Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review – Samsung’s high-end phablet features a revolutionary S Pen, which can be used to shoot the camera remotely or change slides during a presentation, thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities. A large screen is accompanied by a smart camera. That it is enough for Note 9 to be the best professional smartphone of the year, you can learn it during our exam.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
With the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung presents the first smartphone of the fall. Once again, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is marketing a commercial pen with a pen called S Pen. So far, the phablet has been praised many times: according to DisplayMate, Note 9 has the best display screen on a smartphone and has also been very successful in torture tests.
We reviewed the European model with 128 GB of storage space and 6 GB of RAM. It comes with the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC. However, the American version comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
Compared to its direct predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, some things seem to have changed, at least at the beginning: there is now an optional version with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space, the processor is a bit faster and The battery has a larger capacity. Mobile Internet is also faster and the camera takes better photos. So basically, a standard list of improvements. But what’s really new here: Well, the S Pen is now compatible with Bluetooth and, therefore, can be used as a remote control. Is this enough to survive the competition of giants like Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and Huawei Mate 10? Or among cheaper competitors like the OnePlus 6, the LG G7 ThinQ and the HTC U12 Plus. None of the competitors comes with a stylus.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Design
Visually, the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has not changed much. It is very reserved The front of the smartphone is dominated by the screen, which is limited by small upper and lower frames. The screen seems to blend with the sides. However, there are still side lenses, which are simply masked by curved glass. The Galaxy Note 9 is available in the following colors: midnight black and ocean blue. The back of the smartphone is composed of highly reflective Gorilla Glass 5.
Like its predecessor, the rear glass is very sensitive to fingerprints. However, it is very easy to clean. More and more manufacturers use glass surfaces because they offer better signal strength than metal. This time, Samsung does not guarantee that the smartphone will survive immersion for an unlimited period. He states on his website in small print that the note 9 cannot last more than 30 minutes underwater before the liquid enters.
The box is 1.6 millimeters wide and is a bit thicker than its predecessor. However, the smartphone is shorter in half a millimeter (~ 0.02 in) and its screen is larger in 0.1 inches. Note 9 weighs 6 grams more than its predecessor. In general, the differences are minimal and virtually imperceptible daily.
The smartphone is still extremely well built and is very rigid. We only found a small anomaly: when you shake the smartphone, something hits inside. There are no other anomalies such as cracks or cracks to report.
The stylus is inside the box. It can be completely inserted in the box. The stylet is ejected from the housing by a spring mechanism. This mechanism is comparable to what you can see in a pen. The stylet can be easily ejected and put back in the case.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Connectivity
This year, Samsung’s flagship phablet comes in two storage variants: 128 GB of storage plus 6 GB of RAM or 512 GB of storage plus 8 GB of RAM. Last year, there was only one version, which had 64 GB of storage space and 6 GB of RAM. In terms of price, the two least expensive variants cost the same, or 999 euros ($ 1157). However, the version with more RAM and more storage space now starts at 1249 euros ($ 1447). Currently, only the dual SIM version is available on the Samsung website. The simple SIM variant can be purchased through the Internet or mobile network operators.
The storage space of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can be expanded with a MicroSD card. SD cards can only be formatted as external storage. However, applications can be stored on the MicroSD card.
The USB-C port is located on the bottom of the device. It works at USB 3.1 speeds and is compatible with USB OTG. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack, which is rare in high-end smartphones today. NFC and ANT + are also supported. The latter allows wireless monitoring of a variety of devices. An IR sensor is not provided.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Software
An Android 9 update is expected soon, as the series of notes is generally updated with respect to the software. As soon as the device is turned on, an update is available that installs the latest security patches (security patch level: August 1, 2018). Samsung Experience 9.1 serves as a system initiator. Extends the standard features of Android and optimizes the S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with the permanent display function. In this mode, the screen is always on, unlike many other smartphones. Here, the screen shows the clock, date, notifications and the music player, all in monochrome with some accent colors. There are many additional options in the configuration menu, which do not exist in other manufacturers. For example, the edges of the screen can be set to light up when a caller or new notifications. It is also possible to set the screen to remain on while watching. In addition, there is a one-hand mode, as well as other functions such as the multiple window (this function allows you to open multiple applications in different windows), video optimization (this allows users to adjust the touch screen sensitivity and reduce the resolution of the screen), simple mode (in this mode, only the basic functions are available, making it perfect for people who are not familiar with smartphones or those who do not need so many functions).
Note 9 comes with many preinstalled applications. In addition to Samsung’s proprietary applications, there are also third-party applications such as Facebook, Microsoft Office and LinkedIn. These applications cannot be permanently uninstalled, they can only be disabled. Proprietary applications include Samsung’s web browser, an application to customize the home screen, Samsung’s app store and Samsung Health, a physical activity tracker. Fortunately, Samsung applications can be uninstalled completely without any problem.
There is a bar on the right side of the screen, where the most used applications are shown. Your favorite applications can also be added to this bar. If you swipe right on the home screen, you will arrive at Bixby Home, where weather forecasts, notifications and other interesting information are grouped. There is a dedicated Bixby button on the right side of the device, which starts the Bixby Assistant.
As soon as you remove the Stylus S from the housing, the user interface is adjusted: you can now write notes even in standby mode and a pencil icon appears on the screen, allowing you to quickly access a certain number of functions of the pencil. Applications. However, you can also add your own applications to this half wheel. We are particularly satisfied with the PENUP application, where you can create very creative drawings. Here is a convenience: if you remove the pen too far from the device when the screen is off, a warning message appears indicating that the pen is not inserted.