Tech Review: Samsung Note 9


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Samsung’s newest Note 9 smartphone.

Julian Pinto, Staff Writer

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The Note 9 is Samsung’s newest flagship phone in its Note series. It comes with a pretty hefty price tag but is completely worth it. The phone was released on Aug. 24. I’ve been using it since then and it’s been a great experience.

The phone features a huge 6.4-inch, 2960x1440p, super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display that looks amazing and gets very bright. The display is definitely one of, if not, the best currently on a smartphone.

The phone comes with either 128gb or 512gb of storage with 6gb or 8gb of RAM respectively. The phone also has up to 512gb of expandable storage meaning that it can reach up to 1 tb (1024 gb).

Powering the phone is a 4000 mAh battery that will easily last you all day.  As always on the Note series, the S pen is here and it’s got some new features. It now comes with built-in bluetooth and can be used as a remote shutter control to take hands-free pictures.

Speaking of pictures, the camera is exceptional. The phone has a dual, variable aperture, 12mp rear camera, which takes great pictures. Although it was a missed opportunity to upgrade the camera because it’s the same one as the S9’s.

The Note 9 is heavy compared to other phones, weighing in at 201g, but it’s understandable due to its size and battery capacity.

My biggest gripe with the phone is the Bixby assistant button, which is annoying because of where it is and because Bixby is not all that good. Although Bixby has been improving, it still messes up on some voice commands.

Another problem with the phone is the fingerprint scanner’s placement, although it is a lot better than last year’s. When trying to use the fingerprint scanner, which is pretty rare because smart scan (Samsung’s combination of face and iris scanning) works great, my finger would occasionally touch the camera and get it dirty.

Something that is absolutely a big problem with the phone is the price. The phone starts at $1,000 and the 512gb version will cost you $1,250. Having to pay more than $1,000 for a phone is pretty ridiculous and I don’t think phones should ever surpass that amount.

The Note 9 is an overall great phone but it could have been better (and cheaper).

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