Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The Galaxy Note9 is the next evolution of Samsung’s smartphone vision, but its high price could turn you away.

The good

  • Impressive battery life
  • Bluetooth Stylus works well
  • Up to 1TB of storage with microSD
  • DeX is super-simple now and works well

The bad

  • The premium price will make it unachievable for many
  • Rear fingerprint scanner is still awkward
  • Bixby still can’t compete with other assistants

Samsung Galaxy Note9 at a glance

When did the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 come out? Pre-order from 10 August 2018 with availability from 24 August 2018
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Bluetooth-based S-Pen, bigger battery, improved AI camera software
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cost? 128GB from $1,499; 512GB from $1,799

Samsung has given a shiny coat of polish and some exceptional business functions to the Note9, but the differences between the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S Plus devices are getting less and less noticeable every year.

Samsung’s second flagship smartphone release for the year, the Galaxy Note9, is the biggest phone the company has ever released. It has the biggest screen on a Galaxy smartphone, the biggest battery in a Samsung phone and the biggest internal storage capacity option the company has ever offered.

All that size has to come at a price though, so it’s no surprise that the Note9 also has the highest price we've seen from a Samsung device, with the 512GB variant selling for $1,799 at launch, a price tag you might associate with a decent quality full-size laptop.

The good news is there’s a lot of justification for that price tag in terms of performance and features. The biggest question you'll face when considering the Note9 is whether the features Samsung is using to differentiate the Note9 from its other flagship, the Galaxy S9+, are worth it for your needs.

Design

  • Stunning 6.4-inch display.
  • Bright yellow S-Pen on Blue variant not for everybody.
  • Heavy for a smartphone, but sleek.

Camera

  • AI shooting modes work, with variable impact.
  • Default camera otherwise identical to S9 Plus.
  • AR Emoji is still dumb.

Performance

  • Similar performance to the Galaxy S9.
  • Up to 1TB of storage is epic.
  • DeX is massively improved.

S-Pen

  • Low-energy Bluetooth gives remote control of your phone.
  • Fully charges in 40 seconds.

Battery life

  • Biggest battery Samsung has ever put in a phone.
  • Top-shelf battery life.
  • Most tested battery ever.
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Verdict

  • A seriously impressive device.
  • For the price, the Galaxy S9+ may be better value, depending on your needs.

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Samsung's productivity phone returns

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 features exceptional performance, top-notch battery life and the exclusive features of Samsung's S-Pen in a phone like no other.

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  • The Samsung Galaxy Note9 sells through Samsung and selected retailers
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is also available on contract through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 6.4
Display resolution (pixels) 2960 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 516
Processor Exynos 9810
Height (mm) 161.9
Width (mm) 76.4
Depth (mm) 8.8
Weight (g) 201
Battery size (mAh) 4,000
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 128GB
512GB
MicroSD expansion 512GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 6GB / 8GB
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.5
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.4
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
NFC support Yes
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Updated October 18th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Exynos 9810
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
Exynos 7885
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 9810
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Exynos 9810
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Snapdragon 425
5
960 x 540
16GB
Exynos 8895
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7870
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
Exynos 7870
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8895
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 8895
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7880
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 7880
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8890
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Exynos 8890
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Spreadtrum SC8830
5
1280 x 720
8GB
Spreadtrum SC9830
4.5
800 x 480
8GB

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