Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Peak Infinity Display

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

When a Samsung Galaxy S8 was expelled in Mar 2017 – hardly 2 years ago, yet an forever in tech years – it was groundbreaking. It was stunning, a feat in complicated design, and an instance of how aesthetics can literally be done by cutting-edge arrangement materials. Bye, edges.

Even now, a S8’s display, a Infinity Display, beckons one to reason it tighten to a face, perspective it from a side, and be confused by a almost-impossibility.

The Note 9 carries on that winding corner legacy. Even with many other near-bezel-free phones now, a Note 9 and a Infinity Display still do it best. That fact alone rather puts a Note 9 in a difficulty of a possess – if we have wads of income this Christmas and wish a best-looking winding display, you’d have to go for a Note 9.

Or there’s always final year’s Note 8, if a Note 9 is too costly – and it is, with a Note 9 starting during P55,990. It’s P6,000 some-more costly than a Note 8 during launch. The Note 8, by a way, might be a 9’s biggest foe – same core knowledge and design, still flattering great, yet now a whole lot some-more savoury to a wallet.

You do skip out on a few critical things if we open for a Note 8. First, and many intriguing of all, are a new S-Pen capabilities. The Note 9’s S-Pen can act like a remote as Samsung has versed it with a Bluetooth conductor and a supercapacitor. It charges when it’s inside a phone, giving we around 30 mins of S-Pen movement after 40 seconds of charging.

And what do we do with those 30 minutes? You can press a S-Pen symbol to snap photos, skip a song, flip by a Powerpoint presentation, and crop by a gallery remotely. And like final year’s Huawei Mate 10, a Note 9 can now also be connected to a guard with only a customary USB-C HDMI dongle as against to requiring a Dex desktop mode dock.

Nifty tricks, to contend a least, generally a remote photo-taking part, nonetheless in real-world use, it’s not accurately that easy to find a good mark for a phone to take ideal photos. You’ll approaching find use for it, yet it’s reduction unsentimental than advertised.

Users will approaching find some-more mileage from a Note 9’s 4,000 mAh battery.

After a luckless Note 7, that had a 3,500 mAh battery that exploded, Samsung unequivocally dialled things down with a Note 8, that had a 3,300 mAh battery. The S-Pen-less S8 and S9 had a 3,000 mAh battery while a S8+ and S9+ had a 3,500 mAh battery.

Perhaps some-more assured now again, and carrying new reserve check measures post-Note 7, Samsung finally reaches a 4,000 mAh-mark for a flagship model, permitting it to final an whole day on unchanging use. It also has quick wireless charging, carried over from a Note 8.

The battery creates clarity for a phone too as it carries a biggest Note arrangement nonetheless during 6.4 inches, 0.1 of an in. bigger than a Note 8’s. It’s large obviously, yet that’s how energy users – for whom a phone is targeted – like it. Other things that energy users will like: a tip various with 512GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM, and if you’re unequivocally greedy, a microSD container that can hoop adult to 512GB as well. All variants lift a 512GB microSD capability. Be warned though, a 512GB Note 9 is labelled during P75,990.

Another good change from a Note 8 is that a fingerprint sensor has been changed next a back camera array. In a Note 8, a sensor was beside a array, ensuing mostly in smeared cameras. It’s also a initial Note to have stereo speakers, yet not a initial Samsung flagship to do it. The S9 and S9+, introduced earlier, also have stereo speakers. And distinct twin cameras, stereo speakers always have an fundamental advantage over a mono setup.

In essence, a Note 9 is rise Infinity Display – representing all of Samsung’s refinements from a S8 to a Note 8, and to be satisfactory to a ancestors, a S6 Edge and S7 Edge as well, and approaching a final Infinity Display phone as a next-in-line Samsung Galaxy S10 is approaching to have a new design.

If value for income is what you’re after, well, there are a lot some-more unsentimental flagship choices out there in a sub-P30,000 to P40,000 operation from a likes of Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, and even ASUS. That’s now a given now. The opening we can get from a Apple and Samsung flagships, for a daily user, can be some-more or reduction replicated by cheaper phones from Chinese brands.

But if bill is no issue, and we wish to have one of a many worldly phones out there with a longer extraction and story than many others, we can’t go wrong with a Note 9. This isn’t to contend that there aren’t other pleasing phones out there. OPPO done a box for a Find X to be launched during a Louvre in Paris, Huawei dazzled with a slope hues of a P20 Pro, and Apple, well, we can only insert your nick jokes here.

But maybe since Samsung’s been in a flagship diversion longer, there’s a certain certainty and sophistication to a Note’s form that other brands over Apple are only anticipating now. –

(Full disclosure: Samsung lent a examination section for a functions of this article.)

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