It's finally here. After relentless leaks, rumors, and more, Samsung's finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 9.
Even though we already knew a lot about the phone prior to its official announcement, there's still plenty to talk about. What colors does it come in? What are the final specs? Were we impressed during our hands-on preview?
All those questions and more are answered right here, so without further ado, here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
The latest Galaxy Note 9 news
November 24, 2018 — "First Snow White" Note 9 launches in Taiwan
There have been whispers and wishes of a Note 9 as white as snow, and Samsung has official launched a "First Snow White" Note 9 in Taiwan, and wow, it's pretty! The name homages the first snowfall of the year, which is what the Taiwan launch coincides with.
This Note 9 features an all-white back, including the camera and fingerprint module. The S-Pen is also snow white, while the front of the phone is the same deep ebony black as the current color line-up, and inside, everything else matches the other Note 9 colors. The Snow Fall White model was unveiled in Taipei and will be exclusively sold by Samsung in Taiwan beginning in December.
It's not clear if or when this color could make its way to other markets, but this beauty has me dreaming of a White Christmas.
September 19, 2018 — Latest Bixby update for Note 9 has a new press twice to open option
Ever since we were first introduced to Bixby on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung's virtual assistant has proven to be an annoyance rather than genuinely helpful more times than not. Users have previously been allowed to disable the physical Bixby button if they don't want to use it, but with the Note 9, Samsung removed this option.
A new Bixby update is rolling out now to Note 9 owners, and while there's still no way to disable the Bixby button entirely, you can make it more difficult to accidentally trigger the assistant.
Under the new Bixby Key setting, you can now choose to open Bixby by pressing the button once or twice. By switching over to twice, it's far less likely you'll unwantingly open Bixby when you mistake its button for the power/lock one.
What do you think of this update? Is it enough to keep Bixby at bay or do you still want a way to turn it off completely?
September 17, 2018 — A woman is suing Samsung after her Galaxy Note 9 caught on fire
Ever since Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 debacle from a couple years ago, the company's been under a fine microscope when it comes to the safety of its devices. A little less than a month since the Note 9 officially went on sale, there's already one report from a woman in New York claiming that her Note 9 randomly caught on fire while it was in her purse.
Diane Chunge is a real estate agent in New York City, and according to her recently filed lawsuit against Samsung, she was in an elevator when she noticed that her Note 9 was unusually hot. She put the phone in her purse, but shortly after, she says "she heard a whistling and screeching sound, and she noticed thick smoke."
Chunge did make it safely out of the elevator (someone in the lobby she exited the elevator from threw the Note 9 in a bucket of water) and is now suing Samsung for unknown damages and wants it to cease further sales of the phone.
Following this, a Samsung spokesperson said, "We have not received any reports of similar incidents involving a Galaxy Note9 device and we are investigating the matter."
It's believed that this was a one-time fluke seeing as how Samsung's phones now go through a rigorous battery safety check following the release of the Note 7, but even so, it'll be interesting to see if any additional reports come to light following this.
All the big details
Check out our written and video reviews
Before you do anything else, be sure to check out our full review of the Galaxy Note 9!
This is Samsung's biggest and most powerful phone of the year, and as a quick spoiler, it definitely doesn't disappoint. The Note 9 has a gorgeous display, insanely fast processing tech, a massive battery, and much more.
Get the full lowdown in the video review above and our written one below.
Here are the specs
Like past Notes before it, the Galaxy Note 9 is packed to the gills with all of the latest available tech. That means it has the latest processor, a massive battery, an insane amount of RAM, and much more.
Here are all the specs you can look forward to.
|Operating system||Android 8.1 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.5
|Display||6.4-inch Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (18.5:9)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Expandable||MicroSD up to 2TB|
|Primary rear camera||12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.4|
|Secondary rear camera||12MP, OIS, f/2.4, telephoto lens|
|Front camera||8MP, f/1.7, auto focus|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, Glonass
|Security||One-touch fingerprint sensor
|Colors||Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple (U.S.)
Midnight Black, Metallic Copper (intl)
Should you upgrade from the Note 8?
As exciting as the Galaxy Note 9 is shaping up to be, last year's Note 8 is still one heck of a smartphone.
The Note 9 offers the expected improvements in regards to RAM, camera performance, etc., but really gets a strong edge over its predecessor thanks to its improved S Pen and a massive battery.
Then again, if you already have the Note 8 and don't feel like throwing down $900 (?) on a new phone, maybe upgrading isn't the right move for you?
How's it compare to other phones?
That's fine and dandy, but how's the Note 9 hold up against other non-Note devices?
Without a doubt, one of the Note 9's biggest competitors comes from Samsung itself with the Galaxy S9+. A lot of features are shared between the two phones, including a large Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845, Samsung's custom software, excellent dual cameras, and more.
The Note 9 is obviously the only one of the two that uses the S Pen, but is that reason enough to make the pricey upgrade?
Similarly, there are still plenty of other phones that are scheduled to come out before 2018 is over — most importantly the Google Pixel 3 XL. Rumors and leaks are hinting at a phone with considerably slimmer bezels, an even better camera package, and an all-glass back (not to mention the ginormous notch).
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. Galaxy S9+
- Should you buy the Galaxy Note 9 or wait for the Google Pixel 3 XL?
A lot is new with the S Pen
The S Pen is easily the biggest reason so many people flock to the Note series year after year, and this time around, Samsung's giving the S Pen one of its biggest upgrades in years.
For the first time, Samsung's adding Bluetooth Low Energy to the S Pen. With this new connectivity, the S Pen picks up a heap of new features that allow you to control the Note 9 from a distance.
Some use cases include being able to use the S Pen and its button as a camera shutter, navigating through presentations, and more. The presence of Bluetooth also means this is the first S Pen to have a battery, and as with all things that have a battery, the S Pen will need to be charged.
Thankfully, seeing as how the S Pen seamlessly charges in the background when stored inside the Note 9, this shouldn't ever prove to be an issue of any sort.
Get the official wallpapers right here!
New Samsung phones always come with striking wallpapers to help jazz up your home screen, and even if you don't have the funds/interest to get a Note 9 right now, you can still bring its look to your exisitng handset with its official wallpapers.
We've got all 12 listed above for your viewing pleasure, and if you want to throw one (or all) of them on your phone, feel free to download 'em as you see fit.
What color should you get?
Samsung's typically one of the better OEMs when it comes to offering a good variety of colors, and with the Note 9, that's no different.
In the United States, buyers will be able to choose from Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple. In other parts of the world, Samsung's releasing Midnight Black and Metallic Copper.
Don't forget about the cases!
The Note 9 has a striking design that combines metal and glass into one gorgeous package, but as great as the phone might look, it's certainly not the most durable handset you'll find.
Thankfully, to help keep your Note 9 looking as good as can be through all sorts of wear and tear, there are already a number of cases being sold.
Here are our favorites!
Here's everything you need to know about buying the Note 9
There are a lot of reasons you may want to pick up the Note 9, and whatever those reasons may be, you've got a lot of options for deciding where to get it.
In the United States, pricing starts at $999.99 for the 128GB model and goes up to $1249.99 for the 512GB one. You can get the phone at Best Buy, Amazon, Samsung's website, all of the major carriers, and more.
However, there are some questions that pop up when thinking about buying the Note 9. Should you buy it unlocked or through a carrier? What storage size is the best to pick up? You've got the questions, we've got answers.
Updated August 16, 2018: Updated this guide with a news-roll and the latest available info!
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