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 100 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...


BGR

I would like to reiterate the fact that the Galaxy Note 9 is still a beast of a device. The S Pen fans will appreciate the fact that the smartphone allows them to jot down quick notes, doodle or even use it to remotely control media playback, click photos and selfies, control presentations, and more...

- Ritesh Bendre, BGR
Ubergizmo

The data shows that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best low-light smartphone camera on the market, producing natural-looking photos with excellent data quality. For many users, low-light is where the real battleground is. Samsung uses much less filtering than its near competitors to produce photos...

- Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo
DxOMark

Enhancing the autofocus system and the HDR rendering over the S9+, Samsung has improved what was already a top-performing front-facing camera on the Note 9. Neither the autofocus nor the HDR is perfect, so there’s still work to do, but it pushes the development of selfie cameras in the right directi...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Coolsmartphone

It’s just a truly gorgeous screen to look at, with a fantastic feel in the hand ( improved in a case). The battery lasted me the whole day with plenty to spare at bedtime. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still here and even though the S Pen has its own silo, the device is still fully waterproof. The S P...

- Ian Furlong, Coolsmartphone
GSM Dome

This is a must have device for business people and entrepreneurs. It’s great for sketch artists, art students, gamers even, if you look at the Fortnite pairing. It has a great camera, but also one that doesn’t feel like a Galaxy Note 8 2.0 version, but more of a 0.1 version. I’d say you may want to...

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome


Prices (Where to Buy)




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.


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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 (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) 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 (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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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


BGR

Still the beast

from BGR

I would like to reiterate the fact that the Galaxy Note 9 is still a beast of a device. The S Pen fans will appreciate the fact that the smartphone allows them to jot down quick notes, doodle or even use it to remotely control media playback, click photos and selfies, control presentations, and m...More

I would like to reiterate the fact that the Galaxy Note 9 is still a beast of a device. The S Pen fans will appreciate the fact that the smartphone allows them to jot down quick notes, doodle or even use it to remotely control media playback, click photos and selfies, control presentations, and more. The cameras are great, even if not as excellent as the Pixel 3. If Samsung can focus a bit more on the software part, it will get an added advantage and the required boost.

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Ubergizmo

The best low-light smartphone camera

from Ubergizmo

The data shows that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best low-light smartphone camera on the market, producing natural-looking photos with excellent data quality. For many users, low-light is where the real battleground is. Samsung uses much less filtering than its near competitors to produce pho...More

The data shows that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best low-light smartphone camera on the market, producing natural-looking photos with excellent data quality. For many users, low-light is where the real battleground is. Samsung uses much less filtering than its near competitors to produce photos, which can be filtered later to fit the exact style desired by the user.

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DxOMark

One of the best front-facing cameras

from DxOMark

Enhancing the autofocus system and the HDR rendering over the S9+, Samsung has improved what was already a top-performing front-facing camera on the Note 9. Neither the autofocus nor the HDR is perfect, so there’s still work to do, but it pushes the development of selfie cameras in the right direction.

Read full review

Enhancing the autofocus system and the HDR rendering over the S9+, Samsung has improved what was already a top-performing front-facing camera on the Note 9. Neither the autofocus nor the HDR is perfect, so there’s still work to do, but it pushes the development of selfie cameras in the right direction.

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Coolsmartphone

Absolutely gorgeous screen, fantastic battery life

from Coolsmartphone

It’s just a truly gorgeous screen to look at, with a fantastic feel in the hand ( improved in a case). The battery lasted me the whole day with plenty to spare at bedtime. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still here and even though the S Pen has its own silo, the device is still fully waterproof. Th...More

It’s just a truly gorgeous screen to look at, with a fantastic feel in the hand ( improved in a case). The battery lasted me the whole day with plenty to spare at bedtime. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still here and even though the S Pen has its own silo, the device is still fully waterproof. The S Pen adds some nice features, but not something I would use all the time. Although there’s no Android 9 Pie, it is rumoured to becoming available in Feb this year and that will add the Samsung One UI.

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GSM Dome

Best Samsung phone of 2018

from GSM Dome

This is a must have device for business people and entrepreneurs. It’s great for sketch artists, art students, gamers even, if you look at the Fortnite pairing. It has a great camera, but also one that doesn’t feel like a Galaxy Note 8 2.0 version, but more of a 0.1 version. I’d say you may...More

This is a must have device for business people and entrepreneurs. It’s great for sketch artists, art students, gamers even, if you look at the Fortnite pairing. It has a great camera, but also one that doesn’t feel like a Galaxy Note 8 2.0 version, but more of a 0.1 version. I’d say you may want to skip this device if you have the Note 8, but if you have a mere Galaxy S9, it’s worth a shot.

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Expert Reviews

An impressive smartphone in its own right

from Expert Reviews

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 reaffirms the notion that, sadly, smartphone design is plateauing. Even with the introduction of fancy bezel-less 18:9 screens and dual-aperture cameras, phones in 2018 are prosaic, and neither minor camera improvements nor processor upgrades offer quite enough to divert our disappointment.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 reaffirms the notion that, sadly, smartphone design is plateauing. Even with the introduction of fancy bezel-less 18:9 screens and dual-aperture cameras, phones in 2018 are prosaic, and neither minor camera improvements nor processor upgrades offer quite enough to divert our disappointment.

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G Style Magazine

Fits all your smartphone needs

from G Style Magazine

The smaller batteries of the Galaxy S9 and the on/off drains I had on the Note 8 have been nonexistent here. Its handled everything extremely well and been my go-to for a smartphone. It’s really only hard to recommend if you are currently a S9+ user as they look mostly identical sans the S-Pen, some hardware tweaks and a bigger battery.

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The smaller batteries of the Galaxy S9 and the on/off drains I had on the Note 8 have been nonexistent here. Its handled everything extremely well and been my go-to for a smartphone. It’s really only hard to recommend if you are currently a S9+ user as they look mostly identical sans the S-Pen, some hardware tweaks and a bigger battery.

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TechPP

Android’s most note-worthy phone

from TechPP

It does everything that you would expect a high-end flagship to do. Plus it offers something that none does: a stylus, and not just any stylus, but a very intelligent stylus. Throw in very good cameras, DeX functionality, that magnificent display and you can see why we think that Note 9 remains o...More

It does everything that you would expect a high-end flagship to do. Plus it offers something that none does: a stylus, and not just any stylus, but a very intelligent stylus. Throw in very good cameras, DeX functionality, that magnificent display and you can see why we think that Note 9 remains one of the most Note-able devices out there.

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GottaBeMobile

One of the best Android smartphones you can buy in 2018

from GottaBeMobile

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a great phone and it's an epic upgrade from older Samsung devices and a great option alongside the Pixel 3 XL.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a great phone and it's an epic upgrade from older Samsung devices and a great option alongside the Pixel 3 XL.

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Photography Blog

A fantastic smartphone for lots of different reasons - the quality of the camera being one of them

from Photography Blog

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has some interesting features for photographers - particularly the way you can use the Stylus pen as a remote release. It’s great for selfies, but also good for group shots, or if you want to position the phone on a special tripod for long exposures, landscapes and so on.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has some interesting features for photographers - particularly the way you can use the Stylus pen as a remote release. It’s great for selfies, but also good for group shots, or if you want to position the phone on a special tripod for long exposures, landscapes and so on.

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