Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup is a great success on the market, thanks to its breakthrough features ranging from big screens, smooth multi-tasking performance to curved display and S-Pen stylus. Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 was met with positive reviews, with praise directed at its design and features, making it a tough rival that challenges Apple iPhones.
The South Korean firm officially announced the next generation Galaxy Note 9 following relentless leaks, rumors, and speculation. With the Note 9, Samsung shows the world that the company continues to be more innovative with their products. The Note 9 is not a significant upgrade over the Note 8, but it comes with features the Galaxy phone needs this year.
If you are planning to buy the new Galaxy Note 9 on launch day, then here is everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest flagship phone. For some background, some retailers and carriers will take pre-orders for the Note 9 on August 10. Deliveries are set for arrival on August 24.
Design and display
We heard a lot of rumors regarding the Note 9’s design prior to its official announcement. And most of the rumors are true. With the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung takes some design hints from the last year’s Note 8 with Infinity Display, curved edges, and an all-glass back.
The Note 9 offers a more comfortable hands-on experience than its predecessor, thanks to its perfectly-cut edges. The Galaxy Note 9 measures 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm and weighs 201 grams. That’s 0.2mm thicker than the Note 8. However, the Note 9 feels better even when it sits on your hands for a long time.
With the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung repositioned the fingerprint scanner under the dual camera setup, just like the Galaxy S9. This goes against what we heard in previous rumors that the Galaxy Note 9 will come with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
In reality, an under-display fingerprint scanner is one of the most anticipated features. Tech experts say that Samsung needs more time to work on the feature. Last year, the company gave up on the plan to integrate a fingerprint scanner under the display. Sources say that a fingerprint scanner hidden under the display will make its debut on the Galaxy S10 in 2019. Let’s wait and see.
The S-Pen is among the best highlights of Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup of tablets. This year, the S-Pen receives a huge improvement that sets it apart from other competitors on the market. For the first time since it was debuted, the Samsung’s S-Pen now features Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to control various aspects of your phone.
Now, you now can use the S-Pen to quickly fire up the camera on your phone. Press the button on its side to snap photos, eliminating the need to hit the shutter button within the camera app. The S-Pen can also play and pause YouTube videos or control your presentations.
The presence of Bluetooth connectivity means that the S-Pen has a battery that needs to be charged after a long period of use. The best part is that your S-Pen automatically charges in the background when you slot it back in the Note 9. And the full charge takes less than a minute.
You can customize the S-Pen functions by simply holding the button located on the side of the Stylus. Doing so will open up an application and then you can alter its functions.
AI-enabled camera and battery
Samsung is not the first smartphone brand to include artificial intelligence with its phone’s camera. According to Samsung, the cameras on the Note 9 can recognize 20 different types of scenes and then automatically adjusts brightness and contrast that match with your surrounding areas.
The Note 9 includes support for Flaw Detection. As the name suggests, the feature automatically detects issues with photos you take and suggests actions to make them better. In short, the Note 9’s cameras offer better photos in low-light conditions when compared to the Note 8’s counterparts.
When it comes to battery, the Note 9 features a 4,000 mAh battery, while the Note 8 packs a modest 3,300 mAh power juice. It remains unknown how much time you will get with the Note 9’s power pack.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a great phone we all need from the South Korean firm this year. The Note 9 will be Samsung’s main focus this year to take on Apple’s new iPhone models. It’s too early to say that the Note 9 will succeed in the market. Let’s wait and see.
Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: What we know so far
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