Galaxy Note 9: All you need to know about Samsung’s priciest smartphone

After countless leaks and rumours, Samsung has officially unveiled its newest phone: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Note 9, including specs, price and release details.

The Note 9 doesn’t appear to be a huge departure from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but that’s not to say Samsung hasn’t made any notable changes. Read on to find out what’s new.

Galaxy Note 9 Release Date: When does it come out?

The Galaxy Note 9 went up for pre-order soon after launch on August 9, and you can make your purchase on Samsung’s website. It will begin shipping on August 24th.

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Galaxy Note 9 Design and Screen: A notchless beast

The Note 9 features a whopping 6.4-inch, 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED Infinity Display screen with rounded corners. That’s up from 6.1 inches on the Note 8. The phone itself measures in at a thumb-stretching 162 x 76.4 x 9mm − it’s a lot to handle.

That 6.4-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and HDR10 support, and Samsung says the default resolution is Full HD+, but this can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) by diving into the Settings menu.

Considering some of the amusing jibes it’s thrown Apple’s way (yes, we’re talking about you, notch haircut man and notch haircut child), it’s hardly a surprise that the Note 9 hasn’t jumped on the notch bandwagon.

It also has a dust and water resistance rating of IP68, and Samsung says it will survive being submerged in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in assorted colours

Galaxy Note 9 Colours

The Galaxy Note 9 will initially be available in three different colour schemes in the UK. These are:

  • Midnight Black
  • Lavender Purple
  • Ocean Blue

The Ocean Blue model will ship with a yellow S Pen (more on that further down the page), and Samsung says the Midnight Black and Lavender Purple models will come with a different-coloured “matching” S Pen.

Samsung has also created a Metallic Copper Note 9, but it hasn’t yet confirmed whether or not this will come to the UK. More Note 9 colour schemes are likely to be introduced in the future.

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Galaxy Note 9 Specs and Features

The Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo − not the recently released Android Pie − and comes in two configuration options: 128GB and 512GB. The 128GB model comes with 6GB of RAM and the 512GB model comes with 8GB of RAM, while both models feature a microSD card slot supporting 512GB of additional storage.

Both phones are powered by either an Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 (region depending), which are some of the fastest mobile chips on the market.

Samsung has included a selection of biometric phone unlocking options, to go alongside the more traditional PIN, pattern and password. Your iris, fingerprint and face can also grant access to the Note 9, and Intelligent Scan lets you unlock the phone with a combined iris and face scan.

Galaxy Note 9 Battery: Returning to form

Samsung found itself in a strange position after the world-famous Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle and, two years on, the firm has once again found its confidence with batteries. The Note 9 packs a beastly 4000mAh battery, which Samsung is − understandably considering the recent past − doing its best to talk up.

That 6.4-inch screen will take some powering though, so we’ll have to wait until we’ve spent time with the phone to work out out just how good the Note 9’s stamina is and find out whether Samsung’s “all day” claims stand up.

The Note 9 supports both wired (USB Type-C) and wireless fast charging. It’s compatible with the QC2.0 and AFC wired charging standards, and the WPC and PMA wireless charging standards.

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Galaxy Note 9 Camera: A focus on AI

The Note 9 features a pair of rear cameras. It combines a wide-angle super speed dual pixel 12-megapixel sensor with dual f1.5/f2.4 aperture and OIS, with a telephoto 12-megapixel sensor with f2.4 aperture and OIS. Samsung is also promising 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom.

On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f1.7 aperture.

It will also rely on a couple of AI tricks in order to try to compete with the likes of the Google Pixel 2, arguably the best camera on the market.

Its Scene Optimiser feature, Samsung says, will identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and “optimise it” based on the category.

Flaw Detection, meanwhile, promises to spot if anything has gone as soon as you’ve snapped a picture, and advise you to take another straight away.

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Galaxy Note 9 S Pen

The handset will come with an all-new S Pen that has Bluetooth on board, and you can now use it as a remote trigger for taking pictures, presenting slides, and pausing and playing video and music.

What’s more, Samsung says developers will be able to integrate the its new BLE functionalities into their apps later this year.

Galaxy Note 9 Price: Samsung’s most expensive phone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is, as we feared ahead of its launch, Samsung’s most expensive phone yet. It’s available in two different configurations:

  • 128GB – £899
  • 512GB – £1,099

However, if you don’t fancy paying more than £1,000 for a phone, we’d recommend plumping for the 128GB model and investing in a hefty microSD card.

Note 9 Pre-order contracts

Sky Mobile – 2GB of data: Galaxy Note 9 128GB – no upfront, £42/month

Three – 4GB of data: Galaxy Note 9 128GB – £79 upfront, £48/month

EE – 8GB of data: Galaxy Note 9 128GB – £150 upfront, £48/month

Vodafone – 40GB of data: Galaxy Note 9 128GB – £66 upfront, £49/month

Virgin Mobile – 5GB of data, 1000 minutes, unlimited texts: Galaxy Note 9 128GB – no upfront, £55.50/month

EE – 30GB of data: Galaxy Note 9 128GB – £59.99 upfront, £68/month

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