Officially announced a few days ago on August 9, the big release date for Samsung’s newest flagship device is scheduled for August 24, 2018.
There have been a few updates from the Note 8, which was released on August 2017. Today, we will discuss the upgrades Samsung has made since then, and other features the Note showcases.
Let’s start with some of the more physical details:
Samsung came out with four different color choices for the Note 9: Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, and Lavender Purple. Not all colors will be available for all countries right off the bat, unfortunately. The US region will have the Blue and Purple.
The Note 9 is a 6.4-inch minimum bezel display, which is not a big step up from the Note 8’s 6.3-inch screen. Also, because of the updated battery, the Note 9 will be a little bit heftier with a weight of 201-grams.
The front is a Super AMOLED touchscreen panel with a display resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The front glass itself is a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 5. While it isn’t as hard as sapphire glass, it is fairly durable and shouldn’t be as expensive to replace if the front screen happens to break.
The front camera has 8 megapixels and the dual rear cameras have 12 megapixels.
Underneath the camera is the fingerprint sensor, right in the middle of the phone. I know a lot of people were unhappy with the off-center fingerprint sensor before, so that’s a good upgrade. And even then, you don’t have to necessarily use it as the Note 9 comes with a Face Scanner and an Iris Scanner as well.
Now, one of the bigger improvements Samsung added to the Note 9 is the Bluetooth capability to their S-Pen. With this upgrade, the S-Pen works more like a remote control for the phone. If you watched the Note 9 unveiling on the 9th, you saw the way this pen was able to control presentation slides and take pictures. It charges naturally when you return it to its dock inside the phone, and can still be used as a regular S-Pen for note-takers and artists.
Now, let’s dive deeper to look at some of the more technical details:
For internal hardware, The Note 9 has the updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US and the Exynos 9810 in the UK. It has an 8 GB ram, which is pretty generous.
The internal storage starts off at 128 GB and can be upgraded up to a massive 512 GB. This is not even counting for the extra storage you can add with microSD cards. You can have a maximum storage of 1 terabyte, which is roughly estimated to be 500 hours of video. What will a person do with that much space? I don’t know. But more is better, right?
Speaking of more, let’s talk about another important upgrade: the battery. With an impressive 4000 mAh battery, Samsung claims their Note 9 is made to last All-Day. Now I’m sure that statement will change with whatever the individual Note 9 user is doing, but even still, that is a huge number. A big improvement from Note 8’s 3300 mAh.
So this information dump all boils down the most important question: How much does it cost?
In US Dollars, the most basic Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB version retails for $999.99. The bigger 512 GB version can be picked up for 1,249.99. So, depending on where and how you live… it’s about a month’s rent worth.
It’s a pricey investment, but it is also an extremely cool piece of technology.