You have noticed the Note 9 if you’ve noticed the 8. Samsung has maintained the design similar – which is a bad thing. Even though it’s been around for a calendar year, the front and metal rim continues to feel modern. Many phones have adopted a similar appearance, but not one feel highly engineered and finished to perfection.
The glass remains a magnet, and now I live with the fear of falling such a device that is massive – but I’m inclined to forgive those flaws for a phone.
The biggest design difference is that the fingerprint sensor now sits beneath the camera, not alongside it. This small change makes a big difference: I no longer end up smearing the camera sensor every time the phone is unlocked by me.
Sticking with a glass rear empowers wireless charging – a Galaxy staple – while other features like a IP68 water-resistance rating, headphone jack and storage also stay. Luckily that that features from the display of many 2018 smartphones.
If you are even considering then the Note 9 then you’ll know it’s a hefty device. In spite of a super-slim bezel running around the 6.4-inch display this remains one of the biggest phones I’ve used in a long time – which does come with some issues in itself. This is a cellphone to hold mostly due to the rather eloquent chamfered rim. The phone needs to be smoother and a bit smoother.
My big issue with the design is the Bixby button. Sitting just below the volume key, the dedicated button to the Bixby assistant continues to be a constant on the past few Samsung flagships – and it remains a source of frustration up to the point that you disable Bixby .
I’ve lost track of the amount of times being taken directly to Bixby and consequently clearly hitting the button. I have the button accessible but using a better-thought-out action, although you can turn it off. In reality, why is summoned with a long-press of the power key? That would make much more sense.
Samsung is rarely daring with its color choices, but with the Note 9 items are different. The headline-grabbing color combo here is a blue handset with a sharp-yellow S Pen. I really like it – and believe it is a step forward to get a device that in the past has been famous to be businesslike.
Other colors include a copper hue that will not be available from the US/UK yet, a rather black, along with a lavender purple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Screen
You won’t find a screen on any current phone compared to one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It is a 2960 x 1440 panel, together with sloping’Infinity’ advantages and support.
The screens Samsung creates for its own handsets (alongside those of other mobiles, such as the iPhone XS) would be the very best for a number of reasons. The Note 9 uses an OLED panel. Compared to LCD, OLEDs use power that is just and less electricity on the pixels , thus displaying blacks that are perfect. This means that when you are watching content with loads of dark scenes, they look black rather than washed out.
Samsung’s panels also have much greater colours than OLEDs out of LG – in my opinion, anyway – and that’s certainly the case . In the default style everything appears vibrant and punchy, without sacrificing too much color accuracy. I believe that is more pleasing to the eye here, although there might be marginally more punch to reds than you would find in real life.
Within their infancy OLEDs on mobiles suffered with brightness that is inadequate and consequently had difficulty with poor visibility. That is not the case here: the panel is bright and I tended to feel the need to push it beyond 45-50%. The brightness will also increase in super-bright environments making it effortless to read.
6.4-inch Super AMOLED HDR display
Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
12-megapixel variable aperture main camera, 12-megapixel secondary 2x zoom camera
4000 mAh battery
S Pen w/ Bluetooth