Friday, 16 November, 2018


Everything You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Updating)

Everything You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Updating) Everything You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Updating)
Melba Vasquez | 09 August, 2018, 19:10

Note 9 and Tab S4 owners also get a special skin called Galaxy.

And then we have the signature, all-new S Pen with Bluetooth support.

The Galaxy Note 9 128 GB will be the easiest to find.

Samsung has released its own USB-C accessories for this objective, and DeX will also work with compatible third-party dongles. If that's not enough, there's a 8GB RAM + 512GB storage version and you can load it up to 1TB of storage by inserting a 512GB microSD card.

Power and speed is also key, so the phone comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 and promises to run at peak speeds even after prolonged usage. If you need to plug in your physical keyboard or a thumb drive, you can get their multi-port dongle that has additional LAN and USB ports. On top of that, the phone also comes with at least 128GB of internal storage with 6GB of RAM.

The focus on gamer-friendly features appears to be a shift away from Samsung's previous positioning of the Note as a productivity-boosting device, and is an attempt to lure younger customers as the company's smartphone sales falter. As with the S9 it has the variable dual-aperture system (f/1.5 and f/2.4) created to mimic the human eye, a 2x optical zoom on the secondary lens, and a dual-pixel sensor for super slow-mo video recording.

Samsung does not break out shipments of its smartphone models, but analysts reckon it has shipped around 10 million Note 8 models so far. Its liquid cooling system has been upgraded with 3x larger thermal spreader which allows faster dissipation of heat. And we'll never turn down more storage. There are three different ways to interact with the button (press and hold, single tap, double tap), each of which will perform a new action depending on how you customize it. The Ocean Blue Note 9, though, has a contrasting yellow S Pen.

Chinese rival Huawei predicted last week that it would become the world's top smartphone seller by volume - displacing Samsung - in the final quarter of next year. There's also Dolby Atmos for a virtual 3D environment sound.

As an upgrade over the Note8, the Note9 isn't insubstantial from an overall user experience perspective. The S Pen is unchanged in terms of writing and drawing, but now it can be used for much more - it can launch and control apps remotely, from the camera and gallery to Powerpoint and music players.

The Galaxy Note9 is designed with the Note loyalist in mind. You can set up similar actions for every standard app, and third parties will be able to build S Pen support into their apps as well. Yes it has a much larger battery, a new S Pen, improved cameras and a 512GB storage option - but those are pretty fringe items with primarily marginal improvements. After all, with the new 2018 iPhone X line-up just around the corner, time is of the essence.

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