Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is all that you need in an extra large screen telephone, and then some. It conveys phenomenal execution that controls a ravishing presentation, has an adaptable camera that takes incredible low-light photographs, packs day-long battery life, and it shrouds a S Pen that is more helpful than any other time in recent memory.
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There are a few characteristics. Bixby is still somewhat unpleasant around the edges, there’s no Android 9.0 Pie, and did we notice it costs $1,000? The less expensive Galaxy S9 Plus has comparable highlights, and for a great many people, it’s everything the telephone you require. In any case, it’s the little refinements in the Note 9 that make it remarkable, and worth its high cost of confirmation.


It’s difficult to differentiate between a year ago’s Galaxy Note 8 and the Note 9 from the front. Like the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, it’s tied in with refining the plan.

The Note 9 has a somewhat bigger 6.4-inch screen, yet it’s a touch shorter, more extensive, and thicker than the Note 8. The edges of the screen bend toward the back, making the telephone agreeable to hold, and the level edges on the sides help with keeping up a tight grasp. The catches around the telephone are clicky and simple to get to (we’ll get to the exceptional Bixby catch later), and there’s additionally no indent on the presentation to disturb the edge-to-edge screen understanding.

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The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen is supreme flawlessness. The screen’s 2,960 x 1,440 goals makes the screen inconceivably sharp, however you have to switch it on, as the default goals is 2,220 x 1,080 to ration battery life (however despite everything it looks great). Hues are all around immersed and not oppressive, and blacks are as profound as the sea’s profundities. HDR-bolstered content like Luke Cage on Netflix looks fabulous, particularly when matched with the monstrous edge-to-edge screen. Finishing everything off are noisy stereo speakers that make this the ideal amusement machine, and an earphone jack is what tops off an already good thing.

The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen is supreme flawlessness.

The glass raise is the place you’ll begin seeing plan changes once again the Note 8. Outstandingly, the unique mark sensor is in a more sensible area beneath the camera module. Samsung got a lot of feedback a year ago for the position of the sensor, and fortunately it has tuned in. We believe it’s still too high, yet you can renounce it by utilizing Intelligent Scan, which utilizes your face and iris to open the telephone, and functions admirably.


Like most top of the line cell phones this year, the Galaxy Note 9 is fueled by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, which is joined by 6GB of RAM. This is among the quickest Android telephones we’ve seen to date, and here are a couple of benchmark results demonstrating it:

AnTuTu 3DBench: 273,992

Geekbench 4 CPU: 2,390 single-center; 8,696 multi-center

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 3,517 (Vulkan)

The AnTuTu score is the most astounding we’ve at any point recorded for a cell phone, landing appropriate over the Galaxy S9 Plus, which scored 263,591. While benchmarks don’t really reflect certifiable execution, we haven’t kept running into any execution issues on the Note 9, and there’s a valid justification why.

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Samsung has furnished a water carbon cooling framework to keep the processor cool. There’s water in the telephone — you heard that right – however it’s a miniscule sum. Concentrated undertakings like an illustrations substantial amusement can put a considerable measure of strain on a processor and cause it to warm up, which at that point throttles execution. A cooler processor implies you’ll have the capacity to run the application or diversion longer, and there’s a lower possibility of running into execution issues.

We played Fortnite for over 30 minutes and didn’t experience a trace of slack.

We played the Fortnite: Battle Royale beta for over 30 minutes in a row and didn’t experience a trace of slack. The telephone additionally didn’t move toward becoming as hot as we’d foreseen, however battery life took a hit, dropping around 16 percent. Toss anything at the Note 9 — it can take it.

The base model accompanies 128GB of capacity, but on the other hand there’s a 8GB RAM variation combined with a gigantic 512GB of capacity. On the off chance that regardless you require more space, there’s a MicroSD card opening.


Google as of late discharged Android 9.0 Pie, and Samsung had a chance to dispatch its most recent cell phone with the fresh out of the plastic new form of the portable working framework. They messed up it.

Pie aside, the Android 8.1 Oreo programming is equivalent to the Galaxy S9, with the Samsung Experience skin layered over. It’s abundantly enhanced over Samsung’s old TouchWiz skin, and there’s a lot of customization alternatives and highlights you can turn on and change to your enjoying.


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Xiaomi Mi Mix

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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YotaPhone 2

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HTC One Remix

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The Samsung applications introduced are really helpful. Samsung Pay, for instance, gives you a chance to make contactless installments anyplace a Visa is acknowledged; and Samsung Health can follow your pulse and feelings of anxiety.


The S Pen is the thing that makes the Galaxy Note 9 novel, yet for a really long time we’ve felt it doesn’t have enough distinctive highlights for us to utilize it once a day. We just utilized it to draw, and sometimes jot a few notes through the convenient Screen-off Memo highlight. In any case, with the Note 9, Samsung has made the S Pen amusing to utilize, and it’s the most we’ve at any point utilized the stylus on a Note cell phone.

Samsung has equipped the stylus with a supercapacitor battery that charges to full after only 40 seconds of sitting inside the Note 9.

The stylus currently has Bluetooth Low Energy inside, so you can utilize it as a remote to control elements of the Note 9 up to 30 feet away. Of course, when you take the S Pen out and press and hold the catch, the camera dispatches. Tap the catch once to snap a photograph and twofold tap it to swap between the front and back camera. This by itself empowers such a large number of one of a kind chances to up your photography diversion and get yourself in the shot, and it makes taking gathering photographs a lot less demanding. It’s available to outsider designers, so hope to see different applications making utilization of this remote capacity.

One thing that irritated us is the means by which the yellow S Pen on the Ocean Blue model writes in yellow, however when you spare the Screen-off Memo in the Notes application, it’s saved money on a white foundation making it extreme to peruse. You can kill the yellow shading, yet we’d get a kick out of the chance to see Samsung include a dark foundation alternative for the Notes application.

The S Pen now should be charged because of its Bluetooth abilities, however Samsung has equipped the stylus with a supercapacitor battery that charges to full after only 40 seconds of sitting inside the Note 9. That will allow you 30 minutes of utilization. We’ve yet to see the S Pen kick the bucket, and we don’t think the vast majority ever will.


Samsung has included a huge number of new highlights in Bixby, the voice colleague that has its own devoted catch on the left half of the telephone. The catch is as yet disappointing on the grounds that it’s so natural to inadvertently press, yet Bixby itself is (somewhat) more helpful.



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2. At the point when asked “shouldn’t something be said about his significant other,” Bixby didn’t comprehend the inquiry by any stretch of the imagination.

Bixby works best with controlling capacities on your cell phone, for example, expanding the screen brilliance, opening an application, presenting on Instagram, and killing Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Google Assistant — which is likewise accessible — can do these things, however Bixby has a couple of secret weapons, for example, the capacity to introduce an application from the Play Store. You can likewise now utilize the Bixby aide to discover shows at adjacent scenes, book eateries through Yelp’s reservation framework, and call a Uber.

However Bixby still battles with setting. For instance, we approached it for previous President Barack Obama’s age, at that point stated, “Shouldn’t something be said about his better half?” That confused Bixby. We did likewise to Google Assistant, and it could precisely comprehend we were requesting Michelle Obama’s age. Take a stab at making a couple of logical inquiries like this and it’s anything but difficult to perceive how Google Assistant is greatly improved.

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Bixby Home, then again, hasn’t changed much, it’s as yet a waste. It’s still laggy, and we’ve yet to see it give anything helpful. Bixby Vision would now be able to change over records to PDFs just by pointing the camera at a bit of paper, which is helpful, yet no distinct advantage. What’s more, regardless of the Note 9’s outstanding execution, that piece of the camera application is as yet drowsy.


The Note 9’s double camera is equivalent to what you’ll discover on the Galaxy S9 Plus. A 12-megapixel focal point with optical picture adjustment (OIS) and variable opening — the capacity to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 gap dependent on lighting — is matched with a second 12-megapixel focal point with a f/2.4 gap and OIS. The last focal point is utilized for Samsung’s Live Focus (representation mode), and it additionally empowers 2x optical zoom. What makes the Note 9 camera one of a kind is computerized reasoning, which empowers two highlights; Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection.

Like scene acknowledgment innovation found on Huawei and LG telephones, the Note 9’s camera can recognize up to 20 scenes, from a nightfall to a pet, and can change the photograph to coordinate that scene. In the event that you point the camera at a nightfall and snap a photograph, the telephone realizes how to tune the presentation, shading, and difference of the photograph to improve it look.

Scene distinguishing proof takes a few seconds — now and again more — and it can experience difficulty recognizing scenes it should know. When it works, the enhancements it makes are so little it tends to be intense finding the distinctions, so we conveyed along a Galaxy S9 Plus to look at.

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Top column: Galaxy Note 9 with Scene Optimizer, Bottom line: Galaxy S9

Generally, we do like the progressions Scene Optimizer makes. We discovered it regularly works best on blooms and trees, where it wrenches the immersion up sufficiently only to make hues pop. We haven’t seen a lot of a distinction when it perceives pets or individuals, and we’re not fanatics of what it does to sustenance — it basically helps the immersion.

The accompanying two photographs are from the Note 9, one with Scene Optimizer killed. The photograph with it killed has much better white equalization, and it’s the one we’d share.

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1. Universe Note 9 with Scene Optimizer 2. Universe Note 9 without Scene Optimizer 3. Google Pixel 2

Defect Detection is the second element that utilizes A.I., and it issues alarms in the camera application when it supposes you may have taken a hazy photograph, if there’s a smear on the camera, if there’s a lot of backdrop illumination in your shot, or in the event that somebody squinted. It’s not immaculate, but rather it allows you to retake a shot on the fly.

You won’t have any misgivings about sunlight photographs gone up against this camera — they’re sharp, vivid, and the camera handles HDR well. The 2x optical zoom performs, however changing to it pauses for a minute longer than we’d like.

The Note 9 stays similarly as amazing in low light. Photographs aren’t immersed with grain, subtle elements aren’t excessively fluffy, and keeping in mind that you may wind up with the periodic hazy photograph, you will normally fulfilled. This is the best low-light cell phone camera you can purchase in the U.S.

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Live Focus, Samsung’s representation mode highlight that includes obscure behind subjects, hasn’t made strides. It can surely take some great bokeh photographs, yet the camera smooths over a ton of subtle elements regarding the matter’s face, making things look fluffy.

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Flipping over to the forward looking 8-megapixel focal point, which has a f/1.7 opening, selfies look great, even in low light without the assistance of a blaze. AR Emojis are still here, and Samsung has added more customization alternatives to make them look more customized. The face following component is still not even close on a par with Apple’s Memoji or Animoji, yet there’s a developing rundown of characters you can transform into, including those from The Incredibles and Frozen.


With a vast 4,000mAh battery inside, we anticipated that the Note 9 would last in excess of an entire day, similar to the Huawei P20 Pro. Tragically, it doesn’t, however that doesn’t mean we’re miserable. We never felt battery restless, and we’ve yet to see it hit zero percent. It can get you through an entire day of medium to overwhelming use, yet very little more. With lighter utilize, you’ll have the capacity to convey this telephone to your second day on a solitary charge.

It can get you through an entire day of medium to substantial utilize, yet very little more.

The Note 9 bolsters Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 for quicker charging rates. We connected our gadget when it had 15 percent left at 7:30 p.m., and it hit 95 percent by 9 p.m. We’ve seen quicker charging on different telephones, so these numbers aren’t excessively noteworthy. As usual, the Note 9 underpins quick remote charging through the Qi standard, yet it won’t squeeze up as fast as wired charging.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 costs $1,000 for the 128GB and 6GB RAM display, and the 512GB and 8GB variant will set you back an astounding $1,250. You can pre-arrange both now, and authority retail deals start on August 24. Look at our purchasing manual for see every one of the arrangements, costs, and retailers moving the Note 9.

Samsung offers a standard one-year guarantee that is constrained to assembling surrenders.


The Galaxy Note 9 is the best enormous telephone you can purchase. The enhancements to S Pen, by and large execution, and battery life meet up for an awesome gadget. It’s not really worth moving up to, be that as it may, on the off chance that you have a Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, or Galaxy S9 Plus.

Is there a superior option?

Truly, the Galaxy S9 Plus. The two telephones share numerous likenesses including the processor and the camera, and in the event that you couldn’t care less about the S Pen, the S9 Plus is the telephone you should purchase. You’ll even set aside extra cash. On the other hand, the LG G7 ThinQ is a strong alternative, however itsFrom s camera isn’t as great

It’s now that we would prescribe the Google Pixel 2 and the iPhone X, however Apple will discharge new iPhones in September, and Google will discharge new Pixel telephones in October, so we suggest pausing.

In case you’re searching for a less expensive choice, think about the OnePlus 6. It has a similar processor, smooth programming, extraordinary plan, is estimated at $530. Unfortunately, it just deals with AT&T and T-Mobile.

To what extent will it last?

The Galaxy Note 9 is sandwiched in Gorilla Glass 5, which is solid, yet it likely won’t endure a drop without enduring scratches or splits. We firmly suggest snatching a case. The telephone is fortunately IP68 water-and residue safe, so it ought to endure a drop in the pool.

You ought to hope to see this telephone get two Android rendition redesigns, and we anticipate that the telephone will last over four years.

Would it be a good idea for you to get it?

Truly. On the off chance that you cherish huge telephones — and the S Pen’s new capacities bid — you’ll be excited with the Note 9.

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