Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs, release date, news and features
Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 following months of leaks of rumours, many of which were on the money.
The new device sits alongside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the company’s smartphone range, differentiating itself with the new and improved Bluetooth-enabled S Pen.
Here are all the specifications, features and confirmed details for the 2018 Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date and price
- Announced 9 August 2018, pre-orders open 10 August
- Available from 24 August
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was announced during the company’s Unpacked event on 9 August 2018 in New York, with pre-orders starting 10 August in both the UK and US and availability from 24 August.
UK availability and pricing
The Galaxy Note 9 release date is 24 August but pre-orders are live today.
Note 9 pre-orders will be available from 5pm BST / 12PM EDT today and you can also trade in your device on Samsung.com should you wish.
In the UK, the Note 9 SIM-free price is £899 for the 128GB version and £1,099 for the 512GB version. In the UK the Note 9 colours will be Midnight Black and Lavender Purple, with matching S Pen and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen.
US availability and pricing
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available in Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple in both carrier and unlocked versions at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity. You can also get it at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Straight Talk, Target, Walmart, and Samsung.com.
If you’d like to pre-order either device, pre-orders open at 12:01am EDT on 10 August. The Galaxy Note 9 will be available to officially buy in stores and online from 24 August.
The 6GB RAM/128GB storage model costs $999.99, while the 8GB RAM/512GB storage model costs $1,249.99.
Consumers who pre-order between 10 August and 23 August 2018 can choose a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones ($299 value) or the Fortnite Galaxy skin with 15,000 V-bucks ($150 value) for free. Or, they can get both additions for $99 ($449 value).
The Galaxy Note 9 design is familiar
- Fingerprint sensor on rear in new arrangement
- Premium and waterproof build
- Familiar curved glass design
- 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a very familiar design to its predecessor, bar a few changes on the rear. The same premium, glass design is present with the curved, almost bezel-free Infinity Display dominating the front.
There is a horizontally-aligned dual rear camera on the back of the device as there was on the Galaxy Note 8, but the Note 9 takes a leaf out of the S9+’s book and repositions the fingerprint sensor to below the camera arrangement.
Aside from this design tweak though, the Note 9 looks very similar to the Note 8, just as the S9 looked similar to the S8. You’ll find a USB Type-C port at the bottom in the centre, flanked by the S Pen slot on one side and a 3.5-mm headphones jack on the other.
In terms of colour options, the Galaxy Note 9 will be available in the following finishes: Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper (not in the UK) and Midnight Black.
What about the new S Pen?
- Remote functions
- Charges from device in just under a minute
With the Galaxy S9+ being essentially the same phone as the Note 9, it’s in the S Pen that the difference needed to lie between these devices.
The new S Pen is now Bluetooth-enabled, allowing the button to be used for other jobs, such as music playback, launching the camera or controlling long-range self-timer.
Here’s some of what you can do with the new S Pen:
- Launch an app: The camera is selected by default, but from within the S Pen remote settings, you can select any app that you want to launch from the S Pen button with a quick press-and-hold action.
- Take photos: Once you launch the camera, you can press the S Pen button again to capture a photo. If you press the button twice, you can seamlessly move between the phone’s front and rear cameras.
- View photos: When the gallery is open, you can use single or double press on the S Pen to toggle between the image or previous image.
- Record your voice: You can use the S Pen to record/pause a voice recording when the voice recorder app open.
- Control your music: You can play, pause, or skip music with button presses on the S Pen. It’s unclear if this supports third-party apps.
- Control YouTube: If you’re watching a YouTube video, you can use S Pen button to play, pause, or skip videos.
The Bluetooth connectivity means the S Pen now has its own battery, rather than use power from the display like the Note 8’s S Pen does. Don’t worry though, Samsung claims it will charge from the Note 9 in just under a minute so it shouldn’t be too inconvenient. Developers will also be able to integrate the S Pen’s BLE functionalities into their apps later this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 display
- 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display
- 18.5:9 aspect ratio
- Quad HD+ resolution
The Galaxy Note series is Samsung’s big-screen device and it always has been. Traditionally, the Note series came with a 5.7-inch display, but that all changed with the Note 8, which pushed a new size of 6.3-inches, fractionally larger than the Galaxy S8+.
The Note 9 sees a further push to 6.4-inches but it sticks with the Super AMOLED Infinity Display dominating the front of the device.
It was screen size not overall size that saw the jump last year though, with the Note 8 offering a very similar footprint to the previous 5.7-inch devices thanks to the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio compared to the standard 16:9 and the Note 9 does the same, even if a couple of millimetres have been added in some areas and taken away in others.
In terms of resolution, the Note 9’s display is Quad HD+, which results in a pixel density of 516ppi and Mobile HDR is on board, as many will have expected.
What is the Galaxy Note 9 camera like?
- Dual rear camera, both 12MP sensors
- Dual OIS, variable aperture
- Iris scanning
The Galaxy Note 8 was the first Samsung device to offer a dual-rear camera setup and the Note 9 continues to with a horizontally-aligned setup on the back.
The dual-camera on the Note 9 is the same format as the Note 8 with one telephoto lens and one wide-angle, but it adds the variable f/1.5 – f/2.4 aperture from the Galaxy S9+ too.
The rear cameras are both 12-megapixel sensors with optical image stabilisation on both lenses, like the Note 8 introduced. The front camera meanwhile, is an 8-megapixel sensor and iris scanning and AR Emoji are both on board too, the latter of which debuted on the S9+ earlier this year.
In terms of other software, Samsung has also added AI tech to the Note 9’s camera, which will be used to optimise images based on the scene. There is also a “flaw detection” feature to inform us when a picture has imperfections, like eyes blinking or blurriness.
The Iris technology is based on technology by Princeton Identity Inc and is simular to the technology from the S8 and S9. Iris recognition captures over 200 points of an individual’s iris. According to Princeton, that makes it more secure than a fingerprint scan.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hardware
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or latest Exynos chip
- 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/512GB storage
- 4000mAh battery
- AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or the latest Samsung Exynos chipset, depending on the region. The US typically gets Qualcomm while the UK and Europe handsets will have Exynos.
There are two models, one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the other with 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage, both of which offer microSD support for even further storage expansion up to 512GB. That means the 8GB of RAM model has up to 1TB of storage.
The Galaxy Note 9 also gets a 4,000mAh battery, which is a significant improvement over the Note 8’s 3300mAh cell. Then, Samsung was playing safe after Note 7-gate to ensure there were no repeats.
Additionally, the Note 9 has USB Type-C for charging and both Quick Charging and wireless charging are supported. The device will also be able to link to an external display using an USB-C to HDMI adapter (sold separately), removing the need for a DEX Pad.
In terms of audio, the Note 9 features AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos-enhanced audio like the S9 and it comes complete with AKG headphones included in the box.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 software
- Android Oreo and Experience UX
The Galaxy Note 9 arrives on Android Oreo with Samsung’s TouchWiz software over the top. Bixby 2.0 also debuts on this device, bringing improved natural language processing, faster performance and better resistance to interfering noises.
Following testing, Bixby 2.0 will be able to support a “wider scope of voice assistant features”, Samsung has said. The company also said it wants Bixby 2.0 to evolve within its own ecosystem of products too, and as such, there are plans to launch a Bixby-enabled TV. It has already confirmed a Bixby-enabled smart speaker will launch in the second half of 2018.
There are also some enhancements to Samsung’s AR Emoji on the Note 9.
Adobe has introduced Adobe Scan for Bixby Vision – essentially meaning you can use Bixby Vision to create PDF documents. Working in tandem with Bixby, Scan uses AI and Adobe Sensei to transform the phone into a portable PDF scanner – rather like the technology also available in other apps like Dropbox. Going a step further though, there are also image tools that mean you can do all the usual stuff like crop and rotate as well as reorder, delete or add pages and adjust colours.
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