After months of teasing with leaked rumours surfacing onto the web, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is finally here. It makes its grand debut at the Barclays Center in New York with a host of new technological innovations. This is the latest addition to Samsung’s flagship Note series, taking over from its comeback king, the Galaxy Note8.
Building on the idea that your smartphone should be by your side at all times, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 now comes with an all-new battery pack. It stands at 4,000mAh, making it the largest ever for a flagship Samsung smartphone. While it’s actual performance is yet to be known, Samsung ensures that it will not die on you when you need it most.
Another huge update to the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is its new and improved display screen. It now has a 6.4-inch display, only a slight upgrade from its predecessor. However, the quality of the screen has improved to a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display. The phone also starts off with a default Full HD+ resolution that can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in the Settings menu.
One great design aspect of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is its refusal to take part in the on-going ‘notch’ trend that is dominant in today’s smartphone industry. The phone also has stereo speakers tuned by AKG to complement its new Infinity Display screen. YouTube also ups the ante by anointing the Samsung Galaxy Note9 as a signature device to deliver the best-in-class YouTube experience.
The body of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 also takes cues from its forerunner, with its design looking vastly similar to the Galaxy Note8. However, a big change goes to its fingerprint sensor placement, which now sits below the camera instead of beside it. Samsung also provides the phone with an IP68 certified rating. This means its resistant to both dust and water — allowing itself to be submerged up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
Speaking of cameras, Samsung builds on its exceptional smartphone camera quality in the Samsung Galaxy Note9. It has a dual camera setup with optical image stabilisation (OIS). The first camera is a wide-angle super speed dual pixel lens with 12-megapixels. It also features Samsung’s variable aperture technology that was present in its other flagship, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. This allows the lens to have two different aperture modes, mainly F1.5 for night time shots and F2.4 for the day. The next is its telephoto lens, also at 12-megapixels with F2.4 aperture. The camera is also capable of up to 2x optical zoom and 10x with digital zoom.
One of the latest features to be introduced into the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is the Scene Optimizer, which is a feature Huawei is known for with its own smartphones. This allows the camera to identify the subject its shooting and automatically optimises itself based on one of the 20 categories available.
Flaw Detection is another new feature that is capable of detecting if the photo taken has any flaws. Whether its the subject blinking, the shot is blurry, or if the lens is smudged, the camera is capable of detecting any issues that could impact the overall quality of the photo.
The S-Pen is the Galaxy Note series’ bread and butter combination and Samsung takes it onto another level. It will now come with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support, giving you new and exciting ways on how the S-Pen integrates with the Samsung Galaxy Note9. Aside from its usual abilities like taking notes and drawing, the S-Pen can now help you take selfies with just a click of a button. It can also act as a wireless remote when used in a presentation or even pausing a movie.
Samsung DeX also has a few key upgrades by delivering a PC-like experience with the Samsung Galaxy Note9. With an easy-to-carry HDMI adapter, you can now connect the Samsung Galaxy Note9 to a monitor and use it much like a PC. This allows you to utilise its multitasking capabilities to the fullest; watch a video on the Samsung Galaxy Note9 while getting work done on the monitor. The possibilities are endless.
Other features about the Samsung Galaxy Note9 that are making a reappearance includes Bixby, Samsung’s very own personalised artificial intelligence (AI) assistant. Fast wireless charging is also back as well as other services like Samsung Health and Samsung Pay.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 will be available on 24 August 2018 in three distinct colourways – Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, and Metallic Copper. A side note: the Ocean Blue variant comes with a contrasting S-Pen in bright yellow while the S-Pen on the other two colour variants is the in same shade as the smartphone.
Its 128GB variant will come with 6GB of RAM at RM3,699 for all three colours. The much larger 512GB model with 8GB of RAM is only available in Midnight Black and will be selling at RM4,599. (Images: Samsung)