The Samsung Note 9 is fresh out of the box to compete against the likes of the Apple iPhone X for the latest in cutting edge mobile phones. With a larger screen and huge storage, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung’s flagship smartphone. As you’d expect, the unit also comes with a remarkable camera that performs as well as any on the market.
Samsung has increased the screen size slightly from 6.3 inches to 6.4 inches to utilise the 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED screen capabilities. Couple this with the curved edges of the Infinity Display and Quad HD+ resolution and the Galaxy Note 9 ranks amongst the best ever displays on a smartphone. The screen gives a stunning level of clarity, detail and brightness and performs superbly even in direct sunlight.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Camera
The new handset comes with a 12-megapixel variable aperture camera and a second camera, also 12-megapixel, with a more extended focal length to provide zooming features. It includes an optically stabilised primary sensor, speeded-up with RAM. The secondary sensor does not have the same features but is also stabilised.
The dual aperture allows the camera to adjust to its environment. For example it can alter settings according to whether it is light or dark. The secondary sensor also helps introduce detail to zooming and portraits.
The camera has a scene-detection mode that can select settings for portraits and landscapes and produces detailed, colourful photos with vibrant colours with additional sharpening. The fully featured camera app includes a pro mode to give experienced users more manual control such as aperture adjustment, panoramas and slow-motion video. The camera supports 4K video in 30fps and 60fps.
The European model is fitted with the Exynos 9810, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. In the US, the device is powered by the Snapdragon 845. This puts the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on a par with the best on the market. The device is lightening fast with a smooth user interface that responds perfectly to each contact.
This high-level performance makes the unit ideal for games. Samsung has partnered with Epic Games and the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a pre-installed installer to make it easier to setup games such as Fortnite.
In other performance areas, WiFi and 4G reception have been improved and stands up to the iPhone X in this regard. There is a choice between 128GB and 512GB for storage with added support for a 512GB micro SD. Sound options include the Dolby Atmos mode with an option for a headphone jack, and each unit comes with a pair of AFG headphones.
The Wacom-powered S Pen is as good as ever. The stylus is smooth, responsive and now Bluetooth enabled. The palm-rejection software enables natural writing without drawing accidentally. The S Pen can be charged in 40 seconds and lasts for 30 minutes.
The unit comes with a bigger, better battery with a longer life that ships with a Quick Charge 2.0 charger. The unit also supports wireless charging.