Samsung loves to roll out new colors of its flagship phones a couple months after launch, and the Galaxy Note 9 is no exception. This time, we're getting a brand new "Cloud Silver" color of the stylus-laden phone, and in a rare move the U.S. is actually the first country in the world to get it.
Not only does it stand out distinctly from the current blue and purple models that are out in the wild in the millions, but it's also beautiful. Take a look.
Samsung has this whole dual-tone color-shifting finish thing down to a science, and it's in full effect on the Cloud Silver version. All of the glass is ostensibly a dull mirrored finish of a silver color, but the metal band has more of a subtle blue hue to it. The contrast of the light blue to the silver doesn't immediately hit you until you have it your hands, and it really works — this doesn't feel like two disparate colors that weren't meant to be together.
Both the glass and the metal have a color-shifting personality depending on the lighting as well — and they each react differently. In direct sunlight, the glass is bright silver and primarily mirrored — not quite on the level of the Galaxy S7, but close. The metal, on the other hand, goes to a dull polished silver look in the sunlight and takes a back seat to the glass. In darker environs, the glass shifts to more of a blue or slate look, and isn't nearly as shiny as before. The metal also looks much darker, and you notice more of its light blue finish as well.
The Cloud Silver Note 9 is a fantastic color choice for someone who doesn't want to stand out so much as to go with the bright blue or very purple colors available before. It has a classy look without being boring like the black color — a very nice balance. And best of all, it's available both from Best Buy and also directly from Samsung, right alongside the other colors.
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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.