Samsung Note 9 is launched and we are having mixed emotions. Samsung promised to stick to a few changes but also made a few faux passes. Watching the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch was tough. After all these years of smartphone tech and innovation, the new Note launch felt like it was running on fumes a little bit.
We knew just about everything we needed to know about the upcoming handset, and virtually every leaked spec proved accurate. Sure, the company amazingly managed to through in a surprise or two, but the event was all about the Note.
Samsung says just at the very beginning of their website, “Galaxy Note has always put powerful technology in the hands of those who demand more. Now, the all-new Galaxy Note9 surpasses even these high expectations, focusing on what matters most in today’s always-on, mobile world.”
The Note line, which set the trend for large-screen phones and includes a stylus, has traditionally been one of Samsung’s most distinctive and has acted as a testing ground for new features. The stylus does have better features now that allows you to control your device seamlessly but still. And despite a disastrous spate of battery fires that prompted the recall of the Note 7, the Note line has proved to be the Samsung product with the most loyal following. It would be a fair assessment but misses the bigger picture. What I’m surprised to see is the 4000mAh battery which is a rare scene in North American phones. So this might pump up a bit of the sale.
Samsung made a big deal about how it ‘invented’ the big phone with the first Note, but it seems hell-bent on seeing how much bigger it can get away with. I personally do not find the not series built for the everyday man. Being too pricey and having features that not every man uses on a daily basis. Dave 2D says, “It is more of an iterative bump than a massive innovative tech update” and I do agree to that. Samsung is known to make quite great innovations when it comes to Phones and Tablets. This was indeed disappointing.
Firstly, the 4,000mAh battery is a huge upgrade on what was there before (and validated by an independent body as very unlikely to catch on fire this time). The Note 8 has uninspiring battery life, but if the new Note 9 can last a little longer and make it comfortably through a day (and well into the next day) that’s a real win for buyers and is a genuine upgrade for Samsung. That is a good thing, indeed.
The Note 9, which has a 6.4-inch screen, comes in two colors: blue and lavender. The blue phone has a yellow pen, which slots into the bottom of the phone. The release date for Hong Kong is to be announced.
The S-Pen, the Note stylus, has got the most technological upgrades since the last model. It now has a Bluetooth connector, meaning it can function as a remote control for giving presentations or listening to music. Samsung said the pen’s battery will last for 200 clicks or a half-hour. It will charge in less than a minute. New chips in the smartphone give it a faster data connection, and Samsung is using that connection and improved processors to frame the Note 9 as an ideal mobile gaming device.
I’m sure those sorts of crazy media-hoarding power users do, in fact, exist in the world, but they’re undoubtedly a rarity. Besides, as Samsung helpfully pointed out, 512GB SD cards already exist in the world. Sure, that’s another $350 tacked onto the bottom line, but it’s there if you need it. For most users, it’s hard to see Samsung’s claim of having “the world’s first 1TB-ready smartphone” (512GB+512GB) exists for little more reason than racking up yet another flashy claim for the 1960s Batman utility belt of smartphones.
Sure, Samsung no doubt gets a deal on Samsung-built hard drives, but the component has to be a key part in what’s driving costs up. For a company as driven by choice as Samsung, I’m honestly surprised we’re not getting more options up front here in the States.
To put it all in perspective, check out the chart below, which compares the Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, S9 Plus and S9. Thanks to CNET for this build up here. This will allow having a greater perspective of how and what Samsung did yesterday at the Unpacked event.
So I’d say it looks like a solid refinement and evolution upon last year’s Note 8. I think people who like Note phones will be very happy with it. But they’re sure going to pay a lot of money to own it. And after Samsung faltered with the Galaxy S9, there’s more riding on this monstrous productivity machine than usual.
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