Finally came the day when the leaks and rumors are over. The once again one of the most anticipated mobile of the year and has advanced its launch this time. We flew to New York to the international presentation and we bring you our first opinions of the Galaxy Note 9 , waiting for our in-depth analysis in the coming days.
We are not going to do now a review of the , with entering the previous link you can see its complete technical sheet. Then we will tell you the most interesting details of the team and if the news is as interesting as it is presented.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9, first opinion and feelings
The Galaxy Note 9 is the mobile that has more “fans” in Samsung. The main factor of this loyalty is the presence of the S Pen. According to Samsung, 68% of Europeans who have a Note are faithful to this model for this factor. In addition, they are very active users. They use a lot the mobile, in comparison ( vs ) they use the mobile one 23% more.
That is why with Note 9 they have focused on three aspects:
- Improve the functions of the S-Pen
- New smart camera features
- Get a great autonomy (that does not run out of battery all day)
Will it achieve these objectives? We will see that with a little more time but the truth is that the bases are firmly established.
Continuous design, with improved details but without changes
The new Note 9 has the largest screen of a Galaxy Note to date : 6.4 inches. However, thanks to the new formats 18: 9 it is one of the models of this family with better ergonomics. Just 76.4 mm wide and 8.8 mm thick make it easier than ever to use it with one hand.
On the other hand, although it is almost negligible, the small details have been taken care of as a new diamond cut of the glass of the screen and the metal frame ( Aluminum AL7000, same as the Galaxy S9, used in the aerospace industry) to make it even less notice and “merge” the two materials better, giving a better feel to the touch, transmit a smaller size and more comfort or ergonomics in the hand.
S Pen, a necessary renovation
Although the S Pen is the hallmark of the Note series, it needed a renovation and a draft. The new Note 9 pointer has a low power bluetooth connection and is loaded into its port in 30 seconds to use it for 40 minutes or 200 clicks. It should be noted that it is not “stop” working. We can continue using to move elements on the screen but special functions will not be active thanks to the connection with the Note 9.
The first difference is that for the first time, a Galaxy Note will have a different colored pointer to its casing . It is an interesting design decision and only for the blue color model – it will be the only one that will offer 512 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.
Samsung has known how to intelligently take advantage of something that, on the other hand, could already be done on Android for some time. In case you do not know, any bluetooth handsfree can be used to remotely shoot the camera and even activate it. Now, Samsung takes a step further and the S Pen can be used to manage different apps (and open SDK for developers to make their own) the camera remotely but also the presentations, the music player (only the native of moment), YouTube and videos on the device. For example, it is possible to configure it so that when pressed it activates the camera in selfie mode and take the photo. We can also move forward or backward a presentation, play stop or move to the next video on YouTube or song, control the gallery (pass photos, return to previous ones, etc.).
Repeat the possibility of taking notes on the screen off but with a particularity: the S-Pen in yellow writes in that color in the screen off mode. The purple color does the same and the only different one, evidently, is the black one that continues writing in white. The last detail is that they always write in that color. That is, for example, if we use yellow in black, the “ink” will appear in yellow or if we use purple in the blue, it will write in that color.
In addition to the new DeX connection system that we will discuss later, a new Dual Mode appears in which we can use the mobile phone while we project something to take notes on its screen.
Finally, the S-Pen has a new way that allows us to paint on the photographs we make, to be able to create “works of art” guiding us with them and improving our artistic abilities. It has 4096 levels of pressure (as in Note 8) and allows you to edit the photos and animate them by converting them into GIF, high quality GIF or MPEG4.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 repeats the camera of the Galaxy S9, but with improvements in the software
Do not take the deception, technically at the hardware level, the Note 9 camera is the Galaxy S9 , with the exception of the change of position of the fingerprint sensor and also, aesthetically, the camera has been made the same color as the case (in previous models it was black).
Since the hardware is the same, they have focused on software improvements . Now it is able to intelligently recognize up to 20 different scene types , indicating on the screen with an icon what is being portrayed and adjusting the parameters to obtain the best result.
It also has the novelty of “fault detection” . In a pro-active way we will be notified if the photo is going to be moved or even if the lens is dirty for us to clean it. A posteriori, it will indicate if we should repeat the shot because someone has left with closed eyes.
At a more technical level, the HDR and Live Focus modes have been improved, especially in lower lighting situations so that they have sharper blacks in the first case and a better blur or bokeh effect in the night shots in the second. .
Samsung is bravely betting on a bigger battery … and it covers its back with a new cooling system
We do not want to remember … but when we talk about batteries and those of Note 9, it is appreciated that Samsung has been brave and bet on a generous battery of 4,000 mAh in their new equipment. The AI settings promise a day-long autonomy and not only do we have fast charging, wireless charging, but fast wireless charging with this new accessory.
That is why more than the battery is interested in how Samsung will control the increase in temperature especially when we use the mobile phone connected to a PC or at the hour of long hours playing titles like Fortnite , with which it has been confirmed that it will count on exclusive for a while.
Both to maintain the use in the DeX mode and focused on the gaming segment, a new cooling system has been included in the Note9 called: ” Water Carbon Cooling System “.
It has liquid cooling but with a heat sink three times larger than in previous generations. This is a system of sealed ducts with liquid that dissipates heat when necessary in the necessary components. In addition, it is covered with a layer of carbon fiber that reduces the temperature of the system 3.5 times more. Finally, a new AI-controlled performance adjustment system has been included that intelligently distributes resources to always maintain the best performance and temperature.
DeX finally without need of a dock, intelligent reaction
Samsung, although it insisted on using docks to use the phone as a PC, in the end has given way – perhaps before the movements of competitors – and allows to connect the Note 9 to a monitor and use it as a PC with a simple USB adapter C to HDMI.
Again, the “windows” interface of Samsung is still the most versatile of those that have been proposed so far, precisely because of that, because it is the only one that offers the possibility of having several windows on the screen. Now, we will have to test more thoroughly whether the new cooling system without the help of a dock makes the equipment perform and maintain a stable temperature.
We can use any Bluetooth accessory without problems but the same terminal becomes a pad or keyboard if we need it. Again, it is a useful addition but it is advisable to use a dock because with the HDMI cable we lose the possibility of connecting other accessories through that connection.
Limited models and options, does Samsung play it?
And we can not ignore that Samsung has taken a risky strategy. It is true that the Note 9 is the first terminal that can reach the terabyte capacity and offer up to 8 GB of RAM, but to have all that you have to scratch your pocket, exceeding 1,000 euros in price.
Only one model will have that option, the blue one, with 512 GB of storage. But is that if you like this color, which is also the only one with the S Pen in a different color, you will only have the most expensive model at your disposal. Both black and purple will only be sold with 128 GB and blue will not have this version.
There are other versions with different processor (Snapdragon 845) and also in an interesting coppery color … but none of that we will see at the moment in Europe. It’s nothing new, but Samsung always leaves us with these decisions with the feeling that limits the choice of users.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 view (first impressions)
How we indicated, in a first contact, within a limited space and with very little time to get into some of its options, the Galaxy Note 9 is, without a doubt, the best phone Samsung has released to date . It is also the one that many fans were waiting for and arrives wanting to eat the market of the highest range.
Against him has, as usual, a rather exclusive price but in his favor has a good number of fans of a professional profile who could access the team. Waiting to know if the exclusivity of Fortnite extends to other Galaxy, we do not think it will be a sales factor, precisely because the majority profile of players of this title is precisely those who spend 1,000 euros on a mobile.
Samsung has launched a colossus, undoubtedly an interesting evolution if we compare the Note 9 vs the Note 8. Although the design does not change too much, it has certain polished aesthetic details and, above all, it raises an important advance in software and functions , on all with the new S Pen, which will cause many users to renew their equipment. And perhaps, it is also the moment that many expected and had not decided on the Galaxy S9 + … who may be the one who suffers the effect of the sales of his new “brother”.