The phablet’s massive, beautiful screen, excellent performance and new Bluetooth stylus will have Note fans salivating
The king of the big, powerful phones is back for another generation, but is the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 still the phablet to beat?
The Note series pioneered the big-screen smartphone in 2011 and over the last seven years it has been made larger and more feature-packed with each new version. Where the Galaxy S9 series is Samsung’s top-end phone for normal people, குறிப்பு 9 is the powerhouse for those that need the answer to the question “can I do that on my phone” always to be yes.
Place the new phone next to the குறிப்பு 8 and you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference, until you look a bit more closely.
The bezels are slightly smaller and the aluminium band around the sides slightly more prominent. The dual-camera system now sits slightly proud of the glass back and the fingerprint scanner has been moved from alongside the cameras to below them. It’s a tiny change but makes a huge difference for usability.
The screen is the best you can get on a smartphone, with bright, bold colours, inky blacks and great viewing angles. The Note has always been Samsung’s showcase for its best screen technology.
The massive screen does have its downsides, என்றாலும், as it makes the Note 9 fairly difficult to handle without two hands. If any phone would benefit from a ring or finger grip on the back, this is it. Samsung should have included a hand strap like the ones that came with phones in the early 2000s. It could sit next to the headphone jack.
- திரை: 6.4க்வாட் எச்டி + AMOLED உள்ள (516பிபிஐ)
- செயலி: அக்டா கோர் சாம்சங் Exynos 9810 அல்லது அக்டா கோர் குவால்காம் ஸ்னாப்ட்ராகன் 845
- ரேம்: 6 or 8GB of RAM
- சேமிப்பு: 128 அல்லது 512GB + microSD அட்டை
- இயக்க அமைப்பு: Samsung Experience 9 (அண்ட்ராய்டு 8.1)
- கேமரா: dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS and dual aperture, 8எம்.பி. முன் எதிர்கொள்ளும் கேமரா
- இணைப்பு: LTE, Wi-Fi,, NFC, வயர்லெஸ் சார்ஜ், ப்ளூடூத் 5, GPS and Iris sensor
- பரிமாணங்கள்: 162 x 76.4 x 9 மிமீ
- எடை: 205கிராம்
Long-lasting peak performance
Like the Galaxy S9, குறிப்பு 9 has a different processor, depending on where you buy it. The European model has Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chip and was the version tested, while the North American model has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 செயலி, which is used in the OnePlus 6 and other top-end phones released in 2018. Performance should be similar between the two versions, although there may be discrepancies at the extremes.
குறிப்பு 9 is arguably the best performing Android device on the market, and is capable of maintaining that maximum performance for much longer without overheating, which was very noticeable in Shadowgun Legends compared with a Pixel 2XL அல்லது OnePlus 6.
Its performance as a desktop computer using Samsung’s DeX system, connecting the phone to a monitor via a standard USB-C to HDMI cable, was surprisingly good. Chrome viewed on a 1080p monitor handled very large and demanding web apps better than most cheap PCs.
Battery life was solid, but somewhat disappointing given the large 4,000mAh capacity battery, matching the performance of the Galaxy S9+, which has a 12.5% smaller capacity battery. With the screen set to its maximum resolution of QHD+ the battery lasted an average of 25 hours between charges or an hour longer with the screen set to FHD+ resolution.
That was while using the Note 9 as my primary device with the always-on display active, while browsing and using apps for five hours with well over a hundred notifications, reading comics in Marvel Unlimited ஐந்து 60 நிமிடங்கள், and listening to about five hours of music via Bluetooth headphones.
ஒப்பிட்டு, Huawei’s 6in Mate 10 புரோ can last two full days between charges under similar conditions. It’s possible that the North American version of the Note 9 with the Qualcomm processor may have longer battery life.
Samsung Experience 9.5
குறிப்பு 9 runs the latest version of Samsung’s modified Android called Samsung Experience 9.5. It’s based on Android 8.1 Oreo instead of the recently released Android 9 Pie, which is disappointing but not entirely unexpected.
It looks and behaves similarly to the குறிப்பு 8 அல்லது Galaxy S9+ சாம்சங் அனுபவம் கொண்ட 9. There are a few useful additions for the stylus and large screen, such as the pop-out Edge apps, advanced split-screen multitasking and the ability to pop-out apps to run as windows over others – all features present in the Note 8.
On the whole the software on the Note 9 feels like Samsung’s best optimised yet, with smoother performance all round. It’s not quite as snappy as a OnePlus 6 அல்லது Google இன் பிக்சல் 2XL, but it feels as if Samsung has done a better job of limiting lag all over the system.
The dual-camera system on the back is the same as that fitted to the Galaxy S9+. Two 12-megapixel cameras, one wide angle with dual aperture and the other a 2x telephoto camera.
New for the Note 9 is an AI system for optimising scenes for shots, which worked fine when it recognised objects such as food and plants, but often created oversaturated images that look like they’ve been put through an Instagram filters. I turned it off and got better results. The AI is also meant to spot when the image is blurry or your subject has their eyes closed, but I couldn’t get it to alert me no matter how many shots of friends blinking I took.
Lacklustre AI elements aside, the camera is brilliant, capturing a rich amount of detail, even with the telephoto lens, and in a range of lighting conditions. Low light performance was excellent too, as was the 8-megapixel selfie camera.
Another new addition is a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, which uses a supercapacitor to operate the S Pen away from the phone for up to 30 minutes or so. Slide the S Pen back into the body for a full charge in 40 விநாடிகள்.
Other than the usual scribbling on screen, you can now press the button to trigger actions on your phone, such as taking a picture in the camera app, pausing music or presenting the next slide in PowerPoint. Hold down the button and you can launch an app too.
I didn’t find it overly useful, but I know that the feature has been on the wish lists of Note users for some time.
- The Bixby button is still there and Bixby still isn’t great – it technically hasn’t even launched in the UK yet so we just get the US version
- Both the phone and S Pen are water resistant to IP68 standards
- To register a fingerprint you swipe down on the sensor once, but you must do so in the orientation you hold the device normally otherwise the results aren’t good
- Intelligent scan, which combines face and iris recognition, works very well, but you still have to use your fingerprint for most apps
- The screen is just about big enough to be a viable replacement for a 7in tablet, but you had better have big pockets
- The stereo speakers are surprisingly loud and good
- Wireless charging remains great
சாம்சங் கேலக்ஸி குறிப்பு 9 செலவுகள் £899 for 128GB of storage or £1,099 with 512GB of storage.
ஒப்பிட்டு, the 6.2in Galaxy S9+ செலவுகள் £869 with 128GB of storage, 6.1உள்ள Huawei P20 Pro செலவுகள் £799 with 128GB, the 6in ஹவாய் துணையை 10 புரோ with 128GB costs £699, the 6in கூகிள் பிக்சல் 2 XL with 64GB costs £699, the 6.3in OnePlus 6 with 64GB costs £469, the 5.8in ஹானர் 10 with 128GB costs £ 369, and the 5.8in ஐபோன் எக்ஸ் with 64GB costs £999.
If you need your phone to be able to do just about anything, குறிப்பு 9 அப்படியா. It has everything and the kitchen sink wrapped up into a massive powerhouse of a phone.
As you might expect that comes with a few compromises, the biggest of which is the sheer size of the thing making it quite difficult to pocket and handle. It also costs a lot, although not quite as much as Apple’s significantly smaller iPhone X.
கேமரா நன்றாக இருக்கிறது, the screen is amazing, the stylus useful and the myriad features don’t get in the way if you don’t use all of them. You can game for longer at maximum performance than other phones and even use it as a workable light desktop when hooked up to a monitor.
The battery life is good but should be better given the size of the cell, and launching after the release of a new version of Android 9 Pie but running last year’s 8.1 Oreo isn’t ideal.
குறிப்பு 9 really isn’t that much different than the Note 8, but is a huge step forward over older models. Note fans should be happy.
நன்மை: good battery, impressive screen, water resistant, brilliant camera, Bluetooth S Pen, மைக்ரோ அட்டை ஸ்லாட், வயர்லெஸ் சார்ஜ், lasting performance, DeX without the dock, தலையணி பலா
பாதகம்: only Android 8.1, விலை, very big for hands and pockets, fingerprint scanner should be lower down the back, Bixby still not good enough
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