Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (8GB RAM, 512GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 78,900 onwards

launchAug, 2018

92.0

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59.3

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Design

  • Big, stylish phablet, mostly continuing the design from the previous Note series - Samsung continues to do an impressive job cramming a lot of screen into a manageable footprint
  • The fingerprint sensor has now (thankfully) migrated from the side of the camera to underneath it, making it more intuitive to use
  • The new stylus (S-Pen) comes in vibrant color options, and now can be used as a (bluetooth) remote control for the phone - serving as a handy surrogate for those who don’t own a compatible smartwatch - for instance you could control your music player (single click plays/pauses a song, and a double-click extends the track), or you could use it as a shutter button in the camera app which could be a useful way to take a selfie without having to hold the phone at arms’ length

Software

  • Samsung's Android UI is one of the more refined Androud UIs, and includes the (somewhat useful) Bixby AI assistant
  • The company’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the Note line means there are plenty of features that will probably never really make their way into your daily routine - the Note continues to be a phone that's best suited for the most hardcore users

Camera

  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras - up there with the best of the lot, the Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S9 Plus - this time out, most of the camera improvements are on the software side of things - as has been the case for a lot of flagships this year - two features in particular stand out: Scene Optimizer (AI engine to pick the scene you are shooting and tweak settings accordingly) and Flaw Detection (AI engine to pick out and warn about blurry shots, people blinking in the picture etc)
  • Very good selfie camera

Battery

  • Very good battery life - with a 4000mAh battery this time, you can now expect the phone to last a full day and night
  • Fast charging, and wireless charging support

More

  • The new blue and purple paint jobs look excellent
  • On the whole, the Note continues to be Samsung's “innovation brand”, the uber-premium device that allows the company to push the limits of its mobile hardware, and at least for the time being, the Note remains one of the best methods for transporting a whole lot of screen around on your person - the big screen and stylus come together to walk the line between productivity and entertainment - it’s big, it’s bold, and it remains the phablet to beat
  • Like always, one of the key things about whether you should buy the Note, should be if you see yourself using the stylus for handwritten notes, annotations, making drawings, and the likes - this is always a divided house - some people find it useful as a productivity device, and others not so much
  • The storage options on the line are arguably too extreme (and likely play a part in making the phone so expensive) - with cloud syncing and the rest, it’s hard to imagine many people would come close to those limits in the two or so years until they upgrade the handset

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (8GB RAM, 512GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2960 pixels (~ 514 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • HDR10 Compliant
  • 3D Touch (Home Button Only)
  • Always-on Display
  • Infinity Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Iris Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.7 GHz, Octa Core, Exynos 9810 OctaRanked #2 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G72 MP18
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory512 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 2.0
Dimensions
Weight201 gm
Thickness8.8 mm
Camera
Camera12.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP)
  • Wide-angle: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4 µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length
  • Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0 um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • 2x Optical Zoom
  • Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording
  • Touch Focus
  • Continuous Autofocus
  • Face/Smile Detection
  • Auto HDR
  • Video HDR
  • Dual-video Recording; Live Focus
  • Pro mode
  • Panorama
  • Slow Motion
  • Hyperlapse
  • Food mode
Secondary Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/1.7 Aperture
  • Autofocus
  • 1/3.6" Sensor Size
  • 1.22 µm Pixel Size
  • 25mm Focal Length
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • Dual Video Call
  • Auto HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
TV OutYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel
  • S-Pen
  • Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX)
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bixby Assistant
  • Edge Gestures
  • Live Messages
  • WiFi Dual-band
  • WiFi Direct
  • USB Type-C
  • ANT+ Support
  • Miracast
  • Google Cast
  • Samsung Pay

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