Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

Is it worth buying in 2020.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and Note 20 just around the corner. I’ll be reviewing Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to see if it’s still worth buying in 2020.

When the Galaxy Note 9 was released it was one of the market’s most expensive phones. Note 9 is a powerful smartphone, it has gone through several modifications and still stands out.

Where to buy ( Price/ Deals)

Design

Note 9 feels premium in the hand with an all-glass and an aluminum frame design.

The dimensions of the Galaxy Note 9 is 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weighs 201 g.

The fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone makes it easier to unlock without straining the fingers. Note 9’s fingerprint scanner is easier to locate.

At the top of Note 9 is the SIM CARD and memory card slot. Note 9 supports a memory card up to 512 GB (Hybrid Slot). A hybrid SIM slot will act as both a SIM card slot and a microSD card slot. This means you can either insert another SIM in a dual SIM slot and use your phone as a dual SIM smartphone or place a microSD card in it to extend your phone’s memory.

On the left, is the Volume button, and the Bixby button.

The Power button is on the right side of the phone.

Note 9’s base is the 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C v3.1, and stylus port, which houses Samsung’s new and upgraded S Pen edition.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is available in four colours Ocean Blue (with Yellow S-Pen) Black (with Black S-Pen), Copper (with Copper S-Pen), and Purple (with Purple S-pen).

Differentiating between Galaxy Note 9 and Note 8 is difficult at a glance. The bodies of Note 9 and Note 8 are similar, about 6.4 inches long and 0.34 inches deep. The Note 9 screen is 6.4 “wider than the 6.3-inch display of the Note 8.

S Pen

Galaxy Note 9 comes with an S-Pen as well. The stylus has Bluetooth connectivity and you can use it for selfies, presentations, skipping music tracks, taking notes, and more.

The S Pen is a useful tool to write down notes, and now it has Bluetooth for remote-controlled shortcuts that can be customized.

To use the S Pen to take photos you must be within 30 feet from where your Note 9 is placed. You can take a big photo by pressing the remote button with the S pen in your hand and note 9 at any angle.

If the S Pen battery does die during use sliding it back into the Note for about 30 to 40 seconds juices it back up to 100 percent. The pen is usually slotted into the bottom of the phone to keep it charged up.

Samsung Galaxy S-Pen is very useful.

Display     

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4 inches Super AMOLED display. The screen has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and ~514 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) density.

Note 9 has a capacitive and multi-touch sensitive touch screen that gives a more interactive experience.

  • Type Color Super AMOLED screen (16M colors)
  • Touch Yes, with Multitouch
  • Screen Size 4 inches, 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio 5:9
  • PPI ~514 PPI
  • Screen to Body Ratio ~ 83.4%
  • Features Corning Gorilla

Camera    

Note 9 has three cameras in total. The Rear Camera with 12 MP + 12 MP with autofocus and the Front Camera 8 MP with Autofocus.

Some of the features of the rear camera on the Note 9 is Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Geo-tagging, and Panorama, Super Slow Motion (960 fps at 720p), AR Emoji/Selfie and Live Focus.

To distinguish Note 9, Samsung added artificial intelligence to the Note 9 camera app. The built-in scene optimizer adjusts images automatically in terms of colour, sharpness, and contrast.

The rear camera supports 4K Video Recording, 4K @ 60 fps UHD (Ultra High Definition).

You can take your photos from the front camera and also use the video calling feature (if your network provider supports video calling).

The Note 9 stylus has Bluetooth built-in, which enables shortcuts, including the ability to open the camera app and take pictures remotely (suitable for selfies).

In summary, Note 9 offers a full range of shooting options and modes for smartphone and camera enthusiasts. The camera setup in Note 9 is still very good.

The Note 9 camera may not be as advanced as the Galaxy Note 10 or the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but is still very impressive

Memory    

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in different variants 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM, 128 / 512 GB of internal storage, and a memory card slot expandable up to 512 GB.

This version of Note 9 is the

  • RAM 6 GB
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Card Slot Yes, (Hybrid Slot), up to 512 GB

Hybrid Slot: The dual SIM and the memory card can not be used together, but only a single SIM can be used if you add a memory card.

Performance  

The smartphone Samsung Note 9 runs Android v8.1 (Oreo) and is powered by Octa-core 2.7 GHz, Quad-core, M3 Mongoose + 1.7 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A55 processor. It runs on the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9810 Chipset and has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.

The processor in the Note 9 is also the same processor that powers the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. The Galaxy Note 9 delivers a smooth experience overall and didn’t stutter during multitasking as well as intense gaming.

Note 9 is IP68 waterproof and dustproof certified, which is the same whether the S Pen is inserted.

  • OS Android v8.1 (Oreo)
  • Chipset Samsung Exynos 9810
  • CPU7 GHz, Octa-Core Processor
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP18
  • IP Rating IP68

Note 9 uses a liquid carbon fiber cooling system to avoid overheating and provide sustained high performance during multitasking as well as intense gaming.

Multimedia

  • Music MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
  • Video MP4, DivX, XviD

Battery Life   

Note 9 comes with a non-removable 4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery with fast charging. The battery life on the Note 9 will almost take you throughout the day in a single charge with moderate use.

You may get roughly 10 hours of use before juicing up.

  • Non-Removable Battery
  • 4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery
  • Fast Charging Quick Charge 2.0

This device has wireless charging.

The Galaxy Note 9 alerts users to the S-Pen’s battery life and it takes about 40 seconds for the stylus to get fully charged. Simply insert the S-Pen in Note 9 in order to charge it.

Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has all of the connectivity options that a standard smartphone includes.

GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, Wifi (wifi-hotspot), Bluetooth v5.0, USB-C v3.1, Wireless Charging.

USB (USB Features USB Tethering, USB on-the-go, USB Charging, USB Storage)

Is Note 9 still worth buying?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a premium quality smartphone, although there are better Samsung options, for example, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Lite, and Note 10 Plus.

Note 9 was designed and released in 2018 by Samsung with all that is required from face unlock, enhanced cameras to high-performance memory, and CPUs.

Reasons you should consider Note 9 in 2020 the Battery life, Bluetooth S Pen, AI-enhanced camera, and a bigger 6.4-inch curved screen.

Who’s it for?

Note 9 is a decent choice for people with a slightly smaller budget.

Creatives, Camera enthusiasts.

Google Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, iPhone XS Max.

Where to buy ( Price/ Deals)

  • This product is available at Amazon.com, Jumia, Jumia, Jumia.
  • At amazon.com you can purchase Samsung Galaxy Note9 N9600 128GB Unlocked GSM DUOS Phone w/Dual 12MP Camera (International Variant/US Compatible LTE) - Midnight Black (Renewed) for only $534.50, which is 100% less than the cost in Jumia (₦179,990.00).
  • The lowest price of Galaxy Note 9 6.4 Inch Single Sim (6GB+128GB) Andriod 4G Smartphone - Purple was obtained on September 28, 2020 4:51 pm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications

General
Sim Type Dual Sim, GSM+GSM (Hybrid Slot)
Dual Sim Yes
Sim Size Nano+Nano SIM
Device Type Smartphone
Release Date August 2018
Design
Dimensions 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
Weight 201 g
Display
Type Color Super AMOLED screen (16M colors)
Touch Yes, with Multitouch
Size 6.4 inches, 1440 x 2960 pixels
Aspect Ratio 18.5:9
PPI ~514 PPI
Screen to Body Ratio ~ 83.4%
Features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Screen Protection
Memory
RAM 6 GB
Storage 128 GB
Card Slot Yes, (Hybrid Slot), up to 512 GB
Connectivity
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G Yes
4G Yes
VoLTE Yes
Wifi Yes, with wifi-hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v5.0
USB Yes, USB-C v3.1
USB Features USB Tethering, USB on-the-go, USB Charging, USB Storage
Wireless Charging Yes
Extra
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Face Unlock Yes
Sensors Iris Scanner, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer, Heart rate, SpO2
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes
Extra NFC
Water Resistance Yes, 1.5 m up to 30 min
IP Rating IP68
Dust Resistant Yes
Camera
Rear Camera 12 MP + 12 MP with autofocus
Features Face detection, Smile detection, Geo-tagging, Panorama, Touch to focus
Video Recording 4K @ 60fps UHD
Flash Yes, Dual LED
Front Camera 8 MP with Autofocus
Technical
OS Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Samsung Exynos 9810
CPU 2.7 GHz, Octa-Core Processor
GPU Mali-G72 MP18
IP Rating IP68
Java No
Browser Yes, supports HTML5
Multimedia
Supports MMS, Instant Messaging, Voice Commands
Email Yes, with Push Email
Music MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
Video MP4, DivX, XviD
FM Radio No
Document Reader Yes
Battery
Type Non-Removable Battery
Size 4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery
Fast Charging Quick Charge 2.0

 

Please note that while we attempt to provide as accurate specs as possible, we are not guaranteeing that they are 100% correct.

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