The phone design has a slight improvement with its sleek, curved screen and aluminum frame and sports a near bezel-less full-frontal glass and edge to edge screen. Its fingerprint sensor has been moved under the camera lens making it easier for the user to reach it, comparing this feature to the Note 8 where the fingerprint sensor is placed next to the lens making it inconvenient for most users.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in various colors; Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper and Cloud Silver.
The model offers 2 variants that begins from 6G RAM with internal storage of 126GB followed by the 8GB RAM model with an internal storage of 512GB and finally has a customizable Bluetooth integrated Stylus pen that can be used as a remote shutter for the advanced camera function or to write notes on its curved edge screen. The phone comes with a dual SIM card slot with expandable big storage up to 1 terabyte.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is priced from MYR3699 for the 6G RAM variant and MYR4599 for the 8GB RAM variant with the storage of 512GB.
Certified IP68 for dust and water resistance, I took it as a challenge and tested it out at the waterfalls outside of the city and recorded videos underwater plus snapping countless photos for 7 hours before the battery of 4000mAh ran out on me.
That’s right, the Note 9 has ample charge of juice with the built in Li-on 4000 mAh battery which is a big step up from the Note 8 and its 3300 mAh power pack.
Returning to the car after the waterfall trip, the dead wet phone needed charging but a notification appeared on the screen, “remove charger from the port and wait for the port to dry”. Impressive, I received an advice from the phone.
Mightier than the sword
The Stylus Pen came in handy later to scroll through the pictures and videos I took during the trip; thanks to the Bluetooth integration, the S Pen has so much more to offer now. From remotely taking pictures to controlling the volume, switch videos, pausing and play on the YouTube app; personally I find Samsung has done the Stylus Pen more justice in terms of functionality.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is almost the perfect phone for anyone who loves gaming or a professional architect to utilize illustration apps or even a professional photographer who left their DSLR at home.
This phone is big in screen size, big in battery charge, big on processor and storage, including its retail selling price. As expected from a flagship phone from Samsung, its price is a tough pill to swallow but if you have enough cash laying about and if you plan to use this smartphone long term then it is worth it.