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Note 9: A polished note 8 with exciting features

Samsung's phablet is expensive but has more battery and storage capacity, and an innovative stylus

Dubai: Samsung has taken a bold decision to stick to the same design as the flagship note 8 – Note 9 – from outside. Note 9 is the combination of S9 Plus and Note 8.

Inside has made some changes like powerful specifications, more battery, Dex without docking station, innovative S Pen, enhanced camera features with AI and largest storage space in the market.

It's easily the most expensive smartphone from Samsung, as well as in the Android space and the second most expensive phone in the market for Apple X.

Samsung always used the Brand's extra large screen to distinguish it from its Galaxy series of phones and target source users with large format and functionality.

Note 9 does not provide any new, innovative technology, but it has overcome the deficiencies of note 8. What Samsung has done is going deep into the smaller details to make it more perfect than Note 8.

If you keep both note 8 and note 9 on the table, it will be difficult to separate from the front page.

Samsung has shrunk the bones above and below the screen even further on note 9 and now it has a 83.4 percent ratio of monitor and body compared to 83.2 percent on note 8. The difference between the two is just 0, 2 percent, which is insignificant.

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9659010] 6.4-inch Quad HD + Super AMOLED Infinity Display has a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels at 516 pixels per inch, while the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus had 529 pixels per inch density and note 8 had 521 .

The recent DisplayMate calibration company crowned Note 9 as the best screen on a mobile phone for brightness and contrast.

Therefore, Samsung is the best in display technology.

The benefits of HDR-compatible AMOLED display featured as images looked like amazing color appear and fine shadow detail.

The default resolution is in Full HD + and can be changed to Quad HD + in settings, but remember that it will clear the battery.

It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and while Android 9 Pie has already rolled out on specific devices, Samsung did not say when this device will get the latest update. Samsung is always slow in expanding the OS updates.

It is slightly heavier and wider than Note 8, but slightly shorter than Note 8. It weighs 201 grams compared to Note 8s 195 grams.

Storage Capacity

It comes in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity and the other with 8GB of RAM and 512GB. Both devices support up to 512 GB of storage expansion via microSD.

Placement of fingerprint sensor on the backside is the big change done on Not 9s, and now it is below the two cameras compared to Note 8 next to the camera – which was hard for anyone to reach. Even with the new location, it can be out of reach for someone; Sometimes your fingers landed on the camera lens.

It's also stuck on the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a plus factor that many advanced smartphones have begun to exclude the headphone jack.

AI Voice Assistant [19659010] AI Voice Assistant – Bixby – has improved translation, location-based landmarks, QR code scanning and calorie calculations for the food you shoot.

Some features are still a hit and miss. It needs fine tuning to match with Google Assistant.


The camera system looks like S9 Plus, but it has AI engine built in Note 9.

12MP wide-angle lens with dual aperture (F / 1.5 / F2.4) and telephoto 12MP autofocus sensor (F / 2.4) dual optical image stabilization, autofocus focus, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and LED flash.

The lens behaves like a human eye with F / 2.4 for daylight images and F / 1.5 to capture more light and details for slides.

The camera provides very good pictures in all conditions, with bright and vibrant colors and good exposure, and it has a very wide dynamic range.

In a comparative study with iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 XL, Note 9 had better noise-free photos in low light than iPhone X and matched with Pixel 2 XL. Samsung's zoom sources are also much cleaner.

The camera app has many manual settings, but also good auto modes.

The "Live Focus" feature allows users to take pictures and artificially control the amount of blurredness in the background before or after taking the picture, similar to DSLR cameras. But be careful: This feature does not work if there is not enough light.

It can record 2160p (4K), 1440p and Full HD at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 frames per second, 720p at 960 frames per second. It does not support HDR recording.

Newly created features like Scene Optimizer uses AI to identify scenes like food, beaches, portraits, pets, landscapes, sunrises and sunsets, and the motive to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and optimizes it instantly based on the category, and the "Malfunction" feature lets users know if the image is blurred or if the subject is blinking or the lens is stained.

Both of these features are valued and very useful. It identified subjects well and faster compared to other AI-powered devices, but I did not see much of a difference in the pictures after optimization.

Samsung uses software optimization for AI with this chip compared to other manufacturers that have their own NPU (Neural Processing Unit) hardware to do the job. You can turn it off in settings if you do not like the software to interfere with your photos.

The 8MP front-focus auto focus camera with f / 1.7 aperture takes decent snapshot even in low-light conditions. It can record 1440p at 30 frames per second, and auto HDR.

Augmented Reality Emoji

The Augmented Reality Emoji, similar to animated Emoji on iPhone X, which was so big on the Samsung Galaxy S9 series is back on note 9. It's a fun feature, but it's not a fun feature. the depth of the iPhone X.

Samsung has added some additional avatar update add-ons to note 9.

It uses 8MP front-facing camera to turn selfie into an emoji by scanning your facial expressions in 3D and creating 18 different emojies of the person. When I scanned my face with beard, my avatar was quite another person without beard.

The user can change gender, face quality and clothing, with or without specifications and hairstyles. The user can use the avatar to record videos by talking, singing and sharing with friends. It supports third party messages and not as Apple for the only iMessage. In my opinion, AR Emoji is upolated and needs work.

S Pen

S Low power, Bluetooth-rated pen, is water and dust resistant and has 4,096 touch sensitivity. It's comfortable to use and does not slip when writing on the Gorilla Glass 5 screen, making it a productivity smartphone. You can take group suites by using the S pen and standing at a distance. It works up to 30 meters away and acts as a wireless remote control.

Samsung has taken the stylus to a higher level compared to last year's Galaxy Note 8.

S The pen fills up to full within a minute when you insert the pen back into the holster. You can do 200 clicks or 30 minutes.

The style, when extracted, shows six icons – create a note, show all notes, smart selections, screenshots, live messages and translate. The new feature added is Penup. There is a live drawing of an image or artwork and colors then. It can also be shared.

Live Messages, while allowing to write reminders of up to 100 pages without unlocking the device, and translating text or converting a device or currency in real time simply by swapping the sentence.

You can assign camera actions to S Pen, such as taking pictures, swapping camera, recording video for single or double tap. Similarly, you can assign the next item or previous item to single or double-tap in the photo gallery, and in the same way in the PowerPoint presentation as well. The options are limited for now, but Samsung wants app developers to develop apps for this feature.

These features may be of interest to some, but a powerful feature when presenting slideshows for businesses.

The style can also be used underwater to take notes, make choices and write comments on the screen, translate, enlarge and look.

A disadvantage to note that when taking notes with S Pen signature color (yellow, purple or copper), the notes will be saved in the white background color. It's hard to read.


Players get access to free game games Fortnite: Battle Royale on Note 9 and later it will be available for download for other Galaxy lines from its game launcher as it is not available in the Google Play store. Gaming is a pleasure with the big screen, and it also has a water coolant system and a refrigerator to help heat heat. Despite this, the phone becomes hot when it plays Fortnite but cools quickly.

Stereo speakers are now set by AKG and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Speakers are higher than Note8 and S9 Plus.


For connection, Bluetooth 5.0, 1.2GBPs LTE speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, NFC and GPS.


The chip is powerful enough to change the screen of a virtual Android desktop using the Samsung DeX feature. Note 9 in DeX mode doubles as keyboard and mouse and Samsung debuted DeX as a docking device for the Galaxy S8 Series, S9 Series and Note 8.

All apps run on the external display, such as a Windows desktop and Some apps change to fit the big screen. Users can unlock the phone and use it as a phone while it controls the desktop while using the S pen to take notes. It is an interesting feature for small and medium-sized businesses.


Battery size of 4000mAh is the largest for Samsung, 700mAh more than Note 8 and 500mAh more than S9 and enough to connect the device to an entire day and almost two days for moderate users. You also get fast charging and fast wireless charging features, except battery-saving features. It loads from zero to full in one hour and 50 minutes using fast charging technology.

It comes in midnight black and lavender purple with matching S Pen and sea blue with pearly S Pen.

6GB / 128GB is priced at Dh3,699 while 8GB / 512GB at Dh4, 599.


For users of Galaxy S9 Plus and Note 8, the changes made to Note 9 can not be a lot, But for people who use more than two-year note units, it's a dramatic jump.

At the same time, the price of Note 8 is also reduced, and if you do not love S Pen, you can save some Dirhams with the S9 Series.

But if you need an upgrade, I suggest that you wait for next year's anniversary edition of S10 or Note 10 that can include folding screen and fingerprint sensor on screen.

Note 9 has some interesting features than any of the premium phones in the market, and if that's what you're looking for then Note 9 is the answer. [19659180] Pros

• Get Creative with S Pen

• Visible User Experience Enhancements

• Excellent Battery Life

• First Storage Space of 1TB on a Phone (MicroSD Included)

• Large and Beautiful Screen

19659003] • Quick Performance

• Exclusive Fortnite Games

• Turn the screen into an Android desktop with DeX

• 3.5mm Headset Connector


• Similar design to last year's Note 8 [19659003] • AR Emoji Still Gimmicky

• Big Prize for Top Model

• Bixby Needs More Work To Do

• Runs on older Android OS out of the box

• Cameras like S9 plus

No HDR Video Recording

• No support for 5G

• AI Functions with Hit or Wrong Camera

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