Samsung Galaxy Note9

9/10 AVG.
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9/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Note9 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 87 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The Note 9 offers one of the most refined Android phone experiences to date. While it’s not the most pocket-friendly release on the market, its excellent cameras, effortless performance, beautiful display, and useful stylus make it a powerful, flexible option for work and play alike -- albeit at a hefty price.

What's good

  • Stunning display
  • Blazing performance
  • Great cameras
  • Tons of storage
  • microSD support
  • Bluetooth LE-enabled S Pen
  • Stereo speakers
  • All-day battery

What's bad

  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Price
  • Bloatware

Samsung’s Note series has always ruled the top of the large phone charts -- apart from the Note 7 and its battery issues. But as phones continue to get larger with each generation, the lines between typical phones and phablets blur. The Note 9 packs a ton of features and beautiful design into a capable package. But it also bumps the price into the high three-figure, low four-figure range depending on your region. This begs the question, is it worth it?

The phone uses the same glass and metal chassis as the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with smooth, curved edges and soft corners. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and integrated stylus holster on the bottom edge. For the first time, the S-Pen stylus is also color matched to the phone in most color variants.

Overall, reviewers loved the design though many noted it wasn’t much different from the Note 8. If you are bothered by smudges and fingerprints, you’ll want a case. The phone is a fingerprint magnet. But otherwise, the various color options pleased most reviewers. It’s also quite large despite the thinner form factor. Those with smaller hands might find one-handed use difficult.

Around front, you’re greeted by a 6.4-inch 1440-by-2960 pixel Super AMOLED Infinity display with HDR support. The software allows resolution switching for better battery life. But even in the lower resolution modes, the display offers ample detail, vibrant colors, and excellent contrast. HDR support also takes Netflix and Amazon video to the next level though there are few HDR video options on the mobile front just yet.

You’ll find either a 2.8Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor powering the phone depending on your region. Whether you are multitasking for work, checking emails, or playing the latest games, reviews indicate that performance is stellar. Depending on the variant you choose, you’ll find 6GB to 8GB of RAM -- more than enough for power users and casual users alike.

The Note 9 offers some of the largest internal storage options available. With 128 or 512GB of internal storage and microSD support up to 512GB, you should never need to worry about running out of room for apps, games, or media.

The phone ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and the Samsung Experience 9 skin. There’s no mention yet if the phone will see an update to Android 9 Pie. Reviewers found the interface easy to use and while Samsung adds a lot to the stock Android experience, most of it is well-received. There’s a fair bit of bloatware, however. So be prepared to spend time uninstalling or disabling apps for a while if you’re not a fan.

As with most Samsung phones, the cameras on the Note 9 are some of the best available on the mobile market. The dual-lens rear camera features a 12MP adjustable aperture normal lens and 12MP telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom. 

Both include optical image stabilization. Combined with the phone’s intelligent scene detection, reviewers found the camera captured excellent images in a variety of lighting conditions. While it wasn’t as strong as the Huawei P20 Pro in low-light, it offers an experience that should delight anyone.

Other features include 4K video recording and 960FPS slow-motion recording. While the features work great, reviewers recommend plenty of light and a steady hand for slow-motion recording.

The 8MP front-facing lens also impressed and is more than enough for snapping selfies or enjoying a video chat with friends and family.

While many of the changes in the Note 9 are incremental compared to previous models, the S-Pen sees a major update introducing Bluetooth LE support. This means that the pen works all of its typical stylus magic while also functioning as a remote. Out of the box, the S Pen can activate the camera, snap pictures, control playback in YouTube or Spotify apps, and more. Additional integrations are expected soon as Samsung only recently released support for the feature to developers.

For video and music lovers, the Note 9 offers speakers that can match the visual splendor of the screen. Stereo speakers tuned by AKG crank out plenty of well-balanced and surprisingly rich sound while and a 3.5mm headphone jack means you can connect your favorite cans for private listening.

The phone includes one of the largest batteries available at 4000mAh. USB Type-C Quick Charge support and wireless charging also make it easy to top off the phone should you run low on power. However, reviewers had no problems hitting a full day of use on a single charge. Many estimated you could reach a day and a half with lighter use.

If you don’t mind the price, reviewers unanimously recommend the Note 9. Pocket-Lint says, “It's the S Pen that will be the biggest consideration when deciding if the Note 9 is the device for you…” Mobile Syrup praises Samsung’s latest release, saying, “The Note 9 truly is one of the first Android devices I can confidently state is nearly perfect as long as you're fond of big phones.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Inquirer

The Galaxy Note 9 may have more competition in the so-called phablet market, but in our opinion, it still remains king.

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
G Style Magazine

The Note 9 is a feature-packed beast of an Android device with a camera that can nearly rival a Sony RX100. It’s Super AMOLED display is crisp, bright (even in sunlight), and an absolute joy to behold. And its wide-angle camera is a nice addition that more manufacturers should incorporate in their d...

- Albertro Lima, G Style Magazine
The Next Web

If I weren’t so particular about the camera, the Note 9 would very likely be my daily driver. Despite those personal reservations, Samsung is in the upper echelon in performance, features battery, camera, and display. It’s one of the few flagships that keeps the headphone jack, and it’s the only one...

- Napier Lopez, The Next Web
Techaeris

It started the trend and it continues to be the best large screen phone out there. The combination of beautiful design, premium materials, performance, battery life, camera performance, and features make the Note9 a Top Pick for 2018. But it’s not all roses either. The high price tag isn’t for every...

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a stellar battery, and makes the most of its charge capacity. Because the phone has such a huge battery, it unsurprisingly has a similarly huge advantage in battery life over its closest peers too.

- Chris Thomas, Android Authority


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy Note9 on August 24, 2018.


The Galaxy Note9 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy Note9 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy Note9 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy Note9 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.4"

The Samsung Galaxy Note9's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/512 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 2280 minutes, 756 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Note9 Specs

Overview
Release date August 24, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128/512 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.27 W/kg
Body: 0.76 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1260 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 756 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 676 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 2280 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Cloud Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.19 x 7.64 x 0.88 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 201 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 516 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR, Infinity Display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera), Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, Aperture F1.7
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-N960U

Additional Sensors: Iris sensor, Barometer, HR sensor, Pressure Sensor

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Critic Reviews


The Inquirer

Handset remains king of the big-screened smartphone market

from The Inquirer

The Galaxy Note 9 may have more competition in the so-called phablet market, but in our opinion, it still remains king.

Read full review

The Galaxy Note 9 may have more competition in the so-called phablet market, but in our opinion, it still remains king.

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G Style Magazine

Leave your camera at home

from G Style Magazine

The Note 9 is a feature-packed beast of an Android device with a camera that can nearly rival a Sony RX100. It’s Super AMOLED display is crisp, bright (even in sunlight), and an absolute joy to behold. And its wide-angle camera is a nice addition that more manufacturers should incorporate in their designs.

Read full review

The Note 9 is a feature-packed beast of an Android device with a camera that can nearly rival a Sony RX100. It’s Super AMOLED display is crisp, bright (even in sunlight), and an absolute joy to behold. And its wide-angle camera is a nice addition that more manufacturers should incorporate in their designs.

Read full review

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The Next Web

This is how you make a $1000 phone

from The Next Web

If I weren’t so particular about the camera, the Note 9 would very likely be my daily driver. Despite those personal reservations, Samsung is in the upper echelon in performance, features battery, camera, and display. It’s one of the few flagships that keeps the headphone jack, and it’s the...More

If I weren’t so particular about the camera, the Note 9 would very likely be my daily driver. Despite those personal reservations, Samsung is in the upper echelon in performance, features battery, camera, and display. It’s one of the few flagships that keeps the headphone jack, and it’s the only one that’ll get you a stylus – let alone one that’s actually useful.

Read full review

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Techaeris

The king of big-screen flagship phones

from Techaeris

It started the trend and it continues to be the best large screen phone out there. The combination of beautiful design, premium materials, performance, battery life, camera performance, and features make the Note9 a Top Pick for 2018. But it’s not all roses either. The high price tag isn’t fo...More

It started the trend and it continues to be the best large screen phone out there. The combination of beautiful design, premium materials, performance, battery life, camera performance, and features make the Note9 a Top Pick for 2018. But it’s not all roses either. The high price tag isn’t for everyone and even though it is a great phone.

Read full review

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Android Authority

Perhaps it’s got one of the best batteries in the Android ecosystem

from Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a stellar battery, and makes the most of its charge capacity. Because the phone has such a huge battery, it unsurprisingly has a similarly huge advantage in battery life over its closest peers too.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a stellar battery, and makes the most of its charge capacity. Because the phone has such a huge battery, it unsurprisingly has a similarly huge advantage in battery life over its closest peers too.

Read full review

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Gizbot

Everything you need in one phone

from Gizbot

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the company's best smartphone to date. It has everything that Samsung is proud of and has developed in the last few years, right from the days of very first Galaxy smartphone. Samsung has created a perfect hybrid by combining the best of Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 8 featu...More

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the company's best smartphone to date. It has everything that Samsung is proud of and has developed in the last few years, right from the days of very first Galaxy smartphone. Samsung has created a perfect hybrid by combining the best of Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 8 features. The company has also added some noteworthy improvements in the form of a smarter S Pen.

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Ausdroid

Good enough for me to recommend

from Ausdroid

Considering everything I can easily recommend this phone to anyone who is creative (S-Pen magic), loves to watch media or just wants a big display phone in a shiny package that takes great photos.

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Considering everything I can easily recommend this phone to anyone who is creative (S-Pen magic), loves to watch media or just wants a big display phone in a shiny package that takes great photos.

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Android Authority

A great camera with very few downsides

from Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera has a plethora of features, good exposure, vibrant colors, and can shoot some great photos. It is by no means the best, but it gets close to the top contenders.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera has a plethora of features, good exposure, vibrant colors, and can shoot some great photos. It is by no means the best, but it gets close to the top contenders.

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What Hi-Fi

The biggest and best Samsung Galaxy Note yet

A big smartphone with a big price tag. It won’t suit everyone, but the improved Note 9 is one of Samsung’s best

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A big smartphone with a big price tag. It won’t suit everyone, but the improved Note 9 is one of Samsung’s best

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DxOMark

Premium choice

from DxOMark

Images from the Note 9 display good detail retention with low noise levels — one of the cornerstones of image quality upon which so many other features depend. Photo-oriented users will appreciate all this, of course; and with its AI features, large screen, and included S-Pen, the Note 9 is a g...More

Images from the Note 9 display good detail retention with low noise levels — one of the cornerstones of image quality upon which so many other features depend. Photo-oriented users will appreciate all this, of course; and with its AI features, large screen, and included S-Pen, the Note 9 is a genuinely compelling choice in a somewhat crowded market.

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