brief time with the new S Pen, it worked quite well.
Galaxy Note 9: Cameras
The Note 9 Camera is straight from the S9 Plus. It has the same Dual Aperture feature that opens up the lens to f/1.5, letting in more light. There’s also the Dual Pixel autofocus that makes capturing sharp shots easier and faster, and from the few photos I took during my time with the Note 9, i was not disappointed. Samsung’s cameras continue to be excellent. But more on that when we have a review unit and actually test it in the real world environment. Samsung also introduced a new camera feature called “Scene Optimizer.” It’s basically Samsung’s hand at using AI in a camera as Huawei and LG’s have done in the photography software of their flagships. It is enabled by default and can be deactivated. Same as LG and Huawei, all you have to do is point the phone at what you want to capture, and the Note 9 will detect what’s in the scene, then tweak settings like brightness, white balance and saturation to get you an Instagram-ready image. It doest end there. The Note 9 also has a new software samsung calls Flaw Detection, where the camera notices whether your subject blinked, your lens is smudged or your scene is backlit, and prompts you to take another photo. It’s similar to what some other phones like the Pixel 2 already do when they suggest you clean your lens, but Samsung takes this a step further.
Galaxy Note 9: The technical stuff
Samsung was confident enough to put a much larger 4,000mAh battery into the Note 9 recalling what happened with the Note 7. They also improved on the thermals of the flagship installing a new “water carbon” cooling system. Galaxy flagships have used water cooling for awhile now, but the thermal spreader here is three times larger than in the Note 8, making it much better at dissipating heat. This thermal improvements would allow the Note 9 fare better under duress for longer periods of CPU-intensive work. Sounds cool but we will realy put this system to the test when we have a review unit.
Galaxy Note 9: Samsung DeX
Samsung DeX has been reinvented with the Note 9. In the past, you had to use a separate DeX dock connected to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. With the Note 9, you can simply plug in a bigger screen via an HDMI to USB-C adapter, and DeX mode kicks in without the need for a docking station offering a more work-friendly interface with things like resizable windows and a taskbar. Then, the Note 9’s screen can act as a trackpad and virtual keyboard which will automatically pop up when you select a text input field.
Galaxy Note 9: Fortnite
This one almost blew me away when the rumors were confirmed. Fortnite is available exclusively on Samsung Android phones for a short period, beginning tomorrow, August 10. Anyone with a Samsung device from the Galaxy S7 and upwards can download Fortnite from the Samsung Game Launcher tomorrow. Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 users who download Fortnite will also get an exclusive skin. This is a big deal for Samsung.
Galaxy Note 9: Availability and price
The Galaxy Not
e 9 will be available in stores as from August 24, with preorders launching tomorrow, August 10 at 12:01 a.m. EDT. The base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost $999, while the version with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is priced at $1,249.
Galaxy Note 9: My thoughts
Samsung made a great phone as always. The Galaxy Note 9 overall is a productive smaooth and beautiful handset. But i feel samsung just did what was necessary to make a new smartphone. The wow factor did not wow as much as i has thought maybe because everything about it was already leaked. Its its absolutely a phone to buy.