The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the company’s largest phone to date and brings improved cameras, new stylus features to its S-Pen and a massive price tag.
The phone, which looks nearly identical to 2017’s Galaxy Note 8, is an incremental upgrade much like the Galaxy S9 was to the S8. An improved (and sometimes yellow) S-Pen on one model stands out, as does the even larger display and different sized dual cameras.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cost?
The Note 9 costs £899 in the UK for the base 128GB version or a £1,099 512GB model. In the US, pricing is $999.99 for 128GB and $1,249.99 for 512GB.
When does the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 go on sale?
US pre-orders are available here from Samsung.
What are the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?
The Note 9 looks a lot like the Note 8, but there are some changes. The headline upgrades are better cameras, more storage, bigger screen and battery and an S-Pen that now has Bluetooth.
Specifically using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the S-Pen can now be used as a mini remote for the phone to trigger selfies or group shots if you place it out of reach, switch slides in a presentation or pause video.
Samsung promises ‘all day’ battery from the Note 9, though most flagship phones in 2018 can provide this. But a 4,000mAh cell is larger than most and brings to mind the Note 7 debacle of 2016 when the batteries in that phone started exploding.
Samsung cannot afford another misstep like that, so surely has tested the Note 9 battery extensively to provide the best possible performance.
The Note 9 is also one of the first phones to have a 512GB option. Apple’s iPhones max out at 256GB with no microSD slot, but the Note 9 has the option to add another 512GB in this way, making it a phone that can have a whole terabyte of storage. (For more comparisons with Apple's hardware, see iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9.)
The camera now has scene detection modes that can choose the best shooting mode for you, features seen on 2018’s Huawei P20 Pro and LG G7 ThinQ.
Just like on the S9 and S9 Plus, the Note 9 is compatible with DeX, the software that allows you to plug your phone into a monitor and keyboard for a desktop-like experience. Unlike previous Samsung phones, you need a physical dock, just a USB-C to HDMI cable.
Samsung used its big event in New York to showcase its supposedly improved Bixby service. Samsung's answer to the Google Assistant, Bixby is baked into the Note 9 like it is on the S9 range, complete with Bixby hardware button on the left side of the phone.
It'll have to improve a lot from Bixby 1.0, a service that we (and most others) simply turn off as there is so much room for improvement.