Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note9: our first impressions
Posted on August 21, 2018
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With the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note9 launching this week, we got hands on with Samsung’s latest smartphone to check out some of its key features.
The first thing you notice is the screen – and it’s a big one. Samsung has an excellent reputation when it comes to high quality smartphone displays, and this Infinity Display is the biggest that Samsung has ever put into a smartphone. It’s a Super AMOLED panel and has a Quad HD+ resolution; that’s better twice the pixels ofthan the Full HD TV in your living room.
On the back of the Galaxy Note9, you’ll see its 12 megapixel super speed dual camera module. This is the same camera module as the one Samsung launched (to great acclaim) in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus earlier this year.
It has dual aperture for low light photography, and you can actually see the lens dilate like a human eye as it adjusts to the light. It also has intelligent scene recognition and flaw detection – it can spot when a subject has blinked, for example.
That aperture is variable from f/1.5 to f/2.4 for the technically minded amongst you, and it can shoot 960 frames per second super slow motion video.
Flip the phone back to the front and you can see its 8 megapixel front-facing camera – for selfies and the like.
You can’t see it, but the Galaxy Note9 packs a whopping 4000 mAh battery – that’s larger than in any other smartphone that Telstra currently sells. The Galaxy Note9 is also configured for wireless charging – although the wireless charger itself is sold separately.
IP68 water resistance
With another key feature that is not immediately apparent but incredibly handy, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is rated IP68 for water and dust resistance. This means that it’s certified to be fresh water resistant to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. It’s still not advisable to take it swimming, because that certification is not for salt or chlorinated water.
The S Pen
The S Pen stylus is the calling card of the Samsung Note series, and this year it has been given a major overhaul. The new S Pen now boasts powerful Bluetooth Low Energy technology, letting you press a button to take control of your camera, scroll presentations and more – without touching your phone. It should be noted that the S Pen remote function is subject to Bluetooth connection quality, which is subject to environment and circumstances. The function may also vary by app.
Also worth noting is that the stylus does an excellent job for drawing, taking notes, and sending Live Messages – it’s as intuitive and natural as pen and paper, thanks to the fine tip and true-to-life pressure sensitivity of the Galaxy Note9’s screen and S Pen.
Under the hood
The Note 9 includes Samsung’s latest chipset for superfast processing. There are two memory variants – the entry level has 128GB of internal storage, and the step-up model holds a massive 512Gb. User accessible memory will be approximately 108GB for the 128GB memory variant and 492GB for the 512GB version.
So what comes in the box aside from the phone?
Included within are:
- Travel adaptor / charger
- Headphones tuned by AKG
- USB Connector
- S Pen
- Phone cover
- Quick start guide & warranty card
- Ejection pin