Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Update

About the Device

According to Samsung, Galaxy Note has always put powerful technology in the hands of those who demand more. The all new Galaxy Note 9 surpasses even these high expectations, focusing on what matters most in today’s always-on, mobile world. They launched the flagship smartphone last month.

Samsung claims that their phone is powerful enough to keep up to the expectations of the users. According to them, the 4000mAh battery works all day long after a single charge. It has 512GB built-in storage space and can be extended up to 512GB more. It has water-carbon cooling system that prevents the phone from overheating. The AI-based performance adjuster that ensures that phone doesn’t lag while playing games.

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Specifications

According to information on GSMArena

NETWORK

Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE

 

LAUNCH

Announced 2018, August
Status Available. Released 2018, August

 

BODY

Dimensions 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)
Weight 201 g (7.09 oz)
Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  – Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
– Stylus (Bluetooth integration)

 

DISPLAY

Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  – HDR10 compliant
– Always-on display

 

PLATFORM

OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 – USA/LATAM, China
CPU Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China

 

MEMORY

Card slot microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal 512 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM

 

MAIN CAMERA

Dual 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.

 

SELFIE CAMERA

Single 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF
Features Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video 1440p@30fps

 

SOUND

Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  – 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

 

COMMS

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

 

FEATURES

Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor

 

BATTERY

  Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

 

MISC

Colors Metallic copper, lavender purple, ocean blue, midnight black
Price About 1000 EUR

 

TESTS

Performance Basemark OS II: 3377 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3064
Basemark X: 41994
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.531 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 71dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 80dB
Audio quality Noise -93.7dB / Crosstalk -94.1dB
Battery life Endurance rating 97h

 


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Update

Soon after the launch, an update was sent to stop the device from accidentally activating Bixby assistant. The users have received another update which focuses on the camera improvements. The update is rolling out for Note 9 customers in Germany that brings their firmware version up to N960FXXU2ARI9.

Those who found the camera software a bit lacking in terms of further enhancing the image experience will be happy with this update. The update brings along improvements in Signal Noise Ratio (SNR) low light brightness, overall camera picture quality, and more.

For more exciting updates, make sure to come back.

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