This is it. The moment stylus-adoring Samsung fans have been looking for: the unveiling of the next Samsung flagship smartphone under its Note line, the Samsung Galaxy Note9. With the Galaxy Note9, Samsung finally catches on with “intelligent” camera movement and there is an all-new S Pen too, along with a battery that promised “all day performance.”

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Smartphone

Speaking of battery, Samsung Galaxy Note9 is one of the few phone today that packs a 4,000 mAh battery, which happens to be the largest capacity battery on a flagship Galaxy phone while a choice of 128 or 512 GB storage, plus the ability to further expand the storage up to 1 TB via microSD card will eliminate any storage woes power users might have.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Smartphone

And then, there is of course, a powerful chipset that touts 10 nm processor, backed by Samsung-developed Water Carbon Cooling system and on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm. As for the new S-Pen that so many power users dig, it now touts Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) support that, with a click, users will be able to take selfies/wefies, present slides, pause and play video, and more. So, yeah. S-Pen is now kind of like a remote control, but it also means that losing it would be slap on your wallet cos’ it is no longer just a piece of plastic.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Smartphone

Possibly as a way to set itself apart from the AI photography craze, or at least, by the way of words, Samsung has opt to refer to the camera as “intelligent” and not AI camera. Whatever the name is, you know it is supposed to be “clever,” so that you don’t need to be a pro to take awesome photos. It has things like scene optimizer, flaw detection, and of course, a good hardware to back all this up and in this case, it is a dual camera setup, comprising of a “super speed dual pixel” 12 MP AF camera and a 12 MP AF camera, with dual OIS to boot.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Smartphone

Around the from is a now-flagship rudimentary 8 MP with AF shooter. It is IP68 rated, offering resistance to dust and water. The latter is said to stand up to 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet) of fresh water submersion for up to 30 minutes. Last but not the least, the Note9 is a large device with a glorious 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display that boasts 2,960 x 1,440 resolution (and 516ppi, for the pixel count-obsessed) packed in a reasonable sized package of 161.9 x 76.4 x 8,.8 mm. It is rather hefty though, coming in at 201g.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is slated to hit the market, starting August 24, 2018 in select markets in a choice of Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper with matching S Pen, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen. Hit the jump for an overview of the specifications.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Product Specifications

Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18

*May differ by country and carrier.
161.9 x 76.4 x 8,.8 mm, 201g
10㎚ 64-bit Octacore Processor 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz (Maximum Clock Speed, Performance Core + Efficiency Core)
10㎚ 64-bit Octacore Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz (Maximum Clock Speed, Performance Core + Efficiency Core)

*May differ by country and carrier.
6 GB RAM / 128 GB
8 GB RAM / 512 GB
Expandable up to 1 TB via microSD card.

*May differ by country and carrier.
*8GB RAM models come with 512GB internal storage only. 6GB RAM models come with 128GB internal storage.
*Available internal storage may vary depending on pre-installed software.
Single SIM: Nano SIM
Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM): Nano SIM + Nano SIM or MicroSD slot

Single SIM: 1x Nano SIM and 1x microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM): 1x Nano SIM and 1x Nano SIM or 1x microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)

*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.
*Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
- Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12 MP AF, f1.5/f2.4, OIS
- Telephoto: 12 MP AF, f2.4, OIS
- 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom

Front: 8 MP AF, f1.7
4,000 mAh

Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless

*Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC.
*Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA.
Credit & debit cards: supports MST or/and NFC
Membership cards
Gift cards
Transit cards
Reward point service

*Available in select countries. Payment solutions and available features may vary by country, carrier and service providers.
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)

*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor.
IP Code
*IP68 rating is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet.
Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition
Intelligent Scan: Combines iris scan and face recognition for convenient unlocking and in some cases provides enhanced security for certain authentication services.

Stereo speakers tuned by AKG

Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included.)
Ultra high quality audio playback
UHQ 32-bit & DSD support PCM: Up to 32 bits
DSD: DSD64/128

*DSD64 and DSD128 playback can be limited depending on the file format.
Audio playback formats


Dual Audio: connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy Note9 to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.

*The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output. Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.
*Only available with certain accessories made by Samsung.

Recording quality is improved with the High AOP Mic that minimizes distortion in noisy environments.

*AOP: Acoustic Overload Point

Bundled earphones
Pure sound tuned by AKG
Hybrid canal type
2-way dynamic unit
Video Playback Formats

TV connection
Wireless: Smart View (Miracast 1080p at 30 fps, mirroring support available for devices supporting Miracast or Google Cast.)

With cable: supports DisplayPort over USB type-C. Supports video out when connecting via HDMI Adapter. (DisplayPort 4K 60 fps)

Video Recording:
4K video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
QHD video recording at 30 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Super Slow-mo video support 720p at 960 fps
Slow Motion video support 1080p at 240 fps
Hyperlapse video support 1080p
VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
Digital zoom up to 10x
High CRI LED Flash
Continuous autofocus video
Face detection
Tracking AF
Take 9.1-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video location tags

*Super Slow-mo only supports HD resolution. In single manual mode, video is approximately 0.4 seconds of recording and 12 seconds of playback at 960 fps. In other modes, video is approximately 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback (with up to 20 shots in multi taking mode).
Water Resistance

*IP68 rating is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet.
Knox Platform: real-time security monitoring and protection. Virus, malware prevention. (Powered by McAfee)
Secure Folder: a secure space on the device to keep content such as apps, photos, movies, and private files secured by iris scanning or fingerprint scanning.

*Virus and malware prevention solution providers may vary by country.
S Pen
Super capacitor: 30 minutes of standby with 40 seconds of charging
Pressure levels: 4096
Pen Tip diameter: 0.7 mm

*S Pen remote function reaches about 10 meters in an open space. Performance subject to circumstances.
*S Pen battery life may vary based on usage.
*IP68 rating is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet.

All images courtesy of Samsung.

Published by Mike

Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.

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