Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications Processor : Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core : Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core Display : 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2960 x 1440p resolution), 19.5:9 aspect ratio : 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2960 x 1440p resolution), 19.5:9 aspect ratio Operating system : Android 8.1 Oreo : Android 8.1 Oreo RAM : 6GB : 6GB Storage : 64GB : 64GB Rear camera : Dual 12MP (with f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture), dual 8MP (with f/2.4 fixed aperture) autofocus cameras, f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures : Dual 12MP (with f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture), dual 8MP (with f/2.4 fixed aperture) autofocus cameras, f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures Front camera : 8MP : 8MP Battery : 4000mAh : 4000mAh Connectivity : Bluetooth 5.
It’s a tad awkward to hold the phone without the phone holder. It’s 7.3mm thick, which is slightly thicker than the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. The aluminum frame is not elegant, and its oval shape in back isn’t terribly comfortable to hold. It weighs 162g, which isn’t easy to hold with one hand and is the heaviest Galaxy phone to date. Its biggest competitor is Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It has an aluminium frame, a premium black glass back, and a 3,750mAh battery with wireless charging. It’s a fraction of a millimetre taller and 0.7 mm wider, and the curves are much more exaggerated. The Mate 10 Pro is almost as big, a tad taller, and a fraction wider. It also has a 6.0-inch screen, but it has a curved, almost not-there profile, with a surprisingly thin edge that’s 0.
The rear camera’s telephoto lens works like the iPhone 7 Plus’ 2x optical zoom, letting you zoom without losing detail. Zoom to any degree you want and the camera zooms with it, zooming in on a subject that has already been zoomed in. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy Note 9 has two rear cameras, both 12 megapixels. You can switch from wide angle to telephoto mode and back again with a touch-sensitive dial. The telephoto lens is only 2x zoom, but lets you pull out the elements of the image. It’s particularly handy in low light and for portraits where you want a bit more control over the background.
Samsung has done a great job with its main storage and battery capacity, although the Note 9 is heavy and with the S Pen its dimensions are quite big. The battery is rated to last you about 20 hours in the photo part of the phone’s Max Turbo mode. I was able to get about 10 hours and 40 minutes of video playback, 5 hours of web browsing and 33 hours of audio playback in these tests with the screen at full brightness. Samsung also says that this phone will allow fast charging for the new 4000mAh battery, but didn’t provide a way to test this claim. The phone supports the QuickCharge 2.0 standard. In general, I saw very good battery performance when using the Note 9 with Wi-Fi and mobile data.
As its price tag suggests, the Galaxy Note 9 is a very expensive phone. It’s a device for those who need a big screen, access to the top software in the Android world, and of course the S Pen for professional users. Overall, we liked the phone’s big screen, great cameras, and decent battery life, but the Galaxy Note 9 has its flaws. With a starting price of ₹68,900 (ex-showroom), it’s just too expensive and we doubt many users in India would buy it.