Samsung Galaxy Note 9 used to be Samsung’s top flagship. It was released in 2018 so it seems a bit outdated right now. However, back then it was best of the best and it can still compete with today’s top phones, especially as it costs less. It is a great and affordable choice in the field of Note phones, which can deliver a great user experience.
Note 9 has a beautiful design, which just slightly differs from the older model – Note 8. The edges are slightly curved unlike newer models of Note line-up. Samsung wasn’t cheap with materials here. The phone has a Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, which curve into aluminum frame. Gorilla Glass 5 was the most premium kind of glass in 2018. It is resistant to waist-high drops on hard and rough surfaces, so it provides a solid protection. It is also resistant to deep scratches, which could damage the screen. The phone is a bit big so it’s more appropriate for two handed rather than one handed use. It is also resistant to water and dust.
The reason why people normally consider Note phone is the S Pen feature. This is probably the main advantage of this phone, as you can do a lot of useful stuff with it. Note 9 was also the first model to feature Bluetooth capable S Pen, so you are able to control your phone remotely. You can unlock it from afar and even take photos without any need of touching it. You can also remotely control some of the apps, such as Power Point for example.
Looking at the screen, it is slightly bigger than the newer Note 10’s and measures 6.4 inches. The phone features super AMOLED display with a HDR10 support. Screen to body ratio is not as good as on newer models. However, it features excellent QHD resolution, which newer Note 10 does not have. The screen is also nicely curved, which gives it a fancy look. Colours are extremely accurate, but you can further change them in settings. You get Always on display feature, which allows you to keep track of time and notifications even when the phone is in sleep mode.
Galaxy Note 9 is powered either by Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810, which is the same as what Note 10 Lite has. Further, the processors are paired either with Adreno 630 or Mali-G72 MP18 graphic processing unit. These are all great chipsets and GPUs and can run even the most demanding games, so this is definitely a gaming phone. Note 9 is also optimized for all sorts of difficult tasks. Both chipsets are very fast and can handle heavy multitasking, without slowing down. As far as the memory goes, you can get a version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. You can also get a version with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, which is more appropriate for heavy users, especially gamers.
Note 9 has a double camera setup on the back. It features one 12 MP main camera with dual pixel autofocus system and one 12 MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. Thanks to HDR you get a wider dynamic range. Daytime photos look great. The colours look decent and a pretty much accurate. Furthermore, the scene optimizer can make colours pop out a little more. You also get a lot of detail and the overall sharpness is good. Using zoom on telephoto camera won’t reduce quality of the photos. You still get a nice amount of detail with very little noise. Low light photography is okay. Dynamic range is good and there is very little noise. Night mode works really well for highlights and shadows, however, this time there will be more noise and the overall quality will decrease. Selfie camera offers a lot of detail and gives nice colours. Note 9 supports 4K video recording at 30 fps. They have nice 1080p resolution with a good overall quality. Videos are detailed with very little noise. The colour output is great, while dynamic range here is simply impressive. There are also no issues with focus.
Battery life is decent and the phone can last over 90 hours on a full charge, depending on the usage of course. It is equipped with large 4000 mAh non-removable battery. The charging speed is not the best, as it takes an hour and a half to get your phone to 100%. The phone comes with 15W charging adapter and also supports wireless charging.
To sum it up, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a very good phone. In his day, it was a high end phone and till now still remains a very capable option. It comes at a great price for such quality, so if you are not bothered by a bit older model, then this is definitely a phone worth of your consideration, especially if you are looking for something with the S Pen.
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