Launched yesterday at an event in Gardens by the Bay, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 here in Singapore. Samsung’s Note series has always been the best-specced Android phone available on the market, and the Note 9 is no different.
While most consider the Note 9 to be an iterative update from its previous version, with only specification bumps without much innovation, the Note 9 still tops the charts in most areas when compared to its flagship compatriots in the Smartphone world.
Available in Singapore in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper, the Note 9 bleeds Samsung’s DNA on the outside. Within, two variants are available: one with 128GB internal storage, and another with 512GB. The smaller includes 6GB of RAM, and retails at SGD1,398, and the larger option has 8GB of RAM, and retails for a whopping SGD1,728. Both configurations allow for expandable memory up to 512GB on its microSD card slot.
These beautiful colours will also show through on the default note taking interface while the screen is off – notes will be taken in the colour schemes of the device.
The new Note 9 phones all have 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, and at a resolution of 2960x144op, they offer one of the best visual experiences on a smartphone today. Its 4,000mAh battery, the largest amongst flagships, helps the device live up to its claim of a full-day of battery life.
The AKG-tuned Dolby-Atmos-capable stereo speakers work well to deliver a truly immersive experience.
Most notably, the stylus (or S Pen) on the Note 9 has been updated with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This allows it to act as a remote when removed from the body, allowing users to control applications like Spotify, the cameras, or even slide presentations from afar. Battery life on the pen is little issue with the capacitor on board that allows 30 minutes of use within 40 seconds of docking.
Following up the Samsung Galaxy S9, the cameras on the Note 9 have also been improved greatly. With dual rear cameras, one with a dual aperture of f1.5 and f2.4, photography promises to be greatly enhanced. Smart software classifies scenes into one of 20 categories, instantly optimising the settings for the best shot possible. An in-built flaw detection system indicates when something is wrong with the picture taking process: smudges on the lens, backlighting or even if the subject has blinked.
Samsung’s productivity platform for the Galaxy devices, DeX, makes a return on the Note 9. This time, it does without the proprietary dock and will work with any screen by connection through its USB-C port.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is available in markets with an octa-core processor. In Singapore, it will feature Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 9810 processor, which packs 4x Samsung Exynos M3 @2.70 GHz and 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @1.79GHz. It is joined by the Mali G72 GPU for graphics processing.
The phone will be available from 25th August 2018 at major telco operators, major electronics stores, authorised retailers, Lazada Singapore and Samsung Experience Stores.