Full Review: Samsung Galaxy Note9

They say never judge a book by its cover. But there is nothing wrong with admiring its design and aesthetics. After all, having a great design is often the first step to piquing the interests of picking up a product. And in this case, we are talking about Samsung’s latest phablet: the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

Ever So Slightly

At first glance, the Galaxy Note9 isn’t a far cry from its predecessor in terms of shape. In fact, it can be hard to discern if you don’t know what you’re looking for. An easy indicator is the fingerprint sensor, which is now situated below the dual cameras. This is a testament that Samsung is listening to its customers’ feedback on making the device more comfortable to use.

The Mighty Pen

While its aesthetics isn’t exactly revolutionary, Samsung has upgraded the S Pen’s capability and features. A quintessential for the Note series that is well-loved by its fans. With the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) feature, the S Pen allows users to get more done at a click of a button. From taking selfies/photos to controlling media, the S Pen is more than just a stylus.

Take a Pic

Speaking of taking selfies and photos, the device features a dual 12-megapixels rear camera, and an 8-megapixels front camera. While this sounds like the run-of-the-mill offering for any top-end mobile device, I have to say that the Galaxy Note9 aims to impress. I appreciate the features that has been thoughtfully selected for its camera app. The scene optimiser functionality is truly a lifesaver, especially when you just need to snap a moment quick and easy. Minimal effort to take beautiful shots every single time.

Better Battery…. Maybe?

To ensure that users can take full advantage of the phablet’s myriad of features, Samsung has up the battery performance. The Galaxy Note9 comes with a 4,000 mAH battery capacity that could potentially let you leave home without cables or powerbanks. At full charge, it does last me about 9 hours of constant usage. I am by no means a power user, but the battery does drain pretty quickly if you enable the Always On Display and Edge Lighting.

A Note on Gaming

Samsung has kitted the device with a Water Carbon cooling system and an on-device AI-based performance adjusting algorithm to deliver powerful yet stable performance. While playing Fortnite – albeit terribly – the device didn’t heat up as much as I anticipated. The Galaxy Note9 performed relatively well on 3DMark and AnTuTu, scoring better than a majority of the phones tested. Gaming, will however, eat up your battery life like there’s no tomorrow. A mere 30 minute of gaming knocked down my battery by 15% at the very least.

Immersive Entertainment

The sizeable 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960×1440) display is quite impressive for entertainment. Watching HD or 4K content on the Galaxy Note9 is a feast for the eyes. In fact, the device is listed as one of YouTube’s Signature Devices.

Point DeX-ter

Taking the whole handheld PC concept to a whole new level, the Galaxy Note9 gives users a PC-like experience through the Samsung DeX ecosystem. It allows the Galaxy Note9 can become more than just a mobile device. With Samsung DeX, you don’t need to choose between using your phone and desktop. I may just consider ditching my laptop for the Galaxy Note9 – less is more, right?

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