The Galaxy Note series has always been controversial. From the days of “who would ever want a 5.3-inch screen?,” to the commercials that made Apple doubt itself, to the Note 7’s fiery fiasco, the series has constantly made the news. Despite the controversy — or maybe because of it — the Note family is Samsung’s proudest achievement, an embodiment of its leadership in technology and design.
Announced today in New York City, the Galaxy Note 9 is an exquisitae, yet utterly uncontroversial phone. For better or worse, Samsung is playing it safe (unless you have strong feelings about color schemes). Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 9.
Note 8 redux
In line with Samsung’s other major phones from the last couple of years, the Galaxy Note 9 brings very little in terms of design changes. The Note 9 looks almost exactly like the Galaxy Note 8 before it. The front of the device is largely identical to the Note 8’s, with slightly smaller bezels to accommodate the 6.4-inch screen, which is the largest ever on a Note.
The fingerprint sensor on the back (now placed below the camera) serves as a quick way to identify the Note 9. Despite some rumors about Samsung using an in-display fingerprint for the Note 9 (similar to the Vivo X21 UD), it looks like the tech isn’t quite ready for Samsung.
Samsung spruced things up a bit with the color selection.
Samsung did spruce things up a bit with the color selection. Lavender Purple and a luscious Metallic Copper join the more conventional black and blue options. The yellow S Pen shipping with the blue model is a very nice touch. As usual, Samsung is holding back some versions in the U.S., where only the blue and the purple models will be available at launch.
Galaxy Note 9 specs: Living up to expectations
We have a full discussion about the Galaxy Note 9 specs and features here, but you can see the essential details in the table below. Suffice to say that the Galaxy Note 9 is a specs beast that will satisfy even the most demanding users. That’s especially true in the top configuration with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage that will sell for an eye-watering $1,250.
figuration with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage that will sell for an eye-watering $1,250.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 9|
|Display||6.4-inch Super AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution (Quad HD+)
18.5:9 screen ratio
|SoC||Global: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.8 GHz quad + 1.7 GHz quad)
U.S.: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
|GPU||ARM Mali-G72 MP18 (Exynos)
Adreno 630 (Snapdragon)
|RAM||6 or 8GB RAM
|Storage||128 or 512GB
microSD expansion up to 512GB
|Cameras||Rear: Dual camera with dual OIS
Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 2x zoom
Front: 8MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture
|Audio||Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology
Audio formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
|Video||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
Fast wired charging compatible with QC 2.0
Fast wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
|Network||Enhanced 4X4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 18|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan
|Software||Android 8.1 with Samsung Experience|
|Dimensions and weight||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
|Colors||lavender purple, ocean blue, midnight black, metallic copper|