After months of unrelenting rumors, speculations, and leaks, Samsung finally came through and unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9th.
Thanks to the many leaks, a lot about the Note 9 was already in the public domain, but this doesn’t mean there is nothing to talk about. There are plenty of things you’d like to know, be it the final specs sheet, the pricing, availability details, the color variants available, and even the standout features.
Well, on this page, we have all you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and not to waste more of your time, let’s dive right in.
Galaxy Note 9 specs
- 6.4-inch 18.5:9 QHD+ Super AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (Exynos 9810)
- 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM
- 128GB or 512GB expandable storage up to 512GB
- Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
- 8MP front camera
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3.5mm audio jack, IP68, 1.2Gbps LTE, (Cat-18), rear-mounted scanner, iris scanner, S Pen, etc.
In keeping up the Note tradition, the Galaxy Note 9 is packed to the brim with a flurry of the latest smartphone tech you can think of. The S Pen keeps its place as the most outstanding feature of the Note 9 and to match the big size of the phone, there’s an equally big battery, the latest processor, and this time you get what is simply an insane amount of memory – both RAM and ROM.
Finally, a big battery to match the size
The Galaxy Note 7 had the biggest battery in a Note device and we all know how this turned out. After implementing the 8-step battery safety check, Samsung feels it has addressed any potential issues that may arise out of cramming a massive battery in a smartphone. The result of this is that the Galaxy Note 9 gets a huge 4000mAh unit, the first time ever a Sammy device has had such a big battery.
Samsung says the Note 9 battery will last all day and then some, but of course, this depends on how you use the phone. Still, the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 845 chipset should help the device reach this target. To top up the Note 9, you have the option of a wired or wireless fast charger, with the former relying on a USB-C connector.
Should you upgrade from the Note 8?
Unless you are willing to fork out $1000, the Galaxy Note 8 is still a great device to hold onto. Of course, the Note 9 has the usual upgrades – a new chipset, more RAM (on the premium version), twice the storage on the Note 8 base model, improved camera performance, a bigger battery, and all that. But none of these takes away all the greatness of the 2017 Note.
However, if you do use the S Pen regularly, this might just be the major reason to ditch your Note 8 in favor of the Note 9. The stylus has been massively improved to offer lots of new functionalities thanks to the help of Bluetooth connectivity. You can use the Pen’s button as a camera shutter, play/pause music, or even to navigate through presentations, among other stuff. All these functions also mean that the S Pen has a battery that relies on wireless charging to soup up.
The big battery is also another factor that might lure you into buying the Note 9.
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Which color variant should you buy?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in at least four color variants – Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black and Metallic Copper. Of course, not all color variants will be sold in all markets. In the U.S., for instance, only two color options are available at launch – Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple. As for the rest of the globe, there’s the option to pick from three color variants – Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, and Ocean Blue.
I’m a fan of black colors on phones, but honestly, the Ocean Blue color variant looks stunning in official images. And so does the Metallic Copper variant. Ladies in the U.S. should find joy in the Lavender Purple color variant. But then again, it all depends on what pleases your eyes.
Galaxy Note 9 price and availability
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 and opened pre-orders the following day. In the U.S., availability begins on August 24th while those in India can grab one beginning August 21st. As for the rest of the globe, the Note 9 should be available towards the end of August and in early September, but it’s unlikely that all markets will be able to purchase the high-end 8GB RAM and 512GB storage variant.
As for pricing, those in the U.S. must part with $1000 to get their hands on the base model while the high-end variant has a price tag of $1250. If in the UK, the Note 9 can be had for £899 for the base model and £1099 for the premium model. Those in the rest of Europe will part with €1000 for the base model and €1250 for the high-end variant. In India, the Galaxy Note 9 has been listed at a price of INR 67,900 for the base model and INR 84,900 for the high-end variant.
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