• 6.4-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display with 2,960 by 1,440 pixels
• S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with advanced cooling
• 6/8 GB of RAM; 128/512 GB of expandable storage (via microSD card)
• Dual 12 MP camera with adjustable aperture and AI enhancements
• Built-in fingerprint sensor and iris scanner
• Stereo speakers; built-in standard audio jack
• IP68 rating for water resistance
• 4,000 mAh battery with fast wired and wireless charging
Samsung’s Galaxy Note has been a poster child for smartphone excess since the product series’ inception in 2011, and the latest iteration is no exception. The Galaxy Note9 has a bigger screen, a faster processor, more storage, a bigger battery, and an even smarter S Pen stylus than ever. With a starting price tag of $1,000, the newcomer is also the most expensive Galaxy Note to date.
Evolved Design That Looks Elegant
There are no surprises with the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note9. Just like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ that debuted earlier this year, the latest Note looks like the model it replaces, but with a better placed fingerprint sensor. The big phone is elegant for its size, and, in a crowd of iPhone X-inspired Android rivals, free from a display notch.
The Galaxy Note9 has a bigger screen than any of its predecessors. The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display panel of the device is an instant industry benchmark, thanks to vibrant colors, infinite contrast, and maximum brightness that makes it usable even under direct sunlight.
Samsung has opted to offer the Note9 in Ocean Blue or Lavender Purple in the United States, with the former sporting an S Pen with a cool, contrasting yellow paint job. Other markets are getting black and copper variants, which might make it to the U.S. at some point down the line.
The Signature S Pen Gets a Major Upgrade
By adding Bluetooth connectivity, Samsung has added a whole new realm of functionality to the already excellent S Pen stylus. The signature Galaxy Note accessory can now act as a remote camera shutter and a handy presentation remote, among other things. Samsung has created a software development kit for the stylus, which allows even more apps to use it going forward.
As always, the S Pen comes with a great software suite and a top-notch selection of apps to help you make the most of its capabilities. To this day, the S Pen alone is enough to set the Note9 apart from any competitor.
You Can’t Beat the Monstrous Power and Battery Life
The Note9 is a monstrously capable smartphone, thanks to Qualcomm’s range-topping Snapdragon 845 chipset and ample amount for RAM for seamless multitasking. What sets the Note9 apart from its similarly equipped, high-end competitors is its innovative cooling system, which ensures that the phone remains consistent in its performance at all times. Most phones slow down when their processor heats up to a certain level. This happens during demanding tasks such as graphic-intensive gaming.
Samsung has backed the powerful chipset of the phone with an equally impressive battery performance. The 4,000 mAh battery of the Note9 can easily last through a full day of heavy use and have power to spare.