Like clockwork, samsung has launched the galaxy note nine, the massive-display screen, stylus-toting cousin of the galaxy s9 and s9 plus. It appears a lot like the word eight, but once we spent a while with the cellphone, we suppose the improvements could warrant a few justifiable pleasure.
Even as headline adjustments are the yellow s-pen with bluetooth and advanced cameras, the general appearance, experience and performance of the observe 9 propose this may well be samsung’s maximum subtle cellphone to this point. 
We’ve had time to apply the phone, so here are our hands-on first impressions.



As predicted the be aware 9 turned into unveiled at unpacked in new york on 9 august.
It is to be had to pre-order now beforehand of its release date on 24 august and the smartphone starts from £899. Find out what the high-quality note 9 offers are right here.
That rate will get you a 128gb version however you could opt for 512gb if you may manage to pay for £1,099.


  • Key points:
  • New colorings
  • No notch
  • Continues headphone jack
  • Heavier
  • New fingerprint scanner placement


The be aware nine is a stunner proper out the box. Yes, it’s a massive phone, however you have to expect that via now with the note variety. By using slimming the bezel ever so barely samsung has stretched the screen up from 6.3in to 6.4in, however the dimensions of the smartphone are almost the same as the be aware eight.
The notice 9 comes in midnight black or lavender crimson with matching s pen, and ocean blue with a yellow s pen. There may be also a metallic copper option in a few countries. 
You’re going to want the blue one with the yellow pen, however we also truely just like the red, that’s a light steel hue and looks great. Samsung keeps to use gorilla glass five at the back and front. The returned of the blue and pink fashions shimmer beautifully, whilst the black version stays duller. 
We were hoping for an in-display screen fingerprint scanner as phones like the vivo nex have already got this tech. It seems we’re going to must look forward to the galaxy s10 to get it from samsung, even though. 
If you’re keen, you may already start searching on the cases available for the observe 9 – see our round up of the first-class instances so far. 
The Note 9 still has all those familiar samsung curves with the so-called infinity show, but it has put on weight. It’s 205g and we usually do not adore it whilst a smartphone looks like carrying a brick, but there is an awesome cause for it right here, and the telephone is slight sufficient to sense oddly potential. 
A larger 4000mah battery, up from 3300mah, is the primary reason for the weight growth. If there’s some thing we don’t might more weight for, it is longer battery life. 
The smartphone feels even greater top class than the notice eight, with grippier metallic edges to the chassis and a better oleophobic coating to the returned of the tool which means enormously fewer fingerprint smudges – hooray!
It is interesting to word (ha) that samsung keeps to greenback  predominant traits in the phone international. The Note 9  has a headphone jack but would not have a notch inside the display screen as compared to the iphone x and many other android telephones this year. 
We are very glad with both these things and with a bit of luck alerts that notches will go away, seeing as samsung can deal so elegantly without them. 
The phone feels even extra premium than the observe eight, with grippier steel edges to the chassis and a higher oleophobic coating to the again of the device that means pretty fewer fingerprint smudges. Its facets are graced by means of a speaker, usb-c port, s-pen silo, volume and electricity keys and a pesky, unmappable bixby button.


  • Key points:
  • Better s pen
  • New processor
  • Extra ram
  • Up to 512gb storage


Despite the fact that the notice nine might look pretty similar to the observe eight, it comes with a number of enhancements and new capabilities. 
The display is greater at 6.4in but this is most effective marginally distinctive to the 6.3in size used earlier than. The extent of detail, brightness and readability is beautiful. 
The acquainted infinity display method curved edges with a quad hd+ decision and the exceptional brightness in direct sunlight of any telephone available on the market. 
It’s pinnacle-notch specs without the real notch, and samsung has long past one in addition by way of improving the already brilliant s-pen. With the aid of including bluetooth low electricity, you could now use the stylus as a faraway to take photos and selfies, click thru displays and greater. 
It’s additionally absolutely customisable (not like the bixby button at the left edge of the telephone) so that you can use it how you want. 
Developers may even have the ability to utilize this in apps. The s pen only takes forty seconds to rate once slotted into the telephone and lasts for 30 minutes. You could nonetheless use the old direct-to-display capabilities when it’s dead, though.
The new model additionally receives a specifications improve inside the engine room. Samsung has stuck with a break up approach for processors in distinctive markets, so many countries gets the qualcomm snapdragon 845 whilst the United Kingdom and others gets samsung’s personal exynos 8910. 
We’ll be completely reviewing and benchmarking the latter model at tech advisor, so with any luck there won’t be any compromises in comparison to the qualcomm silicon.
The telephone can even go as much as a whopping 8gb of ram and 512gb of storage, matching the oneplus 6 for ram. The usual model comes with 6/128gb, and will by no means be a slouch in comparison.
We used the word nine appreciably and it became ideal for performance and in the end feels as fast as a pixel 2 – however it turned into fresh out the container, of course and with none apps loaded.
Samsung calls the Note nine ‘1tb equipped’ as you may be capable of add 512gb through the microsd card slot. That’s some critical media control.
This telephone has the whole lot you’d hope for considering the charge. There’s the usual set of high-quit specs like fast charging, wireless charging, ip68 waterproofing and fast 4g lte.
Like the s9 plus, the be aware nine has twin rear cameras with twin aperture and ois. New era for the be aware 9 specially consists of flaw detection and scene optimiser, which in less difficult terms inform you in case you’d taken a blurry picture and selects the great scene mode for the shot.
Samsung additionally released the galaxy watch at the identical time, which can be charged along the word 9 at the underneath wi-fi charger duo, that is a neat accent (photograph via gizmodo).
Samsung Wireless Charger Duo


The Note 9 ships with android 8.1 oreo and we are hoping it’ll get an improve to pie at some point. But samsung has a tendency to pull its heels quite with software program updates and the word eight will probably get android p after oneplus and even sony telephones. 
The software is largely the same as at the s9 telephones but as well as the s pen functions referred to above, the observe nine has dex integrated just like the galaxy tab s4.
This means you don’t need to shop for a separate docking station to run samsung’s desktop revel in on a screen. You just want an adapter to plug the phone into a monitor and the word will show its software like a home windows computer.
Of course, you also get different samsung such things as bixby and ar emoji, and in recent years samsung has come to be higher at pushing google apps to the consumer as opposed to doubling up with samsung options. 
But the software skin is pretty heavy in comparison to stock android, and we discovered the note 8 bogged down a tad over the course of a year. Optimistically the be aware 9 will be a exclusive story.
The note 9, together with other galaxy telephones, is also the primary to get fortnite on android. 



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