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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

The new super powerful smartphone.

Mobile Phone date Sep 03, 2018 Akash Singh Chauhan

MSRP $ 1000.00
MSRP $ 1000.00


  • Compelling big Super AMOLED display
  • Amazing camera with AI support
  • Improved S Pen
  • Better battery life and storage capacity


  • Too Expensive
  • No upgrades in design



In Android world Samsung every year lits up the excitement by launching a new upgrade for its Note Series. The company’s flagship line up is one of the most prominent series in the smartphone industry. This year’s upgrade has launched the company on 24th August. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now available for the buyers to get their hands on. After months of teasing and series rumours the Note 9 is finally out of the shadows and it was same as we expected, powerful. The Galaxy Note 9 is the biggest smartphone of 2018 with the 6.4-inch display, having the high-end camera features and too powerful hardware support. However, these dream come true features of the smartphones cost a fortune. 

Samsung Galaxy Note is the most beautiful design and most powerful smartphone launched by the company ever. Samsung wanted to surprise it's Note users with the upgrade and other features. We have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for 4 days now and have some opinions regarding it. Lest break down the phone’s detail to know what this Samsung's super expensive phone offers and is it worth to lose your pocket for this amazing deal. 


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Design & Display

  • 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display
  • 18:.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 27 % brighter and 32% more contrast ratio than Note 8

The Note 9 comes with a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display which is the best one any flagship phone could have. The display has elongated by 0.1 inches compared to the Note 8 but very hard to notice. Besides, the bezel-less display of the phone looks more prominent when put Note 8 and Note 9 altogether. The 27 % brighter and 32% more contrast ratio is the reason behind Note 9 having more effective display than Note 9. Along with this, the smartphone comes with the aspect ratio of 18:9, or more precisely 18:.5:9 which is the largest in any of the flagship phones of 2018. Breaking the display to more technical aspect it offers 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owns the 83.2% screen to body ratio which is amazing. The display of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is build up of glass on both front and back side that is placed over an aluminum frame. The dimension of the Note 9 is different from its predecessor but surprising that makes it shorter and wider upgrade. Samsung has crafted the new phone in the dimensions 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm in compared to Note 8 that measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm. The curved edges of the Note 9 are perfectly designed that goes into the hands comfortable. In spite of being a big phone it doesn't feel awkward while operating the Note 9 in hands, maybe this is because of the phone’s curvy design with the smaller width. The other design pattern is similar to the Note 8, you get the dual camera placed horizontally in a rectangularly shaped capsule, just above the fingerprint sensor. The good news is that the fingerprint sensor is much better than the smartphone. The finger landing area is perfectly placed, you can easily unlock the phone in a single attempt.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Power (Specifications)

  • Exynos 9810 Octa  chipset - EMEA 
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset- USA/LATAM, China.
  • 8GB RAM with 512GB storage and 6GB RAM with 256GB storage
  • MicroSD card slot for additional 512GB storage

The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a significant processor upgrade that makes it one of the most powerful smartphones of 2018. However, the chipset comes in two different variant that is available depending upon the region. The Note 9 comes with Exynos 9810 Octa chipset for EMEA and Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset for USA/LATAM, China. The processor also has the same story, where Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)  is available in EMEA and Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) in USA/LATAM and China. So, you have to be satisfied with the processing unit available in your region. The processing unit of the phone is coupled with a powerful memory support that includes 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 512GB storage. The internal storage of the phone is upgradable up to 1TB via microSD card. The 8GB of RAM holds way much power for the smartphone and the capacity of 1TB makes the phone one of its kind the flagship series. 

To test the phone we downloaded a lot of heavy apps with some of the necessary ones including social media. We put the phone test by launching the number of simultaneously and keep switching between them. The app launching speed of the phone is unimaginably fast regardless of the size of the app. The speed of the phone while is great and switching between the apps was too smooth. Even after using the phone for hours it down showed any sign of getting slowed down or lagging in the apps. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with a king size 4000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery. The huge battery is not a surprise from Samsung as big Super AMOLED display requires a large amount of juice to keep going.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Camera

  • Ai powered power takes care of the images 
  • The rear camera comes with dual 12MP lenses and front camera has 8MP lens

The Note 9 camera seems to have a number of new upgrades that enhance the overall quality of the images. According to the details, the camera has inherited many features form its in-house rival Samsung Galaxy S9. The Note 9 camera is something that will show the true power of an AI backed up features for flawless photography. The Samsung Galaxy S9 could give you the idea about the images you can get from Note 9. Samsung has further tweaked the Galaxy S6 camera software in order to deliver the best experience. The dual 12MP camera that comes with auto-HDR, panorama and a LED flash automatically manage the white balance by recognizing the capturing objects. The Note 9 camera leverages the aperture variable technique, uses the f /1.4 lens for low light images and switches to  f/2.4 for normal conditions. The rear camera is capable of taking amazing images with bokeh effect by spotting the object you are focusing on. The second lens comes with 2X zoom that takes the sharp highly zoom images of the sense away from you with a great quality. The color texture of the captured images is close to real and unrivaled. 

The front camera of Note 9 comes with an 8MP lens having the support for auto HDR. We have also taken the images from the front camera that were good but not much impressive considering the performance of the rear camera. The Note 9 camera comes with AI support that automatically takes care of small things, like white balance, eye blinking, blur, lens smudges and much more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Stylus

  • Bluetooth connectivity for actions 
  • Use the S button to operate the phone

The S Pen is one of the most innovative addition to the Note smartphone from Samsung. But, this time the company has taken the stylus to another level by adding Bluetooth feature. The S pen of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has an inbuilt antenna that connects it to the phone via Bluetooth. The new feature doesn't change anything in the traditional use of the stylus, it just levels up the role of S pen in your life. With the help of new feature, you get a new setting where you can customize S button actions to trigger anything on phone. For example, a long pressing S pen could open the launch app and pressing ones will click the image. You can customize the actions according to your needs and use S Pen to do anything.  You can use the S Pen to change your music track or much more depending upon your preference. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Price & Availability

Samsung launched Galaxy Note 9 on 24th August and it is available for the buyers online for now. Yes, the company has launched the Note 9 sooner than expected as the Note 8 was launched on September 15, 2017. Many experts believe that reason behind the early launch is that Samsung wants to beat iPhone 11 and iPhone 9 which due for launch in coming fall. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 costs $1,000 (£899 / AU$1,499 / AED 3,699)  for its 128GB of internal storage with 6GB of RAM, and $1,250 (£1,099 / $AU1,799 / AED 4,599) for its 512GB and 8GB of RAM. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is undoubtedly the best smartphone of 2018 so far that comes with unmatched features. You will be getting a huge 4000mAH battery for bigger Super AMOLED display. Besides, the AI-powered camera takes care of you all the captures and robust internal power is something that everyone wants. However, the Note 9 is not something that all can but, Samsung has shown that money, no wait, a lot of money can buy you flawless phone. 

Where to buy: MSRP $1000.00

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Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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