When we first had the Galaxy Note back in 2011, it introduced a trend that we’re still enjoying up to this day, which is the large display. But, the Galaxy Note is not just about having a big screen; there’s more purpose in the S Pen.
Seven years later, Samsung officially unwrapped their latest smartphone under their Galaxy Note series — The Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy Note series has come a long way and it’s always a showcase of Samsung’s greatest mobile hardware and software. For the Galaxy Note 9, it’s more of a refinement of what’s already on the Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note 8, with, of course, a better S Pen.
Display-wise, the Note 9 is hard to tell apart from its predecessor. The display size grew very slightly to 6.4 inches versus the Note 8’s 6.3 inches. It’s still an Infinity Display with a Super AMOLED panel and 1440 x 2960 resolution. The iris scanner, front sensors, and selfie camera are present in the slim, notch-less bezels.
The phone is powered by either an Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 processor (depending on where you are) just like the Galaxy S9 phones. To make the Note 9 special, Samsung is bumping up the memory and storage configuration up to 8GB and 512GB, respectively.
The physical changes of the Note 9 are mostly on its back. Like with the Galaxy S9 phones, Samsung moved the fingerprint reader of the Note 9 below the dual cameras while keeping the horizontal position of the shooters.
Speaking of, we have the same dual 12-megapixel sensors with dual f/2.4 and f/1.5 apertures for the wide camera and a fixed f/2.4 for the zoom lens. As for selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a bright f/1.7 opening.
Best of all, the S Pen has been redesigned internally. It looks like the stylus from the Note 8, but the new stylus comes with Bluetooth connectivity. It’s practically more than just a pen now; it’s also a remote control. The button on the S Pen can trigger certain functions when taking a picture and during presentations — just like a Bluetooth clicker.
According to Samsung, the new S Pen can last up to 200 clicks per full charge. When it’s time to recharge, just slide it back in its slot for 40 seconds and you’re good to go.
Despite the marginal size increase, the Note 9 gets a massive 4000mAh battery. The bigger battery is a 21 percent increase from the Note 8’s 3300mAh.
Sadly, the Note 9 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box even though Android 9 Pie is already available. Samsung is yet to give a timeline when their phones will get the new Android version.
The Galaxy Note 9 will come in various colors: Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, and Metallic Copper. All come with matching S Pen colors aside from the Ocean Blue which will have a distinct yellow S Pen.
The 6GB/128GB variant is priced at US$ 999 while the special 8GB/512GB model will retail for US$ 1,249. Availability will vary per region.
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Aside from a reimagined S Pen, there are other new things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9: a larger battery, top of the line internals, and some heft in the pocket — both literally and figuratively. But are these improvements compelling enough for Note users to upgrade? And for non-Note users out there, is now the time to switch?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 live unboxing
Fresh and brand new!
Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone is finally here and we’re taking it out of the box just for you! In this Galaxy Note 9 live unboxing, we check out what’s inside the box and answer some of the questions of live viewers.
The Galaxy Note 9 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, but it has some pretty nifty upgrades. The S Pen is now equipped with Bluetooth and functions as a remote so you can use it for presentations, taking remote selfies, cycling through your photos in your gallery, and more!
The camera is the same as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ but with some software improvements. The Galaxy Note 9 has what Samsung is calling an intelligent camera which automatically detects scenes and adjusts settings so there’s little to no editing required on your end. Just post right away! There’s also flaw detection that tells you if you need to retake the photo. That’s pretty neat!
For more details, check out all our Note 9 stories in this link.
Fortnite arrives on Android as direct download on Samsung’s Game Launcher
Rumors about Fortnite and Galaxy Note 9 were partially false
While Epic Games made it clear that Fortnite isn’t coming to the Google Play Store — instead becoming a direct download from the developer’s official website — rumors brewed about the popular battle royale game becoming a timed exclusive to the newly released Galaxy Note 9.
As it turns out, it’s partially true. The following Galaxy phones will get first dibs on Android’s own Fortnite:
- Note 9
- Note 8
- Tab S4
- Tab S3
- S9 and S9+
- S8 and S8+
- S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung says these phones and tablets can download the game beginning today through the Game Launcher app. The company claims this exclusivity will last for the next few days only.
Although the game will come to more Android devices in waves, Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 users will get special access to — you guessed it — a Galaxy skin for their in-game character.
Here’s the official trailer to get you pumped up:
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