“The Galaxy Note9 carries forward the legacy of the Note series, and here’s what makes it special”
Samsung‘s flagships are undeniably among the most loaded phones on the market. The Chaebol hosted this year’s Unpacked Event today in New York and has just unveiled the next-generation Galaxy Note9 at the event. As is customary with Samsung, the newest flagship is an incremental update over the Galaxy Note8 (review), keeping the same design, and adding in improvements and refinements. Here is the list of the top features of the latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean brand.
A captivating display
The Samsung Galaxy Note lineup has always been about big and stunning displays. The latest Galaxy Note9 comes with a 6.4-inch Infinity Display with dual-curved edges, which is now a signature characteristic of all Samsung flagships. The Super AMOLED display comes with quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. With slimmer bezels on top and bottom, the display is more immersive than before. The taller aspect ratio has also been optimised for the multi-window feature baked in the Experience UI and S-Pen features like Screen-off Memo, among others. Needless to say, the Infinity display on the Note9 is one of its USPs.
A flagship-worthy spec sheet
The Samsung Galaxy Note series has always been synonymous with top-of-the-line specs and the Galaxy Note9 is no exception. The newest launch from the brand comes with the latest-and-greatest Qualcomm SoC, the Snapdragon 845, or Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset depending upon the region. The processor will be backed by either 6GB or 8GB RAM. The Galaxy Note9 comes in two variants – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB with support for up to 512GB microSD cards. In the software department, the smartphone boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based Experience UI. Also, the Galaxy Note9 boasts the beefiest battery seen on the Note Series so far, viz. 4,000mAh.
Dual cameras with a dual aperture for enhanced imaging
Samsung usually retains the camera module from its latest Galaxy S series flagships on the Galaxy Note flagship. This year is no different as the Galaxy Note9 comes with a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the rear panel with the secondary sensor being a telephoto one. Just like its sibling the Galaxy S9+ (review), the dual camera module on the Note9 can switch aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending upon the ambient lighting conditions. With f/1.5 being the widest available aperture on a smartphone today, the Galaxy Note9 should be capable of capturing some impressive low-light images. Users can also manually switch between the two apertures from the manual mode in the camera app. Apart from this, the camera is loaded with the usual slew of features like 2x zoom, Live Focus, Pro, Panorama, Food, Super Slow Mo, AR Emoji and Hyperlapse. The selfie camera on the new flagship is an 8-megapixel unit.
The S Pen gets additional capabilities
For the fans of the Galaxy Note series, the integrated S Pen is one of the critical components of the package. The integrated stylus from Samsung enables a host of utility features like Live Messages, Smart Select for creating GIFs, Screen off memo, Air Command and Air View, among others. This year, the brand has gone a step ahead and upgraded the S Pen with Bluetooth connectivity. This means that the stylus can now be used as a camera shutter button, control music playback and more. The all-new S Pen needs to be charged this time around but you don’t have to do it separately, as it will sip juice from the phone while resting inside the silo. In fact, it’ll be juiced up within 40 seconds thanks to the supercapacitor inside.
Improved DeX Mode
For the uninitiated, the DeX Mode is Samsung’s proprietary tech to connect your smartphone to an external monitor using a dedicated dock station, and give you a desktop-like computing environment. With the Galaxy Note9, Samsung has upgraded the DeX Mode and you now don’t need any additional accessory to use the same. The new DeX Mode can be used to connect the Note9 to an external monitor with a single HDMI cable. With the DeX Mode, you can expand the capabilities of your Note9 by connecting a keyboard and mouse to the setup. The DeX Mode supports Android apps with full access to notifications and resizable windows.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is being offered by the brand in four hues – Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper and Ocean Blue. As for the pricing, the base variant will set you back by $999 (~Rs 68,700) and the 256GB model will retail for $1,250 (~Rs 86,000). The smartphone is expected to be launched in India within a few days and is likely to be up for pre-orders as soon as August 19th.