Samsung today launched its latest flagship Android smartphone at an Unpacked event held in New York City. The new Galaxy Note 9 succeeds the Galaxy Note 8 from last year and packs quite a few significant features that make it a convincing upgrade over its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price, Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been priced at $999 (Rs.68,700 approx.) in the US for the 128GB storage variant, while the 512GB variant will retail at $1,250 (Rs.86,000 approx.). It will be available in select markets starting August 24, 2018. The Galaxy Note 9 comes in four colors – Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper, and Midnight Black.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Specifications, Features
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a similar design to its predecessor with glass on the front and back and an aluminum frame in the middle. As shown by leaked renders of the phablet, Samsung has introduced very few design changes this year, which is slightly disappointing but not completely unexpected. What we do appreciate, however, is the placement of the fingerprint sensor. Unlike its predecessor, the Note 9’s fingerprint sensor is placed below the dual rear cameras.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch sized dual-curved Super AMOLED Infinity Display featuring 1440 x 2960 Quad HD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 9 display offers best-in-class viewing experience and has, in fact, been named as a Signature device by YouTube to deliver a best-in-class YouTube experience. Samsung says the panel used in the Galaxy Note 9 is 10% brighter than the ones used in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Similar to the company’s previous flagships, the Galaxy Note 9 display is Mobile HDR Premium certified by the UHD Alliance. Under the hood, Samsung’s latest flagship device runs on an Exynos 9810 octa-core 10nm processor, the same chip that powers the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. In the US, however, the Galaxy Note 9 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset instead. To ensure optimum performance at all times, the Galaxy Note 9 features water carbon cooling system as well, a first for a Galaxy flagship. Additionally, the Note 9 has on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm to ensure users get a stable experience consistently. Moving on to memory, the latest Galaxy Note series device comes in two configurations – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 512GB storage. There is a microSD card slot as well, allowing users to expand the storage further by up to 512GB for a total of 1TB storage on the 512GB storage variant.
The Galaxy Note 9 features a 12MP + 12MP “intelligent” dual-camera setup with dual optical image stabilization. Similar to the Galaxy S9 duo, the primary wide-angle camera features an f/1.5/f/2.4 dual-aperture as well as Dual Pixel AF. The secondary telephoto camera uses an f/2.4 aperture. Unlike the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Galaxy Note 9 comes with AI-powered scene recognition to help users capture a great shot by optimizing the settings for them. Apart from scene optimizer, the “intelligent camera” features flaw detection as well that will notify users in case the image is blurry, subject blinked, or if there is a smudge on the lens. On the front is an 8MP AF sensor with an f/1.7 aperture.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band VHT MU-MMO, 1024 QAM, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, MST, and 4G VoLTE. Biometric lock types include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, iris scanner, and facial recognition. It also comes with Intelligent Scan, which combines iris scan and face recognition to ensure higher security for select authentication services. The Galaxy Note 9 also comes with all the usual features that you expect to find on Samsung flagships, such as Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, and the Knox security platform. Bixby is included as well, Samsung’s personalized, intelligent voice assistant.
Battery life is one area where the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t quite impress. The Galaxy Note 9 packs a 4000mAh capacity battery that promises all-day battery life and supports wired as well as wireless fast charging. The phablet features AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, claimed to be the loudest on a Galaxy Note device yet.
The new S Pen features Bluetooth connectivity and can be used as a remote control to help you capture selfies, play and pause YouTube videos, capture snaps in Snapchat, flip through slides in PowerPoint, and more. The S Pen can be charged in just 40 seconds simply by inserting it inside the Galaxy Note 9. A single charge will give you up to 30 minutes of standby time. However, for the more basic S Pen tasks, you don’t really have to charge it. Just like the last generation, you will be able to create Screen off memos using the S Pen on the Note 9. It also comes with expanded PENUP and Live Message features.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also supports DeX functionality, allowing you to achieve a PC-like experience using the smartphone. To start DeX, all you need is a single HDMI adapter and a monitor. You can take notes with the S Pen as you watch a video or even use the Galaxy Note 9 as a trackpad. Moving on to dimensions, the latest Samsung flagship device measures 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm and weighs in at 201 grams. It is also IP68 rated for dust and water resistance. In the software department, Galaxy Note 9 runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with the Samsung Experience UX on top.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Expected Price in India, Launch Date
While Samsung hasn’t announced any details regarding the smartphone’s pricing or availability for the Indian market, we do expect the company to hold a formal launch event in the country later this month. As for price, the Galaxy Note 9 128GB storage variant is expected to be priced at somewhere around Rs.70,000.