The Galaxy note 9 is official (again) and on initial inspection, it appears Samsung has made very few changes from the lưu ý 8. There’s some truth to lớn this, but look closely & there are significant upgrades beyond the eye-watering asking price…

Displays - Samsung’s Biggest Ever Screen

It may not be a large jump, but the Galaxy lưu ý 9 features the biggest display Samsung has ever fitted into a mass market smartphone.

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Galaxy cảnh báo 9 - 6.4-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi px density), 83.4% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Galaxy cảnh báo 8 - 6.3-inch, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi px density), 83.2% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Aside from this, the other takeaways are a fractionally higher screen-to-body ratio (thanks to lớn minimally thinner bezels) & a slightly lower px density thanks to Samsung retaining the same native resolution on the larger display. But I doubt anyone will notice either of these changes.

Samsung has not gone into detail about panel upgrades, but expect the display to lớn be even brighter and more color accurate than the already superb note 8.

Design & form size - Differences In The Details

Hand someone the Galaxy chú ý 9 and Galaxy cảnh báo 8 & it would be difficult for many people lớn tell them apart, but they may notice the slight increase in kích thước and weight:

Galaxy cảnh báo 9 - 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 milimet (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in), 201 g (7.09 oz) Galaxy chú ý 8 - 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), 195 g (6.88 oz)

While it’s surprising for smartphones to get thicker and heavier, these are minor differences. Especially considering the larger display and much larger battery (more later).

Aside from dimensions, Samsung has added some new tricks: finally, there are stereo speakers & they have been tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos branding, though the latter seems silly given stereo speakers cannot truly recreate Atmos audio. The fingerprint sensor is also more sensibly positioned below the rear cameras, a move Samsung made with the Galaxy S9.

The other major change is the bright yellow S Pen. For the first time, Samsung has equipped it with bluetooth không dây LE which enables far greater functionality, such as remote shutter operation for the camera, a clicker during presentations & music playback control. The new S Pen is also charged automatically from the Galaxy cảnh báo via a supercapacitor so it is always ready & drains very little battery from the phone itself. The only thing which remains the same as the S Pen in the note 8 is its 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, but that was more than enough.

Elsewhere IP68 water and dust resistance remain, as does USB-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack (well done Samsung) và a microSD card slot which now supports cards up to 512GB - up from 256GB on the note 8.

Cameras - Samsung Doubles Down

The Galaxy note 9 features the same hardware as the Galaxy S9 Plus. This means dual 12MP rear cameras with a primary dual aperture lens which shifts between F2.4 (for more detail in well-lit shots) & F1.5 (for low light) while the note 8 is stuck with a standard F1.7 sensor. The secondary module remains a 2x optical zoom, though Huawei has managed 3x with its impressive P20 Pro.

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Where Samsung has stepped up from the note 8, is the addition of the Galaxy S9’s ‘Intelligent Scan’ facial recognition software. It isn’t as fast nor as accurate as Face ID on the iPhone X & its ‘AR Emoji’ is not as polished as Apple’s ‘Animoji’, but it remains a useful addition which has far less weight upon it given Samsung continues lớn offer a fingerprint reader.

Performance - Storage King

Samsung also lifts the Galaxy S9’s boosted internals for the Galaxy lưu ý 9, giving it a meaningful upgrade over the chú ý 8 in both its US & international variants:

Galaxy chú ý 9 (US) - Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset (4x 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver CPUs), Adreno 630 GPU Galaxy note 9 (Europe and Asia) - Exynos 9810 (4x 2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55 CPUs), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU

The cảnh báo 8 used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 which is 20% slower and 30% less power efficient than the new 845. Samsung has also boosted RAM from the cảnh báo 8’s 6GB to 8GB, but only if you buy the (hugely expensive) top-of-range option (more below).

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy cảnh báo 9 has LTE Cat.18 compared lớn Cat.16 on the chú ý 8 which means it is theoretically capable of 1.2 gigabit (1,200Mbit) 4G speeds, though this isn’t of great relevance given its never attainable in real-world scenarios. Công nghệ bluetooth 5.0 (2x speed & 4x range of bluetooth 4.2) is also present in both phones.

One nice aside: the Galaxy note 9 can connect khổng lồ a monitor to create a desktop-style PC. The phone’s screen works as a touchpad và virtual keyboard meaning there’s no need for the company’s separate Dex attachment. I’ve long argued, if you can afford a premium Galaxy điện thoại cảm ứng you can afford a dedicated computer for the Chrome OS-style environment Samsung offers, but it’s still likely to lớn be handy in some situations.

Battery Life - The Big Selling Point

Having gone backward in recent years following the exploding Galaxy chú ý 7 debacle, Samsung is finally on its trò chơi again with the Galaxy cảnh báo 9 & this tăng cấp could be a deal-maker for many buyers:

Galaxy cảnh báo 9 - 4000 mAh Galaxy lưu ý 8 - 3300 mAh

Yes, Samsung has increased battery capacity by over 20% and the company promises not just full day but multi-day use from a single charge.

Furthermore, the Galaxy chú ý 9 retains quick (though not the quickest) wired charging, wireless charging. The phone has passed Samsung’s ‘8 Point quality Check’, the most rigorous in the industry, which was introduced after the Galaxy cảnh báo 7 was recalled. It also means Galaxy lưu ý 9 batteries should degrade only 5% in two years, versus over 20% from most rivals.

Price & Storage - Big Increases, Everywhere

Now here is where Samsung might thảm bại you:

Galaxy cảnh báo 9 - 128GB - $999 / £899 Galaxy cảnh báo 9 - 512GB - $1,250 / £1,099

Both these prices are likely to make you wince. The Galaxy note 9 now starts at the same price as the iPhone X, while its top-tier mã sản phẩm is the most expensive mass-market điện thoại thông minh on the market.

In its favor are enlarged 128GB và class-leading 512GB storage options (the latter also gives users 8GB of RAM), but with a 512GB-compatible microSD slot, I suspect many users would’ve liked a 64GB $899 option. That was the storage & approximate price bracket of the chú ý 8 when it launched.

Early Verdict

There’s no doubt that Samsung has packed a lot into the Galaxy note 9. The question is whether the upgrades are in the right places và if they vày enough.

The obvious negative is the price, but Samsung has also fallen behind smaller handset makers like Oppo and Vivo who have delivered true bezel-less, notch-less designs this year for less money.

That said, there’s no doubt the Galaxy cảnh báo 9 lives up lớn its lưu ý heritage. Everything about this phone is big: the display, battery life, expandable storage and price. And cảnh báo fans know there is nothing quite like this stylus-totting phone on the market which gives Samsung a rare case of a captive audience.

The bigger question, however, is whether the Galaxy chú ý 9 can win over a new audience. In my opinion, cảnh báo 8 owners have no need khổng lồ upgrade and with Samsung widely expected lớn cancel the range if cảnh báo 9 sales don’t exceed expectations, I fear this beast might be the last of its kind...


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