Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review (early verdict): powerful and pricey

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review (early verdict): powerful and pricey

Samsung's $999 smartphone has a 6.4-inch 2960×1440 OLED display-a 0.1-inch upgrade over last year-6GB or 8GB of RAM, and a big battery increase from 3300mAh to 4000mAh.

Samsung may have played it safe with the Galaxy Note 9, but this isn't exactly unexpected.

Apart from that, the Galaxy Note 9's front design remains unchanged. Instead, for the United States at least, there'll be two colors: Ocean Blue, which is Samsung's de-factor "hero finish", and Lavender Purple.

Currently, if you play Fortnite on a console like the PS4, you might inadvertently be playing against keyboard and mouse players, while yourself using a controller. The phone still has the Samsung Bixby Assistant and a Bixby button, but now it's Bixby 2.0. It's also available on the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Tab S4, if tablet gaming is more your thing.

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Samsung is live streaming their Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked Event, starting at 4 PM BST (UK). That means, if you combine the 512 GB card with a 512 GB Note 9, you're looking at a full terabyte of storage in your pocket.

The new S Pen allows you to remotely launch the Note 9's camera app with a long press of the clicky end of the stylus, flip the camera to selfie mode with a short press, and take a group photo with two presses.

One add-on Note 9 buyers might be particularly interested in, given the cost of the phone, is Samsung Premium Care. Both lenses also sport optical image stabilization (OIS).

Can optimize shots by recognizing subjects and improving color and other characteristics automatically. Instead it has a 12MP lens with an f/1.7 aperture and another 12MP lens with an f/2.4 one.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users won't just get exclusive access to Fortnite Mobile.

The Samsung Note 9 has now been officially announced and our colleague Matt Swider over at T3's sister site TechRadar has had some quality hands-on time with it. However, so far, there is no word on the software optimizations that we will be seeing as a part of the package.

The 4000mAh battery offers all-day battery life and supports fast charging and Fast Wireless Charging. The event kicks off at 11:00AM local time or 8:30PM IST and Samsung will also be live streaming it across its social network platforms and YouTube. It launched at $929 (£869, AU$1,499), but is now available for several hundred dollars/pounds less if you shop around.

Some changes are bigger than others, and few come as much of a surprise - especially given all the leaks ahead of launch - but on paper the Note 9 looks to be about what we'd expect. While the base variant is listed in Mystic Black, Engineered Blue and Artisan Copper colour options, the 512GB variant is expected to be available in Mystic Black and Engineered Blue.

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