Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ‘a Beast’

The Samsung Galaxy Note has always gone by the mantra ‘bigger is better’, and this year’s version which was unveiled¬† yesterday at a glitzy event at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, is no exception.

Put simply, the Galaxy Note 9 is a beast of a phone. The device, albeit similar in appearance to its predecessors, has bigger battery, masses of storage, a more powerful processor and increased display.

 Battery boost

One of the Galaxy Note 9’s biggest selling points has to be the huge 4,000mAh battery. It’s the largest Samsung has ever put into a mass market phone.

‘You can power through your entire day with just the phone in your pocket,” says Drew Blackard, Samsung’s senior director of smartphone marketing. We’re looking forward to testing that out.

Super snappy processor

Another key feature is the 10nm processor with support for the fastest network speeds available in the market (up to 1.2 gigabits per second, network dependent).

“This is Samsung’s most powerful device yet, and it’s perfect for Kiwis who want a smartphone that can handle almost anything thrown at it.”

There’s a 512GB version of the Note 9. Purchase a 512 GB microSD card and you’ve got yourself a whopping 1TB worth of storage. That’ll help break the cycle of having to delete content to make room for new content.

Souped-up S Pen

Apparently, 64 percent of Note users are S Pen loyalists so it’s not surprising that the Samsung stylus has been given a revamp.

The new low-energy Bluetooth S Pen charges in just 40 seconds for 30 minutes of use time. Writing, drawing and navigating apps with it is to be expected, but users will find it particularly useful as a presentation remote control. It works even when the user is up to 10 metres away from the phone.

The S pen also doubles as a shutter button for snapping photos and selfies.

PC-like experience

With DeX built into the Note 9, users can work on presentations, edit photos, and watch shows all powered by their phone. The only thing that’s needed is an HDMI adaptor to plug it in to any external display.

Clever camera

Every camera worth its salt nowadays has artificial intelligence features, and the Note 9 is no exception. Not too much to be ridiculous but enough to be useful. For example, on the Note 9, the scene optimiser function recognises up to 20 scenes.

Flaw detection is another helpful feature allowing you to tell if the person you’ve taken a photo of is perhaps blinking, if the image is blurry, the backlight is poor or if there’s a smudge on the lens.

The Galaxy Note 9 has these advantages over the Note 8.

  • A slightly bigger screen: 6.4 inches vs 6.3 inches
  • A much bigger battery (4,000 mAh vs 3,300 mAh)
  • Double the storage in Note 9 at 128GB
  • Faster Snapdragon 845 processor and more RAM
  • AI camera features
  • Bluetooth S Pen for remotely controlling phone

How does Samsung’s latest phone measure up to last year’s model? Here’s a closer look at how the new Note 9 compares to the Note 8.

Galaxy Note 9 vs Note 8: Specs Compared

Model Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy Note 8
Price $999-$1249 $930-$960
Android Android 8.1 Android 7.1
CPU Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB/8GB 6GB
Storage
128GB/512GB 64GB
MircoSD Up to 512GB Up to 256GB
Rear Camera 12MP (f/1.7 wide angle); 12MP (f/2.4 telephoto with 2x zoom) 12MP (f/1.7 wide angle); 12MP (f/2.4 telephoto with 2x zoom)
Front Camera 8MP (f/1.7) 8MP (f/1.7)
Battery 4,000 mAh 3,300 mAh
Size 6.4 x 3 x 0.34 inches 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.34 inches
Weight 7.1 ounces 6.9 ounces
Colors Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue Midnight Black, Orchid Gray

Design and display

At first glance, there’s not much to separate the new Note 9 from its predecessor. Both phones have the same Infinity Display, though the Note 9’s screen is slightly larger at 6.4 inches compared to the 6.3-inch panel on the Note 8.

Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy Note 9Despite the added screen real estate, the two Notes are roughly the same size, though at 6.4 x 3 x 0.34 inches, the Note 9 is just a little bit wider than last year’s 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.34-inch model. The new phone is 0.2 ounces heavier than the Note 8, though it’s unlikely you’ll notice much of a disparity.

Where you will notice a difference is when you hold the two phones. The Note 9 feels more flat, compared to the rounded body of the Note 8. Some users will find the phone easier to hold for that reason. METRO. newshub

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