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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 summary

The new Galaxy Note 9 has much the same hardware and cameras as the Galaxy S9 Plus. The main thing that sets the Galaxy Note 9 apart is its S Pen, which now has added Bluetooth connectivity and can be used as a single-button Bluetooth remote control. Samsung's Experience UI is highly Customised but feels smooth and natural to use, with several thoughtful ways to use the S Pen. This phone is a bit too large and heavy, but it has a huge 6.4-inch screen with curved edges and a 4000MAh battery that could last you up to two days. The cameras are great, and Samsung's app gives you a lot to play with. If you want to spend this much money and can live with the bulk, the Galaxy Note 9 delivers a top-class experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 full specifications


 Release dateAugust 2018
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)161.90 x 76.40 x 8.80
Weight (g)201.00
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
ColoursMidnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple


Screen size (inches)6.40
Resolution1440x2960 pixels


Processor1.7GHz octa-core
Processor makeSamsung Exynos 9810
Internal storage128GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)512


Rear camera12-megapixel
Front camera8-megapixel


Operating systemAndroid 8.1
SkinSamsung Experience UX


Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00
Number of SIMs2
SIM TypeNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM TypeNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes


Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
Ambient light sensorYes

Playing the game

The first thing you’ll notice about Fortnite on Android is that it’s not on the Google Play store. You have to download the app directly from its maker, Epic Games. Its massive user base will presumably help encourage users to jump through the extra hoops involved with installing a non-Play-Store app (you have to grant several levels of access to outside developers and have a separate Epic Games account). It feels like setting up a PC game, complete with installing an application whose main job is installing the Fortnite application.
The download itself is big, checking in around 2GB, which is where that extra storage on the Note 9 comes in. Other popular games like Blizzard’s Hearthstone or Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile also require gigabytes of storage that would eat up a 32GB phone’s space in a hurry..
One the app starts, the colors blast your eyeballs with all the neon accoutrement of a cereal commercial from the late ‘90s or a walk through Time Square. The Note 9’s OLED display has Measured roughly 27 percent brighter and 32 percent more contrasty than the Note 8. Set the screen to max while sitting in a dark room and it can get bright enough to hurt your eyes a little.
One notable difference, however, between dedicated gaming phones like the Razer Phone or the not-available-in-the-U.S. ROG phone, is that this Samsung device has a typical 60 Hz refresh rate. Other phones have cranked that stat to 90 Hz or 120 Hz to make motion appear smoother on the screen, but motion on the Note 9 feels like a typical smartphone. There are so few high refresh rate phones around that this isn’t a knock against the Note 9, but maybe an indicator of what we’ll see from future Galaxy devices if the focus on gaming remains.
The other notable point about the screen is its lack of a notch at the top that would cut into the display. Even the new version of the Android OS makes room for a notch, but the Note 9 keeps a more traditional shape. The edges of the screen do wrap around to the sides of the phone as part of Samsung’s Infinity Display, but that’s not as distracting as I expected it to be. It did, however, require me to slightly change my finger position while I hold the phone so I didn’t accidentally click on the game menu during Fortnite sessions.

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