The new Note series line-up from Samsung has finally showed up this year. But from the first look at it, I just feel it is a boring update, maybe Samsung just tries to play it safe. The specification are all the same as the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, you can check here in GSMArena for the comparison of those two phones. The only update for this is only the bigger battery, bigger storage, and updated S-Pen. But if it ain’t broke, why should we fix it, right?
Performance & Battery
The biggest selling point probably is the 512GB of internal storage which is paired with the 8GB RAM and you can still use microSD card up to 512GB, that is a whooping 1TB on your pocket and the price is almost similar to the Galaxy S9+ when it first released. The higher end model also can compete with Apple in terms of price tag which is $1000 and that means higher price in South-East Asian countries. This year Galaxy Note 9 also has 4000mah battery alongside with its water-cooled smartphone, which I believe will contribute to an all day battery life even on heavy usage, which might be the second selling point.
Now let’s talk about the updated S-Pen. Note 9 is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which means it can act as a remote control from faraway and better palm rejection. The way Samsung demoed is using the S-Pen to take a selfie by clicking on it, double clicking to change the front camera to back camera or vice versa. It is also specific to each apps, so if you are listening to music, you can use the S-Pen to play/pause, skip track, and more.
Besides all of those, it is a boring update for Note 9. It has the same processor and camera. If you own a Galaxy S9+, I don’t recommend you to buy Note 9 except you want that big battery and S-Pen. And if you want to shoot 4K all the time, 1TB storage will get you plenty of videos without worrying.