Over the last few years, Samsung has made justifiable updates to it’s S and Note series. They’ve kept what the users liked and updated what they could do to make it better. Like increasing the screen size, moving the fingerprint reader to a better position, better camera and many more. They’ve been listening closely to their loyal customers and making changes appropriately. The Note 9 in this case is no exception.
The design line is quite similar to that of the Note 8. To the untrained eye, they might look intriguingly similar. The Note 9 is a little less round around the corners which is a good thing. The bezels are now smaller on the Note 9 making the display 0.1-inch more bigger than the Note 8. What Samsung has done is, they’ve increased the width of the device which makes it feel more grippier and safer to hold in hand. Reachability is also now not a problem. The screen bumps up to 6.4-inches. It still has a hybrid slot for microSD expansion or putting in a new SIM.
The right side of the device features a power button and the left side sports volume rockers. Below them we have the Bixby button which cannot be remapped to use Google Assistant. The bottom of the phone features a headphone jack, speaker grills, Type-C port and a new updated stylus. The back of the phone feels more premium, the lenses have been made smaller and directly below it we have the fingerprint sensor.
The best display on any smartphone, period! Like almost every smartphone company, Samsung still hasn’t opted for the notch. The lows and brights on this display are marvelous. Using the phone in the sunlight is a good experience, it’s almost perfect. Samsung by default dials down the resolution (1080p) for providing a better battery backup but it can be dialed up if you want the premium experience. It is a 6.4-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 and a pixel density of 516ppi.
Again with the latest and greatest, the Note 9 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or an equivalent Exynos (9810) processor, coupled with 6GB/8GB RAM and storage options range from 128GB to 512GB. It is expandable via microSD expansion of 512GB, making it effectively 1TB storage that will tend to all your storage needs.
Also, it now features a 4,000 mAh battery, Samsung really did it! Cramming up everything to make a complete package. As Samsung says, the Note 9 features an All Day Battery but those definitions differ from person to person. The speakers have been updated, still tuned by AKG, they are louder and crispier. It still is rated IP68 water and dust resistant and also features wireless charging.
This is what stole the show, the new updated S-Pen. The clicky stylus first made it’s appearance in the Note 5 which was a small yet appreciable upgrade. But now, the S-Pen has Bluetooth functionality. It can take pictures, open camera, change camera modes, act as a remote for your music, your presentations and many more things. The button is remappable hence it can achieve a lot many things.
Those who have never used a Note now have something to look out for. The S-Pen comes in variety of colors that are midnight black, lavender purple, metallic copper and sweet yellow.
The camera setup is the same as that of the Galaxy S9 Plus featuring dual 12MP camera at the rear having variable aperture. The update comes in the form of software with something called scene recognition mode. It recognizes what you’re capturing and adjusts colors based on that. There is also a new flaw detection feature that shows a little pop-up telling things like someone blinked. Video can still be shot in 4K at 60fps.
The Samsung Experience 9.5 is better than it ever was. It feels more clean and full. Samsung like always has an alternative app to every pre-installed Google app there is but worry not, it’s all tucked away under a Samsung folder. The Facebook app comes pre-installed and can only be disabled. Though the Note 9 is a powerful device, it all comes down to how the Samsung Experience UI works on top of everything.
Bixby is here to stay and is back with version 2.0. Bixby is now capable of doing a lot more things like suggesting restaurants based on your previous outings. It now comes with context-awareness, which is Bixby will be able to recall your previous conversations if they context ever arises.
The Note 9 starts from Rs.67,900 for the base model (6GB/128GB) and goes all the way upto Rs.84,900 for the top model (8GB/512GB).